|Wireless Type||802.11n, 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g|
NETGEAR Nighthawk 12-Stream AX12 Wifi 6 Router (RAX200) - AX11000 Tri-Band Wireless Speed (Up to 10.8 Gbps) | 2,500 sq. ft. Coverage
|Connections||Wireless, Wired, USB|
|Frequency Band Class||Tri-Band|
|Wireless Type||802.11n, 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g|
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- WIFI 6 – STREAM EVERYTHING AT EPIC SPEED: Simultaneously stream uninterrupted movies, games, video calls or download/transfer files at 10.8Gbps WiFi speed. Works with existing and new WiFi 6 devices like iPhone 11, Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy S10.
- WORKS WITH ALL INTERNET PROVIDERS: Replace your existing WiFi Router (separate modem or gateway required). Compatible with any Internet Service Provider up to 2Gbps including cable, satellite, fiber, DSL and more.
- EASY TO SET-UP AND MANAGE: Connects to your existing cable modem and sets up and customizes in minutes with the Nighthawk app – easily manage your WiFi settings at the device and network level, test your Internet speed, view speed history and monitor data usage.
- USB CONNECTIONS: Share a storage drive with any connected device and create a personal cloud storage to access from anywhere using the 2 x 3.0 USB ports.
- NETGEAR ARMOR POWERED BY BITDEFENDER: The world’s leading cybersecurity protects all your home devices from virus, malware, and data theft with a 30-day free trial.
- SMART PARENTAL CONTROLS: Pause or schedule device internet access, view site history usage, filter websites, set online time limits and more for $4.99/month with a 30-day free trial.
- WIRED ETHERNET PORTS: Plug in computers, game consoles, streaming players and other nearby wired devices with 4 x 1G and 1 x 2.5G Ethernet ports.
- LOADED WITH ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: Designed with a 1.8GHz quad-core processor, OFDMA, MU-MIMO, Dynamic QoS, 1024-QAM, Smart Connect for one WiFi name, Beamforming technologies and Amazon Alexa Voice Control. Supports WPA2/WPA3 wireless security protocols. Includes Guest WiFi access, DoS, Firewall, VPN and more.
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The Ultra-Fast Speed You Need
Up to a scorching 11Gbps for smooth 4K/8K Ultra-HD streaming on all your smart TV’s and devices, lag-free online multi-player gaming, uninterrupted video calls, and no more waiting for content on smart phones, computers and tablets.
More Capacity for 40+ WiFi Devices
Tri-band technology offers a 3rd band to communicate with more devices. In addition, 12 WiFi streams give you 6X the capacity of previous WiFi. More streams greatly increase the bandwidth available to your devices and the amount of data you can send and receive. Now there’s nothing to hold you back from a true high-speed internet experience.
More Efficiency, Less Congestion
Say goodbye to slow connections when a houseful of devices are sharing WiFi. RAX200 features new OFDMA technology that makes sharing WiFi bandwidth much more efficient. It significantly increases the amount of data that can be sent and received by your devices at the same time, and prevents annoying connection delays.
NETGEAR Armor: Powered by BitDefender
The world’s leading cybersecurity software protects all your home devices from virus, malware, and data theft with a 30-day free trial.
Easy Setup & Management
The Nighthawk App makes it a snap to set up your router and get more out of your WiFi, including great features like Internet speed test, remote access to your network, internet pausing and more.
Supports Multi-Gig Internet up to 2Gbps
RAX200 is one of the first routers to support WAN port aggregation, which allows for combining two gigabit Ethernet ports to deliver more than one gigabit of Internet speed to your WiFi devices. Requires compatible fiber or cable modem supporting Multi-Gig internet speeds (sold separately).
