Nighthawk X4S Smart WiFi Gaming Router

802.11ac Dual Band Quad Stream Gigabit

Ranked #1 for Best Router Performance - March 2016

Fastest gaming performance. Unmatched processing power. Superior WiFi technology. Nighthawk® X4S AC2600 Smart WiFi Router with 160MHz, MU-MIMO and Quad Stream technology delivers WiFi to multiple devices simultaneously for faster speeds. Whether gaming or streaming, you're getting 160MHz bandwidth that ensures low-ping and best stream quality. Enjoy ultimate WiFi speeds up to 2.53Gbps, a powerful 1.7GHz dual core processor, and Dynamic QoS, delivering smoother streaming and gaming by prioritizing applications and devices. Features such as NETGEAR genie® remote access, ReadyCLOUD® , OpenVPN, and Kwilt app support help you manage your network, have access to a secure personal cloud, access home network remotely, and share photos stored on the storage from anywhere.

Model: R7800
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  • Get ultimate WiFi speeds—up to 2.53Gbps (800+1733 Mbps)
  • Quad-Stream technology delivers WiFi to multiple devices simultaneously for faster speeds
  • Next generation Wave2 WiFi—160MHz, MU-MIMO, Quad-stream
  • Four high-performance external antennas deliver maximum range
  • Dynamic QoS prioritizes network traffic by application and device
  • Powerful 1.7GHz dual-core processor boosts performance for gaming and streaming
  • Twin USB 3.0 and eSATA ports offer high-speed, USB storage-ready access
  • NEW & IMPROVED FEATURES: With the latest firmware release your Nighthawk X4S now includes NETGEAR genie remote access, ReadyCLOUD, Open VPN access on mobile devices, and Kwilt integration. Learn more below.

Fastest Gaming Performance in 2016

  • Gigabit CPU, Gigabit wired, and Gigabit WiFi, ready for 4K gaming
  • A gaming beast with the most advanced WiFi technology gives you unparalleled speed
  • Compete with other gamers, not other devices. Dynamic Quality of Service (QoS) intelligently prioritizes video streaming and gaming
  • Built for Gaming PCs or consoles brands such as Playstation, Xbox and Nintendo, get the most solid connection possible for no lagging gameplay.

Unmatched Processing Power

  • Industry’s fastest processor at 1.7GHz keeps performance at its ultimate level – no lag, no CPU hog, no excuses!
  • Dual-core processor helps dedicate processing power for network traffic and provides lowest-latency experience for all those online games
  • Plenty of memory (512MB) to connect as many devices as you want for uncompromised performance that won’t miss a beat
  • Stream on Twitch with no latency and the best quality possible for your audience.

Superior WiFi Technology

  • Reach every corner of the house with powerful amplifiers, beamforming+, and 4 high performance external antennas
  • With fastest MU-MIMO performance per PC Magazine, a perfect match for MU-MIMO capable gaming devices such as Alienware 13, 15, and 17
  • Industry’s first 160MHz radio enables Nighthawk® X4S to double the bandwidth working with 160MHz enabled devices

Share and Access Your Photos

Access and share your files stored on a USB Drive through NETGEAR ReadyCLOUD USB Access. Simply plug your USB hard drive into your NETGEAR Nighthawk WiFi Router to create secure personal cloud storage for anytime, anywhere access to your USB drive at home. And now with the latest Kwilt integration you can not only access all your photos stored on social media, but you can now add your external USB storage device connected to Nighthawk as a source of pictures, so you can search, index and share all of your photos from your iOS Kwilt app. 

To learn more about how NETGEAR and Kwilt work together, visit

Wireless Speed

Get the ultimate in WiFi & enjoy a blazing-fast, lag-free WiFi experience for gaming, video streaming or surfing.

  • World's fastest WiFi—Up to 2.53Gbps†

  • 160MHz support—Doubles the streaming speeds

  • Dual core processor—Dual Core 1.7GHz processor boosts wireless, wired and WAN-to-LAN performance

  • Gigabit WiFi—Next-generation WiFi now at Gigabit speeds

  • Gigabit wired—Ideal for HD gaming and video

WiFi Range

Got range? Homes come in all shapes and sizes and the Nighthawk X4S AC2600 Smart WiFi Router provides WiFi coverage no matter where you connect in your home.

