AX12

Nighthawk AX12 12-Stream WiFi Router

Leading the New Era of WiFi

Nighthawk AX12 12-Stream WiFi Router

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FUTURE PROOF YOUR HOME NETWORK

Improved Network Capacity for More WiFi Devices

Nighthawk® AX12 12-Stream AX6000 WiFi Router supports Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) - the latest WiFi standard with four times increased data capacities to handle today and tomorrow’s growing home network. Blazing-fast combined WiFi speeds up to 6Gbps and an AX optimized 64bit 2.2GHz quad-core processor powers smart home applications, ultra-smooth 4K UHD streaming, online gaming, and more. AX WiFi features Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) that dramatically increases network capacity as compared to today’s WiFi and reduces latency for a better WiFi experience making it ideal for a household with many WiFi devices. Plus, eight high-performance antennas amplify WiFi signals for maximized range and reliable coverage. Nighthawk AX12 is also NETGEAR’s first home router with a 5Gig port.

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Ready for the smart home of today and the future. The Nighthawk AX12 supports up to 12 WiFi streams, the highest in the industry.

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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 experience.

Up to 6Gbps Speeds—1200+4800 Mbps with 12-stream connectivity.

8x8 MU-MIMO—Go faster by simultaneously streaming to multiple devices.

AX Optimized Quad-Core Processor—Powerful 2.2GHz processor boosts wireless, wired & WAN-to-LAN performance.

Multi-Gig 5G/2.5G/1G Ethernet Port —5 times the wired speed of typical Gigabit Ethernet port.

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

Capacity

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

OFDMA — Allows efficient data transmission for up to 8 devices at the same time.

Up to 8 Simultaneous WiFi Streams—8-stream MU-MIMO enables up to four (4) 2x2 devices to stream content at the same time.

AX Optimized Powerful Processor—64bit 2.2GHz Quad-core  processor ensures smooth 4K UHD streaming & gaming – ideal for Gigabit Internet speeds.

WiFi Range

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

Ultimate Range—WiFi coverage throughout very large homes.

High-Performance Antennas – Eight(8) hidden antennas extend strong and reliable WiFi signals over larger area. Antennas are pre-optimized for best WiFi performance.

Reliability

There’s nothing more frustrating than lost connections! With NETGEAR’s advanced features & best-in-class technology, experience less interference & 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 any network congestion.

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

Sharing

With NETGEAR, sharing across your network is fun and easy, anything from accessing stored photos & music to wireless printing.

Two superspeed USB 3.0 ports—Up to 10x faster than USB 2.0.

ReadySHARE® USB Access—Wirelessly access & share USB hard drive & printer via two (2) 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

NETGEAR wants to make sure installation of your new device and WiFi management is simple & easy, so you can connect quickly & make sure you stay that way!

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 & 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 help ensure your privacy & family is safe while online. Whether it’s preventing phishing or just limiting access for kids & guests, NETGEAR has you covered.

Latest Security Standard - Supports WPA3, the latest cutting-edge WiFi security protocol.

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

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 & secure access for guests

Automatic Firmware Updates— Delivers latest security patches to the router

  • 4X Better Performance than an AC Router—12 Stream WiFi with up to 1200+4800 Mbps for ultra fast wireless speeds.**
  • More WiFi for More Devices—OFDMA allows efficient data transmission up to 8 devices at the same time.§
  • Up to 8 Simultaneous WiFi Streams—8-stream MU-MIMO enables up to four (4) 2x2 devices to stream content at the same time.
  • Maximized Range—Eight (8) antennas extend wireless range coverage indoors and out.
  • AX Optimized Powerful Processor—64bit 2.2GHz Quad-core processor ensures smooth 4K UHD streaming & gaming.
  • Multi-Gig Ethernet Port 5G/2.5G/1G—5 times the wired speed of a typical Gigabit Ethernet port.
  • Supports WPA3 - The latest WiFi security protocol that offers stronger encryptions, password protection and added security benefits to your home network.
  • Smart Connect—Intelligently selects the fastest WiFi band for every device connection. One WiFi name for the entire home.
  • Nighthawk App—Easily set up your router and get more out of your WiFi. Includes remote access to manage your network away from home.
  • Supports all current WiFi devices—Backward compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac client devices.
  • Amazon Alexa & the Google Assistant— Control your NETGEAR WiFi network with simple voice commands.

Improved Capacity for Smart Home Automation

Your WiFi won’t slow you down, even when multiple devices in your home are uploading videos, surfing the web and sending text messages. Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) increases network capacity and efficiency through smarter traffic scheduling to manage all high-bandwidth activities while simultaneously supporting all your connected smart home devices. WiFi traffic is managed much more efficiently, transmitting data from different devices concurrently, rather than having each device’s data wait for its turn.