|RAX40||RAX80||RAX120||RAX200||EAX80 Mesh Extender|
|WiFi Speed||WiFi 6 - AX3000 (Up to 3Gbps)||WiFi 6 - AX6000 (Up to 6Gbps)||WiFi 6 - AX6000 (Up to 6Gbps)||WiFi 6 - AX11000 (Up to 11Gbps)||WiFi 6 – AX6000 (up to 6Gbps)|
|WiFi Coverage||1500 sq. ft.||2500 sq. ft.||3500 sq. ft.||2500 sq. ft.||Add up to 2,500 sq. ft. coverage|
|# Simultanous Streams||4 Streams||8 Streams||12 Streams||12 Streams|
|Wired Ethernet Ports||4 x 1G||5 x 1G, Supports Port Aggregation and up to 2G WAN||4 x 1G, 1 x 1G/2.5G/5G (WAN or LAN), Supports Port Aggregation||4 x 1G, 1 x 2.5G (WAN or LAN), Supports Port Aggregation|
|USB ports - For Shared Storage/Printer||1 x 3.0 (storage only)||2 x 3.0 (storage only)||2 x 3.0 (storage only)||2 x 3.0 (storage only)|
|Recommended # of Devices||20+||30+||30+||40+|
|Network Security||WPA2, DoS, Double Firewall||NETGEAR Armor, WPA2/WPA3, DoS, Double Firewall||NETGEAR Armor, WPA2/WPA3, DoS, Double Firewall||NETGEAR Armor, WPA2/WPA3, DoS, Double Firewall|
|Fiber/Internet Plan Bandwidth Supported||Up to 1Gbps||Up to 2Gbps||Up to 2Gbps||Up to 2Gbps|
|Advanced Technology||Dual Band, Beamforming+, OFDMA||Dual Band, MU-MIMO, Beamforming+, Smart Connect, OFDMA||Dual Band, MU-MIMO, Beamforming+, Smart Connect, OFDMA||Tri-Band, MU-MIMO, Beamforming+, Smart Connect, OFDMA|
|Other Features||VPN, Guest WiFi Secure Access, Amazon Alexa Voice Control||Personal Cloud Storage, VPN, Guest WiFi Secure Access, Amazon Alexa Voice Control||Personal Cloud Storage, VPN, Guest WiFi Secure Access, Amazon Alexa Voice Control||Personal Cloud Storage, VPN, Guest WiFi Secure Access, Amazon Alexa Voice Control|
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|Sold By||Available from these sellers||Amazon.com||Amazon.com||Amazon.com||Amazon.com||WEDNET LLC|
|Connectivity Technology||USB, Wired, Wireless||Wi-Fi Built In||USB, Wired, Wireless, Wi-Fi||USB, Wired, Wireless||Wi-Fi, Ethernet, USB||WiFi|
|Data Transfer Rate||11000 Mb per second||1750 Mb per second||6000 Mb per second||11000 Mb per second||1 Gb per second||1300 Mb per second|
|Frequency Bands Supported||5GHz, 2.4GHz, 160MHz, Tri-band||Dual-Band||5 GHz, 2.4 GHz||5 GHz, 2.4 GHz||2.4 GHz, 5 GHz||Dual-Band|
|Item Dimensions||11.70 x 3.07 x 8.30 inches||9.59 x 6.32 x 1.29 inches||7.40 x 2.40 x 11.80 inches||11.30 x 4.74 x 14.86 inches||10.00 x 12.00 x 4.00 inches||11.22 x 7.26 x 1.97 inches|
|Item Weight||3.20 lbs||0.93 lbs||2.00 lbs||4.10 lbs||3.50 lbs||1.65 lbs|
|Total Ethernet Ports||5||4||8||4||8||5|
|Wireless Communication Standard||802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11a||802.11ac||802.11b, 802.11ac, 802.11a, 802.11n, 802.11ax||802.11ac, 802.11ax||802.11ax, 802.11ac, 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b||802.11a/b/g/n/ac|
Nighthawk tri-band AX12 Wi-Fi 6 router is powered by the industry's latest Wi-Fi 6 (802 11ax) standard with 4 times increased data capacity to handle today's and tomorrow's growing home network Blazing-fast combined Wi-Fi speeds up to 10 8Gbps and ax optimized 64-bit 1 8GHz quad-core processor powers Smart home applications multiple 4K/8K streaming low latency gaming and more Wi-fi 6 features orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA) that dramatically increases network capacity Plus eight high-performance antennas on the router amplify Wi-Fi signals for increased range and Reliable coverage and a 2 5G Multi-Gig port with new versatile Ethernet wired connections maximizes Internet speeds.
