Since this product is advertised on Netgear, this model is currently being manufactured.


Wireless Performance Explained

Advertised Speed of 5Ghz band

Theoretical 802.11ac speed on 5Ghz band (using 80Mhz channel, 256-QAM, 400 ns GI):

  • 3 spatial streams x 433.3 mbps/stream = 1299.9 mbps


This is classified as a “Mid-Performer” 802.11ac wifi system. If higher performance is needed, consider upgrading to a “Top-Performer”. Read: What’s the fastest 802.11ac (wifi5) wifi system possible?


  • WPA2-Personal (128-bit encryption)
  • WPA2-Enterprise (128-bit encryption)

Firmware Changelog

Does this support automatic firmware updates? Yes, as of firmware


To stay up-to-date, make sure to enable “Automatic Firmware Upgrade” from the dashboard.

Download the latest firmware from netgear.com (2018-11-07)

New Features and Enhancements:

  • Supports tri-band smart connect.
  • Allows customers to set timezone to fix Auto-firmware update timing per local timezone.
  • Improved Nighthawk Remote management functionality.
  • Fixed Internet performance when VLAN is turned ON and under a PPPoE connection.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixes security vulnerability issues (2018-05-22)

New Features and Enhancements

  • Supports collection of router analytics data.
  • Added support for SHA256 certificates in lieu of MD5 for OpenVPN.
  • Supports the Auto firmware update feature.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixes security issues. (2018-02-02)

  • Fixes security issues. (2017-11-29)

  • Fixes security issues. (2017-11-21)

New Features and Enhancements:

  • Supports Circle parental controls.
  • Supports SMBv2 and v3.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixes security issues.
  • Fixes the issue where the Roku player cannot play videos from a USB storage device connected to the router.
  • Fixes the issue where if the release note has over 26 lines, the browser does not display the Yes and No buttons on the Router Update page.
  • Fixes the issue where the email function does not work.
  • Fixes the issue where after the router is registered to ReadyCLOUD, the router does not ask for a login password if the user logs in again.
  • Fixes the issue where the ReadyCLOUD app for Android and iOS is unable to detect a router.
  • Fixes the issue where if the traffic meter is reached, the warning page displays the R8000 model as M3200 instead of AC3200.
  • Fixes the issue where the Remote app for iOS unregisters with the iTune server after the router reboots.
  • Fixes the issue where the GUI doesn’t show the host name on the remote management page when the user is logged in to their DDNS account.
  • Fixes the issue where the Access Control menu is not grayed out when the router is set in AP mode.
  • Fixes the issue where the USB volume disappears after downloading or uploading large file. (2017-10-02)

New Features and Enhancements:

  • Supports UP app 2.0

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixes the genie app crash issue. (2017-07-20)

New Features and Enhancements:

  • Security Enhancements.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixes the genie app crash issue. (2017-03-01)

  • Fixed the security issue. (2017-01-16)

  • Fixed the security issue about password recovery. (2017-01-17)

  • Fixed the security issue about Security Advisory VU 582384. (2016-11-28)

Bug Fixes & Enhancements:

  • Fixes the WIN10 Edge and IE11 web browser issue.
  • Fixes the Telefonica IPTV crash issue by disabling the CTF in PPPoE mode when IPTV/VLAN is enabled.
  • Supports ReadyCLOUD.
  • Supports AP mode detection.
  • Supports IPv6 6rd.
  • Supports 802.11d clients for Europe. (2016-11-28)

New Features:

  • Supports Dynamic QoS for Japan.

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed the SOAP vulnerability issue
  • Fixed the Kcode NetUSB module vulnerability issue
  • Updated the HTTPS certificate
  • Disabled the QoS edit page when the router is in AP mode
  • Fixed the issue where the USB printer disappears when access control is enabled
  • Fixes the issue where NAT blocks traffic for certain types of packets (2016-11-28)

New Features

  • Supports Bridge/VLAN Settings.

Bug Fixes

  • Improves the wireless connection stability.
  • Fixes the IPv6 auto detection issue in certain cases.
  • Fixes the WPS connection issue on the second 5GHz WiFi band.
  • Corrects the Chinese website link address: www.ORAY.cn
  • Fixes the issue in which Samba overwrites large files incorrectly.
  • Fixes the wireless throughput inconsistency issue.
  • Fixes the Intel AC7260 connection issue when computers and tablets are on power save mode.
  • Improves the interference resistance at 5 GHz.
  • Fixes the IOT issue for some USB 3.0 storage devices. (2016-11-28)

  • Supports ‘China’ wireless region and passed SRRC & CCC certifications. (2016-11-28)

Bug Fixes:

  • Improves the wireless connection stability.
  • Improves the USB 3.0 IOT and the stability for file access.
  • Fixes some IPv6 connection issues that happen in certain cases.
  • Adds support for some IPv6 service over PPPoE.
  • Improves Time Machine support.
  • Fixes the issue that may consume more battery power of mobile devices connected to router.
  • Fixes the issue that disallows multiple port forwarding rules to the same internal port.
  • Fixes some GUI display issues in the Show Statistics window.
  • Fixes the connection issue with Sonos speaker.
  • Removes the detection function for AP mode. (2016-11-28)

New Features and Enhancements:

  • FW supports Canada wireless region and passed IC certification for PAS initial production release.
  • When the Router is in AP mode, changes its power LED to be solid white.(The FW behavior is flashing amber/white.)

Bug Fixes:

  • Fixed * GUI incorrectly displays ‘Port Status’ in the ADVANCED tab > Administration > Router Status > Lan Port * ‘Show statistics’ button.
  • Fixed the IPTV LAN Port number display incorrect issue.
  • Fixed the PR downloader filename incorrect name issue. (2016-11-28)

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed wireless connection issues.
  • Improved the system stability. (2016-11-28)

New Features and Enhancements:

  • The AU support FW release for production (2016-11-28)

  • Fixed the traffic may temporary block issue when changing the wireless settings. (2016-11-28)

New Features and Enhancements:

  • Roll back to V1.0.0.64 code base.
  • Wireless Dongle firmware and dhd driver updated. (2016-11-28)

  • Initial Release