  • Ultimate range—WiFi coverage throughout very large homes

  • Antennas—High-powered amplifiers and 4 high-performance external antennas

The Lowest Ping for online gaming

There’s nothing more frustrating than lost connections! With NETGEAR’s advanced features and best-in-class technology, you’ll reduce interference & enjoy more reliable WiFi connectivity.

  • Quad-Stream—Quad-Stream Wave 2 WiFi increases WiFi speed and range for mobile devices

  • Dynamic QoS—Delivers bandwidth prioritization by application and device

  • Beamforming+—Boosts speed, reliability, and range of WiFi connections

Network Sharing

With NETGEAR, sharing across your network is fun and easy, anything from accessing stored photos & music to wireless printing. And make sure you keep it safe by using the included ReadySHARE Vault application for backing up Windows-based PCs.

  • DLNA®—Find and play your media on DLNA TVs, game consoles and media players

  • ReadySHARE® USB access—Wirelessly access and share USB hard drive and printer via two (2) USB 3.0 ports

  • eSATA—One (1) eSATA port for storing and streaming

  • Two super speed USB 3.0 ports—Up to 10x faster than USB 2.0

  • ReadyCLOUD® USB Access— Enjoy personal and secure cloud access to USB storage anytime, anywhere.

  • MU-MIMO—Multi-user MIMO enables simultaneous streaming to mobile devices

  • ReadySHARE Printer—Wirelessly access and share a USB printer

  • ReadySHARE Vault—PC software automatically backs up to USB hard drive connected to the router to USB hard drive connected to the router

Ease of Use

Start enjoying your new device faster than ever. NETGEAR wants to make sure installation and management is simple & easy, so you can connect quickly & make sure you stay that way!

  • Easy install—Easy setup for iPad®, tablets, smartphones and computers

  • NETGEAR genie® App—Personal dashboard to monitor, control and repair your home network anytime, anywhere.

  • Push ‘N’ Connect—Easy push button WiFi connections (WPS)

  • WiFi and power on/off—Convenient power savings

  • LED on/off switch—Easily turn LEDs on or off

Secure Network

Maintain high security across your network to help ensure your privacy & family is safe while online. Whether it’s preventing phishing or just limiting access for kids & guests, NETGEAR has you covered.

  • VPN support—Now with OpenVPN Connect app on iOS and Android, securely access your home network and Internet connection from your mobile device remotely.

