Looking to add Wi-Fi 6 to your existing router? You have a couple of brand-new options today. Netgear just now announced two Wi-Fi 6 access points (APs), the Insight Managed WiFi 6 AX1800 Dual-band Access Point (WAX610), and an outdoor version (WAX610Y), geared towards small and medium businesses.
The thing is they are also great for a (large) home, thanks to the friendly pricing and ease-of-use.
Business-class, dual-band Wi-Fi 6, multi-gig-ready
On the inside, the WAX610 is a dual-band 2×2 broadcaster. Like all broadcasters of the new standard, the WAX610 features Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) and Target Wake Time.
It doesn’t feature the 160 MHz channel width, however, and, therefore, has the top speed on the 5 GHz band on 1200 MHz, and on the 2.4 GHz up to 600 MHZ.
The AP supports Power over Ethernet (PoE), supporting both 802.3af and 802.3at standard. Due to the power requirement, it only works at 60 percent capacity with the former. There’s one network port but it’s one of the first PoE ports that’s capable of handling up to 2.5 Gbps.
Note that that the AP doesn’t include a PoE injector. You’ll need to get one on your own or get a PoE switch.
But apart from PoE, you can also power the AP via its regular power source. The broadcaster also supports other roles including bridge mode and repeater mode. Netgear says you can use multiple units to form a mesh system.
Netgear WAX610: Hardware specifications
Easy to use
What’s most important about the WAX610 is the fact you can handle it via the Netgear Insight mobile app, making it as easy to use as most home-grade access points. Netgear says you won’t need to be an IT expert to set up and manage them.
Netgear WAX610Y: IP55-rated outdoor AP
As the model name suggests, the WAX610Y is essentially the same as the WAX610.
The only difference is, as mentioned above, it’s an outdoor unit. Protected with a layer of P2i nano-coating, it’s water- and dust-proof. Netgear says the hardware meets the IP55 rating and can withstand rains and general outdoor environments.
Other than that and the larger physical size, the WAX610Y is the same as the WAX610, in terms of hardware specs.
Availability and pricing
Netgear says the Insight Managed WiFi 6 AX1800 Dual-band Access Point (WAX610) wills ship this month. It’s is available for order now in both the US and Europe, with the WAX610-100NAS and WAX610-100EUS model names, respectively. It carries the suggested retail price of $179.99 (189.99€, £174.99).
The Insight Managed WiFi 6 AX1800 Dual-band Outdoor Access Point (WAX610Y) will ship within this quarter, but it’s also available as pre-order now in the U.S. for $249.99.