World WiFi Day special Netgear Nighthawk is the first WiFi 6 router to reach India
June 20 2020: The NetgearNightHawk AX8 has been around for a year, along with Linksys’ Velop 5300, in the WiFi 6 category and they have fairly similar specs with 4 antennas each.
We got to try the AX8 and while there was no way at present, to verify the rated maximum data rate of 6 GBPS it is undoubtedly at the leading edge of routers today, easily covering a large home of 3500 sq. ft without needing repeaters.
It is a (literally!) heavy product at 1.36 kg and will handle heavy work-from-home usage or even serve a small office. The price has dropped Rs 10,000 in a year to Rs 29,999 today.
Netgear’s latest WiFi 6 router, the AX12 doubles the number of antennas and if you add the beams in 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz you have a total of 12w beams. The India price is Rs 51,999. Read our main WiFi Day feature with more on WiFi 6 and 6E technology here