Netgear Nighthawk Mesh Wifi 6 Review
Design & build
The Nighthawk Mesh WiFi 6 System units are sturdy-looking reflective black mesas with snazzy angular undulating designs on the top. The look and colour scheme is consistent with Netgear’s gaming-centric brand of routers, though there are no large posable antennas jutting out at the sides – all of the radios are neatly tucked away and hidden inside the 122 x 122 x 64mm plastic bodies.
Three-unit packs were tested for me, one router and two Satellites. The MR60 router and satellite are almost identical in terms of appearance and specs. However, there is one major difference: the MR60 router comes with two gigabit Ethernet ports – one for connecting to your modem and one to connect other devices.
It doesn’t provide much in terms of wired connectivity – the Eero provides two Ethernet ports per item. They’re not as small as the Eero units either, which measure a dinky 60 x 98 x 98mm. The lack of ports means that you’ll likely want to invest in a network switch, especially if you have lots of devices with Ethernet ports in your living room.
The Mesh WiFi 6 units weigh in at 287g. They can be placed on desktops or window sills and moved around easily.
Although you can’t purchase the Nighthawk MK63 Mesh System directly from Netgear (or AU$649), it is possible to find the MK63 online for around PS300.
Netgear Nighthawk MK63, a 3-piece mesh router system with Wi-Fi 6, is composed of a primary router as well as two secondary “satellites”. The MK63 is designed to cover homes up to 3500 square feet. However, a two-piece MK62 kit, which costs less, will work well for smaller homes up to 2000 square feet.
Wireless connectivity: WiFi 6 (IEEE 8002.11ax), dual band 2.4GHz/5GHz Processors: 1.5GHz, quad core Storage: 128MB Flash beamforming: Explicit to 2.4GHz/5GHz ports: Satellites – 1x Gigabit Internet Dimensions (HxWxD: 63.5x 122 x 122mm) The newNetgear Nighthawk MK63 is very similar in appearance to the Orbi Whole Home RBK13 model, but the Nighthawk routers are available in black, rather than Orbi’s.
Netgear has a tendency to keep black in reserve for the more technical gaming routers. And, while the MK63 is designed for demanding applications such gaming or streaming 4K videos, it also supports gaming.
Less Powerful Than Other Wi-Fi 6 Systems
Netgear reduced prices in one area: the lack of ports. Netgear To reduce the price, Netgear pulled back on some features. Netgear’s router has two Ethernet ports instead of the four that are standard. The satellite unit, on the other hand, only has one (a reduction from the previous two).
You’ll get less bandwidth to work with and fewer antennas: the Nighthawk relies on 2×2 arrays for both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz networks as opposed to the 4×4 arrays other more expensive have. This mesh system is expected to cover around 1,500 square feet in an ideal environment, according to the company.
Netgear claims that the first version of the system will not support wired backhaul, which is a key feature for mesh systems. However, it intends to include the feature in an update.
Netgear Orbi Wi-Fi 6 features more antennas, bandwidth and ethernet ports, so if that’s what you want, then it is worth the additional cost. However, the Nighthawk mesh Wi Fi 6, the less expensive option that we have seen is better for future-proofing.
Netgear Nighthawk Mesh Wifi 6 can be preordered now. It will also release January 15th, according to the company.
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