That the Netgear Nighthawk RAXE300 router bagged the award for the best router at CES 2022 bears testimony about its high capabilities. For the first time, the Nightwalk range router deploys the Wi-Fi 6E standard, and by taking advantage of the RAXE300, the tri-band signal delivers extraordinary performance. However, it is necessary to have a solid internet plan of at least a gigabyte to make the device perform at its peak. Supported by a matching internet plan, the router ensures a seamless and hassle-free experience while handling extra workloads besides routine work. Despite the superior performance in ideal conditions, there might be issues with the Wi-Fi signal reaching every corner of the house.
Keep reading this Netgear Nighthawk review to know more about the newest tri-band router.
Netgear Nighthawk RAXE300 – Set up
To set up and run the plug-and-play device, you will need the Nightwalk app available for Android and iOS. The setup and installation of the device are easy as it does not require setting up a Nightgear account. To bypass the need for setting up a Netgear account, you must disconnect the mobile data and Wi-Fi before opening the app. But, after completing the initial setup, you must register the app to keep using it and even update the router before activating it. Soon you will see the Nighthawk RAXE300 displayed in the list of networks on your screen.
Design and Build
The Wi-Fi 6E router has two fins on the two sides that house the 6 pre-optimized antennas and stand upright despite being foldable. The fins are the signature marks of the router design meant for boldly displaying the device instead of trying to hide the router, as some people may like.
The Wi-Fi power buttons and the LED-lit WPS are at the front, and the reset and power buttons remain hidden under the rear panel. The LED indicator lights on the top panel are for power, USB, internet, each Ethernet port, and each wireless band.
You can club two of the four dedicated 1-gig Ethernet ports to create a 2-gig connection. Of the two internet ports, one is for 1 gig and lower plans, while the other is for plans up to 2.5 gigs. Moreover, as each internet port can double as a LAN port, you can have 5 LAN ports at your disposal.
Speed and Coverage
The 6 GHz WI-Fi band of the Nighthawk RAXE300 router supports Wi-Fi 6E devices for enjoying 4k/8k video streaming, HD video conferencing, and AR/VR gaming. The router provides an exceptional Wi-Fi speed of 7.8 Gbps which is six times faster than Wi-Fi5. You can connect up to 40 devices to the router that has coverage of 2,500 square feet.
The backward compatibility of the Wi-Fi 6E router for all Wi-Fi devices on 2.4GHz and 5GHZ bands is one of its most exciting features demonstrating its versatility. As only a few 6E compatible devices are currently available, the 6E Netgear Nighthawk RAXE300 router’s support for lower bands widens the acceptability of the router.