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NETGEAR Shows off Nighthawk AX8 WiFi Router

Netgear Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream Wifi Router

Netgear’s Nighthawk WiFi routers are getting more and more extreme each month it seems. Introducing the Netgear Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream WiFi router which fully supports the latest in WiFi technology including WiFi6 (IEEE 802.11ax standard). WiFi will eventually replace Wireless-AC as the de facto standard. When compared to AC, WiFi 6 is capable of delivering insane speeds up to 4x faster. The new Nighthawk boasts speeds up to 6Gbps Speeds—1.2 + 4.8Gbps with 8-stream connectivity.

Advanced features such as MU-MIMO, 160MHz channel support, Beamforming+ and QFDMA are also provided by the Nighthawk AX8. The router also support up to six 1Gbps Ethernet devices. Port agrregation is also supported, but exact standards such as LACP are not specified.

Hardware wise, specs are pretty good. The router sports a 1.8GHz quad core CPU as well as dedicated ASIC chips for task such as switching.

Netgear Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream Wifi Router Side

Features and Specs of the NEtgear Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream Router

WiFi Technology

  • 802.11ax Dual Band WiFi (AX6000)
  • 2.4GHz AX: 2×2 (Tx/Rx) 1024 QAM 40MHz, up to 1.2Gbps
  • 5GHz AX: 4×4 (Tx/Rx) 1024 QAM 160MHz, up to 4.8Gbps
  • Backwards compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi
  • Beamforming+ — Boosts speed, reliability and range of WiFi Connections for 2.4 and 5GHz

WiFi Band

  • Simultaneous dual band 2.4 & 5GHz

Number of Ethernet Ports

  • Six (6) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports (1 WAN & 5 LAN)
  • 1 WAN & 4 LAN
  • Dual Gigabit Ethernet Port Aggregation
  • 5G/2.5G/1G Multi-Gig Ethernet LAN port

Number of USB Ports

  • Two (2) USB 3.0 ports


  • Powerful 64bit 1.8GHz quad-core processor

Key Features

  • A Wi-Fi 6 product – Leading the New Era of WiFi
  • Uplink & Downlink OFDMA§—Improved capacity and efficiency
  • 1024-QAM—25% data efficiency and faster speeds than a 256-QAM router
  • Powerful 64bit Quad-Core 1.8GHz Processor


  • Standards-based WiFi Security (802.11i, 128-bit AES encryption with PSK)
  • Automatic firmware update delivers latest security patches to the router
  • Guest network access—separate & secure
  • VPN Support—Secure access to your home network away from home

Physical Specifications

  • Folded size: 10.75 x 7.95 x 2.83 in (273 x 202 x 72 mm)
  • Unfolded size: 12.0 x 7.95 x 6.34 in (305 x 202 x 161 mm)
  • Weight: 2.82 lbs (1281g)

The router is set to launch at $399.99 USD. More information can be found on Netgear’s product page.

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