Netgear’s New Nighthawk X4S AC2600 router and Range extenders
When it comes to routers, Netgear has always the best that will suit your needs and most probably value for money. Now they have launched a new set of product for home and small office networking. These are the products they have launched recently:
1. Nighthawk X4S AC2600
2. Nighthawk Wi-Fi Range Extenders with MU MIMO support.
3. Two New Powerline Ethernet Adapters.
If you do not know MU-MIMO let me explain it to you. Multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO) is a set of multiple-input and multiple-output technology in wireless communication. MIMO enables a router to send data to multiple devices simultaneously and also allows Wi-Fi access to multiple device access.
Now lets check the Netgear devices.
Nighthawk X4S AC2600
This beast is a dual-band (5GHZ & 2.4GHz), which is now common in most upcoming powerful devices. It has 4 antennas to deliver top speed of 1733 Mbps on 5GHz band and 800Mbps on the 2.4GHz band. Also Multiple User MIMO will enhance the support of multiple devices at your home or office that need heavy data transmission simultaneously. It also comes with support of 160 MHz of bandwidth that may be required by some clients.
When it comes to the rank of the router in comparison to the flagship router of Netgear. This beast lies just below the flagship one. The price is said to be around $270. It has four port Gigabit switch whole the flagship X8 has six port Gigabit switch. All the other things are almost same like it has same number of USB 3.0 ports and USB 2.0. Two USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0. It will also be packed with an e-SATA port.
Powerline ethernet adapters
The two powerline ethernet adapters are:
1. PowerLine WiFi 1000 Priced at $120
2. PLW1000 Priced at $70
Both of these devices are very good but the first one Powerline WiFi 1000 is pretty much impressive. It’s a HomePlug AV2 model thats according to Netgear is capable of supporting gigabit throughput over powerlines. Netgear’s PowerLine WiFi 1000 kit has wireless access point 802.11ac which enables connection of multiple users but it only support one wired client only.
The PLW1000 is also HomePlug AV2 compliant but it has only throughput of 500Mbps. Also it cannot be used as an wireless hotspot/access point. Both of these adapter kits are available to buy online.