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Netgear’s Nighthawk X6 AC3200 aims to exceed all needs

NETGEAR added a new device to the Nighthawk line of 802.11ac routers, the company unveiled the new Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi Router, the first tri-band WiFi router available for purchase incorporating the powerful new Broadcom 5G WiFi XStream platform.
 
The device features an impressive number of antennas, six high-performance antennas in total across three network bands (one 2.4GHz and two 5GHz). One of the most important takeaways from the announcement was that the Nighthawk X6 delivers the industry’s fastest combined WiFi speed, up to 3.2 Gbps (1300+1300+600 Mbps) which should easily handle anything you may need to stream going forward.
 
Today’s homes that combine many new and old WiFi devices need tri-band routers such as the Nighthawk X6 to optimize the speed of each device, whether it is an old laptop or the newest smartphone. Nighthawk X6 intelligently segments slower and faster devices into the most appropriate WiFi band. This network load balancing and segmentation enables the X6 to mitigate interference and more effectively support all WiFi devices, including more “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices.
 
“Home networks are being weighed down by an exploding number of WiFi devices demanding bandwidth for more and more video content,” said Sandeep Harpalani, NETGEAR’s director of product marketing for Retail Network Products. “Nighthawk X6 solves these issues by not only providing more WiFi bandwidth but also segmenting slower and faster devices across different WiFi bands, and balancing the number of devices in each band to deliver the best-in-class experience for streaming, sharing and gaming.”
 
Powered by a 1GHz dual core processor with three additional offload processors, Nighthawk X6 soars above the competition so you’ll enjoy a blazing-fast WiFi experience using the latest 802.11ac wireless technology, such as the innovative 5G WiFi XStream technology from Broadcom. By optimizing speeds for all your WiFi devices, you‘ll be able to game on, stream away, and download mega-sized files without network lag from inside and outside your house, garage and yard.
 
Nighthawk X6 supports NETGEAR Beamforming+, a smart, signal-focusing technology that improves WiFi connections by locking onto a wireless device on the network and pinpointing WiFi signals directly at the device. As you move, Beamforming+ adjusts for distance, delivering the best experience for fast downloads, clearer Voice over Internet (VoIP) calls, uninterrupted HD video, and lag-free gaming. The boost in speed, reliability and range of WiFi connections is delivered on all three WiFi bands.
 
Nighthawk X6 offers superior capabilities for sharing, storing and securing your treasured files and multimedia content. Content on a storage device attached to Nighthawk X6’s SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port can be easily accessed and transferred quickly across the network, making it ideal for streaming video to screens around the home that are DLNA®-enabled or AirPlay®-compatible. Your content will also be kept safe with NETGEAR ReadySHARE Vault™, free application software that takes automatic backup of incremental changes on all PCs in your home network and saves them to a USB hard drive connected to the Nighthawk X6. This new NETGEAR router also offers you peace of mind with VPN support for secure remote access by using a customized free URL, SPI and NAT double firewall, and separate guest network access.
 
“The tri-band WiFi technology that powers the NETGEAR Nighthawk X6 router provides real-life benefits to today’s consumers, whose homes have an increasing number of devices simultaneously streaming HD video to TV, laptop and tablet screens,” said Linley Gwennap, principal analyst of The Linley Group, a leading source of independent technology analysis on semiconductors. “Capable of delivering up to twice the total data rate of WiFi routers currently in the market, it significantly improves the video-streaming experience for these consumers.”
 
Pricing and Availability
 
Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band WiFi Router (R8000) is available for pre-order online today at an MSRP of $299.99 in the U.S