Netgear Nighthawk 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 damange.
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.
No multi-gig port, USB 3.0, Armor ready
But the similarity ends there. Unlike the RAX120 that comes with a 5 Gbps network port, the RAX50 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.
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’s 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.
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.