January has arrived, and with it, new entries to Netgear’s long list of wireless routers for both gamers and professionals. This year, the main talking point will likely be the new Nighthawk RAXE300, which sits just below the flagship RAXE500 in the company’s high-end line. The RAXE300 offers a combined maximum WiFi speed of 7.8Gbps, plus the advantage of being able to take advantage of the 6GHz band for a faster connection. Netgear promises about 2,500 square feet of device coverage, plus enough gigabit Ethernet ports to connect the rest of your smart home to it.
At the same time, Netgear wanted to take the opportunity to remind the world of the Orbi 5G WiFi 6 Mesh NBK752, which was released late last year. It is the first 5G tri-band network system, which can take advantage of a 5G modem indoors for always-on mobile broadband or as a backup in case the standard wired connection fails. Not to mention that, like many Netgear tri-band products, the network connection between the router and its satellite should ensure a stronger and more reliable connection.
Completing the list is the Orbi Pro, the SXK50, the company’s new mid-range device for small businesses and professional types working from home. It’s a little behind the top-tier SK80, with a cap of 75 concurrent devices, down from 100 for the flagship, plus a slightly slower WiFi 6 speed, but it’s likely to be an ideal choice for some companies looking for a faster, more reliable connection.
This year’s ads complement Game Booster, an additional paid service for Orbi users so they get the same lag prevention features found in Nighthawk routers. This includes the ability to track votes and choose the fastest server for specific online games, as well as a built-in ad and tracking blocker. Unfortunately, these features will set you back $50 per year after a 30-day free trial, and only if you currently own the Orbi 750, 850, and 960 series.
The Netgear Nighthawk RAXE300 will be available in the first quarter of 2022, and will cost you $400, while the Orbi 5G is already available for $1,099.99. Meanwhile, the Orbi Pro SXK50 will be available in the US sometime in January 2022, and can be pre-ordered for $450.
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