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Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream WiFi Router

Leading the New Era of WiFi

Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream WiFi Router

Model: RAX80

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IMPROVED NETWORK CAPACITY FOR MORE WIFI DEVICES

The NETGEAR® Nighthawk® 8-Stream AX6000 WiFi Router (RAX80) supports the new 802.11ax (also known as Wi-Fi 6) WiFi standard. Engineered to deliver up to four times more data capacity than previous standards, AX WiFi features advanced technologies like OFDMA, MU-MIMO, 160MHz channel support and 1024 QAM to vastly improve network efficiency. The Nighthawk AX8 is powered by a 64-bit 1.8GHz quad-core processor designed to transfer gigabits of data with almost zero CPU load. 160MHz channel support doubles the speed offered by 80MHz channels to provide gigabit speed to compatible devices. This router is the industry’s first home router with Multi-Gig internet support, achieved by aggregating two gigabit Ethernet ports. It’s a router that’s ready for the Multi-Gig Internet wave coming in DOCSIS® 3.1.

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Nighthawk AX8 - Leading the New Era of WiFi with the Next Generation Wi-Fi 6.

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OFDMA - Wi-Fi 6 uses OFDMA to direct WiFi traffic much more efficiently, increasing network capacity even when multiple devices are connected to the network.

Speed

Speed

Get ultra-fast wireless speeds for better 4K/8K UHD streaming, gaming or video-conferencing experiences.

Up to 6Gbps Speeds—1.2 + 4.8Gbps with 8-stream connectivity.

4X4 MU-MIMO—Go faster by simultaneously streaming to multiple devices.

Powerful Quad-Core Processor—Robust 1.8GHz processor boosts wireless, wired and WAN-TO-LAN performance.

1024 QAM—25% increased data efficiency and faster speeds than a 256 QAM router.

160MHz Channel Support*—Doubles the speed offered by 80MHz channels to provide gigabit speed to compatible mobile devices and laptops

Two USB 3.O Ports—Up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0.

Six Gigabit Ports—Connect more wired devices for faster file transfer and uninterrupted connections.

Port Aggregation—Ability to aggregate two gigabit LAN ports for faster file transfers and two gigabit ports for Internet connections.

Capacity

Improved network capacity with smarter scheduling increases overall network efficiency and reduces latency.

Uplink and Downlink OFDMA—Improves network capacity and efficiency.

Up To Four Simultaneous WiFi Streams—4-stream MU-MIMO enables up to four 1x1 devices to stream content at the same time

Powerful Quad-Core Processor—Robust 1.8GHz processor boosts wireless, wired and WAN-TO-LAN performance.

WiFi Range

Faster and expanded coverage throughout your home for all your devices.

Ultimate Range—WiFi coverage throughout very large homes.

High-Performance Antennas—Four hidden antennas extend strong and reliable WiFi signals over larger areas. Antennas are pre-optimized for best WiFi performance.

Reliability

Advanced features and best-in-class technologies mean less interference and more reliable WiFi connectivity.

Simultaneous Dual Band—Supports two WiFi bands simultaneously to double the available bandwidth and provide a reliable, dedicated WiFi network for smooth online gaming without network congestion.

Beamforming+— Boosts speed, reliability, and range of WiFi connections on 2.4 and 5GHz bands.

Pre-Optimized Antennas—Unfold and place antennas on the router, no further adjustment required. The AX8 antennas come pre-optimized for best WiFi performance.

Sharing

Sharing across your network is fun and easy, anything from accessing stored photos and music to wireless printing.

Two Super Fast USB 3.0 Ports—Up to 10 times faster than USB 2.0.

ReadySHARE® USB Access—Wirelessly access and share the USB hard drive and printer via two USB ports.

ReadySHARE® Vault—Free software for automatic PC backup to a USB hard drive connected to the router.

ReadyCLOUD USB Access—Enjoy personal and secure cloud access to USB storage anytime, anywhere.

Ease of Use

Installation and management of your new router is simple and easy, so you can quickly connect and stay connected.

Nighthawk App—Easily set up your router and get more out of your WiFi.

Smart Connect—Intelligently selects the fastest WiFi band for every device connection. One WiFi name for the entire home.

