If you need a new router today, there are many good options available on the market. However, if your current device is good enough and works, I would recommend discontinuing an upgrade. Why? There is a big change that comes to wireless internet – 802.11ax, also known as "Wi-Fi 6." Not only will these new routes potentially offer more speed and bandwidth, but some will eventually offer WPA3 ̵
Today, NETGEAR announces two upcoming Wi-Fi 6 routers – Nighthawk AX8 and AX12. Not only are each model chock full of great specifications, but they have quite wild design as well. They almost look like they have haulins that protrude from both the right and the left. Are they overkill for most homes? Absolutely. Still, if you like new and shiny things and you're willing to spend the top dollar to be an early adopter, you'll look into it.
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The company says, "With more Wi0Fi streams, increased bandwidth and faster coding via MU-MIMO and 1024 QAM, AX WiFi gives far better speeds. AX WiFi also delivers greater reach than previous generation WiFi standards. See Netflix at the pool or Skype from your garden office – now it's easier than ever to maintain fast and reliable connections across larger stretches. NETGEAR shares the following details about both new 802.11ax Nighthawk routers below. You can click on links to learn even more. [196590028-StreamAX6000WiFiRouter(RAX80): This router is the industry's first home controller with Multi-Gig Internet support, achieved by collecting two Gigabit Ethernet ports and designed to deliver up to four times more data capacity than previous standards , AX WiFi has advanced technology like OFDMA, MU-MIMO, 160MHz channel support, and 1024 QAM to enhance network performance
- 8-Stream AX WiFi at speeds up to 6 Gbps
- Uplink and downlink OFDMA
- 4×4 MU-MIMO  Powerful 1.8GHz Quad-core Processor
- Gigabit Wi-Fi Connection for Compatible Mobile Devices and Laptops
- Two (2) USB 3.0 Ports
- 2.4GHz AX: 4×4 (Tx / Rx) 1024 QAM 40 MHz, up to 1.2 Gbps
- 5 GHz AX: 4×4 ( Tx / Rx) 1024 QAM 160MHz, up to 4.8Gbps
- Six (6) 10/100 / 1000Mbps (1 WAN & 5 LAN) Gigabit Ethernet Ports
Nighthawk AX12 12-Stream AX6000: Blazing-fast combined WiFi speed of up to 6 Gbps and an AX optimized 64bit 2.2 GHz quad-core processor provides smart home applications, ultra-smooth 4K UHD streaming, online games and much more. AX WiFi has Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) that dramatically increases network capacity compared with today's Wi-Fi and reduces the latency of a better WiFi experience, making it ideal for a household with many WiFi devices.
- 12-Stream AX WiFi at speeds up to 6 Gbps
- OFDMA – Increased network capability for multiple devices
- 8×8 MU-MIMO
- Ultra Powerful 2.2GHz Quad-core Processor
- Multi-Gig Ethernet Port 5G / 2.5G / 1G
- ] Supports WPA3, Newest and Latest Wi-Fi Security Protocol
- 2.4GHz AX: 4×4 (Tx / Rx) 1024 QAM 20 / 40MHz, Up to 1.2Gbps
- 5GHz AX : 8×8 (Tx / Rx) 1024 QAM 20/40/80/80 + 80MHz, up to 4.8Gbps
- Backward compatible with 802.11a / b / g / n / ac WiFi
- Five (5) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet Port
- 1 WAN & 4 LAN
- Dual Gigabit Ethernet Port Aggregation
- 5G / 2.5G / 1G Multi-Gig Ethernet LAN Port
The Netgear AX12 is obviously the largest of the pair, with better hardware specifications and promised WPA3. Unfortunately, it will not be available until sometime in 2019 for an unknown price. However, the AX8 will be released in December for $ 399.99. In fact, you can pre-order it here now.