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Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500: tri-band WiFi router receives Wi-Fi 6E for 4K/8K streaming

Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500: tri-band WiFi router receives Wi-Fi 6E for 4K/8K streaming

At CES 2021 Netgear has the successor to the 450 with the new top-of-the-range WiFi router model Nighthawk RAX E 500 Euro expensive Nighthawk RAX200 revealed, which offers new technology in the housing of the predecessor. The tri-band model is now prepared as a base station for Wi-Fi 6E networks and can also come up with 2.5 Gbit LAN.

The RAXE500 is at eye level with the ROG Rapture from Asus

The current spearhead in Netgear's router lineup in the consumer segment, the Nighthawk AX11000 (RAX200) will be replaced by the Nighthawk RAX E 500 in the first quarter of 2021. Netgear announced this at the electronics fair. The futuristic WiFi router with three separate from each otherThis means that the frequency bands that can be opened are repeatedly in direct competition with the ROG-Rapture-GT-AX model from Asus. The manufacturer had already shown the new ROG Rapture GT-AX E 11000 for the first time last year and released it for sale on the American market.

Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500
Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500
Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500
Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500
Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500
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Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500
Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500

In Germany, the modern WLAN routers with Wi-Fi 6 E technology is currently still a long way off, as the authorities responsible for standardization have not yet granted general approval for the new WLAN standard Wi-Fi 6E . Wi-fi6 E as the successor to Wi-Fi 6 ( WLAN 802.11ax) allows the use of an extended frequency range around the 6 GHz band, which increases the theoretically usable bandwidth for a generally higher data throughput with lower latency with simultaneously connected end devices. It is currently assumed that the official approvals for the fully backward-compatible Wi-Fi 6E standard will be completed in mid-2021 and that the first end devices will then be on sale.

Tri-band router with new Wi-Fi 6E module

The Nighthawk RAXE500 is the first Wi-Fi 6E router from Netgear, a further development of the Nighthawk AX11000 (RAX200) equipped with a new wireless module compatible with Wi-Fi 6Eand according to the manufacturer, it also has an adapted antenna design, which, as before, consists of eight units each for receiving and transmitting. According to the manufacturer, the arrangement of the antennas has been chosen internally so that possible interference remains as low as possible. In order to cope with the theoretically possible total data load when streaming 4K and 8K video material and when playing, Netgear relies on a 64-bit SoC with four cores that works at a clock rate of 1.8 GHz in the RAXE500. p>

Up to 12 parallel WLAN streams can be used with less latency

In purely mathematical terms, the three frequency bands at 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and 6 GHz via WLAN should theoretically achieve combined transmission rates of up to 10,800 Enable Mbit/sto let. Via ax-band (5 GHz - 6 GHz) the data transmission of clients connected in parallel runs with simultaneously reduced signal delay (latency) using 4 × 4 MU-MIMO with gross up to 4,804 Mbit/s.

Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500 (Image: Netgear)
Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500 (Image: Netgear)

The higher the range, the lower the maximum possible transmission speed in the third frequency band (2.4 GHz) to lower gross values ​​of a maximum of 1,200 Mbit/s. A total of twelve can be used simultaneously with the RAXE500WLAN streams are offered which, independently of one another, with a bandwidth of 80 MHz and 160 MHz per data channel, manage a higher total data load. In addition, the WPA3 security standard for encrypted data transmission is optionally available via the new Wi-Fi-6 E capable WLAN module in the Nighthawk RAXE500.

2.5 Gbit LAN and Gigabit LAN with link aggregation

Network devices can also be connected to the Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500 by cable. As with the predecessor, there are a total of five RJ45 ports, one of which is two and a half times the speed (2.5 Gbit/s) of a conventional Gigabit LAN port. Two of the four Gigabit LAN ports can also be opened using LinkInterconnect aggregation for faster data transfer in the network . The router connects to the Internet via a WAN socket.

Availability and price

On the price and availability of the Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500 Nothing has been known in Europe so far, corresponding information is expected in the course of the first quarter of 2021. The manufacturer is planning to launch the US market at the same time, where the RAXE500 will appear with a recommended retail price of 599.99 US dollars (plus taxes).