NETGEAR today took the wraps off its low-cost draft 802.11ax router, based on Intel's Wi-Fi 6 platform.
The RAX40 Nighthawk AX4 4-Stream AX3000 is a dual-band two-stream Wi-Fi 6 router supporting maximum link rates of 600 Mbps in 2.4 GHz @ 40 MHz bandwidth and 2400 Mbps in 5 GHz @ 160 MHz bandwidth. The RAX40 runs on Intel's WAV600 Home Wi-Fi chipset platform that includes a "powerful" (no clock rate was given) dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM and 256 MB of flash. Port complement includes one WAN and four switched LAN (all Gigabit Ethernet) and one USB 3.0 port for storage sharing.
The RAX40 is the second Intel-based draft 11ax router to be announced, but will likely be the first to ship. ASUS announced its RT-AX58U at CES 2019, but did not announce pricing or availability. The RAX40 ships this month with a $199.99 MSRP.
NETGEAR also decided it's finally time to let its Qualcomm-based RAX120 Nighthawk AX12 12-stream AX6000 router try to make it on its own. The router was quietly non-announced back in November 2018 and has been available only through an invitation-only Premier Membership Beta subscription program up to now. You can now buy one outright, if you're willing to pony up the $499.99 MSRP.
So NETGEAR's lineup now includes draft 11ax routers at every $100 price point from $200 to $600, except for $300 (RAX40 @ $200, RAX80 @ $400, RAX120 @ $500, RAX200 @ $600). Seems like an obvious hole to fill, guys...