Netgear Offers Slightly Less Expensive New 6E Wi-Fi Router

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The Netgear RAXE300 is a 6th tri-band wifi router designed for small homes.
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We were impressed with Netgear WiFi 6E Nighthawk RAXE500 router, but it is also $ 600 and is intended for large homes. Now Netgear has a cheaper option, the $ 400 Nighthawk RAXE300, which is designed for small homes that still need super-fast (and scalable) wifi.

Like the RAXE500, the Nighthawk RAXE300 is a 6E tri-band Wi-Fi router. He uses the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz standard band as well as newer 6 GHz (which makes WiFi 6E the next generation of WiFi).

Traditionally, a tri-band router has two 5 GHz channels and one 2.4 GHz channel. The advantage of the Nighthawk RAXE300 is that it avoids this second channel for the next generation 6 GHz band, which offers lower latency. Netgear says the RAXE300 offers wi-fi speed up to 7.8 Gbps in homes up to 2,500 square feet.

Previous generations of Nighthawk routers had adjustable antennas that you could rotate to suit your home configuration. But in its latest Nighthawk models, Netgear has positioned the antennas optimized specifically for home use. Consolidation also helps eliminate the previous spider-shaped aesthetic from the Nighthawk range.

The RAXE300 supports up to eight wi-fi streams at the same time: two 6 GHz streams, four 5 GHz streams and two 2.4 GHz streams. Four Ethernet ports are available on the back of the router for connecting consoles and computers, along with a 2.5 Gbps WAN port and a USB-C jack for connecting something like an external hard drive.

The RAXE300 is not cheap for a wi-fi router, because being on the cutting edge is very expensive, but it is at least one of the more affordable 6E Wi-Fi options on the market, for now.

Boost your games

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Netgear’s Game Booster will begin with its Orbi mesh routers.
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As part of its announcements at CES, Netgear is presenting a new service inspired by its Nighthawk routers, but for its line of Orbi mesh wifi routers. The service is called Netgear Game Booster, and the app helps routers prioritize network performance for playing video games.

Nighthawk Pro Gaming routers have a long history of integrating gaming-centric features to help pro-level gamers and novices alike get the most out of their poor internet connections. But as more households embrace mesh wifi to help get faster wifi in more parts of their home, Netgear brings some of these gaming features to its mesh routers.

Since ping is essential, Netgear’s Game Booster allows you to glance at a Ping heat map to see which global servers have the best current connection rate. There is also a network priority feature, which gives the console or PC locked on these servers more priority over other online devices. And for those looking for extra protection, Game Booster includes a router-level ad blocker, which removes ads and limits website tracking and allows a universal blocklist to be maintained.

Game Booster will launch in Q1 2022 and will be accessible from the Orbi app with an active subscription, which costs $ 50 per year after a 30-day free trial. Orbitri-band WifThe i 6 750 and 850 series mesh routers will be the first to support Game Booster, as well as quad-band Wi-Fi 6th series 960 routers.

Lee J. Murillo