NETGEAR R6700AX WiFi Router (AX1800)

Get WiFi6 Technology Inexpensive…!

Netgear R6700AX (AX1800) is compatible with WiFi6 (802.11ax). As you know, this standard has just been introduced and many companies have not yet been able to make routers compatible with this technology. This standard has many advantages, and this has made the manufacturers of WiFi equipment quickly seek to establish compatibility with this technology.

Most obvious advantages of this standard are :

1- Increase in data transfer speed coverage.

2- Increase in coverage.

3- Simultaneous access of multiple clients to the communication channel.

4- Increase in the number of active users.

One thing that should be mentioned is that routers compatible with this technology are usually expensive. But this router is an exception. This router is an Economic WiFi 6 router.

$110.00

WiFi Technology:

Support for the WiFi6  standard has given very favorable capabilities to Netgear AX1800 (R6700) WiFi router. In this standard the coverage and speed of communication has increased dramatically due to the presence of valuable technologies such as BSS Coloring,MU-MIMO,Beamforming, as well as support for communication channels with a width of 80Mhz.

The overall speed of this device is up to 1800Mbps, which is serviced in 2 separate frequency bands, one of which is used to communicate high-speed devices such as Game Consoles and the other to communicate clients for routine tasks such as web surfing and checking emails.

How Does BSS Coloring Improve Performance?

Technically, when several WiFi networks with the same channel are in the neighborhood of each other (for example, your WiFi network and your neighbors), unwanted interference occurs between them. This interference causes neighboring routers to receive each other’s signals.

But the problem is that since the router is not able to recognize the signals of the clients of its own network, it has to refrain from sending until it receives a signal (whether it belongs to its own network or to neighboring networks). This causes a sharp drop in speed in noisy networks.

WiFi6 technology has solved this problem easily. Routers compatible with this technology identify their signals with a tag (Color). In this way, WiFi6 routers can recognize the signals received from their network’s clients and ignore the rest.

Dual Band Router:

Since this router has 2 separate frequency bands ( the 2.4Ghz frequency band with a speed of 600Mbps and the 5Ghz frequency band with a speed of 1200Mbps) it allows you to manage communications in the WiFi network.

To have a better service, you can connect clients that need higher bandwidth to the 5Ghz frequency band. (such as smart TVs and game consoles) and connect the rest of the users to the 2.4Ghz frequency band.

NETGEAR AX1800 is a VPN Server …!

The VPN server service is one of the interesting features of this WiFi. Usually, other WiFi routers only supports VPN client capability , but this router can work as a VPN Server. But what is its application?

You may need to make servers or programs (e.g. Home or Office file server , VOIP or CCTV systems) within the network accessible from the Internet. (also known as Server Publishing). There are two ways to to do this:

  • DMZ or Virtual Server service: Which is  very risky because in this case these resources are exposed to the access of all Internet users.
  • VPN Server service: Which is a secure method and recommended by cybersecurity engineers. But since setting up this server may be a bit complicated; it is not popular between users.

Netgear R6700 (AX1800) has embedded VPN Server service. You can set up this server easily and with the least complexity possible. In this method it no longer requires to publish internal servers and programs on the Internet. Authorized Internet users who want to access the internal servers , can first connect to the router as VPN Client and then use them safely as an internal user.

Security , the Most Important Option :

Netgear has designed the Armor security system in collaboration with Bitdefender security company. This system is a comprehensive security program that is activated on this Netgear WiFi Router model . Armor is able to create a very high level of security for all equipment in the network.

In addition to mobile phones and tablets, this system also provides security for IOT equipment

Parental control

NETGEAR AX1800 (R6700) has one of the most useful management systems for parents. The NETGEAR Smart Parental Control System allows you to monitor and limit your children’s online activities. You can restrict access to adult content and harmful websites too.

One of the most interesting features of this system is the ability to Pause the kid’s internet connection, at times such as dinner time or study time. To learn how to set up this system, refer to the setup tab.

NETGEAR AX1800 Setup:

The Nighthawk App allows you to set up and manage the router in the easiest way possible using a mobile app, the features of this program include internet speed testing, checking the number of users connected to the router, monitoring incoming and outgoing traffic, monitoring the security status of the entire network, etc. Check the How to Setup” and “Useful Resources” tabs.

Conclusion:

WiFiAdviser has performed different tests on Netgear AX1800 (R6700) WiFi6 Router  . Which included speed test, communication stability test, Number of concurrent users and Coverage tests. We also performed mesh quality and stability tests.In the end, we gave this router a score of 7 out of 10.

Wireless Specifications
Wireless Standard 802.11ax a/b/g/n/ac
Bands Dual Band
Overal Speed 1800Mbps
Range Large House
Concurrent Clients 30
Antenna 3 External
Software Capabilities
Security Level (1 to 10 ) 7
Parental Control Capabilities (1 to 10) 7.5
Traffic Control Capabilities (1 to 10) 7
Guest Network Yes
Physical Ports
WAN Ports 1 (1Gbps)
LAN Ports 4 (1Gbps)
USB Ports N/A
Special Capabilities
Beamforming Technology YES
MU-MIMO Technology Yes
Mesh Support Yes
Repeater Mode NO
Vendor-Specific Technology Armor Security System
Hardware Specifications
Processor 1.5 GHz Quad-Core CPU
Memory 512MB RAM
Dimension 11.22 x 7.26 x 1.97 in
Weight 1.6lb

How to Setup by Web Browser

  1. Connect Your Router to Modem
    • If your internet connection is through an Ethernet cable, connect the cable to the router’s Internet port. And if your internet connection uses a modem, Connect the modem to your router’s Internet port with an Ethernet cable.

  1. Find the default SSID (Network Name) and Password printed on the label at the bottom of the router and connect to it, or connect an Ethernet cable from router’s Lan port to your computer’s network card.
  2. Log In to Your Router by typing http://www.routerlogin.net or 192.168.1.1 in your web browser ( Google Chrome/Firefox/Safari/Edge,…) address bar.

    • If this is the first time you open the router settings page, you will automatically redirect to the internet connection configuring page. Follow the instructions on the page. The router connects to the Internet
  1. If you already set up the Internet connection, A login window opens and ask you to enter admin username and password.
    • The router admin user name is “admin” and the password is the one that you specified the first time that you logged in.
  1. Select Settings > Setup > Wireless Setup. The Wireless Setup page displays
    • You can specify the settings for the 2.4 GHz band and 5 GHz band
    • To improve your network’s capacity, Internet upload and download speeds, and WiFi range, keep the Enable AX check box selected.

 

     6. To change the network name (SSID), type a new name in  the Name (SSID) field and click apply.

     7. To set a password for your WiFi network , choose WPA2- Personal [AES] security option and then type your desired WiFi password in passphrase field and click apply.

How to Setup by Mobile App

Netgear company has introduced a very practical App called “NETGEAR Nighthawk App”  for setting up and configuring WiFi routers ,including NETGEAR R6700AXS (AX1800) WiFi6 Router .

This app allows you to manage all of your router’s management tasks in the simplest possible way. you can change the network name and password, router’s login password , update router’s firmware, etc.

  1. Download the app from Useful Resources tab.
  2. Connect to your router’s WiFi network .
    • Your router’s WiFi network name (SSID) and network key (password) are on the router
  3. Execute the Nighthawk app on your mobile device. The dashboard displays.

  4. Tap a feature on the dashboard to view or change the settings.

Useful Resources

NETGEAR R6700AXS (AX1800) WiFi6 Router App and documents:

NETGEAR Nighthawk App download:

Documents :

 

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