Netgear C7000 Review

The Netgear C7000 is one of Netgear's most reliable and impressive modems. Packed with all the signature features and performance level you would expect from a Netgear device, the C7000 stands on its own amongst a sea of powerful modems.

With its sleek, hard-edged design, the C7000 looks cool. But when it comes down to it, the configuration of routers and modems are just the appetizer.

The Netgear C7000 is one of Netgear’s most reliable and impressive modems. Packed with all the signature features and performance level you would expect from a Netgear device, the C7000 stands on its own amongst a sea of powerful modems.

With its sleek, hard-edged design, the C7000 looks cool. But when it comes down to it, the configuration of routers and modems are just the appetizer.

  1. What we want to know is how do the C7000 perform?
  2. Does it live up to the signature quality of Netgear?

Let’s find out.

Main Features

  • DOCSIS 3.0 with 24 x 8 Channel Bonding Technology
  • Supports WEP and WPA/WPA2 Wireless Security Protocols
  • Four Gigabit Ethernet Ports and Two USB Ports
  • Up to 400Mbps speed and can reach 1,900Mbps when connected with the AC1900
  • Compatible with All Major Cable Internet Providers

Design

The C7000 features a sleek and compact design which is somewhat surprising considering the level of components it has underneath its hood. The C7000 won’t take up any considerable space on your desk or shelf. It looks good enough to be displayed and will fit right in with a modern household or alongside your gaming rig.

The casing of the C7000 is made from durable black plastic. The edges of the C7000 unit are dotted with LED lights that will show the current status and performance of the unit. Behind the unit are several ports.

The C7000 features up to four Gigabit Ethernet ports, one USB 2.0 port, a coaxial cable port, and the power cable port.

For those who are not a fan of jutting antennas with their router, you will be glad to know that the C7000’s antennas are all located within the unit. This gives it an even more reorganized or minimalist aesthetic.

The straightforward design of the C7000 highlights its no-frills approach and its focus on delivering reliable, fast, and practical performance. The Netgear C7000 design and construction are all up to standards with what you would expect from the brand.

Setup

Setting up a modem will take some additional steps when compared to a router. When installing the Netgear C7000, you must first have all the ISP data on-hand such as usernames and account numbers.

Once you have all the details gathered, you can start the installation process.

First, you need to have the coax cable for the Netgear C7000. Power up the modem and connect it to a desktop computer via Ethernet. Go to the browser interface and activate the C7000 via the Xfinity service.

Don’t worry if you have zero experience in setting up such devices as the Netgear C7000 comes with a detailed and easy to follow instruction manual. While it does require an extra step, setting up a modem is still relatively simple.

If you do encounter a problem, you can always contact Netgear’s customer support services to help guide you through the troubleshooting process. Based on my personal experience with the company.

Their CS agents are reasonably knowledgeable about helping you fix specific issues that you might encounter with their products.

Functionalities and Features

In terms of performance, you can expect the Netgear C7000 to break 1.9Gbps when partnered up with AC1900 Wi-Fi. Within the compact case of the Netgear C7000 is the still superb 1.6GHz processor.

This allows the modem router to handle game streaming and gaming, in general easily.

This unit has a respectable 256MB RAM and around 128MB of Flash memory. As with all Netgear routers, the C7000 utilizes a reliable security system in the form of WPA, WPA2, and PSK access.

The unit also comes with double firewall protection and a DoS attack preventive program.

What helped separate the C7000 from the pack is with its incredibly sleek design. Which is surprising when you consider the level of performance that it can provide. The unit is also incredibly light at only 1.6lbs. Add this with its vertical monolith-like design, and you have a router/modem that barely takes up any space on your desk or shelf.

The Netgear C7000 also comes with its companion app. This will allow users to check-in and change specific parameters with relative ease. That being said, the app does feel a bit outdated with its presentation and navigation. The overall design of the app is pretty neat and clutter-free so navigating the options is quite easy, albeit a tad bland.

Since this is a DOCSIS 3.0 integrated cable modem, you can cut the middleman (renting the modem from your ISP) which saves you a lot in monthly bills. Since this is a dual-band router, you can expect stable all-around internet speed.

The C7000 also comes equipped with the Beamforming+ which will boost the Wi-Fi’s range by a considerable margin. It also features Netgear’s ReadyShare program which allows users to create backups of important files with relative ease.

Specs

  • Wi-Fi: AC1900, 24 x 8 DOCSIS 3.0, Dual-band
  • Wi-Fi Chip: Broadcom BCM3384
  • Ports: 4
  • Firewall: Yes

 

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Sleek, lightweight, and modern design.
  • Good speed with a decent Wi-Fi range.
  • Will save you cash in the long run as you can eliminate the need to pay monthly modem rent to your ISP.

Cons

  • This is a somewhat expensive unit.
  • It doesn't come with many extra features.

Conclusion:


This is an ideal modem/router for homes and small offices. It is a highly reliable modem that features user-friendly configuration and a nifty aesthetic. I do recommend you follow the instructions carefully as most issues with the unit tend to revolve around the initial set up. Fortunately, the customer support service of Netgear is helpful and reliable during such concerns.


While the initial price for the Netgear C7000 might give you pause, remember that it can help reduce your monthly internet bill by removing the modem rental fee. Now, add an excellent performance on top of that, and this modem will be paying for itself over time. Overall, the Netgear C7000 is a solid choice for those looking to replace their modem with something that can unleash the full potential of their internet speeds.

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