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NETGEAR RAX30 Nighthawk™

Five-stream AX2400 Wi-Fi 6 router

Item # 941RAX30

Offers speedy, reliable wireless connectivity for streaming, gaming, surfing and more in a small to medium home.

Offers speedy, reliable wireless connectivity for streaming, gaming, surfing and more in a small to medium home.

Item # 941RAX30

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About the NETGEAR RAX30 Nighthawk™

Make strong, fast Wi-Fi connections

The NETGEAR RAX30 delivers powerful Wi-Fi for a small- to medium-sized home. Speedy Wi-Fi 6 technology and a powerful 1.5GHz triple-core processor ensure superior performance for high-res streaming, online gaming, and audio/video chats. Beamforming directs wireless signal where it's needed most.

Make strong, fast Wi-Fi connections

The NETGEAR RAX30 delivers powerful Wi-Fi for a small- to medium-sized home. Speedy Wi-Fi 6 technology and a powerful 1.5GHz triple-core processor ensure superior performance for high-res streaming, online gaming, and audio/video chats. Beamforming directs wireless signal where it's needed most.

Use voice commands or a mobile app

The router is compatible with voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant devices for easy setup and control. If you don't use voice control yet, don't worry — you can take care of business quickly with NETGEAR's Nighthawk® app, too.

Multiple wired connections

The RAX30 connects to your modem via a dedicated WAN port, and it offers four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports for making wired connections to TVs, streaming boxes, gaming systems, and more. And it features a USB 3.0 port with ReadyShare®, so you can plug in a USB thumb drive or hard drive and access its contents or back up files from across your Wi-Fi network. 

Tough security

NETGEAR's Wi-Fi Protected Access® offers tough WPA3 encryption that denies outsiders access to your wireless signal. And security updates happen automatically, so it protects against new threats as they emerge. It also offers a strong, secure VPN connection for secure remote access.


Product highlights:

  • Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) wireless router
  • backward-compatible with earlier generations of Wi-Fi
  • simultaneous dual-band operation (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)
  • five-stream AX2400 Wi-Fi (574+1800 Mbps)
    • up to 574 Mbps on 2.4 GHz band
    • up to 1800 Mbps on 5 GHz band
  • powerful 1.5GHz triple-core processor delivers high-performance connectivity
  • 3 external antennas for extended range
  • beamforming technology directs wireless signal where it's needed most
  • Nighthawk® app helps you monitor, control, and troubleshoot your home network
  • voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant devices
  • five 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet ports (4 LAN and 1 WAN) with auto-sensing technology
  • one USB 3.0 port with ReadyShare®
  • 128-bit AES encryption with PSK
  • Wi-Fi Protected Access® (WPA3)
  • VPN support offers secure remote access for telecommuters
  • NETGEAR Armor™ offers advanced protection (subscription required)
Dimensions and warranty:

What's in the box:

  • WiFi Router w/ 3 attached 5.5" antennas
  • AC Power supply w/ attached 6' DC cord (12VDC/2.5A output)
  • 78" CAT-5e cable
  • Quickstart card

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Features & specs

Wireless Range Not given
Wi-Fi Standard Wi-Fi 6
Mesh Network No
Beamforming Yes
Parental controls Yes
Processor 1.5GHz Triple-core
App Control Yes
Amazon Alexa Y
Google Assistant Y
Wi-Fi bands/total speed Dual-band 2.4 Gbps
2.4GHz band 574 Mbps
5.2GHz band 1800 Mbps
5.8GHz band 0
LAN ports 4
USB 2.0 ports N/A
USB 3.0 ports 1

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Overview: The NETGEAR Nighthawk AX2400 (RAX30) WiFi Router with simultaneous Dual-Band performance delivers combined WiFi speeds of up to 2.4Gbps and is ideal for small to medium size homes. The AX2400's powerful 1.5GHz tri-core processor gives you a high-performance networking engine for faster connections. Incorporating the latest WiFi 6 technology (802.11ax), the AX2400 features proven high-performance while preventing lag spikes, drop outs, and high ping times for better VR gaming, 4K streaming, web-surfing, and more.

1.5GHz Tri-Core Processor: The NETGEAR Nighthawk AX2400 utilizes a powerful 1.5GHz tri-core processor to separate processes and prioritize high performance WiFi connections to get maximum combined WiFi speeds of up to 2.4Gbps, with up to 5 streams available.

IPv6: The AX2400 supports Internet Protocol version 6 and can be configured as such.

Dual-Band WiFi: Dual-band WiFi delivers up to 2.4Gbps combined WiFi speeds through 2 dedicated simultaneous WiFi bands. Dual-band WiFi combined with the intelligence to segregate traffic based on WiFi speed provides the best performance for multiple WiFi devices in your home. Both bands are backwards compatible with 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi.

