We’ll see lots of cool hardware news at CES in the days ahead. Not everything how those weird ratio screens, are particularly relevant for gamers. However, this new router from Netgear Gamer has absolutely in its sights for the target market.
Netgears latest Nighthawk router (discovered by Cnet) build up last year’s Wi-Fi 6 release nice, and perhaps more importantly, costs $ 200 less. The Nighthawk RAXE300 WiFi 6E router retains the same all-black seagull wing look like a kind of stealth jet it did last year. However, this year’s model looks like it could be a nice matte black finish instead of a glossy, fingerprint-prone finish.
The new tri-band router packs eight antennas into this batplane form factor and is obviously geared towards the newly opened 6 GHz band. Unfortunately, there are few Wi-Fi 6E devices that use it, so it may not mean much to many consumers. It also supports 6 GHz speeds up to 2.4 Gbps, so 5 GHz at 4.8 Gbps will still be where it belongs for most people. 5GHz also tends to have a bit more range. For people who have compatible devices, they get a tape tidy of everything else, but for most, this will likely just be a future-proof measure.
Gigabit connections seem to be another focus of this gaming router, which again not everyone has access to. For those who do, you should see some pretty excellent speeds out of this thing with a total of eight Wi-Fi streams spread across the bands. Two streams at 6 GHz, four streams at 5 GHz and two streams at 2.4 GHz, and it even has the option of aggregating two Gigabit LAN ports. This is mainly geared towards multiple device use and high quality streaming. According to Netgear, the Nighthawk RAXE300 router can deliver uninterrupted 8k streaming, but even that goes a little beyond what most users would ever need.
Netgear’s Nighthawk routers are pretty iconic at this point, mostly because they look like the Bablyon 5’s shadow ships, but also because they tend to be pretty awesome. The Netgear Nighthawk XR700 and Netgear Nighthawk AX4 both made our list The best gaming routers for 2021, and for $ 400 we could see the new Nighthawk RAXE300 WiFi 6E router for 2022. Of course we have to try it out first. Fortunately, Netgear says we should release it in the first quarter of this year and hopefully we can give them a chance.