Netgear's Nighthawk X6 is tri-band 3.2Gb blazing router goodness
You'd be forgiven for thinking that an Internet WiFi router couldn't possibly be exciting. Not if it's black, shiny and looks like a flying saucer and promises to support up to 3.2Gbps of bandwidth. Meet the Netgear Nighthawk X6, otherwise known as the R8000.
The Nighthawk is apparently the first triband router out in the market. It supports both the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands, which can reach maximum speeds of 600Mbps and 130000Mbps respectively. But the X6 comes with an extra 5Ghz band that will combine the bandwidth to 3.2Gbps.
Oh how the data flies
Why have two bands? Well it seems the extra band is to allow more 5GHz clients to connect to the router at higher speeds before performance starts degrading, thus technically doubling real-world Wi-Fi speeds compared to other dual-band routers.
Inside you also get a dual-core 1Ghz processor, USB3.0 support, four Gigabit LAN ports and a Gigabit WAN port as well as six external antennas and support for the latest 5G 802.11ac standard.
The idea behind having two 5Ghz bands is for the Nighthawk X6 to allow more 5Ghz clients to connect to the router at the higher speed before performance degradation occurs. In other words, this new router can technically double the real-world Wi-Fi speed on the 5Ghz compared to that of a regular dual-band router.
You'll be pardoned for being fascinated with the six antennas that are collapsible and still usable when they're down. Of course the range is better when the antennas are out to play. Other features of the antennas: ingenius placement on the side, away from the ports while the ports themselves are handily in the back.
Expect the X6 to be available from 11 July onwards but also expect a pricey tag of US$300. But owning the fastest router on the planet right now will at least give you bragging rights.
In the meantime, let us just give thanks that in 25 years the Internet has gotten pretty great.
UPDATED 26/08/14: Netgear will launch the Nighthawk X6 router in Singapore at Comex 2014 at a special launch price of S$399 (UP S$459).The first 20 customers that purchase the Nighthawk X6 at launch will also receive a Netgear Trek N300 Travel Router and Ranger Extender (PR2000), worth S$60. Comex 2014 will run from August 28 to August 31 at Suntec Singapore, level 6. You'll be able to find the router at Harvey Norman's booth.