The one dark shadow over the X8 R8500

The one dark shadow over the X8 is the MU-MIMO "capable" line in the product spec. Here's the disclaimer:

    MU-MIMO feature requires firmware upgrade. MU-MIMO firmware upgrade not currently available for this product, but currently anticipated to be released before the end of 2015. MU-MIMO capability requires both router and client device to support MU-MIMO. Please see for more details.

(Don't bother hitting that link above. It just takes you back to the X8 product page.)

Will Broadcom / NETGEAR ship MU-MIMO before the end of the year? Or will this turn into a repeat of the Quantenna MU-MIMO debacle?

Which brings us to NETGEAR's unannounced MU-MIMO introduction: the R7500v2 Nighthawk X4. The v2 confirms rumors heard earlier this year that some router makers were removing Quantenna from their 4x4 designs and putting in the only working MU-MIMO solution to date: Qualcomm Atheros'. ... s-its-mu-mimo-cards