Review by Luc Tremblay
Disclosure – The Netgear Nighthawk X4 Smart WiFi Router was received free of charge in return for my honest opinion.
Our family has a lots of devices (15+) connected to the internet including cell phones, tablets, laptops, game consoles, Roku, etc. Being parents of curious pre-teens and teenagers, we were also very interested in being able to have parental control on all the different devices. Unfortunately, our old router was often dropping the WiFi connections when several devices were connected at the same time and could not do parental control.
After I was offered to review the Nighthawk X4 Smart WiFi Router, I did some research on the capabilities of the router and I was very pleased to see that it had the potential to solve my two main needs (lots of devices connected and parental control).
The router came with an installation booklet that contained a link to an installation video, an installation diagram and very detailed instructions. The installation was extremely simple as the diagram was sufficient to complete the installation without any hardship.
We also installed the free Genie App that lets you easily monitor, connect and control our home network from a Windows or Mac computer, tablet or Smartphone. You can share and stream music or videos, diagnose and repair network issues, set up parental controls and more.
The parental control was very easy to set up, you can set up filtering rules for each users on your network and you can also set up rules based on the time of the day.
I was happy to see that I had a reliable connection in every corner of the house from the basement to the second floor and that we do not experience dropped connection anymore when several devices are connected at the same time.
There is several other advance features that are also available :
Prioritize with quality of service allows you to prioritize some types of traffic ahead of others.
Share a USB drive on the network lets you access and share a USB drive connected to the router USB port.
ReadySHARE Vault Backup App is a free backup software for all the Windows computer in your home.
Share a USB Printer allows you to connect a USB printer to a USB port on the router and print wirelessly.
iTunes Server lets you play music with your Windows or Mac the iTunes app or use the Apple Remote from iPhone and iPad to play music on any AirPlay devices.
VPN Service allows you remote connection to your home network with a secure connection.
Personal FTP Server lets you use FTP to access your network when you are home through Dynamic DNS.
I was very pleased with the Netgear Nighthawk X4 Smart WiFi Router and would recommend it to families that want a router that offer parental control, ease of installation, ease of use and delivers fast WiFi connection for gaming and uninterrupted streaming and mobile connectivity.