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12-Streams WiFi - Improved Efficiency, Reduced Latency

Twelve WiFi streams—that is, four in the 2.4GHz band and eight in the 5GHz band— enables the router to send and receive more data from the devices. Essentially, more spatial streams means more available bandwidth and less congestion for all the devices in the WiFi network. Nighthawk AX12 also supports sending up to eight multi-user MIMO transmissions at a time—four more than the existing Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) routers. Maintain fast and reliable wireless connections throughout your home, even when multiple devices are concurrently streaming high-definition content.

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Stronger Security for your Home Network with WPA3

Nighthawk AX12 supports WPA3, the latest WiFi security protocol with new capabilities to enhance WiFi protection for your home network. Features such as improved password-based authentication and stronger encryption provide high-level of security for all connected devices on your network.

Stream, Game and Work Without Interruptions

64bit 2.2GHz quad-core processor is the ultra-fast processor for your home router, providing smoother 4K UHD streaming and online/VR gaming, as well as a stronger, more reliable WiFi experience. This powerful processor is optimized for AX, ensuring speed and performance for more smart home devices and high-speed applications.

New Multi-Gigabit Wired Speeds

Let your devices run at their highest speed over existing wiring. The multi-gigabit Ethernet port on AX12 gives you five times faster speeds than the wired speed of a typical Gigabit port. Your network attached storage (NAS) devices, switches, and other devices capable of 2.5Gbps and 5Gbps speeds can now operate at full capacity. Use the four gigabit Ethernet LAN ports to connect more wired devices for faster file transfer and uninterrupted connections. Combine two gigabit Ethernet ports to further improve the aggregated file transfer speed. The Nighthawk AX12 is NETGEAR's first home router offering Multi-Gig speeds with 5G/2.5G/1G Multi-Gig Ethernet LAN port.

Powerful WiFi for the Whole Home

Eight high-performance antennas extend wireless range indoors and out. The antennas are pre-optimized for best WiFi performance. Router signals are amplified to maximize reach and reliability, letting you use your WiFi in more places. Get stronger WiFi signals throughout your home, whether for your basement gaming consoles or for your outdoor security cameras.

Cutting-Edge Design

This next-generation router design conceals eight high-performance antennas under its 'wings'. The antennas are optimally positioned for best WiFi performance, extending reliable and stronger WiFi coverage indoors and outdoors.

Technical Specifications

  • WiFi Technology

    • 802.11ax Dual Band WiFi (AX6000)

    • 2.4GHz AX: 4x4 (Tx/Rx) 1024 QAM 20/40MHz, up to 1.2Gbps

    • 5GHz AX: 8x8 (Tx/Rx) 1024 QAM 20/40/80/80+80MHz, 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

    • Five (5) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports

    • 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

  • Processor

    • AX Optimized powerful 64bit quad-core 2.2GHz processor

  • Key Features

    • Powerful Wi-Fi 6 router with the next-gen AX WiFi - The New Standard of WiFi

    • 12-Stream WiFi - Faster and more reliable network speeds to every connected device

    • OFDMA —Improved capacity and efficiency

    • 1024-QAM—25% data efficiency and faster speeds than a 256-QAM router

    • AX Optimized Processor —Powerful 64bit quad-core 2.2GHz processor

    • 8 High-Performance Antennas— Longer range and coverage

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

    • Supports WPA3 - The latest WiFi security protocol

    • 5G/2.5G/1G Multi-Gig Ethernet LAN port

    • Five (5) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports WPA3 - Latest WiFi security protocol

    • Dual Gigabit Ethernet Port Aggregation

    • 1 WAN & 4 LAN

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

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

  • Security

    • Latest WiFi Protected Access® (WPA3)

    • Guest network access—separate & secure

    • VPN Support—Secure access to your home network away from home

    • Automatic firmware update delivers latest security patches to the router

  • Physical Specifications

    • Dimensions: 12.2 x 2.75 x 1.22 in  (310 x 70 x 28.50 mm) 

    • Weight: 3 lbs (1364g)

  • Product Diagram

  • Package Contents

    • Nighthawk AX12/12-stream AX6000 WiFi Router

    • Ethernet cable

    • Quick start guide

    • Power adapter

  • Standards

  • 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. NETGEAR makes no representations or warranties about this product’s compatibility with future standards.

MU-MIMO capability requires both router and client device to support MU-MIMO.

§ Requires compatible AX clients

|| 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. AX12 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