August 7, 2020

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Netgear Launches New Router with Wi-Fi 6 Support

Netgear is all set to launch the next model of the company’s Orbi mesh router that supports Wi-Fi 6, as a follow-up on the high-end model released last autumn. This new device, called the RBK752, falls under the category of mid-range models. However, it is offering decreased performance at a little lesser price. Nonetheless, being an Orbi router, the price continues to be high enough at $450 for a router and satellite. The more expensive model, called the RBK852, offers the same package for $700.

With the shift to Wi-Fi 6 in full swing, brand new routers and devices with the latest Wi-Fi support are being announced frequently. Netgear is the most recent firm to join the bandwagon with this new device in the market as another feather on the cap of its Orbi mesh router series, the Orbi AX4200 (RBK752). 

Being the latest standard, Wi-Fi 6 has the capacity to connect a lot more devices to a single network without compromising the speed. According to Netgear, the Orbi AX4200 is estimated to support 40+ systems with internet speed as high as 1 Gigabit. Although that’s a bit slower than the former RBK852 system, which connects 60 plus devices at 2.5 Gigabit speeds, it is hard-pressed to note that in most household networks. Because, 40+ devices are possibly a bit too much considering the number of devices at most homes right now, but with the increasing popularity of smart devices, one could any day expect to hit the limit, though not in the near future.

The Netgear Orbi AX4200 mesh system is delivered in two kinds of packages– the RBK752 includes a router and only one satellite for $449.99 and the RBis3 includes an extra satellite in the pack for a total of $599.99. Netgear has also begun advertising the subscription for its Bitdefender-powered Netgear Armor. It offers 30 days of free subscription, but will later need an annual fee to keep safe all the devices that are connected.

The Orbi AX4200 also includes the feature of tri-band networking, which means that there is a separate backhaul band between the two points of the mesh. This would make sure that one does not notice a speed drop as more nodes are added into the network. The main node also features three Ethernet ports and two other satellite nodes.

Netgear claims the two-pack arrangement provided by the device will be covering spaces up to 5000 square feet with its Wi-Fi connection.