Nighthawk® X6S Tri-Band WiFi Router with MU-MIMO

Stream Faster. Game Stronger.

Circle®—Smart Parental Controls
NETGEAR Armor - Cybersecurity for your home

Nighthawk® X6S Tri-Band WiFi Router with MU-MIMO

Model: R8000P

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Stream Faster. Game Stronger.

802.11ac Tri-Band Gigabit

The Nighthawk® X6S AC4000 Router, with breakthrough Tri-band WiFi and multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO), is ideal for simultaneous streaming to many WiFi devices in your home. Enjoy fastest WiFi speed throughout your home with less lag and less buffering as you game, stream and surf. Access and control your router from anywhere using features such as NETGEAR Nighthawk App, ReadyCLOUD® and OpenVPN®. Control your home network with voice commands using Amazon Alexa and the Google® Assistant. Get best-in-class cybersecurity with NETGEAR Armor to protect your family from malware, stolen passwords, identity theft, and hacker attacks. Manage content and time online with Circle® Smart Parental Controls.

Enjoy a blazing-fast, lag-free WiFi experience for gaming, HD video streaming or surfing.

NETGEAR Nighthawk® Smart Wireless Routers can stream data to multiple devices simultaneously.



Enjoy a blazing-fast, lag-free WiFi experience for gaming, video streaming or surfing.

EXTREMELY FAST WIFI—4.0Gbps The fastest combined WiFi speed for uninterrupted streaming

GIGABIT WIFI—Next-generation WiFi now at Gigabit speeds

GIGABIT WIRED—Ideal for HD gaming & video

DUAL-CORE PROCESSOR—Dual-core 1.8GHz processor boosts wireless, wired & WAN-to-LAN performance

MU-MIMO—Go faster by simultaneously streaming to multiple devices

WiFi Range

Got range? Homes come in all shapes and sizes and Nighthawk Smart WiFi Router provides WiFi coverage no matter where you connect in your home.

ULTIMATE RANGE—WiFi coverage throughout very large homes

HIGH-POWER ANTENNAS—High-power amplifiers with 6 external antennas


With NETGEAR, sharing across your network is fun and easy, anything from accessing stored photos & music to wireless printing. And enjoy personal and secure cloud access to USB storage anywhere with ReadyCLOUD.

DLNA®—Find & play your media on DLNA TVs & game consoles

READYSHARE® USB ACCESS—Wirelessly access & share USB hard drive via two (2) USB ports

ONE SUPERSPEED USB 3.0 PORT—Up to 10x faster than USB 2.0

READYCLOUD® USB ACCESS—Enjoy personal & secure cloud access to USB storage anytime, anywhere

READYSHARE® VAULT—Free software for automatic PC backup to a USB hard drive connected to the router

Ease of Use

There’s nothing more frustrating than lost connections! With NETGEAR’s advanced features & best-in-class technology, you’ll reduce interference & enjoy more reliable WiFi connectivity.

EASY INSTALL—Easy setup for iPad®, tablets, smartphones & computers

NIGHTHAWK APP—Easily set up and monitor your home network

PUSH ‘N’ CONNECT —Easy push button WiFi connections (WPS)

WIFI & POWER ON/OFF —Convenient power savings

VOICE CONTROL —Works with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant


Maintain high security across your network to help ensure your privacy & family is safe while online. Whether it’s preventing phishing & spyware or just limiting access for kids & guests, NETGEAR has you covered.

NETGEAR Armor - Advanced cyber threat protection for your home and all your devices

VPN SUPPORT—OpenVPN Connect app on iOS and Android® allows remote secure access to the home network

GUEST NETWORK ACCESS—Separate & secure access for guests

SECURE WIFI CONNECTIONS—Standards-based WiFi Security (802.11i,128-bit AES encryption with PSK)

PERSONAL FTP SERVER—Customized free URL to create FTP server

PARENTAL CONTROLS—Circle® - the smart way for families to manage content and time online, on any device

