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Netgear C7000 Review, Fast, Easy, and Reliable WiFi Modem

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This Netgear C7000 review will share my findings on the wireless model and reveal how actual buyers think about this product. As you read through this post, you will also learn how much this model has gained people’s interest over the past 5 years. Let’s first have a look at the major features of Netgear C7000.

Major Features

This Nighthawk cable model router has a wide range of features that benefits users.

Speed

Netgear explains that this C7000 model provides extremely fast wifi up to 1.9Gbps which can be ideal for gaming and watching streaming videos. The model adopts DOCSIS 3.0 that enables up to 24 times faster cable Internet speeds than 2.0. The model also uses a channel bonding technology to ensure super-fast cable internet even during peak hours. Whether you use the modem in a Wi-Fi or a wired mode, it still maintains Gigabit speeds. This ultra-fast speed is possible thanks to its processor that is 1.6GHz.

Channel Bonding

I just mentioned about Channel Bonding. What is it? This Tech blog explains that it is a common practice in the Wi-Fi world. It combines two adjacent channels within a given frequency between two or more wireless devices in order to enhance throughput. The Netgear model website also explains this in a layman’s term. So, one channel is like one lane on a highway. If you have one lane, traffic will be awful. If you have two lanes, traffic will move faster.

It is the same concept that by bonding channels, you can have faster communications between your devices and the modem. And, the Nighthawk modem is equipped with this technology.

Simultaneous Dual-Band Performance

Netgear points out that this model provides simultaneous dual-band performance. The company gave some explanations here. The wireless routers with the dual-band capability can transmit data on the 5GHz and 2.4GHz wireless bands. Each band has unique characteristics. 2.4GHz is more widespread and has only 3 channels that are not overlapping for transmission. It is affected by many interfering devices such as microwave ovens, mobile phones, Bluetooth devices, and other wireless gadgets.

5GHz is much cleaner and it is less affected by interference using 23 non-overlapping channels. This channel is great for streaming services and gaming that are susceptible to degraded Wi-Fi speed. No one likes stopping and slow videos and games. Netgear C7000 has this simultaneous dual-band technology.

ReadyShare USB

I think this is a convenient way to share contents like videos and photos with your family. You can just put your USB into this modem, and people using the modem can watch and view the contents you shared. This sharing feature takes advantage of the two technologies below.

  • DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) allows you to find and play contents using DNLA TVs and game consoles.
  • ReadySHARE USB Access gives you a way to share your USB thumb drives wirelessly via the modem’s USB port.

Powerful Processor

A powerful combined 1.6GHz was adopted in the Netgear C7000 modem. Backed by this processor, the model provides not only faster WiFi speed but also faster wired and USB access speeds.

Suitable Use Cases

We’ve just discovered the major features of C7000. Then how can we make good use of this product?

Streaming and Gaming

Whether you watch a streaming video or play an online game, fast and seamless connection to the Internet is essential. It can be frustrating to have lag and buffering while using the Internet. Netgear C7000 provides great online experiences thanks to the channel bonding and the powerful processor.

Media Sharing

When you want to share your videos and photos within your house, its media sharing feature can be useful. You can simply plug your USB into the modem and you can see the media. It doesn’t have to be PC to see the contents. Through devices that are connected to the modem, you can watch the shared videos, view the photos, and listen to music.

Avoid Lease Fee for XFINITY / Time Warner

Your Internet Service Provider may charge every month by letting you use their modem. This Nighthawk AC1900 cable modem router, you can save up to $120 a year with improved performance according to Netgear.

Price

The Netgear C7000 Nighthawk modem is currently priced at $177.70 on Amazon. That model supports 400Mbps max Wi-Fi download speed. I found it has other models that support a different maximum download speed.

