Industry NewsJanuary 12, 2021

New WiFi 6E tri-band WiFi router Nighthawk RAXE500 introduced by NETGEAR

The first WiFi 6E router from NETGEAR delivers high-speed WiFi with support for the 6 GHz band.

The first WiFi 6E router from NETGEAR delivers high-speed WiFi with support for the 6 GHz band.

With the Nighthawk RAXE500, the company has announced its first WiFi 6E router. With speeds of up to 10.8 Gbit/s, the latest addition to the Nighthawk series heralds a new era of fast connections on the new 6GHz band that is free of interference and overload.

Until the introduction of WiFi 6E, wireless routers were limited to the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. The new WiFi 6E WiFi standard solves these congestion problems by adding a previously unavailable 6GHz WiFi band that can be used to transmit WiFi signals and connect to a wide variety of devices with faster speed and reliability. The new third 6GHz band will dramatically increase the capacity of networks to support more devices simultaneously.

“The proliferation of WLAN applications in the last few decades initially claimed the 2.4 GHz band and then finally the 5 GHz band with WiFi 4, 5 and 6,” explained Phil Solis, Research Director at IDC. “With the opening of the 6GHz band by regulators around the world, WiFi 6E networks will give devices the leeway they need to use large channels with higher average data rates and lower latency even in dense and congested areas.”

With this latest technology, the new WiFi 6E router expands the home WLAN many times over for more performance, capacity and experiences in a new world of uninterrupted connectivity. Simultaneous remote learning, video conferencing and 4K / 8K video streaming are no longer a problem. With the new 6GHz band, the new Nighthawk RAXE500 offers faster speeds, smoother streaming, less interference and improved latency for devices and WiFi -hungry applications.

Technical specifications

  • New 6GHz band: with up to 200% more available spectrum than with dual-band WiFi (5GHz and 2.4GHz) alone.
  • Extremely low latency: very few devices on the new 6GHz band mean lower latency for gaming and real-time traffic.
  • More WiFi channels with high bandwidth: blazing fast speed and less interference thanks to 3 x more WiFi channels with a high bandwidth of 160 MHz.
  • 12-stream tri-band WiFi: four streams with 6GHz, four streams with 5GHz and four streams with 2.4GHz mean more available bandwidth and less congestion for all devices in the WiFi.
  • WiFi 6E optimized, powerful processor: ideal for gigabit internet speeds , a 64-bit quad-core processor with 1.8 GHz ensures smooth 4K / 8K UHD streaming and gaming.
  • Multi-Gig Ethernet port with 2.5G: 2.5 times the wired speed of a typical Gigabit port, for use for LAN or Internet connections.
  • Five (5) Gigabit Ethernet ports: for more wired devices for faster file transfer and uninterrupted connections. Possibility to aggregate two Gigabit LAN ports and two Gigabit WAN ports (configurable) at the same time.
  • Pre-configured antennas: simply fold out the antennas on the router; no further adjustment required. The Nighthawk RAXE500 antennas are preconfigured for the best WiFi performance.
  • NETGEAR Armor Cybersecurity: advanced protection against cyber threats for the home network and an unlimited number of connected devices.
  • Automatic firmware updates: the latest security patches are delivered to the router without user intervention.

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