Netgear Nighthawk AX6 Rax50 ax5400 Router
Netgear released various models of wifi 6 routers based on almost all existing wifi 6 network segments, ranging from netgear rax20 wifi 6 router which is based on ax1800 network segment, netgear rax40 based on ax3000, netgear rax80 based on ax6000 up to the highest class is netgear rax200 which is based on ax11000 with 12 streams. And today Netgear adds other series of wifi 6 routers based on the mid-range network segment ax5400 – Netgear rax50, and two additional series Netgear rax45 and Rax50s.
How economical is Netgear Rax50 compared to the Asus rt-ax88u which was released on the market few months earlier knowing that the price is not so much different? See also new models offered by Asus – the Asus rt-ax89x ax6000 router, the higher level model of ax6000 router with 12 streams.
The three new products (the rax50, rax50s and rax45) have almost the same features and specs except for the different network segments in the rax45 model. The same specs ranging from the same Ethernet network interface, USB port, the same four amplified external antennas up to the processor embedded in the hardware of each product, a triple-core 1.5GHz processor.
One of the differences with its previous higher model the Netgear rax80 is the addition of WPA3 the latest wireless security encryption in industry today. See also Netgear rax80 vs Asus ax6000 routers.
WPA3 will replace the WPA2 security encryption which has been adopted more than a decade since 2004, and now WPA3 has begun to be widely applied to the latest wireless router models from the end of 2019 to 2020. This WPA3 security encryption is stronger and harder to hack.
Netgear rax50 and rax45 are designed with lower capacity than rax80 which is quite powerful, by reducing several specs including one of them is by reducing one LAN port. Rax50 is equipped with five LAN ports and does not support port aggregation compared to Rax80 with 6 LAN ports and support link aggregation.
If you compare rax50 with Asus rt-ax88u, you can find that ax88u has twice number of Gigabit LAN ports than rax50. With 8x Gigabit LAN ports, you have more Ethernet-based device connections including desktop computers, smart Internet TV, game console and still more. The question is do you require more than 4x gigabit LAN ports for home devices?
The question again is the price of the new Netgear Rax50 is almost the same as Asus RT-Ax88u product which was released about a year earlier than Rax50. What’s more, the processor embedded with the ax88u is 1.8GHz quad core more powerful than a 1.5GHz triple-core processor on the rax50. More over; the number of USB 3.0 port is two instead of one on rax50. So, with the same price, or not too much different price, Asus rt-ax88u is worth to purchase instead of Netgear rax50. However, with ax88u your router is not ready with WPA3.
To learn more details about the spec differences take a look at the following spec comparison table between new Netgear rax50 and the older Asus rt-ax88u.
Table 1. Netgear rax50 vs Asus ax88u
|Model||Netgear rax50||Asus rt-ax88u|
|Wifi technology||Simultaneous dual band ax5400 with 6 streams||Simultaneous dual band ax5400 with 6 streams with AiMesh support|
|Wifi speeds||600Mbps @2.4GHz 4,800Mbps @5GHz||802.11ac (5GHz) : up to 4333 Mbps 802.11ax (2.4GHz) : up to 1148 Mbps 802.11ax (5GHz) : up to 4804 Mbps|
|Antennas||4x external amplified antennas||4x external antennas|
|Ethernet Ports||(5) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports / 1 WAN & 4 LAN||RJ45 for BaseT for WAN x 1, RJ45 for BaseT for LAN x 8|
|USB Port||One (1) USB 3.0 ports||2x USB 3.1 Gen 1|
|WPA3 support||Yes||No, WPA2|
|Other features||Netgear armor – network threat protection, 30 days trial Alexa support||Commercial-grade security – AiProtection, powered by Trend Micro|
|Processor||1.5GHz Triple core processor||1.8 GHz quad-core processor; 256 MB Flash 1 GB RAM|
|Price (Jul 2020)||$299.99||$285.99|
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Another new model is also introduced by Linksys with the same ax6000 network segment – the Linksys mr9600 ax6000 router, or you may also like the lower model offered by Asus rt-ax3000 vs Netgear ax3000 router.
Should you prefer all-in-one wifi 6 router with cable modem – you may consider new Netgear Nighthawk CAX80 DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem with wifi.