AC3600

Nighthawk® X6S AC3600 Tri-Band WiFi Router

Next Generation Gigabit Speeds

Nighthawk® X6S AC3600 Tri-Band WiFi Router

Model: R7960P

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NEXT GENERATION GIGABIT SPEEDS

Tri-Band WiFi Router with MU-MIMO

Nighthawk® X6S AC3600 Tri-Band WiFi Router is powered by high-power amplifiers and antennas to extend your WiFi coverage. Blazing-fast combined WiFi speeds up to 3.525Gbps and 1.8GHz Dual Core Processor for extended range. Smart Connect intelligently selects the fastest 2.4 or 5GHz WiFi band for each device in your home for optimal speeds. Stop buffering and start enjoying ultra-smooth streaming, online gaming, and more. Nighthawk X6S Tri-Band WiFi with MU-MIMO provides more WiFi for more devices. That means more range and reliability for your mobile devices. Nighthawk X6S offers key features to dramatically boost mobile connectivity and performance. High-powered amplifiers and 6 high-performance antennas help extend WiFi coverage throughout large homes & even backyards, while Beamforming+ focuses WiFi signals for stronger more reliable connections.

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Speed

Speed

Enjoy a blazing-fast, lag-free WiFi experience for gaming, video streaming or surfing.

EXTREMELY FAST WIFI—Up to 3.525Gbps

SMART CONNECT—Automatically selects the best dual band WiFi connection for optimal wireless speed

GIGABIT WIFI—Next-generation WiFi now at Gigabit speeds

MU-MIMO—Go faster by simultaneously streaming to multiple devices

GIGABIT WIRED—Ideal for HD gaming & video

DUAL CORE PROCESSOR—Dual core 1.8GHz processor boosts wireless, wired & WAN-to-LAN performance

WiFi Range

Faster and expanded coverage throughout your home and for all you devices.

ULTIMATE RANGE—WiFi coverage throughout very large homes

HIGH POWERED ANTENNAS—High-powered amplifiers with 6 external antennas

Reliability

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

BEAMFORMING+—Boosts speed, reliability, & range of WiFi connections for 2.4 & 5GHz bands

SIMULTANEOUS TRI-BAND—More and faster WiFi connections to all devices

DYNAMIC QoS—Dynamic QoS automatically recognizes & prioritizes streaming & gaming applications

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 ReadyCLOUD USB access application for backing up Windows-based PCs.

DLNA®—Find & play your media on DLNA TVs & game consoles

READYSHARE® USB ACCESS—Wirelessly access & share USB hard drive & printer via two (2) USB ports

ONE SUPERSPEED USB 3.0 PORT—Up to 10x faster than USB 2.0

READYCLOUD® USB ACCESS—Enjoy personal & secure cloud access to USB storage anytime, anywhere

READYSHARE PRINTER—Wirelessly access & share a USB printer

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!

SMART CONNECT—Intelligently selects the fastest WiFi band for every device connection. One WiFi name for the entire home

NIGHTHAWK APP—Easily set up your router and get more out of your WiFi. Includes remote access to manage your network away from home

VOICE CONTROLLED BY AMAZON ALEXA—Control your NETGEAR WiFi network with simple voice commands

Security

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

VPN SUPPORT —OpenVPN Connect app on iOS and Android® allows remote secure access to the home network

SECURE WIFI CONNECTIONS—Standards-based WiFi Security (802.11i, 128-bit AES encryption with PSK)

PARENTAL CONTROLS—Circle with Disney - the smart way for families to manage content and time online, on any device

