In this video unbox and setup a Netgear R8500 Smart Router. The router is designed for high demand networks with

  • 5.3 Gbps. Up to 1,000 Mbps at 2.4 GHz 1024QAM and up to 2,166 Mbps at 5 GHz 11ac 1024QAM
  • Tri-band Wi-Fi
  • Four active antennas
  • Aggregating Ethernet ports (6 ports)
  • Support for Quality of Service, Parental Controls and VPN server
  • USB sharing and ReadyCLOUD support
  • Guest network


There are a lot of features packed into the box (which is larger than most of the home routers I have reviewed in the past). In this video I unbox the router, connect it up to the internet and walk through the various settings and features of the router. The router can be found on Amazon for around £299.


2 thoughts on “Video: Setting up a Netgear R8500 Smart Router”
  1. Hi Ian, I know you said its a review unit. Do the ‘Rules and Regs’ involved in reviewing allow you to open it up or test out 3rd Party Firmware? Both would be good info for the future. As £300 is a lot to pay, only to find the router gets dumped by the manufacture, when the next model is released.

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