Connected Home

If your home is like mine, you’re connecting more devices of all different types to your network — and you might have noticed that your old router is having trouble keeping up. Most of us depend on Wi-Fi connectivity and, luckily, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) is arriving just in time to give home connectivity a much-needed boost.

This new standard in wireless connectivity offers a huge performance leap for applications like video streaming, gaming, smart home automation and video chatting. Not only does Wi-Fi 6 give you faster wireless experiences — with up to 40% higher peak data rates for a single client device — it is also much more responsive and does a better job handling a growing number of devices, all of which are simultaneously competing for bandwidth. This means that as you connect more devices in your home, like upcoming PCs with Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), you can be confident that your network performance can keep up.

Wi-Fi 6 for the masses

If you’re eager to get Wi-Fi 6 in your home, there’s more good news. NETGEAR just introduced its Nighthawk AX4 router, the industry’s first mainstream dual-band 4-stream Wi-Fi 6 router. The Nighthawk AX4 is Gig+ capable and makes it possible for you to start experiencing the benefits of Wi-Fi 6 in an affordable way, offering a performance and coverage boost compared with legacy Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) routers.

I’m also proud of the fact that the Nighthawk AX4 is powered by the Intel Home Wi-Fi Chipset WAV600 Series, which is designed to deliver fast, reliable and responsive connectivity. Our chipset was the industry’s first Wi-Fi 6 solution for dual-band 4-stream routers and is optimized for Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+), which will be the industry’s first Wi-Fi 6 solution for the PC.

Future-proof your home network

By upgrading to a Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) router now, you’ll be ready when the flood of Wi-Fi 6 devices hits the market. For example, PCs with Intel Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) will become available starting in Q2 2019. We expect more than 100 designs this year alone. When connected to a Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) router like the Nighthawk AX4, these PCs will be capable of faster upload and download speeds.

You’ll also see more consistent performance when many different types of devices are connected to your router at the same time. And because Wi-Fi 6 delivers lower latency, you’ll get dependable, ultra-responsive connectivity for high-quality videoconferencing, real-time gaming and seamless streaming of high-definition movies and videos.

Gigabit speeds over Wi-Fi

Although you’ll see the highest-quality experiences with future Wi-Fi 6 devices, you can also get a boost by connecting Gigabit Wi-Fi-capable PCs to Wi-Fi 6 routers now. For example, 8th Gen Intel Core processor-based PCs with integrated Gigabit Wi-Fi are designed to use 160 MHz channel bandwidth so that you can get true gigabit speeds by connecting to a compatible router, such as the Nighthawk AX4. And you can rest assured that Wi-Fi 6 (Gig+) routers have backward compatibility to support your devices that have older Wi-Fi.

We’re excited about how this next generation of Gigabit Wi-Fi is taking home connectivity to a new level. The NETGEAR Nighthawk AX4 will be available from NETGEAR-approved retailers starting April 2019. For more information about the router, visit the NETGEAR Nighthawk AX4 product page here.


Doron Tal

General Manager, Wireless Infrastructure, Connected Home at Intel Corporation

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