GUEST NETWORK—Separate and secure network for your guests

AUTOMATIC FIRMWARE UPDATE—Delivers latest security patches to the router

PERSONAL FTP SERVER—Customized free URL to create FTP server

  • AC3600 Tri-Band WiFi— Up to 3.525Gbps (600Mbps @2.4GHz+ 1300Mbps@5GHz +1625Mbps @5GHz)
  • Powerful Dual-Core 1.8GHz processor
  • MU-MIMO—Simultaneous streaming of data for multiple devices
  • Multi-Gig Internet Support — Aggregate two gigabit Ethernet ports to get more than one gigabit internet, where supported††
  • Link Aggregation—Ability to aggregate two Gigabit LAN ports for faster file transfers
  • Smart Connect—same WiFi network name on 2.4 & 5GHz for automatic band selection
  • Dynamic QoS — Intelligently prioritizes video streaming & gaming
  • Circle Smart Parental Controls —Easily manage content and time online on all connected devices
  • Implicit & Explicit Beamforming—more reliable connections
  • ReadySHARE® USB—Share your USB hard drive and printer
  • Customized free URL to set up personal FTP server
  • VPN support—secure remote access. Now also on Mobile devices.
  • Guest network access—separate & secure
  • Automatic firmware update delivers latest security patches to the router
  • Voice controlled by Amazon Alexa & the Google Assistant—Control your NETGEAR WiFi network with simple voice commands

Three Dedicated WiFi Bands

Tri-Band WiFi with Smart Connect changes the game for today’s home WiFi networks. With one 2.4GHz band and two 5GHz WiFi bands to work with, the X6S has the capacity, flexibility, and intelligence to assign each device to the WiFi band where it can connect at its maximum possible speed. The result is that faster devices can connect and perform unhindered by slower or older devices—meaning ALL devices load, stream, and game at their maximum speed.

Supports Multi-Gig Internet Speeds

By combining two Gigabit Ethernet ports, this router can deliver more than 1 gigabit of Internet speed to your home. Pair with compatible NETGEAR cable modems supporting Multi-Gig internet speeds. Stream your favorite TV shows and movies in high definition to more devices.

Go Faster on Gaming, Streaming and Mobile

NETGEAR Nighthawk AC3600 Smart WiFi Router is built to handle all your high-bandwidth online activities with features that will keep you connected at top speeds. With the powerful dual-core processor, MU-MIMO and Dynamic QoS, this Nighthawk router can prioritize bandwidth to your game so other devices on the network don't slow down your connection. Enjoy uninterrupted video streaming for streaming applications like YouTube®, Netflix®, and others. And with features like high performance external antennas, and Beamforming+, you can enhance your mobile speeds, so you can roam freely throughout your home without fear of slow or dropped connections.

Multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO)

Using Multi-User MIMO technology, NETGEAR routers can stream data to multiple devices simultaneously. With MU-MIMO, your WiFi network can deliver faster throughput to every MU-MIMO connected device. That means faster downloads and smoother streaming for your devices.
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Dynamic Quality of Service

If you like gaming and streaming videos, then you'll benefit from Dynamic Quality of Service (QoS). Dynamic QoS resolves Internet traffic congestion when you have competing Internet demands at home. Dynamic QoS identifies your online activities by application and device, and then utilizes bandwidth allocation, and traffic prioritization techniques, to automatically allocate more bandwidth to latency sensitive applications like online gaming and video streaming, while ensuring that lower priority applications continue to work.

Simple and Secure Cloud Storage

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. Enjoy the convenience and accessibility of Google Drive and Dropbox® without the fees, storage limitations, or privacy concerns. Using the ReadyCLOUD mobile app or web portal, you’ll now have anytime, anywhere access to your USB drive at home… it’s that easy! 

Smart Parental Controls

Circle® with Disney is a smart way for families to manage content and time online, on any connected device. Using the Circle app smart parental controls you can easily manage content and time online for each family member. Set Time Limits on daily internet time for apps, and websites. Pause internet by device or by user with the press of a button. Set Bed Time for each family member and their devices. And much more. Learn more

Control your Network using Voice Commands

"Alexa, ask NETGEAR to turn on guest WiFi." Easily control your router using voice commands using Amazon Alexa. To enable the router to work with Amazon Alexa, you can use the command "Alexa, enable the NETGEAR skill," or you can manually link the NETGEAR skill to your Alexa app. Learn more.
"Ok Google, turn on the guest network." You can use voice commands using the Google Assistant to configure your router’s settings. You can also ask Google Assistant to tell you the router’s WiFi setting and guest network password. Learn more.

