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NETGEAR Nighthawk 6-Stream AX5400 WiFi 6 Router (RAX50) – AX5400 Dual Band Wireless Speed (Up to 5.4 Gbps) | 2,500 sq. ft. Coverage

Original price was: $299.99.Current price is: $189.51.

(8 customer reviews)
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  • WIFI 6 – STREAM EVERYTHING AT EPIC SPEED: Simultaneously stream uninterrupted movies, games, video calls or download/transfer files at 10.8Gbps Wi-Fi speed. Works with existing and new Wi-Fi 6 devices like iPhone 11, Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy S10
  • WORKS WITH ALL INTERNET PROVIDERS: Replace your existing Wi-Fi Router (separate modem or gateway required). Compatible with any Internet Service Provider up to 2Gbps including cable, satellite, fiber, DSL and more
  • EASY TO SET-UP AND MANAGE: Connects to your existing cable modem and sets up and customizes in minutes with the Nighthawk app – easily manage your Wi-Fi settings at the device and network level, test your Internet speed, view speed history and monitor data usage
  • USB CONNECTIONS: Share a storage drive with any connected device and create a personal cloud storage to access from anywhere using the 2 x 3.0 USB ports
  • NETGEAR ARMOR POWERED BY BITDEFENDER: The world’s leading cybersecurity protects all your home devices from virus, malware, and data theft with a 30-day free trial.
  • QUICK SET UP: Get connected in just minutes
  • WIRED ETHERNET PORTS: Plug in computers, game consoles, streaming players and other nearby wired devices with 4 x 1G and 1 x 2.5G Ethernet ports
  • LOADED WITH ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: Designed with a 1.8GHz triple-core processor, OFDMA, MU-MIMO, Dynamic QoS, 1024-QAM, Smart Connect for one Wi-Fi name, Beamforming technologies and Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant Voice Control. Supports WPA2/WPA3 wireless security protocols. Includes Guest Wi-Fi access, DOS, Firewall, VPN and more

Specification: NETGEAR Nighthawk 6-Stream AX5400 WiFi 6 Router (RAX50) – AX5400 Dual Band Wireless Speed (Up to 5.4 Gbps) | 2,500 sq. ft. Coverage

Wireless Type

‎5 GHz Radio Frequency

Brand

‎NETGEAR

Item model number

‎RAX50-100NAS

Item Weight

‎1.25 pounds

Package Dimensions

‎14.8 x 10.24 x 4.69 inches

Voltage

‎100240 Volts

Department

‎Network Hardware

Manufacturer

‎Netgear

Country of Origin

‎Vietnam

Date First Available

‎February 28, 2020

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8 reviews for NETGEAR Nighthawk 6-Stream AX5400 WiFi 6 Router (RAX50) – AX5400 Dual Band Wireless Speed (Up to 5.4 Gbps) | 2,500 sq. ft. Coverage

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  1. Beansmeansbeans

    I must have bought this too early as it is in need of a few more firmware updates. Initial setup was hit and miss, I had to try 3 times. The netgear app was part of the problem and I highly recommend you set this up through your browser for an easy, user friendly time.

    Over the first few days the RAX120 devices like my iPhone 11 Pro Max would freeze when trying to load websites and I would have to turn Wi-Fi on the phone off then on to get it to work. In the router settings OFDMA is off by default, enabling this seemed to resolve this issue. I’m not sure why something like this was off by default and I had to google what the setting meant as the interface doesn’t give any guidance.

    Next up was game streaming via steam link and PS4 remote play. They both performed like a slide show which was a surprise taking into account my older nighthawk R8000P could run both these services flawlessly from the same location as the RAX120. This was harder to resolve but it seemed to help when I enabled upstream QOS and set the bandwidth randomly to 60mbps. Again there was little guidance on how to use this feature so it was on me to play battleships with the settings, knowing I can always factory reset the router with a pin should I ruin it. This did seem to help mainly with the steam link app where games become fully playable with no lag. PS4 remote play did improve but would still lag momentarily every 10 – 20 seconds.

