Netgear has launched its first routers that support the next generation of Wi-Fi standards. Netgear Nighthawk AX8 and Nighthawk AX12 are premium routers that are capable of high speed connectivity, but the most prominent feature of these is the support for the following Wi-Fi standard, Wi-Fi 802.11ax or according to the new naming scheme, Wi -Fi 6. The new Netgear routers come with updated specifications and completely new designs. By replacing the multi-antenna routers recently popularized, the Nighthawk AX8 and Nighthawk AX12 feature a very futuristic design where the antennas remain upright. Although Nighthawk AX8 is currently available for pre-order, the Nighthawk AX12 will make retail next year.
As mentioned, WiGi Netgear Nighthawk AX8 (RAX80) engineer supports the new Wi-Fi 802.11ax (also known as Wi-Fi 6), with speeds of up to 6Gbps. The company is promoting that the router can offer up to four times more data capacity than the previous standards. Wi-Fi 6 supports technologies such as OFDMA, MU-MIMO, channel support of 160MHz and 1024 QAM. Notably, the Nighthawk AX8 is powered by a 64-bit, four-phase, 4-phase processor that claims to transfer gigabytes of data with "almost zero CPU load". In addition, its 160MHz channel support is said to double the speed offered by 80MHz channels to provide Gigabit speed to compatible devices. Netgear says the Nighthawk AX8 is the world's leading router in the world with Multi-Gig Internet support that has managed to add two gigabit Ethernet ports. The router is supposedly ready for the multi-Gig Internet wave that comes in Docsis 3.1.
The Wi-Fi Nighthawk AX12 12-Stream router also supports Wi-Fi 6. It is claimed to provide Wi-Fi combined speeds of up to 6Gbps. It is powered by a 2.4GHz 64-bit quad-core processor optimized for AX, for the high-speed connectivity required for smart home applications, 4K UHD transmission, online games and much more. Comes with eight high performance antennas to amplify Wi-Fi signals for maximum coverage and reliable coverage. The Nighthawk AX12 is also Netgear's first domestic router with a 5Gig port, the company says.
The Nighthawk AX8 comes with two 4×4 antennas, one for Wi-Fi 5GHz and another for 2.4GHz. It has five Gigabit Ethernet ports and supports a total of 6GHz wireless transfer. The Nighthawk AX12 comes with a similar set of features but includes an 8×8 antenna array for your 5GHz network.
In terms of prices and availability, Netgear Nighthawk AX8 costs $ 399.99 (approximately Rs. 28,900) and is available for pre-order through Amazon. The Netgear Nighthawk AX12, however, will arrive sometime in 2019 and prices will not be announced yet. Netgear also introduced a "Wi-Fi as a service" program based on the subscription to Nighthawk AX12. It is a beta test program that allows users to try the device for 90 days and pay if they turn on the device.