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Netgear Nighthawk AX4 router announced – The first dual-band 4-stream Wi-Fi 6 router

I am quite excited about the prospect of Wi-Fi 6 and all the routers that will support it this year. Similar to 5G, the benefits of it will take a while, you need compatible hardware for the client and router, but over the next year or so, Wi-Fi should improve considerably.

Today Netgear are announcing a family of Wi-Fi 6 routers, including an Intel-based dual-band 4-stream Wi-Fi 6 router: The Netgear Nighthawk AX4.

As more PCs and devices with Wi-Fi 6 capabilities come to market, routers like the Nighthawk AX4 will enable improved user experiences for everything from video streaming and video conferencing to gaming and more. Immediate benefits of Wi-Fi 6 include:

  • Up to 75 percent reduction in latency
  • Up to 3X faster than baseline 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) 2×2 solutions
  • Up to 256 devices can connect to an Intel-based Wi-Fi 6 router and share bandwidth simultaneously for a consistent signal
  • Improved security, including simplified passwords and improved protection against wireless hacking

PCs with Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) will become available starting in Q2 2019 and the new Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 has just launched. The AX200 card offers speeds of up to 2,402 Mbps in the 5 GHz network using two antennas for 2 × 2 MIMO and 160Mhz.

Currently, the only consumer device to supprt Wi-Fi 6 is the Samsung Galaxy S10.

My embargoed pres information is incredibly thin on details, but I will update this post when I have more information.

This will sit below the Nighthawk Tri-band AX12 providing a more affordable Wi-Fi 6 solution to consumers

The Nighthawk AX4 is Gig+ capable and makes it possible for you to start experiencing the benefits of Wi-Fi 6 in an affordable way, offering a performance and coverage boost compared with legacy Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) routers.

It is powered using the Intel Home Wi-Fi Chipset WAV600 Series, and this is likely to be the WAV614 which is capable of 802.11ax 2.4 GHz 4×4 up to 1.14 Gbps PHY rate.

Through 1024-QAM and 160 MHz channels, 1200 Mbit/s per channel is achieved at 5 GHz. At 2.4 GHz, another 574 Mbit/s is achieved via dual channels. In total, the theoretical bandwidth is 2976 Mbit/s.

The routers has four-gigabit ethernet ports and a single wan port, as well as a USB 3.0 type-a connector.

A more detailed specification came from an Amazon listing that has now been taken down:

At the time of writing the product page is not live but I assume it will be when this is posted – The NETGEAR Nighthawk AX4 will be available from NETGEAR-approved retailers starting April 2019. For more information about the router, visit the NETGEAR product page.

It is likely to launch for around £200

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