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1) Awesome design
2) New Netgear GUI for setup and configuration - very easy to use and fast. I had the router setup in < 5 mins
3) Performance is decent out of the box - I expect with future firmware updates, this performance will improve more. Also performance will be better once you have matching AX clients connecting to the router
4) No wi-fi drops
5) Can handle 20 streaming clients without any issues
7) No buffering or stuttering when streaming wireless or wired
8) No dead spots in a 3500 sq feet home and coverage (3 bars) 30ft outside of house
9) Can create a single SSID which can handle both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz clients seamlessly
10) No issues connecting legacy AC wireless devices (Android and iOS)
11) No issue with VPN
12) Gigabit fiber speed test is 940mb/s up and down with a 2ms ping to testing server
2) You will need AX clients to really take advantage of this product. AX should be taking off in 2019+
3) You will hear the fan when you first power up the router. Also make sure you upgrade to .36 of the firmware after you setup the router to make sure fan does not stay running under normal use
4) Would have liked to see 8 gigabit ports for this price point
5) Would like to see parental controls, anti-virus add-ons in the future
Overall, I am very happy with the performance of this router (even on the first beta firmware). If you have a router that is more than 4 yrs old or have a household with lots of wireless devices, this router is a good choice.
The price is a bit expensive, but the router is well built. I expect performance to get better as firmware starts to mature. I have used the router every day for 2 months and it has worked flawlessly. Have not found any wi-fi dead spots in the house. Video streaming, web surfing, gaming all work without any issues.
Let me tell you - ignore that. This is a BEAST. I spent 3+ weeks trying out different solutions on wifi. I tried Orbi mesh. While that is a good product, I am not really in need of a mesh. Speeds averaged 460-525 Mbps. (I tested at different times of day but same time frames with other products).
I tried the XR500 Nighthawk that is one of the highest rated devices with DumaOS. So many issues that I was losing my mind. I tried several fixes. Separate the bands, channels, etc. My security cams were going offline every 30 mins or so for at least 15. I was so fed up with trying to trouble shoot the device. My speeds were 580 - 670 Mbps with it which I did enjoy. But speed is only useful if its actually CONNECTED to the devices.
Last ditch effort I tried this router. The RAX80 and holy moly. Plugged in, used the mobile app and was up within 5 mins. Every device attached with no issues. No disconnects after multiple days use. Speed improvement on every item. I have 38 devices accessing my wifi as part of the smart home. This monster just cranks it out. No problems at all. My speed on several tests as compared to the same day/ time as the ones above - 830-960 Mbps I am not sure why its such a huge improvement but it is. I cannot say enough good things about this router. Not only is is a monster with handling speeds and multiple devices - just look at it. It is not one you want to hide. You want to show this baby off. Several people have asked me what the space ship is. This thing went from being in an Amazon box to installed and cranking out wifi / lan within 10 minutes and NOT a single drop of signal. I am future proof as well. So I say if you can afford it, do not hesitate. You will really like it.
After 2 months this router is still the best one I've ever seen. Still getting top level speeds right at a gig. I've got 42 devices attached to it (smart home) and it doesn't even cough. I rarely am this surprised. This router is still #1 in everything I tried!
Also - I can't notice any stronger penetration / signal strength with this AX8 than from my X10 - I still need 2 extenders to reach my entire house.
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Initially I bought this router thinking it was better than the TPLINK AX6000 router, it worked great for 1-2 weeks. Overtime, I have seen a lot of issues such as WIFI networks not showing even when you are near the router. WIFI network passwords NOT BEING RECOGNIZED - Netgear has done a number of firmwares, along the way the user experience diminished. The problem with Netgear is that they have terrible customer support - they will give you 3 months phone support/email support - beyond the 3 months I was quite disappointed to find there is NO way to access support - no chat, no phone support number, no ticket you can submit. When you setup Netgear you will register your account - beyond 3 months Netgaer removes support on your portal which you need to logon to access this. I have never seen a manufacturer use such shady tactics. Yes I know this router has the love CES2019 product badge - but this really means nothing to be honest. It is questionable how these are awarded. CES badges are awarded based on information the manufacturer provides them. They do not do their independent testing. What was really amazing is after I returned this router and used my standard virgin router things worked much faster and better. All my smart home devices loaded up in a flash. I know a lot might complain about standard routers issued by service providers - but in my experience over this I cannot convincingly say that third party routers which cost more will perform better. Netgear touts this as AN AX router - that's great - all devices that you can buy today dont even use this technology yet so there is no way to use this feature as you will be using your standard b,g,n networks. Once nice thing about the Netgear router is it looks futuristic with the wings beyond that im not sure if their special antennas do anything more than a standard router in my opinion.
MY BROADBAND PACKAGE:
Virgin Media Fibre Optic Cable. 220MB Download and 20MB upload broadband plan. Using Virgin SuperHub 3.