    I’ve reported all the issues I had to netgear who tried to help, they will take you back to basics with their advice and will gradually go into more detail so do use them. If you need a new router you may as well buy a WiFi 6 one but no matter which you buy there will be some issues, for example the RAX120 supports 160mhz out of the box while certain others need a future firmware update to enable this. In my experience the RAX120 needs an update to be more gamer friendly.

    Apart from the faults I mentioned this router does a lot very well. It’s signal strength over long range is seriously impressive. I live in a large house where the router is set at the front entrance and I can get a strong signal at the far end of my back garden, good if I want to stream music outside or for outdoor wireless security cameras etc. This is a good stand alone alternative to a mesh set up.

    It looks to have a good cooling system, there is a quiet fan on the top which I’ve never turn on but under heavy load it should help keep it cool.

    Most importantly it looks like a spaceship which I believe means it is the best router available.

    It’s worth mentioning I almost bought the RAX200, thinking it was better because of the higher model number. The difference is the RAX200 is tri band and the RAX is dual band, however the RAX120 has a much longer range and different chipset with a faster CPU at a lower price. I personally value range and performance more than the extra band and overall I’m happy with my choice.

    Update: I can get a decent 80-100 Mbps connection on my phone, at about 50ft away from the router at the far end of my back garden. That’s really good and shows me how strong and reliable the signal is. My R8000P router could not achieve the same result.

    Sometimes I find I’m still getting random drops and stutter. The cause is unclear, I suspect it’s a firmware issue from various support pages I’ve visited trying to get this to work consistently.

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  2. ……

    They should be paying you!, for having to deal with such an incomplete product.

    When I started the router for the first time, I was happy that it basically worked out off the box with very little effort on my part. But then, I saw the user interface and it’s features, and was very disappointed with the oversimplification and lack of customization. The VPN functionality for instance is abysmal, since you can’t import a third party VPN service, not even well known ones such as NordVPN or ExpressVPN .

    The worst problem that I have with this router is that it decided to act up 2 days after I could send it back to amazon for a refund/replacement. The 5GHz band of this router is malfunctioning, first it stopped broadcasting this band, only the 2.4GHz work properly, with the only fix being a complete factory reset. Still after the aforementioned reset, it behaves really sluggish and slow. Not only that, the problem reappears after I change any setting from the 5GHz band such as the mode (bandwidth) or the channel (to avoid interference).

    In conclusion I strongly advice fellow consumers to stay away from this product, don’t get me wrong it is a decent product, and I understand is a “brand new” technology and it is pretty normal to have some kind of issues when you are an early adopter. But for $500 you don’t expect something decent… you expect something amazing, and you are willing to overlook it’s flaws when at least you get great performance out of it, but this doesn’t deliver any of that.
    I should’ve know when I couldn’t find any credible reviews about this product, and the only thing most reviewers did was playing with it like it was a freaking STAR WARS starship (Yes, I know it looks cool), instead on concentrating on the actual performance and or features, perhaps more importantly the reliability (I rather have an ugly white box that works, than a cool looking one that doesn’t). Perhaps they were biased because they were paid by NETGEAR to say good things about this… well, I can’t know for sure, but this is the ugly truth about this router.

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  3. reedness

    It looks great, right? It has a quad-core 2.2Ghz CPU, Qualcomm chipset which supports WPA3, OFDMA, etc… I was really excited to get this router, but was really disappointed when it arrived. As shown in the attached pictures, the listing advertises down and uplink OFDMA, however the box says otherwise. Concerned, I reached out to Netgear support asking if they plan to roll out upstream OFDMA or any other wifi 6 features mentioned such as target wait time in a future firmware update and I was told twice “I cannot promise that it will or it won’t.” After paying hundreds of dollars for this router, I was extremely disappointed in both the misleading advertisement and the response from Netgear support. It appears their RAX models 80 and 200 with the Broadcom chipset support both down and upstream OFDMA, but this one does not. So I had to take this for face value and assume the disclaimer on the box was the final verdict. After further research, their product advertisement for the RAX120 on netgear.com only lists OFDMA, while the RAX80 specifically says downstream and upstream OFDMA. I find it very interesting they’d not only release the RAX120 with only downstream OFDMA, but advertise having both down and up in the Amazon listing.

