Why would you buy a $500 router...ever? I mean, this is just a no-brainer when you can get a high quality router like the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 for almost half that?
But the R9000 isn’t just notable for its bleeding edge wi-fi standard. Reading the specs, this things sounds more like a computer than a router. It’s got a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, 512MB of storage, and 1GB of RAM. That’s because Netgear wants it to function as the brains of a home server. Besides filling your home with wireless internet, the router can serve as a file, print or Plex server—and it even claims to have VPN capabilities. In short, it wants to be the mini PC at the heart of your home.