Netgear announces new 802.11ax routers2018-11-09 17:11 by Daniela
Tags: Netgear, 802.11ax
The company has announced its first routers supporting the next-gen WiFi 6 or 802.11ax standard - the Nighthawk AX8 (RAX80) and Nighthawk AX12 (RAX120). They have a spaceship-like design that conceals four high-performance antennas under the routers' 'wings'. The antennas are optimally positioned for best WiFi performance, extending reliable and stronger WiFi coverage indoors and outdoors.
With more Wi-Fi streams, increased bandwidth, and faster encoding via MU-MIMO and 1024 QAM, AX WiFi delivers greater speeds more effectively. AX WiFi also delivers greater range than the previous generation WiFi standards.
The AX8 is the lower end of the two Wi-Fi 6 routers. It has two 4 x 4 antenna arrays (one for 5GHz Wi-Fi, one for 2.4GHz), five gigabit Ethernet ports, and supports a total of 6Gbps of wireless throughput. The AX12 is very similar, but it includes an 8 x 8 antenna array for its 5GHz network, which Netgear says offers better long-range stability, along with a faster processor and a 5Gb Ethernet port.
Another difference is in the number of simultaneous data streams. The AX8 can handle eight at a time, while the AX12 unsurprisingly boosts that number to 12 for people with many active WiFi devices.
The AX8 goes on sale this month for $399. The AX12 will arrive in "late Q1 / early Q2" of 2019, with pricing still undetermined.
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