My Netgear Nighthawk X6 (R8000) has been rock-solid since I bought it - fast speeds, few issues, good stability.
Except when a guest with a Mac shows up - then I am rebooting it a few to several times a day because speeds are slow and even Ethernet devices are unable to access the network.
I know someone else with the same R8000 who, unlike me, is a Mac fan, so he has his own Macs in addition to guests bringing Macs. He doesn't hate it, but says he never sees the kind of stability I see with my R8000, and if people are over even just for an evening and doing something like a LAN party he has to reboot once or twice during the evening if any guests are using MacBooks.
The symptoms are gradual degradation of the Internet connection even though, for a while, speedtests will not show anything wrong. For example, streaming devices start buffering more often and finally say they can't play the stream at all, but until it gets that bad a device could still get almost the full provisioned speed on a speedtest. But eventually no device on the network, not even wired devices, can access anything and even pings to 192.168.1.1 result in 100% packet loss.
Rebooting everything (modem and gateway/router) restores full service, but only for a while. I have had to reboot within two hours when guests with Macs are over, whereas otherwise I might be able to go a month without rebooting.
As far as the settings on my R8000...
- QoS and WMM both on
- Separate SSIDs for 2.4 GHz and both channels of 5 GHz
- 5 GHz smart switching disabled
- 20/40 compatibility on the 2.4 GHz radio.
- OpenDNS IPv4
- Native IPv6 connectivity as provided by my ISP
- Guest network devices are isolated - cannot access each other
Again, this only happens when someone with a Mac is visiting. Never happens if the network is all Windows and Android devices. Happens with regularity if there's a Mac on the network.
Are there any settings on the R8000 I should make or avoid when someone is on the network using a Mac?
Is there anything that can be done on the Mac side of things?
It's getting frustrating always having the Internet go out when someone brings a MacBook over, but also seems pretty telling that it only happens then -- if no one brings a Mac over, I can go weeks without having to reboot the R8000 or do anything with it.