Something to look forward to: This week, Netgear introduced what it boasts of being the industry’s first quad-band WiFi 6E mesh router. The new model, the latest entry in its Orbi series of WiFi systems for large homes, promises increased speeds and support for more frequencies. It’s available for pre-order now and should ship in time for the holidays, but will cost you a bit of time.
The newly announced RBKE960 series adds support for 6 GHz WiFi frequency in addition to existing 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz frequencies, to provide faster internet connection, more simultaneous connections and less latency. On all three frequencies, it should be able to handle 16 simultaneous WiFi streams.
According to Netgear’s product page for the new model, combined Wi-Fi speeds could reach 10.8 Gbps. Due to the upgrade of the radio and antennas, devices running WiFi at 5GHz and 2.4GHz could also see their speed increase by up to 30%. The three-pack of a router and two satellites is expected to deliver these speeds in a range of up to 9,000 square feet. The RBKE960 series also features one 10 Gbps Ethernet WAN port, one 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port, and three 1 Gigabit Ethernet ports.
The press release doesn’t give an exact date for delivery of the new model, but the product page says orders are expected to ship by October 29. Pre-orders are now open in the US and will open in the UK soon. At $ 1,500, however, it’s quite expensive.
The WiFi 6 standard, also known as 802.11ax, was introduced last year in order to increase wireless internet performance as well as the frequency range over which devices can operate. Earlier this year, TechToSee ranked Netgear’s Orbi system as the best mesh WiFi system. WiFi 6E is an extension of WiFi 6 which supports 6 GHz connections.
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