  • 5GHz (ax): 1024 QAM 80/40/20MHz, up to 1800Mbps
  • 2.4GHz (ax): 1024/256 QAM 20/40MHz, up to 574Mbps

Dynamic Quality of Service (QoS): QoS resolves internet traffic congestion when you have competing internet demands at home. QoS identifies your online activities by application and device, then utilizes bandwidth allocation and traffic prioritization techniques to automatically allocate more bandwidth to latency sensitive applications like online gaming and video streaming. This ensures that lower priority applications continue to work.

Beamforming+ (Explicit & Implicit): Beamforming+ boosts speed, reliability, and range of WiFi connections on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. Unlike typical WiFi routers that just blast the WiFi signals in all directions; with Beamforming+ (Explicit), the router actively tracks connected devices and directs power to the router antenna closest to the client device. With Beamforming+ (Implicit), the router can use information from client devices that support Implicit Beamforming for even greater WiFi speed, reliability, and range.

Multi-User MIMO (MU-MIMO): MU-MIMO capability allows multiple devices to simultaneously stream at the same time on the 5GHz band. With MU-MIMO, your WiFi network can deliver faster throughput to every MU-MIMO connected device. That means faster downloads and smoother streaming for your devices.

Gigabit Ethernet Ports: Five Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000 ports (1 WAN & 4 LAN) allow you to connect multiple wired devices. The WAN port is used to connect your internet modem, while the LAN ports are used to connect your local network devices.

Nighthawk App: The Nighthawk App for iOS and Android devices makes it easy and intuitive to setup and use the NETGEAR Nighthawk AX2400 router. With the Nighthawk app, you can install your router using very few steps - just connect your mobile device to the default network, and the app will walk you through the rest. The app automatically updates the router to the latest firmware, allows you to personalize your WiFi network, and even help register your router with NETGEAR. The intuitive Nighthawk app dashboard lets you monitor your home network from most anywhere, check broadband speeds from your service provider, pause the internet to any connected device, track internet data usage, and setup separate networks for guests.

Notes: You can still use the web-based installation wizard to install the router by visiting from your mobile device or a computer connected to the router.

NETGEAR Armor: NETGEAR Armor is a subscription-based security service that's powered by Bitdefender, a global leader in cybersecurity. NETGEAR Armor protects your home network from potential cyber threats and provides complete data protection, advanced threat defense, parental control, webcam protection, multi-layer ransomware protection, anti-phishing, safe files, secure browsing, rescue mode, anti-fraud, and anti-theft. NETGEAR Armor provides you with multiple performance and privacy tools that can be viewed and configured on PC, Mac OS, iOS, and Android devices.

Note: NETGEAR Armor requires a paid subscription after the initial 30-day free trial period.

VPN: The AX2400 router lets you create a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to securely access your network via the internet when you are not at home. The VPN feature must be enabled on the router and you must install and run VPN client software on the computer you are using to access the network.

Voice Control: The AX2400 lets you control you WiFi network with simple voice commands using an Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant (sold separately) connected to the same network.

USB Port (ReadySHARE): A single USB 3.0 port on the router can be used to connect a USB storage device such as a flash drive, hard drive, or printer. The router works with most USB-compliant external flash and hard drives (if your USB drive uses special drivers, it is not compatible). You can share data that is stored on most common USB storage devices across your WiFi network with ReadySHARE USB Storage Access. ReadySHARE lets you access and share a USB drive connected to the router's USB port. The AX2400 can also be used as a ReadyDLNA media server, letting you view movies and photos on DLNA/UPnP AV-compliant media servers, such as Xbox360, Playstation, and NETGEAR media servers. You cannot connect computers, USB modems, CD drives, or DVD drives to the router's USB port.

Antennas: The AX2400 features 3 built-in antennas that can be tilted and swiveled for the best WiFi performance and coverage.

Controls & Indicators: A front-panel WiFi button let you power the WiFi radios On/Off. A second front-panel WPS button lets you connect to WPS-enabled devices. Corresponding LEDs for each will light when that feature is active. The rear panel includes a main Power button, for turning the router On/Off, and an LED Power button, for Enabling/Disabling the front-panel LED indicators. Additional front-panel LEDs include:

  • Power: Indicates whether router is On or Off.
  • Internet: Lights when an internet connection is ready.
  • 2.4GHz/5GHz: Two LEDs can light to indicate that that corresponding WiFi radio is operating.
  • 1 - 4: Four numbered LEDs display which LAN port(s) are being used and their Ethernet connection (10/100/1000Mbps).
  • USB 3.0: Indicates if a USB device is plugged into the rear-panel USB port, and if its connected.

Mounting Options: The NETGEAR router can simply be placed on a flat-surface table-top or it can be wall-mounted using its integrated keyhole slots (mounting screws not included).

System Requirements: Make sure your home network meets the following system requirements.

  • Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP / 2000, Mac OS, UNIX, or Linux.
  • Internet Browser: Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome 55 or higher, Firefox 45 or higher, Safari 10 or higher.

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