Netgear have made their forthcoming network technology announcements at CES 2016.
It includes routers, range extenders and powerline adapters. And just like the other vendors, there’s lots of MU-MIMO on the table too!
Netgear Wireless AC Routers 2016 Preview
Netgear Nighthawk X4S AC2600 R7800
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The original Nighthawk X4 has been around for about 18 months or so. Netgear have decided to give it a makeover. The Nighthawk X4S AC2600 R7800 supports up to 160MHz bandwidth (as opposed to the more frequently used 80MHz – clients must be able to support 160MHz in order to reap the benefits though).
The X4S is a 4×4 MU-MIMO router, with data rates comprising of 1.733Gbps on 5GHz and 1,000Mbps on 2.4GHz.
It also comes with two USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA port, and the usual 4x Gbps Ethernet ports.
Netgear C6250 AC1600 WiFi Cable Modem Router
Another router from the Netgear stables is the C6250 Cable Modem router, which supports 16×4 DOCSIS 3.0 (up to 640Mbps ISP downspeed). It’s the little brother to the already available C7000 Cable Modem router.
The wifi router supports data links up to 1.6Gbps over dual band (1,300Mbps & 300Mbps).
Netgear EX7300 Nighthawk X4 AC2200 WiFi Range Extender
If you live in a larger home, you’re going to need a bit of a boost. The EX7300 Nighthawk X4 is a Wi-Fi range extender (repeater/wifi booster) that can do just that.
Yet again another MU-MIMO offering with Beamforming+ to help drive a total theoretical bandwidth of up to 2.2Gbps (1.3Gbps 5GHz & 600Mbps 2GHz) over a greater coverage area. The MU-MIMO facility works with both pairing of routers and clients (that are compatible).
The EX7300 comes with LEDs that use wifi signal to help pinpoint best positioning for ultimate coverage, and the there’s a gigabit Ethernet port on board for those of you who want to connect wired devices.
EX7300 Nighthawk X4 Wireless Range Extender
Netgear EX6400 AC1900 WiFi Range Extender
MU-MIMO – yup, we have another one, lol!
The EX6400 has 4 internal antennas (just like the aforementioned EX7300). It also shares (with the EX7300):
– Netgear FastLane: simultaneously uses two wireless bands together to provide one fast connection.
– 10,000 ft coverage.
– Wave 2 AC
The difference though (between it and the EX7300) is that the EX6400 has slightly lower data rates (totaling 1.9Gbps)
Netgear PLW1000 PowerLINE WiFi 1000 Adapter Kit
Sometimes wireless just isn’t enough. Well, it’s not that wifi isn’t enough, it’s just that in some cases, wireless either doesn’t stretch far enough, or there are way too many obstacles in the way of wireless signal. This can kill wifi dead, even at short range. Also, in multi-level homes, wifi may not be pushed out vertically (without it compromising the signal on the same level).
This is when Powerline can come in really useful. By utilizing the electric cabling in your home, it’s possible to connect data via wall outlets.
The Netgear PLW1000 Wi-Fi adapter kit can then either extend signal out via it’s own wireless antennas or via it’s Ethernet port – or both at the same time.
It is Wireless AC enabled.
There is also a PLW1010 WiFi 1000 on it’s way – check it out here