AUTOMATIC FIRMWARE UPDATE—Delivers latest security patches to the router

  • AC4000 WiFi— Up to 4Gbps (750Mbps 2.4GHz + 1625Mbps 5GHz + 1625Mbps 5GHz)
  • MU-MIMO for simultaneous streaming of data to multiple devices
  • Advanced QoS for lag-free gaming and smoother streaming
  • Dual-core processor boosts wireless, wired & WAN-to-LAN performance
  • Better range with three amplifiers & external antennas
  • USB 3.0 for up to 10 times faster access to your stored media than USB 2.0
  • Nighthawk App—Get the most out of your router performance with customized settings
  • Works with Amazon Alexa & the Google® Assistant – Control your home network using voice commands
  • ReadyCLOUD® USB Access—Enjoy personal & secure access to USB storage connected to your Nighthawk® WiFi Router
  • PARENTAL CONTROLS—Circle® - the smart way for families to manage content and time online, on any device
  • NEW: NETGEAR Armor - Advanced cyber threat protection for your home and all your devices

Cybersecurity for your Home

Protect your home network and all connected IoT, smart home and personal mobile devices safe and secure from cyber threats. NETGEAR Armor powered by Bitdefender protects all your smart home devices from cyber threats or attacks including viruses, Trojans, spyware, ransomware, and more. Check security status for all your devices in one place and receive instant alerts when threats are blocked on any device.

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Smart Parental Controls

Circle® is a smart way for families to manage content and time online, on any connected device. Using the Circle app smart parental controls you can easily manage content and time online for each family member. Set Time Limits on daily internet time for apps, and websites. Pause internet by device or by user with the press of a button. Set Bed Time for each family member and their devices. Learn more

Go Faster on Gaming, Streaming and Mobile

NETGEAR Nighthawk AC2600 Smart WiFi Router is built to handle all your high-bandwidth online activities with features that will keep you connected at top speeds. With the powerful dual-core processor, MU-MIMO and Dynamic QoS, this Nighthawk router can prioritize bandwidth to your game so other devices on the network don't slow down your connection. Enjoy uninterrupted video streaming for streaming applications like YouTube®, Netflix®, and others. And with features like high performance external antennas, and Beamforming+, you can enhance your mobile speeds, so you can roam freely throughout your home without fear of slow or dropped connections.

Multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO)

Using Multi-User MIMO technology, NETGEAR routers can stream data to multiple devices simultaneously. With MU-MIMO, your WiFi network can deliver faster throughput to every MU-MIMO connected device. That means faster downloads and smoother streaming for your devices.

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Dynamic Quality of Service

If you like gaming and streaming videos, then you'll benefit from Dynamic Quality of Service (QoS). Dynamic QoS resolves Internet traffic congestion when you have competing Internet demands at home. Dynamic QoS identifies your online activities by application and device, and then utilizes bandwidth allocation, and traffic prioritization techniques, to automatically allocate more bandwidth to latency sensitive applications like online gaming and video streaming, while ensuring that lower priority applications continue to work.

Simple and Secure Cloud Storage

Access and share your files stored on a USB Drive through NETGEAR ReadyCLOUD® USB Access. Simply plug your USB hard drive into your NETGEAR® Nighthawk WiFi Router to create secure personal cloud storage. Enjoy the convenience and accessibility of Google Drive and Dropbox® without the fees, storage limitations, or privacy concerns. Using the ReadyCLOUD mobile app or web portal, you’ll now have anytime, anywhere access to your USB drive at home… it’s that easy!

Control your Network using Voice Commands

"Alexa, ask NETGEAR to turn on guest WiFi." Easily control your router using voice commands using Amazon Alexa. To enable the router to work with Amazon Alexa, you can use the command "Alexa, enable the NETGEAR skill," or you can manually link the NETGEAR skill to your Alexa app. Learn more.

"Ok Google, turn on the guest network." You can use voice commands using the Google Assistant to configure your router’s settings. You can also ask Google Assistant to tell you the router’s WiFi setting and guest network password. Learn more.

