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Netgear’s Latest Nighthawk AX5400 RAX50 Router Now Shipping

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Looking for a Netgear Wi-Fi 6 router that’s slightly better than the RAX40 at a somewhat reasonable cost? Here’s the one you should consider, the new Nighthawk AX5400 RAX50.

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The new Netgear RAX50 Wi-Fi 6 Router

Netgear Nighthawk AX5400 RAX50: The RAX120 sans multi-gig port

Appearance-wise, the new Netgear Nighthawk RAX50 router basically the RAX40 with two additional antennas. But at the retail price of some $300, it’s clearly more expensive, in fact, almost double the financial damage.

But at a closer look, you might find reasons to tolerate the high price. For one, well, it’s not the most expensive Wi-Fi 6 router on the market. And most importantly, on the inside, the RAX50 is more similar to the high-end RAX120.

Indeed, the RAX50, too, features 4×4 Wi-Fi 6 on the 5 GHz band and supports the venerable 160 MHz channel width to deliver up to 4800 Mbps.

Netgear Wi-Fi 6 Routers
The Netgear RAX50 among other Netgear Wi-Fi 6 routers

No multi-gig port, USB 3.0, Armor ready

But the similarity ends there. Unlike the RAX120 with a 5 Gbps network port, the Nighthawk AX5400 only features Gigabit, with the usual four LANs and one WAN.

As a result, in real-world usage, the fastest wireless connection you get out of it will be 1 Gbps. However, the extra Wi-Fi bandwidth will come in handy when you have multiple concurrent active clients. Netgear says the router can handle some 25 Wi-Fi devices at the same time.

The RAX50 has one USB 3.2 Gen 1 (USB 3.0) port to host a storage device. On this front, it shares the same features as other USB-enabled routers from Netgear. It can work as a mini NAS server.

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The Netgear Nighthawk RAX50 comes with a traditional set of Gigabit network ports.

It’s worth noting that the RAX50 is the first Wi-Fi 6 router that has the Netgear Armor online protection feature, right out of the box. Most other Netgear Wi-Fi 6 routers will get this feature via a firmware update.

Netgear Nighthawk RAX50: Hardware specifications

Despite having more antennas, the RAX50 actually has a slightly smaller footprint than the RAX40. But it’s definitely much smaller than the RAX120, or the RAX200. In fact, it’s somewhat like those two, without the wing-shaped antennas.

Full NameNetgear Nighthawk AX6 6-Stream AX54000 WiFi 6 Router
Dimensions11.65 x 8.11 x 2.25 inc (295.8 x 206 x 57.2 mm)
Weight1.25 lb (566 g)
Processing Power1.5 GHz triple-core proccessor, 256MB flash and 512MB RAM
Wi-Fi TechnologyDual-band Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) AX5400
5GHz Wi-Fi Specs5GHz AX: 4×4 20/40/80/160 MHz, up to 4.8 Gbps
2.4GHz Wi-Fi Specs2.4GHz AX: 2×2 20/40 MHz up to 600 Mbps
Backward Compatibility802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
Wireless SecurityWPA, WPA2, WPA3
Mobile AppNetgear Nighthawk
Web User InterfaceYes
Bridge ModeYes
AP ModeYes
USB PortOne USB 3.0 port
Regular Network PortsFour Gigabit LAN port ports, one Gigabit WAN port
Link AggregationNo
Multi-Gig PortNone
Suggested Retail Price$300
Netgear Nighthawk RAX50’s hardware specifications.

Should I get it?

If you’re looking for frill-free Wi-Fi 6 router that has no multi-gig capability, the Nighthawk RAX50 available now. It’s worth the consideration. If you can wait, though, check back for a full review to see if it has enough to deliver for your hard-earned dollars.

Update: The long-awaited review of the RAX50 is now available here.

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