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Netgear’s Nighthawk mesh network just got WiFi 6

Netgear has announced the Nighthawk Mesh Wifi System, with Wifi 6. It’s the latest addition to the company’s roster of connectivity-related tech. 

The Nighthawk Mesh WiFi 6 system is definitely one for people who are willing to invest in their internet connection, with a recommended retail price of £229.99 for a router with one satellite. That’s much, much more than your bog standard router.

For patient Netgear fans, there will doubtless be chances to get a discount though, as Netgear showed during the Black Friday period that they like to offer some seasonal discounts.

Equally, while it’s expensive for a router, it isn’t compared to the competition. Since WiFi 6 arrived early entrants into the market have been expensive. For example, Linksys competing MX5 Velop AZ Whole Home WiFi 6 System, a close competitor, comes in at $399.99.

Netgear argue that, despite the price (or because of the price, depending on how much you need a router,) the Nighthawk is an investment worth making, as new technology demands better and better connectivity.

The company said in a press release: “Every member of a household now has a well-defined need for super-fast, reliable WiFi from gamers, to telecommuters and those who stream HD video to numerous screens within the home.

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“Netgear has answered this call with the Nighthawk Mesh WiFi System delivering the future of WiFi with next-generation WiFi 6. The Nighthawk Mesh System comes with one or two high-powered satellites to provide whole home broadband WiFi coverage. Dead zones are eliminated by easily adding satellites wherever needed or to scale up when moving to a larger home. Setup is completed in minutes with the free Nighthawk App… to easily manage the network from your mobile device.

The new Nighthawk Mesh WiFi 6 router, or one of its satellites, supports dual-band WiFi up to 1.8Gbps using Wifi 6. The router also packs two Gigabit Ethernet ports if you want to use a wired connection.

Related: Netgear Orbi Voice Review

David Henry, senior vice president of Connected Home Products for Netgear, said: “In a period of just three years, mesh WiFi has taken a large share of the WiFi market. Netgear has led this charge with our popular award-winning Orbi Tri-band Mesh WiFi system. We are excited to bring the power and flexibility of Nighthawk to this market, and lead the transition to WiFi 6.”

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