Netgear Orbi Pro Mini SXR30 Review – Affordable business WiFi 6 Dual-Band AX1800 mesh system

I previously reviewed the superb but extremely expensive Netgear Orbi Pro SXK80, which basically took the flagship consumer Orbi RBK852 hardware and upgraded it with Netgear Insight cloud management. Netgear has now released the smaller SXK30 system which is considerably more affordable, making it appealing for small businesses. Similar to the larger model, the SXK30 … Read more

Netgear WAX630 Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi Access Point Announced for £289.99

Yesterday, Netgear announced a new top of the range Wi-Fi 6 access point, choosing to go down a different path than competing brands, which could be quite useful for many users. While it is common for many cloud-managed access points to offer mesh Wi-Fi, the are not many, if any, that have a tri-band radio. … Read more

Netgear WAX214 WiFi6 AX1800 Access Point Review – A bargain WiFi 6 access point that is worth considering over the Unifi 6 Lite

In the past few years, I have regularly praised cloud-managed networking systems such as Netgear Insight, Zyxel Nebula and Ubiquiti Unifi. They offer a simplified, user-friendly way to manage your entire network, or even multiple networks, all from one interface. As much as I love cloud networking, it comes with additional costs; the hardware itself … Read more

Netgear WAX620 WiFi 6 Access Point Launched – 4×4 MIMO with a 2.5Gbps PoE LAN but no 160MHz channel width

As I finalise my review of the budget-friendly WAX214 access point, Netgear has just announced a new model which will sit at the top of their range and offer cloud management via Netgear Insight. The new Netgear WAX620 is being launched for £219.99, making it around £50 more than the excellent WAX610, which is available … Read more

Netgear Nighthawk MK83 vs MK63 vs Orbi RBK753 Mesh WiFi System – Tri-band upgrade for a lower price than Orbi

Today, Netgear has quietly listed the new Nighthawk MK83 on their website, offering a significant upgrade to the affordable Netgear Nighthawk MK63 I reviewed last year. The main difference with the new Netgear Nighthawk MK83 is the inclusion of a second 5Ghz channel that offers 4×3 AX up to 1800Mbps. This channel will then be used as the backhaul, … Read more

Netgear Orbi RBK752 vs RBK852 WiFi 6 Mesh System Comparison – Most people can save £250 and get the same performance (AX4200 vs AX6000)

Announced at IFA 2019 the Netgear Orbi WiFi 6 Tri-band Mesh System RBK852 (or RBK853 for the three-pack) sits at the very top of the Netgear line up of mesh wi-fi systems. There is no doubting that it is a superb system if you have very demanding requirements, or just a high budget then it … Read more

The best Mesh Wi-Fi Routers for 2021

January 2021 Update highlights: Originally, this post focussed on Amazon reviews as a key factor in the decision to recommend systems. However, Amazon, and companies that use it, keep messing around with things, merging products, having multiple products on one page etc. Then reviews themselves are not always reliable. The number of mesh systems has … Read more

Netgear Insight expands with multi-gig switches – MS510TXM & PoE MS510TXUP launched with 4×2.5GbE & 4x10GbE ports and reasonable prices

In my recent Netgear Insight review, I pointed out that Netgear lacked any multi-gig switches that could power the 2.5GbE equipped access points. Not anymore, they haven’t. Yesterday, at CES 2021, Nethear announced two new multi-gig switches, the – MS510TXM and the MS510TXUP. They are basically the same, but the MS510TXUP supports Ultra60 PoE++, which … Read more

How to improve WI-Fi signal for gaming: Reduce ping & latency causing lag on PS5 & Xbox Series X

Between next-gen consoles, new GPUs and the covid pandemic, gaming has gone massive this year. At the same time, in the UK, our broadband speeds are finally getting decent (dependant on location). Many people now have access to 500Mbps or even synchronous 1Gbps connections. However, if your home network is reliant on Wi-Fi it can … Read more

Netgear Orbi 4G LTE Advanced Tri-band Router Review (LBR20) – Mesh Wi-Fi with 4G LTE & WAN port for ultimate work from home reliability

With a large percentage of the population working from home this year the demand for reliable Internet has skyrocketed. This has led many people to realise that their internet service provider options are poor and/or their home networking equipment such as Wi-Fi routers are not up to the job. Currently, the average download speed for … Read more

Netgear Nighthawk MK63 Mesh WiFi 6 System Review – An affordable dual-band mesh WiFi 6 system

WiFi 6 is starting to become more affordable, with routers such as the Honor Router 3 for as low as £65, and these affordable prices are now being reflected with mesh WiFi 6 systems. The Netgear Nighthawk MK63 WiFi 6 system is one of the cheapest of them all at just £295 currently on Amazon … Read more

Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR1000 WiFi 6 AX5400 router announced. Same as the RAX50 but with DumaOS

Netgear has expanded their range of Wi-Fi 6 hardware dramatically this year, offering consumers as much choice as possible at different price points. This has now been extended to include gamers. Netgear claims the  Nighthawk Pro Gaming XR1000 is the worlds first Wi-Fi 6 router for gamers. TP-Link may disagree though, the Archer AX11000 is … Read more

Netgear Nighthawk AX8 Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Extender Review (EAX80) – Smart roaming support allows you to keep your SSID

The Netgear Nighthawk EAX80 was announced a year ago at IFA, allowing users to extend their home Wi-Fi with the highest performance Wi-Fi possible. Unlike Wi-Fi extenders of yesteryear, this claims to offer mesh support allowing home users to retain their SSID for seamless roaming across the home. Specification and Features AX6000 Wi-Fi speed provides … Read more

Netgear Orbi 4G LTE Advanced WiFi Router (LBR20) Launched – First tri-band mesh WiFi with 4G LTE connectivity

In the UK, mobile data has been improving faster than our wired connections. The average speed of the Internet in the UK is 22.37MB/s placing us 34th in the world, behind economic powerhouses such as Madagascar, Portugal, Malaysia and Andorra. As of 2019, the split for technologies connecting to the 24.8% using ADSL/ADSL2+, FTTC (54.5%), … Read more

Netgear Nighthawk AX12 RAX120 Wi-Fi 6 router review – Is this a better buy vs the RAX200 or TP-Link Archer AX11000?

[Original Post: 18 February 2020] [May 2020 Update] In my reviews on both the Netgear RAX120 and TP-Link Archer AX11000 I have made a big fuss about how frustrating the 160MHz width channels are. However, since reviewing Huawei WiFi AX3 Pro I have noticed this is no longer the case with the RAX120, and it … Read more

Netgear expand mesh WiFi 6 range with EasyMesh compatible MK62 system, RAX50 router and EAX20 extender

Last year the range of WiFi 6 routers and mesh systems from Netgear were expensive, to say the least. At CES this year, it looks like WiFi 6 is dropping in price with several announcements including D-Links new range of affordable EasyMesh WiFi 6 routers. Netgear is also releasing much more affordable products, albeit a … Read more

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