WiFi router

Netgear R8500

AC5300 Nighthawk X8 Tri-Band WiFi Router
Netgear R8500
Performance Class (Standards Compliant):
  • N600 in 2.4GHz (SU-MIMO 4x4:4)
  • AC1733 in 5GHz (MU-MIMO 4x4:4)

Netgear R8500
Key Features (as described by the manufacturer)
  • Get fastest speeds available up to 5.3Gbps
  • Tri-band WiFi delivers more WiFi to more devices
  • Quad Stream delivers up to four data streams per WiFi band
  • 4 active antennas and 4 internal antennas amplify and maximize range
  • 6 Gigabit Ethernet ports—aggregate two ports for faster file transfers
  • Smart Connect intelligently selects the fastest WiFi band for every device
  • MU-MIMO capable for simultaneous streaming of data to multiple devices
  • Dynamic QoS prioritizes bandwidth by application and device
  • ReadyCLOUD® USB Access — Secure personal access to USB storage from anywhere
  • NEW FEATURE: Compatible with Amazon Echo®/Alexa – Control your home network using voice commands


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Netgear R8500 Test Review (methodology)

Internet Speed Download

The speed of download from the Internet
in Mbps or
% of subscribed
ISP download speed
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Whole Home Average: 71.2%
Whole Home Average: 71.2%
1st Floor Average: 98.5%
1st Floor Average: 98.5%
2nd Floor Average: 43.8%
2nd Floor Average: 43.8%
analiti @1: 98.9%
analiti @1: 98.9%
analiti @2: 98.4%
analiti @2: 98.4%
analiti @3: 98.3%
analiti @3: 98.3%
analiti @4: 26.7%
analiti @4: 26.7%
analiti @5: 20.0%
analiti @5: 20.0%
analiti @6: 84.7%
analiti @6: 84.7%

Internet Speed Upload

The speed of upload to the Internet
in Mbps or
% of subscribed
ISP upload speed
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Whole Home Average: 98.5%
Whole Home Average: 98.5%
1st Floor Average: 99.3%
1st Floor Average: 99.3%
2nd Floor Average: 97.7%
2nd Floor Average: 97.7%
analiti @1: 99.4%
analiti @1: 99.4%
analiti @2: 99.1%
analiti @2: 99.1%
analiti @3: 99.4%
analiti @3: 99.4%
analiti @4: 97.2%
analiti @4: 97.2%
analiti @5: 96.6%
analiti @5: 96.6%
analiti @6: 99.4%
analiti @6: 99.4%

RSSI Average

Signal strength
average
in dBm
Best Possible (for this analysis): -10dBm
Best Possible (for this analysis): -10dBm
Whole Home Average: -58dBm
Whole Home Average: -58dBm
1st Floor Average: -52dBm
1st Floor Average: -52dBm
2nd Floor Average: -65dBm
2nd Floor Average: -65dBm
analiti @1: -43dBm
analiti @1: -43dBm
analiti @2: -54dBm
analiti @2: -54dBm
analiti @3: -57dBm
analiti @3: -57dBm
analiti @4: -59dBm
analiti @4: -59dBm
analiti @5: -65dBm
analiti @5: -65dBm
analiti @6: -70dBm
analiti @6: -70dBm

RSSI 95th percentile

Signal strength
95% of measurements
are stronger than
in dBm
Best Possible (for this analysis): -10dBm
Best Possible (for this analysis): -10dBm
Whole Home Average: -60dBm
Whole Home Average: -60dBm
1st Floor Average: -53dBm
1st Floor Average: -53dBm
2nd Floor Average: -66dBm
2nd Floor Average: -66dBm
analiti @1: -45dBm
analiti @1: -45dBm
analiti @2: -56dBm
analiti @2: -56dBm
analiti @3: -59dBm
analiti @3: -59dBm
analiti @4: -61dBm
analiti @4: -61dBm
analiti @5: -67dBm
analiti @5: -67dBm
analiti @6: -71dBm
analiti @6: -71dBm

WiFi AP Speed Average

WiFi AP Speed Average
Best Possible (for this analysis): 867Mbps
Best Possible (for this analysis): 867Mbps
Whole Home Average: 417Mbps
Whole Home Average: 417Mbps
1st Floor Average: 674Mbps
1st Floor Average: 674Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 159Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 159Mbps
analiti @1: 866Mbps
analiti @1: 866Mbps
analiti @2: 595Mbps
analiti @2: 595Mbps
analiti @3: 563Mbps
analiti @3: 563Mbps
analiti @4: 137Mbps
analiti @4: 137Mbps
analiti @5: 101Mbps
analiti @5: 101Mbps
analiti @6: 238Mbps
analiti @6: 238Mbps

