January 2022 is here, and with it, new wireless routers from Netgear for both gamers and professionals. The new Nighthawk RAXE300, which sits just below the flagship RAXE500 in the company’s high-end line, is likely to be the main talking point this year.
The RAXE300 has a combined top WiFi speed of 7.8Gbps and the ability to use the 6GHz band for faster connectivity. Netgear claims that the device will provide 2,500 square feet of coverage, as well as enough gigabit ethernet ports to connect the rest of your smart home.
Netgear wanted to remind everyone about the Orbi 5G WiFi 6 Mesh NBK752, which was released late last year. It’s the first 5G tri-band mesh system, with a 5G modem inside that can be used for always-on mobile broadband or as a backup if a standard wired connection fails.
In addition, as with many of Netgear’s tri-band products, the backhaul network between the router and its satellite(s) should provide a stronger, more reliable connection.
The Orbi Pro, SXK50, the company’s new mid-range device for small businesses and professionals working from home, rounds out the list.
It lags behind the top-tier SK80 in terms of concurrent devices (75 versus 100 for the flagship) and WiFi 6 speed, but it’s likely to be an ideal option for some businesses looking for faster and more reliable connectivity.
Game Booster, a paid add-on service for Orbi users to get the same lag-banishing features found in Nighthawk routers, rounds out this year’s announcements.
This includes the ability to track pings and select the fastest server for specific online games, as well as an ad-and-tracking blocker built-in. Unfortunately, after a 30-day free trial, such features will cost you $50 per year if you already own the Orbi series 750, 850, or 960.
The Netgear Nighthawk RAXE300 will be available in the first quarter of 2022 for $400, whereas the Orbi 5G is already available for $1,099.99. Meanwhile, the Orbi Pro SXK50 will be available in the United States in January 2022 and can be pre-ordered now for $450.