The Netgear AX8 (or RAX80) is a high-end WiFi 6 router, with speedy performance, but not without issues.
I'm an IT professional who's "ongoing day to day" efforts included working from home long before Covid forced everyone to work remotely. I’ve used enterprise grade routers and switches from Cisco, Billion, Juniper, HP, and Enterasys in both my home and various workplaces. I’ve also used many consumer brands like Netcomm, Netgear, Linksys, D-Link, TP Link, and Asus. I've also used intermediate, small business gear.. so having covered most of the spectrum, I hope to bring some additional insight into this review.
Let's get the superficial stuff ...out of the way... Rorschach (ink blot) test or router? This series of router has an iconic look that is hard to miss. I first thought of a Manta Ray... especially with a wrapped bundle of cords sticking out of the back, but most online reviews seem to describe it as some sort of Star Wars space ship. Whatever you see this thing as, you'll agree that it's not your normal box with separate antennae around the periphery. Instead, this router has two "fins/wings" that fold up. All the antennae are within the fins/wings. However, it also makes the router hard to put in spaces where the wings might not fit. Please note: You NEED to unfurl the wings entirely to make the most of this router. If you don't have the spare height to mount it horizontally, you can mount it on a wall if you wish.
|Frequency Band||Dual-Band (2.4GHz, 5.0GHz)|
|Features||Beamforming, Built-In Malware / Anti-Virus Protection, External Antennas, Mobile App Control, Parental Controls and Quality of Service|
|Maximum Wireless Speed||4,800 Mbps|
|Number of Ethernet Ports||6|
|Wi-Fi Standard||802.11 a, 802.11 ac, 802.11 b, 802.11 g and 802.11 n|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||0|
|Number of USB 3.0 Ports||2|
|Smart Home Compatibility||Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant|
|Dimensions||305 x 202 x 161 mm|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 year(s)|
|Release date||Mar 2020|
- GTIN12: 606449139204
- MPN: RAX80 and RAX80-100AUS
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