    Maybe I’m being petty, but that was enough for me to return the product before opening the box. If they told me they plan to add features as they become available, I’d probably be open to keeping it. It’s probably a great router, but I feel let down and misled by Netgear.

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  4. Lensman

    I purchased an AX12 RAX120 to connect to my existing Virgin Media Superhub 3 because the latter was struggling to actually route despite offering 386Mbps down. The router is large but not unwieldy and seems well made. Despite a warm room I’ve yet to hear the fan spin once. To connect the Superb 3:
    Put the Superhub 3 into modem mode via its admin interface, this disables its routing and wifi. Wait for it to stabilise with one purple(ish) indicator.
    Install the Netgear Nighthawk app on your phone or tablet (ignore the bad reviews).
    Start the new router and start the app.
    Follow the instructions.
    It was that simple and I can already tell there’s an improvement in my WIFI.
    NOTE: if you change the new routers ssid and password to match your old ones then all your devices will connect without any need to update their configuration.

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  5. Ryan Pierce

    I’ve had the NIGHTHAWK AX12 12-STREAM WI-FI 6 ROUTER (Model: RAX120) for roughly a week and have tested it extensively.

    My setup includes the details below and everything is wired by either CAT 5E or CAT 6, WiFi 5 or WiFi 6:

    1. Gigabit Up/Down Fiber Connection (WAN)
    2. All Ethernet Ports Used EXCLUDING Multi-Gig 5G/2.5G/1G Ethernet Port
    3. 1 Port Connected to a 8 Port Gigabit Switch – 8 Port Gigabit Switch Connected to 8 Devices/Locations thru Ethernet Throughout Home
    4. 1 Port Connected to a 8 Port Gigabit Switch thru Family Room Ethernet – Family Room Ethernet Connected to 8 Port Gigabit Switch and 6 Devices Connected thru Ethernet
    5. Smart Home w/ 38 Devices in Total Connected thru WiFi 5 and WiFi 6

    Speed Test Results (Picture Attached) thru Router & WAN are:

    1. 843 Mbps Maximum Uplink Bandwidth

    Ethernet Port Status (Picture Attached):

    1. 5G Ethernet – Link Down
    2. WAN – 1000M/Full
    3. LAN 1 – 1000M/Full
    4. LAN 2 – 1000M/Full
    5. LAN 3 – 1000M/Full
    6. LAN 4 – 1000M/Full
    7. WLAN b/g/n/ax – 1147M
    8. WLAN a/n/ac/ax– 4803M

    The WiFi on all bands tested work perfectly and run at high speeds, and the WAN and Ethernet Ports from 1-4 are all running at Gigabit speeds. However, the Multi-Gig 5G/2.5G/1G Ethernet Port is faulty and either does not work or runs below the advertised threshold. Below are my test results:

    1. Using the Multi-Gig Ethernet Port for the WAN and Changing the Setting in the Router Settings Results in No Internet Connection
    2. Using the Multi-Gig Ethernet Port for Some Ethernet Connections Results in No Connection at All
    3. Using the Multi-Gig Ethernet Port for Some Ethernet Connections Results in 100M Speeds Instead of 1000M

    Therefore, I completely lose the utilization of this port, resulting in a total of 4 useable ethernet ports. I’ll also never be able to take advantage of the 5G/2.5G/1G Ethernet Port speeds in the future when Multi-Gig fiber is rolled out in my area, which is already planned.

    Because of this, I deducted 1 Star for the unusable port, 1 Star for future proofing at this price point, and 1 Star for the amount of time I spent in the forums and researching/troubleshooting.

    I will respond to any questions.

