WiFi 6 is the latest tech buzzword promising up to 9.5Gbps speeds; more than double the 3.5Gbps of current WiFi 5 protocols. While the number of consumer devices capable of WiFi 6 is still far from ubiquitous, Netgear isn’t waiting around for the market and recently announced some new WiFi 6 tech at CES 2020.
First off is the new Nighthawk Mesh WiFi System is aimed at tech enthusiasts, gamers and small businesses that require the fastest WiFi coverage on-premise.
It features Dynamic QoS that automatically prioritizes both video streaming and gaming traffic. So when the kids are watching Netflix and you’re trying to play a match of Apex Legends, everybody wins.
Netgear Nighthawk Mesh WiFi 6 System
Every Nighthawk Mesh System comes with a WiFi 6 router with one or two satellites to cover the home. The router supports Dual-band WiFi up to 1.8Gbps bringing a speed boost to newer iPhones and Samsung phones. Netgear says even legacy WiFi 5 devices will see some speed benefits thanks to the Nighthawks more efficient utilization of WiFi channels.
The Nighthawk Mesh WiFi 6 System will ship with one router and a satellite starting May 2020. The router and two satellite kit will be available later in Q2 2020. Pricing hasn’t been made available at this time.
Netgear Nighthawk AX6 AX5400 WiFi 6 6-Stream Router (RAX50)
The new AX6 Router features a 1.5Ghz Triple-core processor with a fully offloaded CPU to increase the performance of the network. Additional features include WiFi 6 with OFDMA, 160Mhz channel support and 1024 QAM. This will be available in Q3 2020 with local pricing announced then.
AX1800 4-Stream WiFi 6 Mesh Extender (EAX20)
Additionally, the AX1800 promises dramatically faster network speed and coverage over new WiFi 6, 802.11ax protocols. It includes backwards compatibility for previous-gen routers and devices. It will be available sooner in Q2 2020 with pricing announced then.