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Netgear launches new Wi-Fi 6 routers which are four times faster


Netgear has released its latest range of next-generation Wi-Fi 6 routers which offer speeds four times faster than previous models and the capacity to support up to 12 uninterrupted streams at once.

There are three Wi-Fi 6 routers in the Netgear line-up – the Nighthawk AX4 4-Stream AX3000 Wi-Fi 6 Router ($399.99), the Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream AX6000 Wi-Fi 6 Router ($599.99) and the Nighthawk AX12 12-stream AX6000 Wi-Fi 6 Router ($799.99)

These are designed for the modern household which has an increasing number of connected devices and even greater demand on bandwidth when streaming video and audio and playing online games.

The Netgear AX8 RAX80 router

On top of that, more and more customers are adopting smart products and Internet of Things (IoT) devices like security cameras, smart speakers and appliances.

Telsyte data reveals the average Australian home has 17 connected devices operating at any one time.

Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) is the latest standard of wi-fi and offers four times better performance than the previous Wi-Fi 5 which was also known as 802.11ac.

Wi-Fi 6 uses new and innovative technologies including OFDMA (orthogonal frequency division multiple access) which means it can maximise the ability to connect numerous devices simultaneously.

This helps reduce congestion in a household by offering greater bandwidth.

The Netgear AX4 RAX40 router

Overall Wi-Fi 6 will boost your home network’s capacity and reliability and offer uninterrupted speed, performance and capacity in your home or office.

These new Netgear Wi-Fi 6 routers will also improve the quality of the connection for each device by reducing the interference between them.

The result is a reduction in lag or buffering during online gameplay or when streaming 4K video.

A number of new smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S10, and laptops were introduced earlier in the year that are Wi-Fi 6 compatible and that industry support will continue as the transition to Wi-Fi 6 ramps up.

Wi-Fi 6 works on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands and is also backwards compatible with previous generations of wi-fi so all the devices can still connect to the network.

“With our nearly 25-year history, Netgear has always led with innovation in the wi-fi space,” said David Henry, senior vice president of Connected Home Products for Netgear.

“It is now with great pleasure that we introduce this new family based on the latest wi-fi standard, which is destined to make enormous changes to how people utilize the wireless networking technology.

“Wi-Fi 6 is the most significant change to the wi-fi standard in over six years.

“With the technology’s increased capacity and thus the capability to connect simultaneously with multiple client devices, Wi-Fi 6 will make the world of Internet of Things much more sustainable due to the expansive bandwidth it will deliver to a network.”

The Netgear AX4 RAX40

Nighthawk AX4 4-Stream AX3000 Wi-Fi 6 Router  (RAX40) – $399.99

Has combined Wi-Fi speeds up to 3Gbps and an AX optimised dual-core processor that can power smart home automation, buffer-free 4K UHD streaming and online gaming.

The  four stream wi-fi offers to 600Mbps + 2400Mbps for ultra-fast wireless speeds.

Also onboard are powerful amplifiers for improved network coverage for medium size homes.

The Netgear AX8 RAX80

Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream AX6000 Wi-Fi 6 Router (RAX80) – $599.99

The Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream AX6000 Wi-Fi Router provides combined wi-fi speeds up to 6Gbps with an award-winning design recognised by both Red Dot and iF Design awards.

The device has eight wi-fi spatial streams – four in the 2.4GHz band, and four in the 5GHz band – and offers four times the capacity of a typical 2×2 AC wi-fi.

Multi-Gig Internet also enables customers to get more than one Gbps of internet through aggregation.

The Netgear AX12 RAX120

Nighthawk AX12 12-stream AX6000 Wi-Fi 6 Router (RAX120) – $799.99

At the top of the line is the 12-stream router which delivers combined Wi-Fi speeds up to 6Gbps. It has an AX optimised 64bit 2.2GHz Quad-core processor and an award-winning design.

Users can enjoy uninterrupted streaming of 4K video with the capacity to even stream 8K as well.

This is the only router with eight streams on 5GHz so customers can enjoy improved range and reliability with all devices and the built-in 5Gbps Multi-Gig Ethernet provides powerful connectivity options.

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