January is here, and with it, new entries in Netgear’s long list of wireless routers for gamers and professionals. This year, the main talking point will likely be the new Nighthawk RAXE300, which occupies a little below the flagship RAXE500 in the company’s premium range. The RAXE300 offers a combined maximum Wi-Fi speed of 7.8 Gbps, along with the benefit of being able to take advantage of the 6 GHz band for faster connectivity. Netgear promises that you’ll get around 2,500 square feet of device coverage, along with enough gigabit Ethernet ports to connect the rest of your smart home.
At the same time, Netgear wanted to take the opportunity to remind the world of Orbi 5G WiFi 6 Mesh NBK752, which was released late last year. It is the first 5G tri-band mesh system, which can leverage the 5G modem indoors for always-on mobile broadband or as a backup in the event of a standard wired connection failure. Not to mention that, like most of Netgear’s tri-band products, the backhaul network between the router and its satellites should provide a stronger and more reliable connection.
Rounding out the list is the Orbi Pro, SXK50, the company’s new mid-range device for small businesses and professionals working from home. That’s a bit behind the top-tier SK80, with a cap of 75 simultaneous devices, compared to 100 for the flagship, as well as a slightly slower WiFi 6 speed, but it’s probably an ideal option for some businesses to looking for faster speed and more reliable connectivity.
Rounding out this year’s announcements is Game Booster, a paid add-on service for Orbi users to get the same camera. Offset removal features found in Nighthawk routers. This includes the ability to track pings and choose the fastest server for specific online games, as well as a built-in ad and tracking blocker. Unfortunately, such features will cost you $ 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 Q1 2022 and cost you $ 400, while the Orbi 5G is already available, priced at $ 1,099.99. The Orbi Pro SXK50, meanwhile, will be available in the US at some point in January 2022 and can be pre-ordered now for $ 450.
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