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Netgear Extends Managed SMB Wi-Fi 6 WAP Portfolio with Entry-Level WAX615

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If there’s a contest in who makes the most Wi-Fi 6 business wireless access points (WAPs), Netgear will likely be the winner. Today, the networking vendor extended its Insight Managed product line with the WAX615 AX3000 Dual-band Multi-Gig PoE WAP.

As an AX3000 broadcaster, the WAX615 fits between the existing WAX610 (AX1800) and WAX620 (AX3600). It gives business owners more options in terms of performance and cost, as shown in the table below.

The Netgear WAX615 Wi Fi 6 Access Point
The front and back of the Netgear WAX615 Wi-Fi 6 Access Point

WAX615: A familiar Insight Managed business access point.

According to Netgear, the new WAP’s features include:

  • 160MHz support: The new AP supports the 160MHz channel width to deliver the possible top speed for its Wi-Fi specs.
  • Mesh-ready: The WAX615 is compatible with all existing Insight Managed Access Points, and with a paid subscription, it can work with them to form hybrid wired and wireless mesh networks with the seamless handoff.
  • Backwards Compatible β€“ Supports WiFi 4 (IEEE 802.11n), WiFi 5 (IEEE 802.11ac) and WiFi 6 (IEEE 802.11ax) standards
  • Multi-Gig and PoE: The access point has one 2.5 Gbps Ethernet Multi-Gig PoE+ port (injector or power adapter not induced.)

While having relatively modest Wi-Fi specs, it shares the same capability as the latest WAX630E. It’s the second AP in Netgear’s WAX family and supports the venerable 160MHz channel width on the 5GHz band.

Hardware specifications

The table below shows how the WAX615 among its cousins.

ModelWAX630EWAX630WAX620WAX615WAX610
NameInsight App Managed Wi-Fi 6E Tri-band AXE7800
Tri-band Wireless Access Point
Insight App Managed
Wi-Fi 6 AX6000
Tri-band Wireless Access Point
Insight App Managed
Wi-Fi 6 AX3600
Dual-band Wireless Access Point
Insight App Managed
Wi-Fi 6 AX3000
Dual-band Wireless Access Point
Insight App Managed 
WiFi 6 AX1800
Dual-band Wireless
 Access Point
Wi-Fi StandardsTri-band AXE7800Tri-band AX6000Dual-band AX3600Dual-band AX3000Dual-band AX1800
1st Band
2.4GHz
(channel width)
2×2 AX
Up to 600Mbps
(20/40MHz)
4×4 AX
Up to 1200Mbps
(20/40MHz)
4×4 AX
Up to 1200Mbps
(20/40MHz)
2×2 AX
Up to 600Mbps
(20/40MHz)
2×2 AX
Up to 600Mbps
(20/40MHz)
2nd Band
5GHz
(channel width)
4×4 AX
Up to 4800Mbps
(20/40/80/160MHz)
5GHz-1
(Lower channels)
2×2 AX
Up to 2400Mbps
(20/40/80+80MHz)
4×4 AX
Up to 2400Mbps
(20/40/80MHz)
2×2 AX
Up to 2400Mbps
(20/40/80/160MHz)
2×2 AX
Up to 1200Mbps
(20/40/80MHz)
3rd Band
(channel width)
6GHz
2×2 AXE
Up to 2400Mbps
(20/40/80/160MHz)
5GHz-2
(Upper channels)
2×2 AX
Up to 2400Mbps
(20/40/80MHz)
NoneNoneNone
Backward Compatibility802.11ac/n/g/a/b802.11ac/n/g/a/b802.11ac/n/g/a/b802.11ac/n/g/a/b802.11ac/n/g/a/b
Power over Ethernet 
(PoE)
802.3bt or
802.3at
(50% 5GHz performance)
802.3bt or
802.3at
(50% 5GHz-1 performance)
802.11at or 
802.3af 
(60% peformance)
802.3at /af802.11at or 
802.3af 
(60% performance)
Power Consumption27.64W30.1W25.5W21.2W15.3W
Network Port1x 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig PoE,
1x Gigabit
1x 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig PoE,
1x Gigabit
1x 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig PoE 1x 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig PoE1x 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig PoE
SecurityWPA, WPA2, WPA3WPA, WPA2, WPA3WPA, WPA2, WPA3WPA, WPA2, WPA3WPA, WPA2, WPA3
Local ManagedYesYesYesYesYes
Cloud-ManagedNetgear Insight
Premium or Pro
Netgear Insight
Premium or Pro
Netgear Insight
Premium or Pro
Netgear Insight
Premium or Pro
Netgear Insight
Premium or Pro
Mobile AppNETGEAR Insight AppNETGEAR Insight AppNETGEAR Insight AppNETGEAR Insight AppNETGEAR Insight App
ModeAccess Point,
Bridge,
Repeater Mode
Access Point,
Bridge,
Repeater Mode
Access Point,
Bridge,
Repeater Mode
Access Point,
Bridge,
Repeater Mode
Access Point,
Bridge,
Repeater Mode
Dimensions 
(W x D x H)
10.49 x 10.56 x 2.18 in
(266.6 x 268.3 x 55.5 mm)
10.49 x 10.56 x 2.18 in
(266.61 x 268.29 x 55.5 mm)
8.09 x 8.09 x 1.35 in
(205.7 x 205.7 x 34.3 mm)
9.5 x 9.5 x 1.58 in
(241.5 x 241.5 x 40.2 mm)
6.33 x 6.33 x 1.30 in 
(160.9 x 160.9 x 33.25 mm) 
Weight2.31 lb (1050 g)2.10 lb (956 g)1.72 lb (783 g)727 g (1.6 lb)0.90 lb (412 g)
LEDPower and Cloud,
LAN speed,
2.4GHz status,
5.0GHz status,
6.0GHz status
Power and Cloud,
LAN speed,
2.4GHz status,
5.0GHz-1 status,
5.0GHz-2 status
Power and Cloud,
LAN speed,
2.4GHz status,
5.0GHz status
Power and Cloud; LAN
speed; 2.4GHz status; 5GHz status
Power and Cloud,
LAN speed,
2.4GHz status,
5.0GHz status
US Retail Cost
(at launch)
$349.99
$369.99
(with power adapter)
$329.99
$339.99
(with power adapter)
$229.99$189.99
$209.99
(with power adapter)
$179.99
Warranty5-year5-year5-year5-year5-year
Netgear’s business PoE access points’ hardware specifications
WAX630E vs WAX630 vs WAX620 vs WAX615 vs WAX610

Mesh-ready, part of Insight Managed family

Like the rest of the WAX6xx family, the new WAX615 has everything collectively available in its cousins.

Other than the lack of the 6GHz band and likely slower speed due to more modest specs, it’ll have everything else that the top-tier WAX630E offers.

You can use both in a single network as different mesh members, which is possible only when you have an Insight subscription. In this case, you’ll also be able to manage your network remotely.

Locally, the new WAP can work as an individual broadcaster via its web user interface.

Availability and pricing

Netgear says the new Netgear WAX615 is available today for $189.99 and will work with any existing PoE+ or PoE++ switch. If you don’t have already have a switch, you’ll need to get a version that comes with a power adapter that costs $20 more.

Or you can get a separate PoE injector.

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