MY HOME SETUP:
Large 4 bedroom detached property (very wide) over 2 floors (No brick internal walls). Furthest internal point in house, from the router is approx 15 meters.
I have approx 15 devices connecting to the WiFi network.
THE VIRGIN SUPER HUB 3:
The only time I ever received Virgin’s advertised upload and download speeds was when I connected my MacBook Pro directly to the router using an Ethernet cable. Great - if you don't mind cables running all over your house.
The WiFi was horrendously slow 90% of the time - I was often getting download speeds of just 20MB and that was in the same room as the router. In other rooms or upstairs the WiFi signal would degrade further still, to the point that it was often unusable - frequently I would get faster downloads using 4G (on my iPhone Pro Max). I tried all the usual stuff - turning the router off and back on again - turning off the mobile devices and laptops - and resetting the router back to factory settings. Even resorted to tweaking the router settings, to no avail.
Occasionally, the router would give me a faster WiFi connection when turned off and back on again (maybe reaching 70MB) and then within minutes or a couple of hours it was back to the usual slow speed connection. I tried WiFi extenders etc.. nothing seemed to work, and as I work from home, I would end up using ethernet cable during the day to ensure I had a fast and constant reliable connection.
Fed up with the slow WiFi and having an ethernet cable running over 10 metres to the study I started to research the Virgin Super Hub 3 router online. If only I had done it sooner. The reviews for it are terrible (and that's from official reviewers - not your average lay person). In view of this and already have spent a small fortune on other devices (extenders etc) I started to look at reviews for the NETGEAR Nighthawk router. Initial reaction was expensive, but the reviews for it were generally very good. Having had enough of my current unworkable setup, I decided to purchase the router.
THE NIGHTHAWK NETGEAR ROUTER REVIEW:
Arrived within a couple of days via Amazon Prime.
Downloaded the app to my iPhone, launched it and followed the step-by-step instructions to complete the router setup. It was an absolute breeze. I had the new router up and running within half an hour of getting it out of the box.
Note: If you're using the Virgin Super Hub 3, you will need to change the Super Hub 3 from "WiFi Mode" to "Modem Mode", before you start setting up the Nighthawk router, which can easily be done within the router's settings.
During the set-up, you're asked if you want to keep your existing Network SSID and Password... Select "YES" as this means all of your existing devices will automatically connect to the new router (once set-up), otherwise you'll have a New SSID and Password, which you’ll have to set-up on every device you wish to connect to the WiFi. This worked perfectly for me.
Post setup, all of my existing devices connected perfectly. Note: The 5G network has shorter range but faster connection, whereas the 2G network has further range but slower speed connection. I managed to get all of my smart devices (TV's, mobile phones, iPads) to connect to the 5G Wi-Fi network without any issues or signal drops anywhere in the house. There are 5 ethernet ports on the back of the router, which I also used to connect some devices (e.g Lounge TV, and PS4).
Here's THE BEST BIT ... THE SPEED... WOW - this has totally blown my socks off!!! Most of the devices are connecting to the WiFi at almost full speed (220MB download) most of the time. In the furthest corners of the house I can still gets signals as fast as 210MB. I'm totally impressed and wish I'd bought this sooner.
The Nighthawk Phone App is great. It allows you to see all of the devices connecting to the network either via WiFi or wired connection. You can 'pause' internet to individual devices if you like. You can also check the internet upload and download speed between your Router and ISP, which is handy. You can also turn on a "Guest WiFi" network if you wish to give house gets access to WiFi but not 'your' personal WiFi. There is also a traffic meter, if you wish to track how much data you're using .
This router isn't cheap, in fact it's one of Netgear's most expensive. It does however have the latest WiFi standard (WiFi 6 aka "AX") which the latest iPhones, Samsung Devices, iPads can make use off. It is also backward compatible with all previous WiFi standards. It is quick and easy to setup and doesn't require any technical knowledge. Most importantly is the WiFi speed which I've been completely amazed with. You might also be able to get great results with other cheaper Netgear Routers (I didn't want to take the chance based on the amount I'd spent cumulatively on other products trying to sort my poor WiFi signal), however, I can wholly recommend this router if you have the budget, want ultra-fast WiFi speeds, and are looking to ensure any new smart device purchases can make use of the very latest and fastest WiFi.
