Netgear C7800 Review- Top Quality Cable Modem & Router

When your ever-growing clan of internet-craving devices demands for ultra-fast signal speed, there’s only one device to calm them down; Netgear C7800 cable modem router.

Outstanding Features of Netgear C7800 Cable Modem Router

Netgear C7800 supports up to 3.2Gbps combined Wi-Fi speed for extreme gaming, round-the-clock surfing, and video streaming without a hint of signal-dropping or delay.

Being a 2-in-1 device, Netgear C7800 allows you to do more with less. First, it gives a good cut on costs; buying one device instead of a separate router and cable modem.

Second, you have a space-saving deal and lesser cables to connect your party of wired devices in the house. Not to forget, setup time is reduced by half or more.

To deliver blazing-fast lag-free Wi-Fi experience, Netgear C7800 uses DOCSIS 3.1, a telecommunication standard that supports capacities of up to 10Gbps downstream and 1Gbps upstream. Though that is in theory, it gives every ISP a lot of space to wiggle even in future. The standard is ten times faster than its predecessor, DOCSIS 3.0.

The truth is, the cable modem router has 2 DOCSIS 3.1 OFDM downstream channels and 2 more for upstream. You are looking at speeds up to 1Gbps in download. That also guarantees you of solid and consistent internet access.

But that’s not enough if you have a large two or three-story house with a yard or an office allowing employees to bring their own devices to work. Netgear C7800 employs beamforming to boost the signal speed, make it reliable and spread it wherever the Wi-Fi devices are. That knocks out all blind corners.

Unboxing Netgear C7800

Bearing in mind the devices is a 2-in-1, Netgear C7800 is huge; 12.4 x 10.4 x 7.5 inches in size and a whopping 1.4 Kg in weight, with a garden bench, look. Considering the advancement of technology, that’s awkward-big.

It has four fixed high-performance active antennae backed by power amplifiers sitting in the rear to help increase Wi-Fi range. In the same neighborhood, there are four Gigabit Ethernet ports for your wired connections, a coaxial cable port for internet and power input.

Netgear adds a reset button and On/Off power button in case you need to shut it down or give it a cold boot.

Unlike other routers, Netgear C7800 carries three buttons on its front panel; WPS, Wi-Fi and LED switches. While the WPS and Wi-Fi buttons have been around for ages, the LED comes to turn off white light from the indicators.

The device is adorned with 12 LED lights on the side to show its status. If you aren’t a flashing lights kind of person, pressing this button will put all other lights off except the power button. Try it in a dark room and see the difference.

On the fourth side, Netgear C7800 carries two USB3.0 ports you can use to connect your network storage drives; a perfect step towards appreciating advancing technology. That allows you to back up all your data in a central drive and stream your media at an ultra-high-speed whenever you need.

Device Performance

If you are wondering how the cable modem router can support up to 3.2Gbps Wi-Fi speed, look no further than the powerful 1.5GHz dual processor. Together with the 128MB flash and 512MB RAM, Netgear C7800 ensures fast wired, wireless, WAN-to-LAN speed; the assurance of Next-Generation Wi-Fi at Gigabit speeds.

Remembering that Netgear is notorious for implementing simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi on routers, C7800 cable modem router hasn’t been left behind. You are assured of 4 x 4 transmitter/receiver for the 2.4GHz channel and 4x4 for the 5GHz channel.

Furthermore, the 2.4GHZ channel with 1024 QAM support runs at 1000 Mbps, while the 5GHz 11ac channel does 2200 Mbps. That explains the AC3200 connotation.

The modem guarantees fast download and upload speeds; 32 downstream and 8 upstream channels.

On security, Netgear C7800 deploys double firewall protection (SPI and NAT), Denial-of-service attack protection and Wi-Fi protected access (WPA/WPA2 – PSK).

Should the need arise to provide internet to your guest, the device allows separate secure guest network access. You no longer have to worry if your guest is spying on your data.

You also have access to parental controls to enable website filtering for every device connected on the network and a free URL to set up a personal FTP server.

While away from home, should you need remote access to manage your network, consider downloading Netgear Genie App from AppStore or Google Play store into your tablet or smartphone.

That gives you the ability to monitor, connect and control your home network. It gives you the ability to diagnose and repair issues within your network from anywhere. You can even reboot your C7800 with it.

While setting up the Netgear C7800 cable modem router, you have the chance to download the Ready SHARE Vault app for backing up data from your PC to your USB network drive for free.

If you are looking to use this device in your network; home or office, and are already up to current standards, don’t sweat it; it’s well equipped to support IPv6.

But that’s not all, it works well with Microsoft Windows 7, 8, 10, Vista, XP, 2000, Mac OS, UNIX, and Linux. On browsers, it demands Safari 1.4, Firefox 2.0, Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or Google Chrome 11.0 on the minimum. Anything below that is unacceptable.

Netgear awards one-year hardware warranty for the C7800 as is with all other devices and 90 days 24/7 basic technical support from the time of purchase. Make sure you buy your device from an authorized Netgear seller to enjoy this benefit.

Where to go From Here

Before buying Netgear C7800 or any other device for that matter, you must consult with your preferred ISP on their ability to ride on your chosen device. Netgear has a great relationship with Xfinity from Comcast hence may be well suited for such.

That leaves you with the decision to either buy this device or rent a modem from your provider and buy a separate router.

But from what we have tasted and seen, though Netgear C7800 costs about $400; a price you can split between the two devices represented and still have changed, its way of handling data is unmatched.

If you choose to buy two separate devices, their data handling disagreements may compromise each other’s efficiency leading to signal dropping and jittery content. Our vote goes to the C7800!

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