Netgear Introduces Nighthawk RS700 Wi-Fi 7 Router
Wi-fi networking has seen fast strides during the last couple of years with the opening up of the 6 GHz spectrum for Wi-Fi functions. Silicon distributors up to date their Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) options with assist for the brand new band and router / entry level distributors adopted go well with. Final yr noticed the introduction of Wi-Fi 7 silicon primarily based on 802.11be from all the most important silicon distributors – Broadcom, Qualcomm, and Mediatek. Intel additionally offered hints about their upcoming Wi-Fi 7 consumer platform of their interoperability demo with Broadcom’s AP design. Following this, corporations comparable to TP-Link and ASUS (RT-BE96U and ROG Rapture GT-BE98) began to disclose particulars of their first-generation Wi-Fi 7 merchandise. TP-Hyperlink’s choices have been up for pre-order since January, with cargo initially slated for Q1 2023. Immediately, Netgear is asserting their first Wi-Fi 7 product – the Nighthawk RS700 wi-fi router.
As a refresher, Wi-Fi 7 brings a bunch of enhancements to the wi-fi expertise with sooner speeds (true multi-gigabit, making it essential to equip the routers with wired 10G ports), decrease latency, and higher effectivity in channel utilization (significantly with a number of shoppers within the image). The usual additionally permits multi-link operation with the shoppers with the ability to connect with the AP over completely different bands concurrently. All Wi-Fi 7 routers need to be tri-band (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 6 GHz assist) to convey out all the advantages of the brand new customary. In comparison with their Wi-Fi 6E flagship Nighthawk, the RS700 boasts of virtually double the wi-fi throughput, and comes with 10G WAN and LAN ports. It’s primarily based on Broadcom’s Wi-Fi 7 platform (BCM4916 network SoC + BCM67263 / BCM6726 radios).
Whereas ASUS continues to undertake their spider-style antenna design for his or her Wi-Fi 7 choices, we noticed TP-Hyperlink utterly revamp the commercial design for his or her high-end providing to assist the brand new customary. Netgear has additionally moved to a brand new design fashion for the Nighthawk RS700 with a tower form-factor. Along with complementing the fanless design by aiding in convection (with the help of strategically positioned vents), Netgear claims that the brand new design additionally permits for optimum placement of the antennae for lowered inteference.
Netgear helps hyperlink aggregation on each LAN and WAN sides, with the latter function in place to be used with the first-generation 1200 Mbps cable modems (such because the Netgear CM1200) that got here with twin 1 Gbps ports as an alternative of a single 2.5 Gbps NBASE-T port. A USB 3.0 port to connect a storage drive or printer can also be within the combine.
The Nighthawk cell app will proceed serving the product household for simple administration through Android / iOS units, and an area net UI will even be obtainable. Netgear can also be together with a 1-year subscription to their ARMOR cybersecurity product for defense in opposition to on-line threats in addition to VPN options.
The Nighthawk RS700 is obtainable for pre-order immediately, however availability is slated for Q2 2023. The corporate claims that the router can assist upwards of 200 simultaneous consumer units and blanket a 3500 sq. ft. house with full protection – greater than sufficient for the overwhelming majority of client households. Nevertheless, prospects used to plain Nighthawk options comparable to out of the field mesh networking assist, a number of wi-fi networks (along with the usual primary and visitor networks), and parental controls should await firmware updates within the second half of the yr. Priced at $700, the RS700 prices the identical because the introduced pricing for the TP-Link Archer BE900. Nevertheless, TP-Hyperlink manages to incorporate extra wi-fi streams (and correspondibgly increased wi-fi throughput), a number of USB ports and 4x 2.5 Gbps together with a SFP+ / RJ-45 10G combo on the identical worth level. In any case, each distributors are promising a lot of the options in future firmware updates, and there are not any concrete delivery dates but. A extra knowledgeable worth proposition comparability can solely be made after the merchandise are within the fingers of the top prospects.