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Netgear Nighthawk R7000 Wifi ac router poor USB performance

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December 8, 2013 9:33:04 PM

I have recently bought a Netgear Nighthawk R7000 wifi ac router with 1 USB 3.0 and 1 USB 2.0 port. Upon connecting my WD mypassport 1TB USB 3.0 HDD with the USB ports gives me 3.93mbps of transfer rate. is it normal?? I expected atleast 50mpbs+ of transfer rate. And for some strange reason transfer on USB2.0 feels faster than USB 3.0.

I copied a 637mb file from my laptop (wifi N) over wifi to and from the router. Following are the results:

From laptop to router time: 2 mins 35 secs
From router to laptop time: 1 min 35 secs.

Then tried with a 231 mb video file:

From laptop to router: ~3mins (strange :??: )
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a b D Laptop
December 9, 2013 10:43:26 AM

Your transfer rates are way below what they should be. Take a look at the first two tables for the R7000 on THESE TABLES. Contact Netgear for support and/or replacement.

If you are using a USB 3 device, you should be getting real close to 60MBPS transfer rates. Are you using the latest firmware?
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December 9, 2013 8:36:49 PM

RealBeast said:
Your transfer rates are way below what they should be. Take a look at the first two tables for the R7000 on THESE TABLES. Contact Netgear for support and/or replacement.

If you are using a USB 3 device, you should be getting real close to 60MBPS transfer rates. Are you using the latest firmware?


Yes it is the latest firmware. Also in that article the computer was connected to the router via Gigabit LAN port and not over wifi as confirmed to me by the author of that review.
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December 10, 2013 7:26:04 AM

Sure, and of course like any wireless signal it will degrade over distance, check you speeds at 2 meters and 20 meters. If they drop off substantially then you are not using AC only mode or you have a lot of interference/bad building materials. You mention using N, you will not get much more than what you already have over an N router unless you either get it an AC adapter or place an AC access point nearby and re-broadcast the N.

Download and run the free wifi analyzer inSSIDer on your laptop from http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider/" target="_blank"> to see your 2.4 and 5GHz signal strength at various locations -- look under the Network tab. If you find spots of poor coverage that would be the place to add an AP.
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January 29, 2014 4:49:53 PM

I'm getting around 25Mbps on my 1TB USB connected to the USB 2.0 port. Measured from my PC, wired, by Windows Explorer.

Did you try plugging the 3.0 drive into the 2.0 port? Same rate?
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