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NETGEAR Nighthawk® AX8

Eight-stream AX6000 Wi-Fi 6 router (RAX80)

Item # 941RAX80

The NETGEAR Nighthawk AX8 is sleek, powerful, and versatile — everything you want a router to be.

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About the NETGEAR Nighthawk® AX8

Striking appearance, powerful performance

The NETGEAR Nighthawk AX8 is sleek, powerful, and versatile — everything you want a router to be. Hidden away inside the router's "wings" are four antennas that broadcast eight fast streams of strong, secure dual-band Wi-Fi. And, honestly, it's kind of cool to look at.

Striking appearance, powerful performance

The NETGEAR Nighthawk AX8 is sleek, powerful, and versatile — everything you want a router to be. Hidden away inside the router's "wings" are four antennas that broadcast eight fast streams of strong, secure dual-band Wi-Fi. And, honestly, it's kind of cool to look at.

Multiple streams, no waiting

Four-stream MU-MIMO (multi-user, multi-input, multi-output) allows simultaneous streaming to multiple devices, so everyone in a large home can access the internet at the same time. Each of the four streams takes on a portion of your home's overall wireless traffic, reducing or eliminating lag and buffering.

We like to use a grocery store analogy: your old router may be like the store that only has one or two lanes open, leading to long, slow lines. The AX8 has four lanes open, staffed with speedy, accurate checkers who keep the lanes clear and the customers happy.

Speaking of speed and accuracy, the AX8 is also compatible with the most up-to-date wireless standard, known as Wi-Fi 6.

What is Wi-Fi 6?

Instead of defaulting to the established alpha-numeric designation for the latest Wi-Fi standard (802.11ax), the Wi-Fi Alliance that governs wireless standards is rebranding to a simpler and cleaner naming system. This is the sixth iteration of Wi-Fi, so the new standard will be known simply as Wi-Fi 6. Older versions will be retroactively renamed in the following way:

  • Wi-Fi 6: 802.11ax (2019)
  • Wi-Fi 5: 802.11ac (2014)
  • Wi-Fi 4: 802.11n (2009)

You get the idea. Wi-Fi 6 offers some clear advantages: speeds up to 10Gbps and multiple simultaneous streams make it faster and more efficient than previous standards. It also consumes less power, so your battery-operated devices can last longer.

These days, we're making wireless connections with just about everything we use. TVs, phones, media streamers, smart home gadgets, and many items you may not even think about are competing for bandwidth. Wi-Fi 6 is designed to keep all that traffic moving in a quick and orderly fashion.

Easy installation and voice control

NETGEAR routers are designed for easy installation. Once you've plugged in a few cables, use the single-button Push ‘N' Connect function to connect your Wi-Fi quickly. The NETGEAR Nighthawk app lets you monitor, control and troubleshoot your network from a convenient personal dashboard on your computer or mobile device. And once you have it all set up the way you like, you can issue voice commands to your router via Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices.

Tough security

NETGEAR's Wi-Fi Protected Access® offers tough 128-bit AES encryption with PSK that denies outsiders access to your wireless signal. This router also offers double firewall protection and a stiff defense against denial-of-service (DoS) attacks. If you have young ones in the house, use the router's parental controls to filter out content you don't want them to see. If you're one of the growing number of people who occasionally works from home, the Nighthawk offers a strong, secure VPN connection as well.

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Product highlights:

  • Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) wireless router
  • backwards compatible with Wi-Fi 1-5 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac)
  • four high-performance internal antennas provide excellent wireless coverage for large properties
  • 8-stream AX6000 W-iFi
    • 2.5 GHz x 4 @ 1.2 Gbps
    • 5 GHz x 4 @ 4.8 Gbps
  • powerful 64-bit 1.8GHz quad-core processor delivers high-performance connectivity
  • Nighthawk app helps with setup and enables remote monitoring and control of the router
  • compatible with voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Home devices
Special features:
  • bandwidth can be prioritized for online gaming, streaming videos, or high-res music
  • dynamic QoS (quality of service) lets you choose which devices get priority for wireless signal
  • Beamforming+ boosts speed, reliability and range of Wi-Fi connection
  • four-stream MU-MIMO allows simultaneous streaming to multiple devices
  • ReadyCLOUD® USB Access allows secure remote cloud access to USB storage
External connections:
  • six 10/100/1000 (5 LAN and 1 WAN) Gigabit Ethernet ports with auto-sensing technology
  • two USB 3.0 ports
Security:
  • Wi-Fi Protected Access® (128-bit AES encryption with PSK)
  • double firewall protection (SPI and NAT firewall)
  • denial-of-service (DoS) attack prevention
  • VPN support offers secure remote access for telecommuters
  • separate and secure access for houseguests
  • robust parental controls help keep kids safe online
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