  • Enhanced Parental Controls—Manage website access by family member and device

  • Guest network access—Separate and secure access for guests

  • Secure WiFi connections—High level wireless security with WPA/WPA2

  • Personal FTP server—Customized free URL to create FTP server

  • Open source support—Download open source firmware from

Product Number
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NETGEAR R7800 Nighthawk X4S AC2600
WiFi Technology
  • 802.11ac
Speed and Range
WiFi Performance
  • AC2600 Mbps (800 + 1733)†
WiFi Range
  • Very large homes
WiFi Band
  • Simultaneous Dual Band WiFi - Tx/Rx 4x4 (2.4GHz)+ 4x4 (5GHz)
  • Beamforming+—Smart, signal-focusing technology boosts the speed, reliability, and range of your WiFi connections
Number of Ethernet Ports
  • Five (5) 10/100/1000 (1 WAN and 4 LAN) Gigabit Ethernet ports
Number of USB Ports
  • Two (2) USB 3.0 ports
Key Features
  • AC2600 (800 Mbps @2.4GHz—256 QAM support +1733 Mbps @5GHz 11ac)†
  • Simultaneous Dual Band WiFi - Tx/Rx 4x4 (2.4GHz)+ 4x4 (5GHz)
  • 4x4 11ac 80MHz + 2x2-160/80+80MHz*
  • Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO) support for simultaneous streaming*
  • Powerful dual-core 1.7GHz processor
  • Four (4) high-performance external antennas
  • Memory: 128 MB flash and 512 MB RAM
  • IPv6 support (Internet Protocol Version 6)
  • Quad-Stream & 160MHz for faster speeds
  • Dynamic QoS intelligently prioritizes video streaming & gaming
  • Beamforming+ for more reliable connections
  • ReadySHARE® USB to share your USB hard drive & printer
  • ReadySHARE® Vault—PC software for automatic backup to USB hard drive connected to the router
  • Enhanced Parental Controls to manage web filtering & accessibility by profiles or devices
  • On/Off LED light switch
  • ReadyCLOUD® USB Access allows you to enjoy personal and secure cloud access to USB storage anytime, anywhere
  • Using Kwilt, view and share all your photos from social media and now from your Nighthawk Router attached USB storage
  • Now with OpenVPN Connect app on iOS and Android, securely access your home network from your mobile device.
  • Manage home network and provide guest access remotely using NETGEAR genie®
  • Customized free URL to set up personal FTP server
  • VPN support—secure remote access
  • Guest network access—separate & secure
  • WiFi Protected Access® (WPA/WPA2—PSK)
  • Double firewall protection (SPI and NAT)
  • Denial-of-service (DoS) attack prevention
  • Powerful dual-core 1.7GHz processor
  • 128 MB flash and 512 MB RAM
Physical Specifications
  • Dimensions: 285 x 185 x 50 mm (11.22 x 7.26 x 1.97 in)
  • Weight: 840 g (1.85 lb)
Product Diagram
Connections on the R7800 Nighthawk X4S NETGEAR router
Package Content
  • Nighthawk X4S AC2600 Smart WiFi Router (R7800)
  • Ethernet cable
  • Quick start guide
  • Power adapter, localized to country of sale
  • One (1) eSATA port
  • Two (2) USB 3.0 ports
  • IEEE® 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz-256 QAM support
  • IEEE® 802.11 a/n/ac 5.0GHz
  • Five (5) 10/100/1000 (1 WAN and 4 LAN) Gigabit Ethernet ports
System Requirements
  • Microsoft® Windows 7, 8, 10, Vista®, XP®, 2000, Mac OS®, UNIX®, or Linux®
  • Microsoft® IE 5.0, Firefox® 2.0, Safari® 1.4, or Google Chrome® 11.0 browsers or higher

†Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE standard 802.11 specifications. Actual data throughput and wireless coverage will vary.

*To benefit from 160MHz and MU-MIMO features, WiFi client needs to be 160MHz and MU-MIMO capable

Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate and wireless coverage. NETGEAR makes no express or implied representations or warranties about this product's compatibility with any future standards. 802.11ac 1733 Mbps is approximately 3x faster than 802.11n 600 Mbps. 2.4GHz Performance Mode requires 256 QAM support on WiFi client. Up to 1733 Mbps wireless speeds achieved when connecting to other 802.11ac 1733 Mbps devices.

NETGEAR Warranty

  • This product is backed by a NETGEAR limited 1-year Hardware Warranty.
  • 24/7 basic technical support provided for 90 days from purchase date, when purchased from a NETGEAR authorized reseller


Intensify Your Game Play & Reduce Lag.

Nighthawk X4S offers extreme WiFi speed for gaming—Up to 2.53Gbps and 160MHz bandwidth further reduces the lag. The dual-core 1.7GHz processor boosts WiFi, wired, and WAN-to-LAN performance, while Dynamic QoS prioritizes Internet traffic by application and device for lag-free gaming. Powerful amplifiers and four high performance external antennas give you extreme WiFi connectivity throughout large homes and even backyards, while Beamforming+ focuses WiFi signals for better WiFi range and performance.

Enjoy Uninterrupted Streaming.

Stop buffering and start enjoying uninterrupted streaming media for everyone in your home. Nighthawk X4S delivers the single fastest available WiFi connection to any one device, up to 1.73Gbps, and a total of 2.53Gbps. 160MHz support makes it easier to stream 4K content in pristine quality. With Quad-Stream X4S Architecture you’ll enjoy the ability to stream multiple HD videos at the same time. Dynamic QoS prioritizes your WiFi bandwidth by application, such as Netflix as well as by device for smoother streaming. Stream your own media by connecting USB 3.0 or eSATA storage devices and access it from anywhere.



Maximize Your Range for All Mobile Devices.