Voice Controlled by Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant—Control your NETGEAR WiFi network with simple voice commands.

AX WiFi Supports All Current WiFi Devices—Backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac client devices.

Security

Maintain high security across your network to ensure your family's privacy and safety while online.

Standards-Based Security—802.11i, 128-bit AES encryption with PSK.

VPN Client Support—Protect your network identity and prevent DDoS attacks.

VPN support—On PC, MAC, & now also with OpenVPN Connect app on iOS & Android, securely access your home network & Internet connection from your mobile device remotely

Guest Network Access—Separate and secure access for guests.

Automatic Firmware Updates—Delivers latest security patches to the router.

  • Ultra-fast Wireless Speeds—8-Stream WiFi with up to 1.2 + 4.8Gbps
  • More WiFi for More Devices—Uplink and downlink OFDMA substantially improves network capacity and efficiency, particularly when that traffic is created simultaneously.§
  • Up to Four Simultaneous WiFi Streams—4-stream MU-MIMO enables streaming on up to four 1x1 devices at the same time.
  • 160MHz Channel Support*—Gigabit speeds for compatible mobile devices and laptops.
  • Additional DFS Channels—For an interference-free experience.
  • Powerful Processor—64bit 1.8GHz quad-core processor ensures smooth 4K UHD streaming and gaming.
  • Multi-Gig Internet Support—Aggregate two gigabit Ethernet ports to get multi-gig Internet speeds, where supported.
  • Six Gigabit Ports—Connect more wired devices for faster file transfer and uninterrupted connections.
  • Support All Current WiFi Devices—Backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac client devices.
  • Dynamic QoS— Prioritizes internet traffic by application and device for smoother streaming
  • Nighthawk App—Easily set up your router and get more out of your WiFi. Includes remote access to manage your network when away from home.
  • Automatic Firmware Updates—Delivers the latest security patches to the router.
  • Works with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant—Control your WiFi using voice commands.

8-Stream WiFi - Network Efficiency and Faster Speeds

8 WiFi streams (four in the 2.4GHz band and four in the 5GHz band) offer four times the device capacity as compared to typical 2x2 AC WiFi. More WiFi streams per band greatly increases the amount of data the router sends to and receives from devices because more bandwidth is available and there is less congestion for all the devices on the network. With reliable connections to all connected devices, now more devices than ever before can simultaneously be on your network.

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Gigabit WiFi to Mobile Devices

Ideal for gigabit WiFi, Nighthawk AX8 is one of the first routers to support WAN port aggregation, which allows for combining two gigabit Ethernet ports and deliver more than one gigabit of Internet speed to your home. Support for 160MHz enabled mobile devices and laptops (Intel® Gigabit Wi-Fi enabled devices) allows the AX8 to stream at gigabit speeds to these devices. Stream your favorite TV shows and movies in high definition, to more devices.

Improved Network Capacity for More WiFi Devices

Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) enables efficient data scheduling so that more transmissions can be sent at the same time, resulting in an impressive capacity increase in your network. This increased or available bandwidth allows you to add more devices to your network. Nighthawk AX8 supports uplink and downlink OFDMA to efficiently use air-time with better frequency reuse, reduced latency, and increased network efficiency. This is extremely useful for latency sensitive applications such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and Internet of things (IoT) sensors.

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Powerful Performance at the Core

Nighthawk AX8 is powered by a 64-bit 1.8GHz quad-core processor designed to transfer gigabits of data with almost zero CPU load. Robust processing power provides the best performance across all wired and wireless interfaces. An additional quad-core co-processor handles all Multi-Gig LAN-WAN traffic, ensuring the main processor is available for all other applications. High-speed simultaneous connections ensure you enjoy smoother ultra-HD 4K video streaming and gaming without interruptions.

Cutting-Edge Design

This next-generation router design conceals four high-performance antennas under its 'wings'. The antennas are optimally positioned for best WiFi performance, extending reliable and stronger WiFi coverage indoors and outdoors. The Nighthawk AX8 router is also wall-mountable.

