In the summer of 2016, Netgear introduced the LTE modem router “Nighthawk” AC1900 R7000-100LG. The new model can support LTE-Advanced and powerful WLAN for home networking. And the strong functions make the Nighthawk an interesting representative among the LTE routers. In the following, we show what potential prospects of technical finesse await and for whom the purchase is worthwhile.
|Features and characteristics of AC1900|
|Manufacturer and type:||Nighthawk AC1900 R7000|
|Chipset:||1000 MHz; Type unknown|
|Download rate up to:||300 Mbit/s|
|Upload rate up to:||50 Mbps|
|Supported LTE Frequency bands||B1, B3, B7, B8, B20, B38, B40|
|Downwards compatible with:||UMTS DC-HSPA+ (up to 40 Mbps)|
|Support for LTE-Advanced:||Yes|
|Integrated telephone system||No|
|Connection for external antenna:||No|
|Network | LAN & WLAN|
|LAN Ports:||4 x 1 Gbit LAN, 1 x modem port|
|5 GHz WLAN Support:||Yes|
|Encryption:||WPA / WPA2-PSK, SPI/NAT firewall|
|WLAN Hotspot Function:||No|
|Battery pack:||No battery integrated|
|Dimension:||30.6 x 20.3 x 260 mm at 1 kg|
|USB:||1x USB 3.0 / 1x USB 2.0|
|Memory Card Expansion:||No|
|Release:||About July 2016|
|Detailed manual:||»Download the manual (PDF, 5,5 MB, English)|
Netgear Nighthawk R7000 AC1900 – thanks to LTE-Advanced
With the AC1900 Codename “Nighthawk”, you get an all-round carefree package for modern broadband connections. By using a micro SIM card equipped with a LTE data tariff, LTE speeds of up to 300 Mbit/s can be achieved in the download and a maximum of 50 Mbit/s in the upload. This corresponds to LTE-A of category 6 (CAT6). In order to realize these bandwidths, two-band carrier aggregation with up to 40 megahertz is used. The equipment of the used LTE bands is for the use in European areas without gaps. The most important 4G frequencies in Europe, 800 Megahertz, 1,800 Megahertz and 2,600 Megahertz, are supported by the Nighthawk. If the LTE reception is not sufficient, backward bands can also be used on 3G (UMTS). Here the band 1 (2,100 Megahertz) and 8 (900 Megahertz) are used.
Netgear Netgear R7000 provides powerful hardware
The hardware platform of the LTE router reads quite usable. For example, a 1 gigahertz clocked dual-core processor is working inside the device with 256 MB of RAM. In addition, 128 MB Flash-ROM was integrated. In addition to the connection via WLAN, four LAN ports can also be used for the network connection. In addition, there is an additional port for connecting a cable or DSL modem. A 1.5 meter long Ethernet cable is included to get started. Unfortunately, external LTE antennas cannot be connected.
The cable-connected connection possibilities for end devices such as USB sticks and printers were implemented with 1x USB 2.0 and 1x USB 3.0. WPA and WPA2 with PSK provide the necessary security during data transfer with the WLAN connection, as well as two firewalls (SPI and NAT). An LED on the Nighthawk signals the current operating status. The WPS button for an uncomplicated and fast connection from the terminal to the router is also on board, in addition, the AC1900 is VPN-capable.
Maximum 1.9 Gbit/s bandwidth and open source
What is special in the Netgear AC1900 Router is the possibility to use both an LTE connection as well as cable-bound Internet. Due to the combination of WLAN frequencies 2.4 GHz (with 256 QAM support) and 5 Gigahertz, WLAN ac is theoretically possible up to 1.9 Gbit/s. The high data rate is achieved by combining WLAN at 2.4 and 5 GHz, beamforming technology and triple MIMO via the well-visible paddle antennas. The use of two Internet connections, in this case LTE/UMTS and fixed network, prevents a connection termination. If the 4G signal is weak, the fixed network takes over, the cable-bound interface is interrupted, the mobile radio jumps in. Further safety functions, System optimizations or setting possibilities can be supplemented by programmers thanks to Open Source. You can find the firmware for the AC1900 R7000 “Nighthawk” and other routers.