Wednesday, March 20th 2019

NETGEAR Debuts AX12 Wi-Fi 6 Home Router

NETGEAR, the leading provider of networking devices that power today's smart home and small businesses, has introduced a new tri-band Wi-Fi 6 router, the NETGEAR Nighthawk Tri-band AX12 12-Stream Wi-Fi 6 Router (RAX200).

The Nighthawk Tri-band AX12 (RAX200) is a powerful Wi-Fi 6 router that uses three bands with a combined Wi-Fi speed of 10.8Gbps. This provides the ideal solution for the growing needs of households with an ever-increasing number of connected devices vying for internet bandwidth simultaneously. Tri-Band Wi-Fi provides an additional Wi-Fi band to reduce congestion and provide a better-connected experience across multiple devices simultaneously. The latest Wi-Fi 6 technology provides four times the amount of data capacity over that of the previous generation of Wi-Fi routers (802.11ac), also now known as Wi-Fi 5.
Experts predict the total number of connected devices worldwide will expand to 50 billion by 2020[1], as more and more people use smart devices in the home, from voice assistants, connected speakers, security cameras, thermostats, and much more, all at the same time. It is also expected that nearly 45 million people across the US will cut the cord to rely solely on internet video streaming to replace their broadcast and cable television[2], which will place even greater demand on the already strained home Wi-Fi network.

Using the Nighthawk AX12 Tri-band Wi-Fi 6 router, households can expect a combined 10.8Gbps[3] of bandwidth for all their networking needs from simultaneous 4K/8K UHD video streaming to gaming and other high-bandwidth consuming activities. With a single Wi-Fi name across the three bands, Nighthawk RAX200, using Smart Connect technology, intelligently distributes all the connected devices to the appropriate Wi-Fi band based on the speed of the device ensuring the best utilization of the available bandwidth.

Increased Capacity for the Smart Home
With its powerful 1.8GHz quad-core processor and support for multi-gig internet connections, the Nighthawk Tri-band AX12 router will help to keep up with the increasing internet speeds being delivered to homes.

The Nighthawk Tri-band AX12 sets you up for faster speeds and latest Wi-Fi technology in the foreseeable future as computers, mobile and IoT devices adopt the latest Wi-Fi 6 technology, while continuing to support all of your existing Wi-Fi devices. The Nighthawk Tri-band AX12 can deliver more than one Gigabit of throughput to mobile devices that support 160MHz bandwidth.

Award-Winning Industrial Design
This next-generation Nighthawk Tri-band AX12 Wi-Fi 6 router design conceals eight high-performance antennas under the 'wings'. The antennas are optimally positioned for best Wi-Fi performance and extend strong and reliable Wi-Fi coverage while providing a clean streamlined functional design.

The Nighthawk Tri-band AX12 includes the following key specs and features:
  • Fastest Wi-Fi with up to 10.8Gbps Combined Wireless Speed - 12-Stream Tri-band Wi-Fi with combined wireless speeds up to 10.8Gbps (1.2 + 4.8 + 4.8Gbps).
  • 12-Streams Tri-band Wi-Fi - Eight streams of 5GHz and four streams of 2.4GHz means more available bandwidth and less congestion for all devices on the Wi-Fi network.
  • Smart Connect - Intelligently selects the fastest Wi-Fi band for every device connection. One Wi-Fi name for the entire home.
  • Nighthawk App - Easily set up your router and get more out of your Wi-Fi. Includes remote access to manage your network away from home.
  • Wi-Fi6 Optimized Powerful Processor - 64bit 1.8GHz quad-core processor ensures smooth 4K UHD streaming & gaming - ideal for Gigabit internet speeds.
  • Multi-Gig Ethernet Port 2.5G - 2.5 times the wired speed of a typical Gigabit port, to be used for LAN or internet connectivity.
  • Five (5) Gigabit Ethernet Ports - Connect more wired devices for faster file transfer and uninterrupted connections. Ability to aggregate two Gigabit LAN ports and two Gigabit WAN ports (configurable) concurrently.
  • Automatic firmware updates - Latest security patches delivered to the router.
  • Pre-optimised Antennas - Unfold and set antennas on the router, no further adjustment required. The AX12 antennas come pre-optimised for best Wi-Fi performance.
  • Dynamic QoS - Prioritises network traffic for uninterrupted video streaming for applications like YouTube , Netflix, & others.
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23 Comments on NETGEAR Debuts AX12 Wi-Fi 6 Home Router

#1
Kursah
Lord Vader's shuttle has arrived. Honestly the price these types of home grade routers run for I'd still go with a Sonicwall SOHO, PFSense and Ubiquiti for routers and wireless.
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jsfitz54
Kursah, post: 4016297, member: 31452"
Lord Vader's shuttle has arrived. Honestly the price these types of home grade routers run for I'd still go with a Sonicwall SOHO, PFSense and Ubiquiti for routers and wireless.
Other points not to like:
  • Automatic firmware updates - Latest security patches delivered to the router.
Cost: Right kidney, left nut!
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#4
Octavean
Kursah, post: 4016297, member: 31452"
Lord Vader's shuttle has arrived. Honestly the price these types of home grade routers run for I'd still go with a Sonicwall SOHO, PFSense and Ubiquiti for routers and wireless.
Vader's shuttle had a middle fin. This looks more like a First Order shuttle. Therefore it looks more like Kylo (I like my pants high wasted) Ren's shuttle,......... :)

Totally with you on the Sonicwall SOHO, PFSense and Ubiquiti though,....
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#5
R0H1T
Kursah, post: 4016297, member: 31452"
Lord Vader's shuttle has arrived. Honestly the price these types of home grade routers run for I'd still go with a Sonicwall SOHO, PFSense and Ubiquiti for routers and wireless.
OR you could try & build a deathstar on EMI, wonder if SpaceX takes contracts for these :pimp:
SpaceX may begin testing its Starship spacecraft this week
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#6
sam_86314
Am I the only one who finds this new wireless naming nonsense more confusing than the old way? What even is "WIFI 6"? 802.11ad or ax?