Technical Specifications

  • WiFi Technology

    • 802.11ax Dual Band WiFi (AX6000)

    • 2.4GHz AX: 4x4 (Tx/Rx) 1024 QAM 40MHz, up to 1.2Gbps

    • 5GHz AX: 4x4 (Tx/Rx) 1024 QAM 160MHz, up to 4.8Gbps

    • Backwards compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi

  • WiFi Performance

    • AX6000 WiFi

  • WiFi Range

    • Very large homes

  • WiFi Band

    • Simultaneous dual band 2.4 & 5GHz

  • Beamforming

    • Beamforming+ — Boosts speed, reliability and range of WiFi Connections for 2.4 and 5GHz

  • Number of Ethernet Ports

    • Six (6) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports (1 WAN & 5 LAN)

    • Dual Gigabit Ethernet Port Aggregation

  • Number of USB Ports

    • Two (2) USB 3.0 ports

  • Processor

    • Powerful 64bit 1.8GHz quad-core processor

  • Key Features

    • A Wi-Fi 6 router - 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

    • 160MHz channel support

    • Additional DFS channels for interference free experience

    • MU-MIMO—Simultaneous streaming of data to multiple devices

    • Dynamic QoS— Prioritizes internet traffic by application and device for smoother streaming

    • Longer range with 4 high-performance antennas

    • Six (6) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports

    • 1 WAN & 5 LAN

    • Dual Gigabit Ethernet Port Aggregation

    • IPv6 Support (Internet Protocol Version 6)

    • On/Off LED light switch

  • Security

    • 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

    • Dimensions:

    • 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)

  • Product Diagram

  • Package Contents

    • AX8/8-Stream AX6000 WiFi Router (RAX80)

    • Ethernet cable

    • Quick start guide

    • Power adapter

  • Standards

    • Two (2) USB 3.0 ports

    • 2.4GHz AX: 4x4 (Tx/Rx) 1024 QAM 40MHz, up to 1.2Gbps

    • 5GHz AX: 4x4 (Tx/Rx) 1024 QAM 160MHz, up to 4.8Gbps

    • Six (6) 10/100/1000Mbps—(1 WAN & 5 LAN) Gigabit Ethernet ports

  • System Requirements

    • Microsoft® Windows 7, 8, 10, Vista®, XP®, 2000, Mac OS®, UNIX®, or Linux®

    • Microsoft® Internet Explorer® 11 or higher, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome 55 or higher, Firefox® 45 or higher, Safari® 10 or higher

Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE 802.11 specifications. Actual data throughput and wireless coverage will vary and may be lowered by network and environmental conditions, including network traffic volume and building construction.

* Requires client device that supports 160MHz bandwidth on WiFi.

This router may not support all the mandatory features as ratified in Draft 3.0 of IEEE 802.11AX specification.

|| Multi-Gig Internet speeds require compatible service plans and equipment.

Ideal Uses

Reliable Smart Home Connectivity

AX WiFi features simultaneous dual band support, making it ideal for multiple IoT devices in our connected homes. Your WiFi will stay strong and reliable, even with more WiFi devices on your network from the sensor-based low-bandwidth devices to high-end video streaming.

Smoother UHD 4K/8K Streaming

Watch ultra-HD 4K/8K videos on your smart TV while your family games online and uploads pictures from their smartphones. Streaming from Netflix or YouTube has never been so smooth.

Faster and Farther Coverage

WiFi has never been faster or reached farther. So whether your family is gaming in the basement or streaming videos by the pool, everyone enjoys ultra-fast wireless speeds, indoors and out. RAX80 with 8 high-performance antennas provide stronger and reliable whole home coverage.

Nighthawk App

The NETGEAR Nighthawk® App (formerly Up app) makes it easy to set up your router and get more out of your WiFi. With the app, you can install your router in few steps - just connect your mobile device to the router network and the app will walk you through the rest. Once set up, you can use the intuitive dashboard to pause Internet on your connected devices, run a quick Internet speed test, setup smart parental controls and much more.

NETGEAR Warranty

This product is backed by a NETGEAR limited 1-year Hardware Warranty.

Extend your warranty & technical support within 90 days of product purchase [US only]. Visit: prosupport.netgear.com/home