Over the first few days the RAX120 devices like my iPhone 11 Pro Max would freeze when trying to load websites and I would have to turn Wi-Fi on the phone off then on to get it to work. In the router settings OFDMA is off by default, enabling this seemed to resolve this issue. I’m not sure why something like this was off by default and I had to google what the setting meant as the interface doesn’t give any guidance.
Next up was game streaming via steam link and PS4 remote play. They both performed like a slide show which was a surprise taking into account my older nighthawk R8000P could run both these services flawlessly from the same location as the RAX120. This was harder to resolve but it seemed to help when I enabled upstream QOS and set the bandwidth randomly to 60mbps. Again there was little guidance on how to use this feature so it was on me to play battleships with the settings, knowing I can always factory reset the router with a pin should I ruin it. This did seem to help mainly with the steam link app where games become fully playable with no lag. PS4 remote play did improve but would still lag momentarily every 10 - 20 seconds.
I’ve reported all the issues I had to netgear who tried to help, they will take you back to basics with their advice and will gradually go into more detail so do use them. If you need a new router you may as well buy a WiFi 6 one but no matter which you buy there will be some issues, for example the RAX120 supports 160mhz out of the box while certain others need a future firmware update to enable this. In my experience the RAX120 needs an update to be more gamer friendly.
Apart from the faults I mentioned this router does a lot very well. It’s signal strength over long range is seriously impressive. I live in a large house where the router is set at the front entrance and I can get a strong signal at the far end of my back garden, good if I want to stream music outside or for outdoor wireless security cameras etc. This is a good stand alone alternative to a mesh set up.
It looks to have a good cooling system, there is a quiet fan on the top which I’ve never turn on but under heavy load it should help keep it cool.
Most importantly it looks like a spaceship which I believe means it is the best router available.
It’s worth mentioning I almost bought the RAX200, thinking it was better because of the higher model number. The difference is the RAX200 is tri band and the RAX is dual band, however the RAX120 has a much longer range and different chipset with a faster CPU at a lower price. I personally value range and performance more than the extra band and overall I’m happy with my choice.
Update: I can get a decent 80-100 Mbps connection on my phone, at about 50ft away from the router at the far end of my back garden. That’s really good and shows me how strong and reliable the signal is. My R8000P router could not achieve the same result.
Sometimes I find I’m still getting random drops and stutter. The cause is unclear, I suspect it’s a firmware issue from various support pages I’ve visited trying to get this to work consistently.
Very easy to set up with either the app or web page, I entered the same credentials and everything connected straight away. The XR was different as it was constant messing to get even Echo devices to connect.
The web page and app are basic and not complicated and within 10mins it was up and running after the firmware updated. I turned off AX mode as I have no AX devices and it’s very stable so far.
Wi-fi coverage is excellent, way better than the XR. I have 2 NETGEAR Ex8000 extenders as I had dead areas but now it just covers the property but I’m using one extender as it has some wired connections from other devices. I noticed too the extender now connects at max strength. For example my Arlo security cameras connect to extender and streaming is now butter smooth with their app and Apples HomeKit.
I’m also on BT and there is no issue but I’m running a HG612 modem and not a home hub which I prefer.
The specs are impressive, 64bit with good ram and cpu power as indicated in the spec. Perfect for streaming and gaming without the complex software many gaming routers supply. It’s a set and forget device.
QoS is basic and I’ve left it off and have streamed and gamed at the same time without any issues so far. A very capable router thanks to its spec.
I’ve also noticed as I’m using smart connect it’s working well at roaming and allocating devices to different channels ie. 2.4 or 5Ghz. Both web page and app show what’s connected to what channels and you can turn off devices if need be. Again this is a vast improvement and does the work for you. I’ve in total 15 devices connect to the network and it’s not even pushing it.
There is a small fan to keep the temp down, it’s not come on yet and the case is slightly warm to touch, not surprising with the cpu power this router has.
To round up if you want a Wi-fi 6 router or just a good modern up-to date router you can’t go wrong. Set it up and forget it’s there, perfect.
Put the Superhub 3 into modem mode via its admin interface, this disables its routing and wifi. Wait for it to stabilise with one purple(ish) indicator.
Install the Netgear Nighthawk app on your phone or tablet (ignore the bad reviews).
Start the new router and start the app.
Follow the instructions.
It was that simple and I can already tell there's an improvement in my WIFI.
NOTE: if you change the new routers ssid and password to match your old ones then all your devices will connect without any need to update their configuration.