WiFi AP Speed 95th percentile

WiFi AP Speed 95th percentile
Best Possible (for this analysis): 870Mbps
Best Possible (for this analysis): 870Mbps
Whole Home Average: 399Mbps
Whole Home Average: 399Mbps
1st Floor Average: 650Mbps
1st Floor Average: 650Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 149Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 149Mbps
analiti @1: 870Mbps
analiti @1: 870Mbps
analiti @2: 550Mbps
analiti @2: 550Mbps
analiti @3: 530Mbps
analiti @3: 530Mbps
analiti @4: 130Mbps
analiti @4: 130Mbps
analiti @5: 87Mbps
analiti @5: 87Mbps
analiti @6: 230Mbps
analiti @6: 230Mbps

WiFi AP Speed Maximum

WiFi AP Speed Maximum
Best Possible (for this analysis): 1733Mbps
Best Possible (for this analysis): 1733Mbps
Whole Home Average: 1252Mbps
Whole Home Average: 1252Mbps
1st Floor Average: 1733Mbps
1st Floor Average: 1733Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 770Mbps
2nd Floor Average: 770Mbps
analiti @1: 1733Mbps
analiti @1: 1733Mbps
analiti @2: 1733Mbps
analiti @2: 1733Mbps
analiti @3: 1733Mbps
analiti @3: 1733Mbps
analiti @4: 289Mbps
analiti @4: 289Mbps
analiti @5: 289Mbps
analiti @5: 289Mbps
analiti @6: 1733Mbps
analiti @6: 1733Mbps

Internet Dns Success

Internet Dns Success
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Whole Home Average: 100%
Whole Home Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
2nd Floor Average: 99%
2nd Floor Average: 99%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @4: 99%
analiti @4: 99%
analiti @5: 99%
analiti @5: 99%
analiti @6: 100%
analiti @6: 100%

Internet Dns Latency Average

Internet Dns Latency Average
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 18.7ms
1st Floor Average: 16.9ms
2nd Floor Average: 20.5ms
analiti @1: 17.8ms
analiti @2: 15.5ms
analiti @3: 17.3ms
analiti @4: 20.6ms
analiti @5: 24.0ms
analiti @6: 16.8ms

Internet Dns Latency 95th percentile

Internet Dns Latency 95th percentile
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 45.1ms
1st Floor Average: 34.1ms
2nd Floor Average: 56.1ms
analiti @1: 42.3ms
analiti @2: 26.3ms
analiti @3: 33.7ms
analiti @4: 56.3ms
analiti @5: 81.7ms
analiti @6: 30.3ms

Internet Dns Latency Jitter

Internet Dns Latency Jitter
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 6.8ms
1st Floor Average: 5.4ms
2nd Floor Average: 8.2ms
analiti @1: 6.6ms
analiti @2: 3.9ms
analiti @3: 5.8ms
analiti @4: 8.3ms
analiti @5: 11.7ms
analiti @6: 4.6ms

Internet Http Success

Internet Http Success
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Whole Home Average: 98%
Whole Home Average: 98%
1st Floor Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
2nd Floor Average: 97%
2nd Floor Average: 97%
analiti @1: 99%
analiti @1: 99%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @4: 98%
analiti @4: 98%
analiti @5: 93%
analiti @5: 93%
analiti @6: 100%
analiti @6: 100%

Internet Http Latency Average

Internet Http Latency Average
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 54.9ms
1st Floor Average: 52.9ms
2nd Floor Average: 57.0ms
analiti @1: 52.3ms
analiti @2: 50.9ms
analiti @3: 55.5ms
analiti @4: 60.2ms
analiti @5: 59.5ms
analiti @6: 51.2ms

Internet Http Latency 95th percentile

Internet Http Latency 95th percentile
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 84.3ms
1st Floor Average: 72.9ms
2nd Floor Average: 95.7ms
analiti @1: 81.3ms
analiti @2: 59.0ms
analiti @3: 78.3ms
analiti @4: 124.3ms
analiti @5: 101.3ms
analiti @6: 61.3ms