Technical Specifications

  • WiFi Technology

    • 802.11ac

  • Speed and Range

  • WiFi Performance

    • AC4000 WiFi (750 + 1625 + 1625)

  • WiFi Range

    • Very large homes

  • WiFi Band

    • Simultaneous Tri-Band WiFi - Tx/Rx 3x3 (2.4GHz) + 3x3 (5GHz) + 3x3 (5GHz)

  • Beamforming

    • Beamforming+— Implicit & Explicit Beamforming for 2.4 & 5GHz bands

  • Number of Ethernet Ports

    • Five (5) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports (1 WAN & 4 LAN)

  • Number of USB Ports

    • Two (2) USB ports (1 USB 3.0 & 1 USB 2.0)

  • Key Features

    • AC4000 Tri-Band WiFi

    • Works with Amazon Alexa & the Google Assistant – Control your home network using voice commands

    • Circle Smart Parental Controls - Manage content and time online

    • NETGEAR Armor - Advanced cyber threat protection for your home and all your devices

    • MU-MIMO‡—Simultaneous streaming of data for multiple devices

    • 64-bit Dual-Core 1.8GHz Processor with 3 Offload Processors—Better video streaming, lag-free gaming & surfing

    • Smart Connect—Same WiFi network name on 2.4 & 5GHz for automatic band selection

    • High-Performance Antennas—Six (6) external antennas for better WiFi coverage & faster speeds

    • Two USB Ports—One (1) USB 3.0 & One (1) USB 2.0 for easy access to your stored media

    • Gigabit Ethernet Ports—Five (5) 10/100/1000 Mbps (1 WAN & 4 LAN)

    • Port Aggregation— Combine two Gigabit Ethernet ports to improve the aggregated file transfer speed

    • Nighthawk App - Easily set up your router and get more out of your WiFi.

    • ReadyCLOUD® USB Access—Enjoy personal & secure cloud access to USB storage anytime, anywhere

    • Guest Network Access—Separate & Secure

    • Beamforming+—Improves range & performance for both 2.4 and 5GHz devices

    • IPv6 Support (Internet Protocol Version 6)

  • Security

    • Customized free URL to set up personal FTP server

    • VPN support—secure remote access

    • Guest network access—separate & secure

    • WiFi Protected Access® (WPA/WPA2—PSK)

    • Double firewall protection (SPI and NAT)

    • Denial-of-service (DoS) attack prevention

  • Processor

    • 64-bit Dual-Core 1.8GHz Processor with 3 Offload Processors

  • Product Diagram

  • Memory

    • Memory: 128 MB flash and 512 MB RAM

  • Physical Specifications

    • Dimensions: 11.63 x 8.92 x 2.14 in (295.5 x 226.8 x 54.5 mm)

    • Weight: 2.43 lbs (1.1 kg)

  • Package Content

    • Nighthawk® X6S AC4000 Tri-Band WiFi Router (R8000P)

    • Ethernet cable

    • Quick start guide

    • Power adapter

  • Standards

    • IEEE® 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz 1024QAM support

    • IEEE® 802.11 a/n/ac 5GHz 1024QAM support

  • System Requirements

    • Microsoft® Windows 7, 8, 10, Vista®, XP®, 2000, Mac OS®, UNIX®, or Linux®

    • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 5.0, Firefox® 2.0, Safari® 1.4, Google Chrome 11.0 browsers or higher

† Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE 802.11 specifications. Actual data throughput and wireless coverage will vary and may be lowered by network and environmental conditions, including network traffic volume and building construction.

‡ MU-MIMO capability requires both router and client device to support MU-MIMO. For more information see:

Intended for indoor use only.

NETGEAR, the NETGEAR Logo, ReadySHARE and ReadyCLOUD, are trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. Mac and the Mac logo are trademarks of Apple Inc. Any other trademarks on this package are for reference purposes only. ©2016 NETGEAR, Inc.

Nighthawk App

The NETGEAR Nighthawk® App makes it easy to set up your router and get more out of your WiFi. With the app, you can install your router in few steps - just connect your mobile device to the router network and the app will walk you through the rest. Once set up, you can use the intuitive dashboard to pause Internet on your connected devices, run a quick Internet speed test and much more.

NETGEAR Warranty

This product comes with a limited warranty that is valid only if purchased from a NETGEAR authorised reseller.

* 90-day complimentary technical support following purchase from a NETGEAR authorised reseller.