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Apple AirPort Extreme vs Netgear Nighthawk X6

3.86 in
6.61 in
Apple AirPort Extreme Router
Apple AirPort Extreme
11.63 in
8.93 in
Netgear Nighthawk X6 Router
Netgear Nighthawk X6
Available colors
Editiorial reviews
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1 editorial reviews
Apple's draft 802.11ac version of its AirPort Extreme doesn't stack up very well against its competition for features or performance. {mospagebreak toctitle=...Read more
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2 editorial reviews
It’s not the fastest, but it can do tricks the competition can’t.Read more
We finish up our review of NETGEAR's R8000 Nighthawk X6 with wireless performance results and a look at how well the XStream architecture holds up under high...Read more
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User rating
18
4.2 out of 5
18 user ratings
5 stars
38 %
4 stars
44 %
3 stars
16 %
2 stars
0 %
1 stars
0 %
30
4.1 out of 5
30 user ratings
5 stars
46 %
4 stars
26 %
3 stars
20 %
2 stars
6 %
1 stars
0 %

Full Comparison

Connectivity

Apple AirPort ExtremeApple AirPort Extreme
Netgear Nighthawk X6Netgear Nighthawk X6
Number of LAN ports34
Number of WAN ports11
USByesyes
Total USB ports12
Number of USB 2.0 ports11
Number of USB 3.0/3.1 ports01
Connectivity technology
N/A
  • Wireless
  • Wired
Communication mode
N/A
  • Full-Duplex
  • Half-Duplex
Number of USB 3.1 ports
N/A
0

Design

Apple AirPort ExtremeApple AirPort Extreme
Netgear Nighthawk X6Netgear Nighthawk X6
Colour of productWhite
  • Black
  • Grey
  • Silver
Active cooling (fan)yesno

Dimensions

Apple AirPort ExtremeApple AirPort Extreme
Netgear Nighthawk X6Netgear Nighthawk X6
Width3.86 in11.63 in
Height6.61 in8.93 in
Depth3.86 in2.15 in
Weight2.09 lb2.43 lb
Number of units11
Rack-mount designnono

Features

Apple AirPort ExtremeApple AirPort Extreme
Netgear Nighthawk X6Netgear Nighthawk X6
Built-in DSL modemnono
File serverVia USBVia USB
Built-in printer serveryesyes
Mobile app for controlling featuresyesyes
Designed for wall mounting
N/A
yes

Communication

Apple AirPort ExtremeApple AirPort Extreme
Netgear Nighthawk X6Netgear Nighthawk X6
Management interfaceWeb/networkWeb/network
6to4yesno
Communication protocol
  • IPv6
  • Wireless Multimedia Extensions
  • IPv6
  • Quality of Service
  • Wireless Multimedia Extensions
Data link layer
  • Ethernet
  • Fast Ethernet
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • IEEE 802.11a
  • IEEE 802.11ac
  • IEEE 802.11b
  • IEEE 802.11g
  • IEEE 802.11n
  • Ethernet
  • Fast Ethernet
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • IEEE 802.11a
  • IEEE 802.11ac
  • IEEE 802.11b
  • IEEE 802.11g
  • IEEE 802.11n
Number of simultaneous connections32360
N/A
Wireless standards
  • IEEE 802.11a
  • IEEE 802.11ac
  • IEEE 802.11b
  • IEEE 802.11g
  • IEEE 802.1x
  • IEEE 802.3
  • IEEE 802.3ab
  • IEEE 802.3u
  • IEEE 802.11n
  • IEEE 802.11a
  • IEEE 802.11ac
  • IEEE 802.11b
  • IEEE 802.11g
  • IEEE 802.3
  • IEEE 802.3ab
  • IEEE 802.3u
  • IEEE 802.11n
Jumbo frames supportnono
Mobile broadband supportnono
Throughput WAN-LAN325.5 Mbps806.4 Mbps
VoIP (SIP)nono
Wireless networkyesyes
2.4GHz wireless networkyesyes
2.4GHz data transfer rate450.0 Mbps600.0 Mbps
5GHz wireless networkyesyes
5GHz data transfer rate1300.0 Mbps2600.0 Mbps
External antennanoyes
MIMOnoyes
Total wireless data transfer rate1300.0 Mbps3200.0 Mbps
Wireless security
  • WEP
  • WPA
  • WPA2-Enterprise
  • WPA2
  • WPA3
  • WEP
  • WPA-PSK
  • WPA
  • WPA2-PSK
  • WPA2
  • WPS
Frequency band
N/A
  • 2.4 GHz
  • 5 GHz
Detachable antenna
N/A
no
Beamforming
N/A
yes
MU-MIMO
N/A
no
Number of antennas
N/A
6

Compatibility

Apple AirPort ExtremeApple AirPort Extreme
Netgear Nighthawk X6Netgear Nighthawk X6
DynDNSnono
Target audienceHome usersHome users
Routing protocol
N/A
  • RIP-1
  • RIP-2
Support for alternative firmware
N/A
DD-Wrt

Memory

Apple AirPort ExtremeApple AirPort Extreme
Netgear Nighthawk X6Netgear Nighthawk X6
Included flash memory32.0 MB128.0 MB
Included RAM512.0 MB256.0 MB
Maximum flash memory
N/A
128.0 MB
Maximum RAM
N/A
256.0 MB

Power

Apple AirPort ExtremeApple AirPort Extreme
Netgear Nighthawk X6Netgear Nighthawk X6
Operational Power Consumption (min-max)< 9
N/A
Power over Ethernet (PoE)nono

Security

Apple AirPort ExtremeApple AirPort Extreme
Netgear Nighthawk X6Netgear Nighthawk X6
DMZyesyes
VPN protocol
  • IPSec
  • L2TP
  • PPTP
N/A
VPN clientnoyes
Encryption Algorithm
N/A
  • WPA-PSK
  • WPA2-PSK

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