Internet Http Latency Jitter

Internet Http Latency Jitter
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 8.9ms
1st Floor Average: 7.2ms
2nd Floor Average: 10.7ms
analiti @1: 6.4ms
analiti @2: 5.0ms
analiti @3: 10.1ms
analiti @4: 14.0ms
analiti @5: 12.7ms
analiti @6: 5.3ms

WiFi Router Ping Success

WiFi Router Ping Success
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Best Possible (for this analysis): 100%
Whole Home Average: 100%
Whole Home Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
1st Floor Average: 100%
2nd Floor Average: 100%
2nd Floor Average: 100%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @1: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @2: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @3: 100%
analiti @4: 100%
analiti @4: 100%
analiti @5: 99%
analiti @5: 99%
analiti @6: 100%
analiti @6: 100%

WiFi Router Ping Latency Median

WiFi Router Ping Latency Median
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 8.5ms
1st Floor Average: 3.4ms
2nd Floor Average: 13.5ms
analiti @1: 2.9ms
analiti @2: 3.5ms
analiti @3: 3.8ms
analiti @4: 15.5ms
analiti @5: 21.2ms
analiti @6: 3.9ms

WiFi Router Ping Latency 95th percentile

WiFi Router Ping Latency 95th percentile
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 24.1ms
1st Floor Average: 4.8ms
2nd Floor Average: 43.4ms
analiti @1: 4.3ms
analiti @2: 5.0ms
analiti @3: 5.0ms
analiti @4: 44.3ms
analiti @5: 73.3ms
analiti @6: 12.7ms

WiFi Router Ping Latency Jitter

WiFi Router Ping Latency Jitter
Best Possible (for this analysis): 0.0ms
Whole Home Average: 5.9ms
1st Floor Average: 1.3ms
2nd Floor Average: 10.5ms
analiti @1: 1.2ms
analiti @2: 1.2ms
analiti @3: 1.5ms
analiti @4: 12.1ms
analiti @5: 16.8ms
analiti @6: 2.6ms

Our whole home WiFi testing methodology

We test whole home WiFi products - but our tests are independent and objective:

  • We test only products that were purchased from well known retailers when they were publicly available. We don't test samples pushed to us by the manufacturer prior to release date that may contain different software and hardware than the actual units that you can purchase.
  • We only test performance, measurable with objective metrics. You will not hear what we think of design, or apps, or functionality that has nothing to do with product performance or subjective preferences.
  • We test with a publicly available tool - the fasTest app. Our tests are repeatable - not just by us, but also by you, in your home or office.

We test whole home WiFi products in a real home lab. It's a two level apartment in multi-family building, comprising of the two top levels. The levels are separated by a concrete slab, making it especially difficult for wireless signals to pass through.

Lab layout
whole home WiFi testing lab

The orange squares are locations where we have routers, access points or range extenders placed, whereas the blue circles are location where we perform measurements. We use the fasTest | speed test app (in the "deep" testing mode) for running the tests (and you can, too - in fact, it is recommended you test your solution at home, before you install it and after you set it up, to make sure you got an effective solution for your specific situation).

We perform the fasTest Deep test (using a single TCP connection for data download or upload) in every location for 3-5 times - measuring and recording multitude of parameters. We then pick the top (best) three measurements and average the measurements fto get the result for the specific parameter using the specific network at the specific location.

We then calculate the average whole home performance by averaging the location-specific results in all measurement locations.

Test configurations

Our test configuration depends on the type of UUT (Unit Under Test) - whether a range extender, a standalone router or a WiFi mesh system - as well as the form factor of the UUT components - desktop or wall-plug

Test configuration for range extenders
  • ISP modem/router in location @A, connected to the ISP provided backhaul
  • The range extender (the UUT) is placed at location @B
  • The range extender is connected to the ISP modem/router using WPS Push Button method.
  • The range extender is configured to use both 2.4GHz and 5GHz for serving clients, regardless of the capabilities of the ISP modem/router (that are limited to 2.4GHz only).
Test configuration for mesh systems
  • ISP modem/router in location @A, connected to the ISP provided backhaul
  • Primary mesh unit of the UUT placed at location @A and is connected using an Ethernet cable to the ISP modem/router
  • Additional mesh units of the UUT are placed at location @C and @E (for the desktop form factor) or @B and @E (for the wall-plug form factor)
  • For UUTs with only one additional unit - that unit is placed at location @E
Test configuration for standalone routers
  • ISP modem/router in location @A, connected to the ISP provided backhaul
  • The standalone router (the UUT) is placed at location @A and is connected using an Ethernet cable to the ISP modem/router
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