Lately, we have been streaming more and more videos and TV. I found that our wifi is OK but not fantastic for getting the best viewing experience. When Best Buy reached out and asked if I wanted to check out the NETGEAR Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Tri-Band Quad Stream I jumped at the chance.
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I love the idea of having a connected home. Being able to monitor our wifi, temperature, and so much more from my phone while traveling makes me feel so relieved. To start building our connected home we are setting up the NETGEAR router.
I am so excited about these benefits from setting up the NETGEAR Router.
Increased Wi-Fi speed optimal for buffer-free streaming (Netflix, Hulu, etc.) and gaming (Xbox, Steam), and lag-free browsing allows you to connect an array of devices, old and new, without sacrificing performance. These routers automatically prioritize devices by wi-fi bandwidth needs, or you can use the Network Map on the Genie app to manually prioritize.
Complete control: setup parental controls to block access to specific sites on certain devices. Plus you can restrict access by time (ex. Shutting off certain devices from wi-fi during dinner or bed times). Or set up a dedicated guest network, allowing friends easy access to your wi-fi while safeguarding the files on your devices.
ReadySHARE USB Port: Simply plug in a USB drive to your router’s port and safely share all files on the drive (can include movies, pictures, music, etc.) across all the devices on your network.
I have to be honest and admit that going into the setup of the router I was a bit nervous. I had the Geek Squad number printed and on my desk just in case, I got in way over my head and managed to crash our entire internet.
Thankfully I worried for nothing. There are literally two cords that you have to attach to set up the router. The only thing I had to do was find a shelf for the router to sit on. It is a bit bigger than I expected it to be so I found a shelf that could sit near my desk instead of it taking up the majority of the corner of my desk.
This worked out as a huge benefit because it forced me to clean off my desk and now it is sparkling clean, and we have crazy fast internet. Total win win!
I waited a few days from setting up the router to share it with you. I wanted to see if I could tell a difference in our tv streaming and internet. I am so dang happy to say that I can tell a difference. Movies and TV shows are streaming quickly and crisp. I don’t feel like there is a lag now in what the screen is doing versus what the actors are saying.
This first step towards setting up a connected home was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I had it built up in my head that it was going to take hours, and I would need the Geek Squad to get through it. In the end, I was able to do it myself without even getting a paper cut or stressing at all!
You can find the NETGEAR Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Tri-Band Quad Stream at Best Buy. Here is the SKU: 4446201 to make it easier to locate it. The regular price is $399.99
The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free