I find changes to established standards really annoying.
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#7
R0H1T
More confusing than say USB 3.x :shadedshu:

Wifi 6 should be easy enough to understand & you'd hope that they'll finalize the specifications quickly.
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#8
TheLostSwede
jsfitz54, post: 4016319, member: 85467"
Other points not to like:
  • Automatic firmware updates - Latest security patches delivered to the router.
Cost: Right kidney, left nut!
You're spot on, this thing is $600...
I wouldn't recommend anyone buying first gen 802.11ax routers, as they all seem to have a lot of limitations and a lot of promises of features that you might never get.
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#9
D.Crepit
TheLostSwede, post: 4016413, member: 3382"
You're spot on, this thing is $600...
I wouldn't recommend anyone buying first gen 802.11ax routers, as they all seem to have a lot of limitations and a lot of promises of features that you might never get.
"Might never get" OR NEED ... slight adjustment there ;)

BTW, at THAT Price(!) range, you can get an x86_64 box with the usual features, Plus around 8 LAN ports
and a WiFi card... toss in OPNSense ( Hardened BSD system included ) and Your in Control!

Options... options... :)
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#10
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
The Empire called....

They want their Imperial Shuttle back.

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#11
remixedcat
tsk...tsk netgear!!!! so close to steve irwin's birthday!!! and it's shaped like a ray!

I guess you can prolly call this the DEATH RAY!
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#12
springs113
I actually have this router and I must say it had been flawless since day 1. It runs super cool, it's quiet and it just does its job. No dropouts, and very much improved my speeds promised by my isp.
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#13
Candor
The next model (Netgear SkyNet T-9000 Reaper) flies around your house delivering internet and gathering data for the takeover.

We're screwed people :twitch:
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#14
TheLostSwede
springs113, post: 4016683, member: 39497"
I actually have this router and I must say it had been flawless since day 1. It runs super cool, it's quiet and it just does its job. No dropouts, and very much improved my speeds promised by my isp.
You sure you have this one and not the other AX12 model? As yes, Netgear has two AX12 models and they look the same...
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#15
springs113
Yes I'm quite certain. The other model you're referring to is the AX8 model. I've had this router since feb 7.
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#19
springs113
Why do i need to lie...if you are apart of their premier program you would know this. But o well I dont need to prove anything to anyone on these internet streets. It is what it is. The pricing of the middle one is also $500. You have the ax80, ax120 and the 200. I even posted this thing on my fb page feb 8. Netgear overnighted it to me. But believe what yall want to believe, I will continue enjoying my router. This place has gotten so toxic, damn near everyone I knew here for years don't frequent the comment section anymore.
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#20
R0H1T
You don't have to lie but you also didn't mention anything about a pre release product available for some premier "membership" program? Anyway that site's great if you wanna know more about what's inside your router, modem etc.
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#21
springs113
R0H1T, post: 4017504, member: 131092"
You don't have to lie but you also didn't mention anything about a pre release product available for some premier "membership" program? Anyway that site's great if you wanna know more about what's inside your router, modem etc.
I don't have to mention me being in a program or anything. I said I have it and was immediately called a liar. That is the toxicity in which I speak of. Thanks, I'm well aware of that site as well. I also follow snb forum, they are very detailed when it comes to home networking.
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#22
TheLostSwede
springs113, post: 4017580, member: 39497"
I don't have to mention me being in a program or anything. I said I have it and was immediately called a liar. That is the toxicity in which I speak of. Thanks, I'm well aware of that site as well. I also follow snb forum, they are very detailed when it comes to home networking.
I don't remember calling you a liar, nor can I see anywhere I wrote you were I liar, I simply questioned if you really had that model, since it's not available in retail yet.
Clearly you happened to have been seeded an early version, which you conveniently left out, hence why I doubted you had the model.
Nothing toxic, I simply didn't have all the facts, since you decided not to share them.
A lot of people claim to have certain hardware, which sometimes turns out to be something entirely different after a closer look, which is what I wrongly presumed was the case here.
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#23
springs113
TheLostSwede, post: 4017676, member: 3382"
I don't remember calling you a liar, nor can I see anywhere I wrote you were I liar, I simply questioned if you really had that model, since it's not available in retail yet.
Clearly you happened to have been seeded an early version, which you conveniently left out, hence why I doubted you had the model.
Nothing toxic, I simply didn't have all the facts, since you decided not to share them.
A lot of people claim to have certain hardware, which sometimes turns out to be something entirely different after a closer look, which is what I wrongly presumed was the case here.
Fair, totally understandable, but anyone that does is silly. I just let them be now a days, it's totally not worth arguing with them.
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