Double the bandwidth with 160MHz support and dramatically increase WiFi range for mobile devices with Quad-Stream X4S Architecture. MU-MIMO gives you faster speeds with simultaneously streamed data for multiple devices. Beamforming+ boosts speed and range, while Dynamic QoS bandwidth prioritization optimizes your Internet speed for gaming and streaming. Powerful amplifiers and four high-performance external antennas give you greater WiFi range throughout large homes and even backyards. With EZ Mobile Connect on NETGEAR genie® app, you can connect to WiFi securely by simply scanning a QR code.

Network Control So Easy...It's Like Magic

NETGEAR genie makes getting the most out of your home network fun & easy. More than six million downloads of the genie App lets users easily monitor, connect & control their home network from a PC, Mac, tablet or smartphone. With NETGEAR genie you can share & stream music or videos, diagnose & repair network issues, set up parental controls & more. Download NETGEAR genie based on your device or the user manual below.

With Remote access, Magic follows you while away from home

Now, genie can now be accessed even when you are away from home! With genie remote feature, some routers can be managed from anywhere, anytime – you can provide easy guest access, look at the network map, even reboot your router – all while you are away.

See how to enable this feature and if your device supports.

  • NETGEAR genie app allows you to control your wifi network on your smartphone or tablet.

Download Apps For Smartphones & Tablets – iOS & Android

Here's what you can do with your genie app...

(See list of supported routers)

  • Home network manager
  • Makes any printer AirPrint® compatible to print from an iPad® or iPhone®
  • MyMedia®—Find & play media files in your network
  • Parental controls—Manage web filtering and accessibility by profiles or devices
  • EZ Mobile Connect—Scan QR code to connect to your home network
  • For PC, Mac®, iPhone®, iPad®, & Android® devices
  • “In our testing, the Nighthawk X4S had solid performance throughout, and was the only router to have the fastest speed on more than a single benchmark.”

    PC GAMER - The Best Gaming Router (By Jonas DeMur)

  • "The R7800 pushes aside TP-LINK's Archer C2600 to take the #1 rank of 5 tested AC2600 class routers."

    SmallNetBuilder - #1 in AC2600 class routers (By Tim Higgins)

  • “… NETGEAR's R7800 Nighthawk X4S looks like it deserves its #1 spot in our AC2600 Router Ranking for MU-MIMO performance, too…”

    SmallNetBuilder - #1 in MU-MIMO (By Tim Higgins)

  • "It delivered the fastest MU-MIMO performance we've seen in our testing"

    PCMag - Excellent Rating (By John R. Delaney)

  • “Nighthawk X4S is a high-end router that takes the design and functionality of the previous Nighthawk models and improves upon it with an updated feature set and internal hardware”

    The Tech Reviewer - Excellent Rating (By Colt Agar)

  • "...X4S is as far ahead of the curve as a router can get at this point. With 160MHz technology being the next full step ahead for large performance increases, this router is ready to handle whatever you throw at it."

    TweakTown - Must Have Best Features award (By Tyler Bernath)

  • "Being able to stream a movie in 4K in the living room while playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 in a bed room and watching Twitch streams on the desktop PC with no lag on any device is a true testament to the Nighthawk router and modem.”

    Gaming Illustrated (By Sal Thomas)

  • R7800 Wins Gaming Router Comparison

    PCGamesHardware - #1 in Gaming Competition

  • "...solid choice for users who need to connect dozens of smart devices to their home network and need to game far from the router location without running Ethernet cables."

    Gotta Be Mobile - Editor’s Choice Award

  • "If you need a powerful Wi-Fi solution for a large home, the X4S is a great choice."

    CNET - Good (By Dong Ngo)

  • "Netgear’s Nighthawk X4S is a world-class router for gamers and networking gurus"

    Digital Trends - Very Good (By Justin Pot)

  • "Everything you need to better handle 4K content and improved streaming."

    TechGuySmartBuy (By Roderick Scott)

  • "I used a PS4 with a wired and wireless connection to test how well the Nighthawk X4S AC 2600 could deliver lag free gaming and as far as I could tell gaming performance was just as good with a wireless connection as with a wired connection."

    Technology Today (By Alan J. Pierce)

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