Netgear’s Nighthawk WiFi 6E router and Game Booster enhance wireless gaming

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Netgear unveiled a slate of WiFi 6E routers in October and is now bringing new wireless broadband technology to its Knighthawk gaming routers.

Nighthawk RAXE300 Tri-band WiFi 6E router provides speeds of up to 7.8 gigabits per second (Gbps) for wireless home networks. It takes advantage of the newly available 6Ghz band of radio spectrum, making it possible for a new generation of routers to sustain increasing online usage.

It offers faster download speeds, leg improvement and less interference or congestion. Netgear said the WiFi 6E expands WiFi speed, capacity and bandwidth by up to 200% over WiFi 5.

Netgear unveiled the new router as part of a set of new products at the tech trade show CES 2022 in Las Vegas.

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Max Wu, Netgear product manager, said in an interview with Gamesbeat that research shows that 50% of Americans are working from home and that this trend has led to a 93% increase in Internet usage.

“People are upgrading their home internet service to meet their new demand,” he said. “The best WiFi solution capable of maintaining is the WiFi 6E, which comes with wider channels, more spectrum and much less latency.”

The epidemic has fueled the world’s reliance on WiFi as working from home, learning and video streaming homes continue to make unprecedented demands on WiFi networks, Netgear said.

Devices in these ultra-connected homes are in constant competition for bandwidth on crowded WiFi networks, emphasizing the need for a new, clean 6Ghz band.

The new router supports eight WiFi streams and offers gigabit-plus WiFi speeds in homes up to 2,500 square feet. The router has six pre-optimized antennas for WiFi Signal Strength, Coverage and Performance. It also has a 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port that can be used to provide Gigabit-Plus Internet connectivity to Internet modems or other devices.

There are also five more Gigabit Ethernet ports for wired connection with other home devices and IoT hubs.

“Users now have more options for delivering their Gigabit-Internet speeds via wired or wireless, depending on their preferences,” Wu said.

The Nighthawk RAXE300 Tri-band WiFi 6E router will be available in the first quarter of 2022 for $ 400 from Netgear.com and other resellers.

Game Booster

Above: Netgear’s game booster orb speeds up gaming on wireless devices.

Image Credit: Netgear

Netgear is also launching its Game Booster service, enabling Netgear Orbi home networking products to use similar tools found on Nighthawk Pro gaming routers to increase network performance and reduce lag for gamers. Gamers will be able to access it through the Orby app.

Netgear’s research into Orby users has shown that more than 60% of the households surveyed have at least one gamer, with a significant number playing on a gamer console or PC. For these players, Netgear’s game booster service aims to give them an edge by reducing lag or interaction delays in multiplayer games.

The Netgear game booster powered by DumaOS consists of three main components controlled by the Orby app. It has a ping heatmap and geo-filter, which enables players to identify and select the fastest game server for the games of their choice, reducing ping by up to 93%.

It also helps network bandwidth to prioritize gaming devices and applications with the Network Priority feature, which prioritizes bandwidth for games.

Above: Netgear’s Game Booster lets you dial your home network for gaming performance.

Image Credit: Netgear

Game Booster also includes Adblocker, a new feature on routers that benefits any device on the network, not just the gaming console or PC. Adblocker not only blocks unwanted ads, but also restricts tracking from various websites.

The blocklist is updated regularly and users can customize both the domains for blocking and the devices that are enabled through the Orby app. Netear Game Booster will initially be available on the Orby Tri-Band WiFi 6 Mash Systems (Series 750 and 850) and the Orby Quad-Band WiFi 6E System (Series 960) immediately with membership on the Orby App. The service will launch in the first quarter of 2022 and will cost $ 50 per year.

Netgear also unveiled its Orby Pro Mesh system, which provides up to 5,000 square feet of wireless Internet coverage and supports up to 75 devices simultaneously. And it also launched PoE switch devices for small and medium businesses as well as professionals working from home.

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