Netgear has launched its first routers that support the next generation of Wi-Fi standards. Netgear Nighthavk AKS8 and Nighthavk AKS12 are top-notch routers that are capable of fast connectivity, but are the key backbone of support for the next Vi-Fi standard, Vi-Fi 802.11ak or new Naming scheme, Vi-Fi 6. Netgear's new routers come with upgraded specifications and a completely new design. Replacing multi-antenna routers that have recently become popular, Nighthavk AKS8 and Nighthavk AKS12 have a very futuristic design in which the antennas remain upright. While Nighthavk AKS8 is currently available for pre-ordering, the Nighthavk AKS12 will sell it next year.
As mentioned, the Netgear Nighthavk AKS8 (RAKS80) 8-Stream Vi-Fi router supports the new Vi-Fi 802.11a (also known as Vi-Fi 6) standard, with speeds up to 6Gbps. The company claims that the router can deliver up to four times the capacity of data from previous standards. Vi-Fi 6 supports technologies such as OFDMA, MU-MIMO, 160MHz channel support and 1024 KAM. Namely, the Nighthavk AKS8 was powered by a 64-bit 1.8GHz quad-core processor that claims to transmit gigabytes of data with "almost zero CPU load". Also, the support for 160MHz channels indicates that it doubles the speed offered by the 80MHz channel to enable Gigabit speeds to compatible devices. Netgear says Nighthavk AKS8 is the world's first home router with Multi-Gig Internet support achieved by aggregating two gigabit Ethernet ports. The router is said to be ready for the Multi-Gig Internet wave that comes in Docsis 3.1.
The Nighthavk AKS12 12-Stream Vi-Fi Router also supports Vi-Fi 6. It is assumed to provide combined Vi-Fi speeds up to 6Gbps. Powered by the AKS optimized 64-bit processor of 2.2GHz kuad-core, for connecting high speeds required for smart home applications, 4K UHD streaming, online games and more. It has eight high-performance antennas for boosting Vi-Fi signals for maximum range and reliable coverage. Nighthavk AKS12 is also Netgear's first home router with a 5Gig port, a firm said.
The Nighthavk AKS8 comes with two 4k4 antenna arrays, one for Vi-Fi 5GHz and the other for 2.4GHz. It has five Gigabit Ethernet ports and supports a total of 6GHz wireless bandwidth. The Nighthavk AKS12 comes with a similar set of features, but contains an 8k8 antenna array for its 5GHz network.
As for price and availability, Netgear Nighthavk AKS8 costs $ 399.99 (approximately 28,900) and is available for pre-ordering via Amazon. Netgear Nighthavk AKS12, however, will come sometime in 2019 and the price is still unannounced. Netgear also introduced the "Vi-Fi as a Service" program based on subscriptions from Nighthavk AKS12. It's a beta test program that allows users to try the device for 90 days and pay if they illuminate the device.