By Claus Hetting, Wi-Fi NOW CEO & Chairman
NETGEAR’s Nighthawk family of home Wi-Fi routers have already become icons of industrial design – and now the company is adding yet another member to the family: The Nighthawk RAXE300 tri-band Wi-Fi 6E router. NETGEAR today also launched a new performance enhancement service for gamers called NETGEAR Game Booster. The two new products were released today just ahead of CES Las Vegas 2022.
The new Nighthawk RAXE300 boasts 7.8 Gbps peak speeds over eight spatial streams (two on 6 GHz, four on 5 GHz, and two on 2.4 GHz) and delivers a home coverage area of up to 2,500 square feet (about 230 square meters), NETGEAR says. The unit houses six ‘pre-optimised’ antennas within its distinctive wings for best possible signal strength and coverage, NETGEAR says. The new RAXE300 will retail at US$399, which is nearly US$200 less than the top-of-the-line Nighthawk RAXE500 released last year. The RAXE300 will be available within first quarter of 2022 on NETGEAR.com and from other resellers, NETGEAR says. For ordering information see here.
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Because gaming is big business and growing in importance as one of the most popular – and demanding – activities within the home requiring outstanding Wi-Fi connectivity, NETGEAR also released a gaming performance enhancement service called NETGEAR Game Booster.
The idea is to make some of the features today available on NETGEAR Nighthawk gaming routers more widely available to Orbi (mesh Wi-Fi) customers. For starters the new service – which can be operated from the Orbi app – allows gamers to identify and select the fastest game servers (using a ‘ping heat map’). This alone can reduce latency by up to 93%, NETGEAR says. The service also allows prioritisation of applications and an ad-blocker. The service launches in first quarter of 2022 and will retail at US$49.99 per year after a 30-day free trial. For more about the Game Booster read here.