Technical Specifications

  • WiFi Technology

    • Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) Tri-band Gigabit

  • Speed and Range

  • WiFi Performance

    • AC3600 (600Mbps @2.4GHz+ 1300Mbps@5GHz +1625Mbps @5GHz)

  • WiFi Range

    • Very large homes

  • WiFi Band

    • Simultaneous tri-band

  • Beamforming

    • Beamforming+—Smart, signal-focusing technology boosts the speed, reliability, and range of your WiFi connections

  • Number of Ethernet Ports

    • Five (5) 10/100/1000Mbps—(1 WAN & 4 LAN) Gigabit Ethernet ports

  • Number of USB Ports

    • One (1) USB 3.0 port

  • Key Features

    • AC3600 Tri-Band WiFi— Up to 3.525Gbps (600Mbps @2.4GHz+ 1300Mbps@5GHz +1625Mbps @5GHz)

    • Powerful Dual-Core 1.8GHz processor

    • MU-MIMO—Simultaneous streaming of data for multiple devices

    • Gigabit Port Aggregation—Ability to aggregate two Gigabit LAN ports for faster file transfers

    • Six (6) high performance external antennas with high-power amplifiers

    • Five (5) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports (1 WAN & 4 LAN)

    • Dynamic QoS — Intelligently prioritizes video streaming & gaming

    • One (1) USB 3.0 Port

    • Implicit & Explicit Beamforming—more reliable connections

    • ReadySHARE® USB—Share your USB hard drive and printer

    • Customized free URL to set up personal FTP server

    • VPN support—secure remote access. Now also on Mobile devices.

    • IPv6 Support (Internet Protocol Version 6)

    • On/Off LED light switch

    • Circle Smart Parental Controls —Easily manage content and time online on all connected devices

    • Voice controlled by Amazon Alexa & the Google Assistant

  • Security

    • Standards-based WiFi Security (802.11i, 128-bit AES encryption with PSK)

    • Automatic firmware update delivers latest security patches to the router

    • Double firewall protection (SPI and NAT)

    • Denial-of-service (DoS) attack prevention

    • VPN Support—Secure access to your home network away from home

  • Processor

    • Dual-Core 1.8GHz

  • Memory

    • 128 MB Flash and 512 MB RAM

  • Physical Specifications

    • Dimensions: 11.63 x 8.92 x 2.14 in

    • Weight: 2.43lbs

  • Product Diagram

  • Package Content

    • Nighthawk® X6S AC3600 Tri-Band WiFi Router (R7960P)

    • Ethernet cable

    • Quick start guide

    • Power adapter

  • Standards

    • One (1) USB 3.0 port

    • IEEE® 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz + 256 QAM support

    • IEEE® 802.11 a/n/ac 5.0GHz

    • Five (5) 10/100/1000Mbps—(1 WAN & 4 LAN) Gigabit Ethernet ports

  • System Requirements

    • Microsoft® Windows 7, 8, 10, Vista®, XP®, 2000, Mac OS®, UNIX®, or Linux®

    • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 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.

Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network trac, 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 1300 Mbps is approximately 3x faster than 802.11n 450 Mbps. 2.4GHz Performance Mode requires 256 QAM support on WiFi client. Up to 1300 Mbps wireless speeds achieved when connecting to other 802.11ac 1300 Mbps devices.

Ideal Uses

Gaming For the Win.

Enjoy lag-free gaming and smooth frame rates with top 11AC speed and performance. Nighthawk delivers AC2600 WiFi, with MU-MIMO, a powerful dual-core 1GHz processor and Dynamic QoS which helps prioritize gaming traffic over other content. Go faster and farther on performance and game play.

Smoother HD Streaming.

Enjoy uninterrupted high definition video streaming without buffering. With increased speeds, QoS, Beamforming+ and built-in iTunes® server you'll begin to stream like you mean it. Access your stored media quickly with USB 3.0 and keep it safe with free automatic backup software for PCs and Time Machine® compatible for Macs.

Faster on Mobile.

Improve your mobile WiFi speeds by with Nighthawk routers. High-powered amplifiers & antennas help extend WiFi coverage throughout large homes and even backyards. For the first time Beamforming+ focuses WiFi signals to both 2.4 and 5GHz devices. With signals locked onto your device, experience what it really means to be mobile!

Nighthawk App

The NETGEAR Nighthawk® App (formerly Up app) makes it easy to set up your router and get more out of your WiFi. With the app, you can install your router in few steps - just connect your mobile device to the router network and the app will walk you through the rest. Once set up, you can use the intuitive dashboard to pause Internet on your connected devices, run a quick Internet speed test and much more.

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.