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Netgear R8300

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Netgear R8300 -100NAS
(Nighthawk X8)

Availability: now

FCC approval date: 26 May 2015
(Est.) initial retail price (in USD): $300
Country of manuf.: China
Series: AC5000

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Type: wireless router

FCC ID: PY315200309
Industry Canada ID: 4054A-15200309

Power: 19 VDC, 3.16 A
Connector type: barrel

CPU1: Broadcom BCM47094 (1.4 GHz, 2 cores)
FLA1: 128 MiB
134,217,728 B
1,048,576 Kib
131,072 KiB
1,024 Mib
0.125 GiB
(Spansion S34ML01G200TFI00)
RAM1: 512 MiB
536,870,912 B
4,194,304 Kib
524,288 KiB
4,096 Mib
0.5 GiB
(Samsung K4B4G1646E-BYK0)

Expansion IFs: USB 3.0
USB ports: 1
Serial: yes, 4-pin header, J4

WI1 chip1: Broadcom BCM4366
WI1 chip2: Broadcom BCM4366
WI1 802dot11 protocols: an+ac
WI1 MIMO config: 4x4:4
WI1 antenna connector: U.FL
WI2 chip1: Broadcom BCM4366
WI2 802dot11 protocols: bgn
WI2 MIMO config: 4x4:4
WI2 antenna connector: U.FL

ETH chip1: Broadcom BCM47094
Switch: Broadcom BCM53125S
LAN speed: 1G
LAN ports: 6
WAN speed: 1G
WAN ports: 1


Additional chips
2.4GHz RF Power Amplifier Module;Skyworks;SE2623L;;4;
5GHz RF Power Amplifier Module;RFMD;RFPA5542;;8;
3-lane, 3-port PCIe Gen2 Switch;PLX Technology;PEX8603;;1;

Stock bootloader: CFE

Stock FW OS: Linux


Default SSID: NETGEARXX (33 addl. devices)
Default login user: admin
Default login password: password
admin:password credentials used by 408 additional devices
of which 297 are Netgear devices

802dot11 OUI: none specified

Netgear R8500PY315200309
For a list of all currently documented Broadcom chipsets with specifications, see Broadcom.

• 2x 2165 Mbps - 2x 4-stream 802.11ac device (80MHz 5GHz, 1024QAM),
• 1x 600 Mbps - max. PHY rate 802.11n (40MHz 2.4GHz, 64QAM) = 5000 Mbps class

Nighthawk X8 AC5000 Smart WiFi Router

802.11ac Tri-Band Quad Stream Gigabit
Product page  • Support page

While not really represented well in the infobox, this is a tri-radio device - all radios

(2x 5GHz [11an+ac], 1x 2.4GHz [11bgn]) used are BCM4366 (FullMAC)

This is an artificially limited Costco exclusive model.

In this case, the R8300 is a R8500 with NitroQAM (1024QAM) and TurboQAM (256QAM)
disabled on the four stream 2.4GHz 802.11n radio limiting its maximum theoretical
speed to 600Mbps instead of 1000Mbps. Also, the USB 2.0 port was removed for R8300.

See also: Netgear R8500

Product features[edit]

  • Get fastest speeds available up to 5.0 Gbps
  • Tri-band Wi-Fi delivers more Wi-Fi to more devices
  • Quad Stream delivers up to four data streams per Wi-Fi band
  • 4 active and 4 internal antennas to amplify and maximize range
  • 6 Gigabit Ethernet ports, aggregate two for fast file transfers
  • Smart Connect intelligently selects Wi-Fi band for every device
  • MU-MIMO for simultaneous streaming of data to multiple devices
  • Dynamic QoS prioritizes bandwidth by application and device


  • CPU: Broadcom BCM47094 @1.4GHz (DualCore ARM Cortex A9)
  • Memory: 128 MB Flash (NAND) and 512 MB RAM (DDR3)
  • WLAN: 2x 4T4R AC BCM4366 + 1x 4T4R N BCM4366
  • DualBand, NitroQAM 5GHz (2x 2165Mbps), 2.4GHz (600Mbps)
  • Seven (7x GbE) 10/100/1000 Mbps ports: 1x WAN & 6x LAN
LACP: Dual Gigabit Ethernet Port Aggregation (LAN1+LAN2)
  • USB: 1x USB 3.0 port
  • Dimension:: 316 mm x 264 mm x 61 mm (WxHxD)
  • Weight: 1680 g
    1.68 kg
    59.254 oz
    3.704 lbs

See also[edit]