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  6. Cheshire Paul

    This review is for the Netgear Nighthawk AX12 12 Steam AX WiFi Router (Model Number: RAx120)

    MY BROADBAND PACKAGE:
    Virgin Media Fibre Optic Cable. 220MB Download and 20MB upload broadband plan. Using Virgin SuperHub 3.
    MY HOME SETUP:
    Large 4 bedroom detached property (very wide) over 2 floors (No brick internal walls). Furthest internal point in house, from the router is approx 15 meters.
    I have approx 15 devices connecting to the WiFi network.

    THE VIRGIN SUPER HUB 3:

    The only time I ever received Virgin’s advertised upload and download speeds was when I connected my MacBook Pro directly to the router using an Ethernet cable. Great – if you don’t mind cables running all over your house.
    The WiFi was horrendously slow 90% of the time – I was often getting download speeds of just 20MB and that was in the same room as the router. In other rooms or upstairs the WiFi signal would degrade further still, to the point that it was often unusable – frequently I would get faster downloads using 4G (on my iPhone Pro Max). I tried all the usual stuff – turning the router off and back on again – turning off the mobile devices and laptops – and resetting the router back to factory settings. Even resorted to tweaking the router settings, to no avail.

    Occasionally, the router would give me a faster WiFi connection when turned off and back on again (maybe reaching 70MB) and then within minutes or a couple of hours it was back to the usual slow speed connection. I tried WiFi extenders etc.. nothing seemed to work, and as I work from home, I would end up using ethernet cable during the day to ensure I had a fast and constant reliable connection.

    Fed up with the slow WiFi and having an ethernet cable running over 10 metres to the study I started to research the Virgin Super Hub 3 router online. If only I had done it sooner. The reviews for it are terrible (and that’s from official reviewers – not your average lay person). In view of this and already have spent a small fortune on other devices (extenders etc) I started to look at reviews for the NETGEAR Nighthawk router. Initial reaction was expensive, but the reviews for it were generally very good. Having had enough of my current unworkable setup, I decided to purchase the router.

    THE NIGHTHAWK NETGEAR ROUTER REVIEW:

    Arrived within a couple of days via Amazon Prime.
    Downloaded the app to my iPhone, launched it and followed the step-by-step instructions to complete the router setup. It was an absolute breeze. I had the new router up and running within half an hour of getting it out of the box.

    Note: If you’re using the Virgin Super Hub 3, you will need to change the Super Hub 3 from “WiFi Mode” to “Modem Mode”, before you start setting up the Nighthawk router, which can easily be done within the router’s settings.

    During the set-up, you’re asked if you want to keep your existing Network SSID and Password… Select “YES” as this means all of your existing devices will automatically connect to the new router (once set-up), otherwise you’ll have a New SSID and Password, which you’ll have to set-up on every device you wish to connect to the WiFi. This worked perfectly for me.

    Post setup, all of my existing devices connected perfectly. Note: The 5G network has shorter range but faster connection, whereas the 2G network has further range but slower speed connection. I managed to get all of my smart devices (TV’s, mobile phones, iPads) to connect to the 5G Wi-Fi network without any issues or signal drops anywhere in the house. There are 5 ethernet ports on the back of the router, which I also used to connect some devices (e.g Lounge TV, and PS4).

    Here’s THE BEST BIT … THE SPEED… WOW – this has totally blown my socks off!!! Most of the devices are connecting to the WiFi at almost full speed (220MB download) most of the time. In the furthest corners of the house I can still gets signals as fast as 210MB. I’m totally impressed and wish I’d bought this sooner.

    The Nighthawk Phone App is great. It allows you to see all of the devices connecting to the network either via WiFi or wired connection. You can ‘pause’ internet to individual devices if you like. You can also check the internet upload and download speed between your Router and ISP, which is handy. You can also turn on a “Guest WiFi” network if you wish to give house gets access to WiFi but not ‘your’ personal WiFi. There is also a traffic meter, if you wish to track how much data you’re using .

