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Nighthawk X4S (AC-only mode)

spsssw
Luminary

Nighthawk X4S (AC-only mode)

Hi. I want to ask Nighthawk X4S owners if they are able to set the 5Ghz band to AC-only instead of a/n mixed? My goal is too buy this router and set it to AC-only for 5Ghz band ,and N-only for 2.4 band. I'm looking to buy a new router and I am still deciding between the X4S and the Linksys 1900ACS (this Linksys can be set to AC-only on 5Ghz band). Not being able to set the 5Ghz to AC-only would be a deal killer for me.

Model: R7800|Nighthawk X4S AC2600 Wifi Router
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VE6CGX
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Re: Nighthawk X4S (AC-only mode)

If you connect only -ac mode devices, it'll run at that speed.

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avtella
Prodigy

Re: Nighthawk X4S (AC-only mode)

That option is not there, I have asked for it many times. Hopefully they add it in the future.

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VE6CGX
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Re: Nighthawk X4S (AC-only mode)

Netgear routers usually specifies on config. the upto xxxx speed. So you set it to max. and when you have only -ac devices are connected

it'll run at max speed which is -ac mode. Don't need to specify -ac mode only. I am using same router at home. That 's the way it works. If

you mix -n and -ac devices then it'll run at -n mode speed to accomodate -n mode deivce.

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avtella
Prodigy

Re: Nighthawk X4S (AC-only mode)

I think he understands all of which you mentioned however in some instances its actually useful to have an "only" option, though for most it may be pretty trivial.

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Retired_Member
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Re: Nighthawk X4S (AC-only mode)


@spsssw wrote:

 Not being able to set the 5Ghz to AC-only would be a deal killer for me.


Enjoy your new Linksys!

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VE6CGX
Master

Re: Nighthawk X4S (AC-only mode)

Specially when I get it free, LOL! One of perfectlly working MU-MIMO router out there. Asus >> Netgear >> Linksys going around.

Time to try Asus RT-AC3100(aka RT-AC88)

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TheEther
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Re: Nighthawk X4S (AC-only mode)


@VE6CGX wrote:

Netgear routers usually specifies on config. the upto xxxx speed. So you set it to max. and when you have only -ac devices are connected

it'll run at max speed which is -ac mode. Don't need to specify -ac mode only. I am using same router at home. That 's the way it works. If

you mix -n and -ac devices then it'll run at -n mode speed to accomodate -n mode deivce.


Just a slight correction.  It runs at -n mode speed while communicating with a -n mode device and at -ac mode speed with an -ac device.  The presence of the -n mode device does drag the overall network throughput down, but it's not as bad as it would be if the router were running at -n mode speed all of the time.

 

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stevency
Luminary

Re: Nighthawk X4S (AC-only mode)

Does it means in order to get the best out of R7800, it's better to have -ac device connecting to R7800 and add another AP/bridge for -a/g/n traffic?

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TheEther
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Re: Nighthawk X4S (AC-only mode)

Sure, it would be best to only have -ac devices.  You can get a separate AP for -b/g/n clients, or you could force them to use the 2.4 GHz band.  But what do you hope to achieve?  Your Internet service is likely going to be the bottleneck, unless it's Gigabit speed.

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VE6CGX
Master

Re: Nighthawk X4S (AC-only mode)

-ac devices on 5 GHz, the rest on 2.4GHz won't do it?

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