Netgear announces the Nighthawk RAXE500 router with support for 6Ghz band

Today at CES 2021, Netgear introduced its new Wi-Fi router that provides faster speeds over the new 6Ghz band. The Nighthawk RAXE500 is the company's first Wi-Fi 6E router.

That means the tri-band router serves the 6GHz band as well as the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, offering speeds up to 10.8Gbps with reduced latency. Netgear noted that devices that broadcast over the 6GHz band can avoid interruptions from other nearby devices that operate on the congested 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands.

Powered by a 1.8GHz quad-core processor, the Nighthawk RAXE500 is built to provide connections for up to 60 devices at the same time, Netgear claims. That's courtesy of Wi-Fi 6E, which opens up the 6GHz Wi-Fi spectrum in order to connect to more devices. The new 6GHz band, in particular, offers "up to 200% more available spectrum than dual-band (5GHz and 2.4GHz) Wi-Fi alone," the company explained. The tri-band router offers four streams of 6GHz, four streams of 5GHz, and four streams of 2.4GHz, expanding the capacity of networks to accommodate more devices.

The new Nighthawk features five gigabit ports and pre-optimized antennas. If you purchase the router, you can also get a free 30-day trial of Neatger's Armor cybersecurity offering built into the router to fend off cyber threats.

The Nighthawk RAXE500 is available to pre-order today for $599.99 via Netgear's online storefront. It will start shipping in the first quarter of this year.

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