    IN CONCLUSION:

    This router isn’t cheap, in fact it’s one of Netgear’s most expensive. It does however have the latest WiFi standard (WiFi 6 aka “AX”) which the latest iPhones, Samsung Devices, iPads can make use off. It is also backward compatible with all previous WiFi standards. It is quick and easy to setup and doesn’t require any technical knowledge. Most importantly is the WiFi speed which I’ve been completely amazed with. You might also be able to get great results with other cheaper Netgear Routers (I didn’t want to take the chance based on the amount I’d spent cumulatively on other products trying to sort my poor WiFi signal), however, I can wholly recommend this router if you have the budget, want ultra-fast WiFi speeds, and are looking to ensure any new smart device purchases can make use of the very latest and fastest WiFi.

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  7. Shah Faheem

    The latest wifi standard with buzzing speed transfer changed the perception and action of my internet speed with record breaking speedy transfer of data, even my latest phone & laptop are struggling to keep up with it. Just Amazing & Outstanding never had a router like it before. Revolutionised the way internet works and completely outdated any router available in the market, some of the key points below ;
    Choice of name – Great
    Design – Outstanding
    Technology – Reliable and futuristic
    Scope – Brilliant
    Availability – sorry to say but very poor especially in UK & England , need to be more advertised & more available for people to try, the worse thing is there is not even a single add about its performance, such a brilliant machine !
    Price – very high but worth it, if you can afford an iPhone if can afford an iMac than you can afford this router but it’s worth its price its technology is futuristic and with updating its firmware its future proof and definitely worth investing in this technology if you have a smart home or if you are a gadget loving person.

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  8. Stuart

    This router replaces a Nighthawk XR500 that’s being sent back for replacement after it went faulty. I’ve been watching this router for a while and it’s firmware updates and when the XR500 gave up I thought it’s time to move on.
    Very easy to set up with either the app or web page, I entered the same credentials and everything connected straight away. The XR was different as it was constant messing to get even Echo devices to connect.
    The web page and app are basic and not complicated and within 10mins it was up and running after the firmware updated. I turned off AX mode as I have no AX devices and it’s very stable so far.
    Wi-fi coverage is excellent, way better than the XR. I have 2 NETGEAR Ex8000 extenders as I had dead areas but now it just covers the property but I’m using one extender as it has some wired connections from other devices. I noticed too the extender now connects at max strength. For example my Arlo security cameras connect to extender and streaming is now butter smooth with their app and Apples HomeKit.
    I’m also on BT and there is no issue but I’m running a HG612 modem and not a home hub which I prefer.
    The specs are impressive, 64bit with good ram and cpu power as indicated in the spec. Perfect for streaming and gaming without the complex software many gaming routers supply. It’s a set and forget device.
    QoS is basic and I’ve left it off and have streamed and gamed at the same time without any issues so far. A very capable router thanks to its spec.

    I’ve also noticed as I’m using smart connect it’s working well at roaming and allocating devices to different channels ie. 2.4 or 5Ghz. Both web page and app show what’s connected to what channels and you can turn off devices if need be. Again this is a vast improvement and does the work for you. I’ve in total 15 devices connect to the network and it’s not even pushing it.
    There is a small fan to keep the temp down, it’s not come on yet and the case is slightly warm to touch, not surprising with the cpu power this router has.

    To round up if you want a Wi-fi 6 router or just a good modern up-to date router you can’t go wrong. Set it up and forget it’s there, perfect.

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    NETGEAR Nighthawk 6-Stream AX5400 WiFi 6 Router (RAX50) – AX5400 Dual Band Wireless Speed (Up to 5.4 Gbps) | 2,500 sq. ft. Coverage
    NETGEAR Nighthawk 6-Stream AX5400 WiFi 6 Router (RAX50) – AX5400 Dual Band Wireless Speed (Up to 5.4 Gbps) | 2,500 sq. ft. Coverage

    Original price was: $299.99.Current price is: $189.51.

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