  • 200Mbps max download, AC1200: $118.99
  • 300Mbps max download, AC1600: $149.99
  • 400Mbps max download, AC1900: $177.70
  • 400Mbps max download, AC1900 + Voice: $246.66
  • 400Mbps max download, AC3200: $249.99
  • 2000Mbps max download, AC3200: $369.99

How People Think About Netgear C7000

When you see product introduction from a company, you will always hear great things about it. No company will reveal any weaknesses or defects of the product, obviously. So, as a consumer, it is wiser to doubt what they say and do your own research before making a final purchase decision. In this section, we will learn how actual users think about the product. How can we measure these? We can do this by using data analysis techniques called sentiment analysis.

You don’t have to be scared by the technical term. I did the technical part and you can just look at pretty graphs. In this section, I will show you two types of graphs – word cloud and customer sentiment chart. For the analysis, I’ve compiled more than 2,000 customer reviews from Amazon and conducted analysis to summarize them. I will show you the result in a word cloud and a customer sentiments chart. And, lastly, I will share the WiFi modem’s Google trend result that shows the level of interest from people.

Word Cloud

Word cloud is one of the great and fun ways to understand customer sentiments toward a product or a service. In a word cloud, you can see specific words in different sizes. The larger it is, the more people used that word to describe the product. For this word cloud, I used the titles of the reviews, since people put the essence of their opinions in the title. The 2,000+ reviews allowed me to generate an interesting word cloud that let me reach a positive conclusion. Let’s have a look!

Positive Word Cloud
Positive Word Cloud

Understanding the word cloud is easy. Just follow your eyes and see what you see. You will see that most of the big words are all positive. This means that customers have had a positive experience with their product and service. People used words like “fivestars”, “great”, “good”, “easy”, “awesome”, and more positive terms to describe the C7000 modem.

Customer Sentiments

In the word cloud, we were able to observe what descriptive words people used to talk about the Nighthawk modem. As mentioned, the word cloud is based on the titles of customer reviews, but the sentiment analysis graph was generated by the contents of the reviews. In the sentiment analysis, we will see more specific types of feeling that people showed in their review. In the analysis, you can see 10 different sentiments such as positive, negative, trust, anticipation, joy, fear, sadness, anger, surprise, and disgust.

The technology behind the chart is straightforward. The analysis algorithm holds 10 different lists – each list containing words that are mapped to one of the 10 sentiments. When this algorithm runs, it checks and matches with one of the sentiments. When matched, it is counted as one and is categorized in one of the 10 sentiments. My analysis on the positive reviews appears as below.

Positive Customer Sentiments
Positive Customer Sentiments

The chart is also not difficult to understand. You can see that the positive sentiment is ranked number one. The first rank is followed by “negative”, “trust”, “anticipation” and “fear”. It does have some negative opinions, but overall, people expressed more positive sentiments than negative ones. So my customer review analysis told me that many people have a positive experience with the Netgear modem.

Google Trend

As the final segment of analysis, let me share the trend of the model. I used Google Trend to check how frequently “netgear c7000” is searched on Google over the past 5 years. Google Trend is a useful tool to measure the interest of people. The more frequently people search on Google, the more popular or trendy it is. The Google Trend (may not visible on a mobile phone) of the Wi-Fi modem below shows that people have increasingly shown an interest in the C7000 model over that period.

If this trend continues, the level of interest is likely to continue in the future. Please note that the trend is from the world. If I divide it by country, we can see that the largest interest came from the United States. To see the country rank, find the list icon at the bottom right and click it. It will turn into the rank.

It seems like the Netgear C7000 modem is available only in the United States since the interest came from the country only.

Conclusion

Internet speed is really important for productivity and entertainment for me. When my Internet speed was slow, I often got distracted to other tasks while waiting for files downloading and uploading. If you are looking for high speed and reliable Wi-Fi modem, I think it is worth checking this product. Based on my research on the major features and the analysis on customer reviews, Netgear C7000 can be a great choice for your first or next WiFi modem.

Useful Link

Just in case you want to test your Internet speed, I put a speed test website below.

For your reference, using the checker, I got 12.14Mbps for download and 0.81Mbps for upload. My primary use cases for the Internet include web surfing, blogging, and watching videos. For most of the time, I am happy with the current speed, but if Netgear C7000 can bump up my speed, I think that will be a great investment.

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