Netgear RAX80 Nighthawk vs Asus RT-AX88U Wifi6 Router

If you have not had the chance to feel the performance of the wireless ac router, you can also upgrade straight away your aging router with the latest wifi6 technology. Netgear introduces this latest wifi technology on its router products, the rax80, as well as Asus on the rt-ax88u product. Later we see how the spec comparison between rax80 vs rt-ax88u on a table.

Netgear RAX80

Wi-Fi standard is evolving to getting faster and faster in line of increasing demanding data that is faster than legacy wifi standards. Wifi 6 is introduced into the market to answer the high speed data rate demand.

The rax80 is the first Netgear router product based on Wifi6, besides few other products based on the same technology with different and faster data rates such as wifi6 router with 12 data streams.

High speeds wifi

Netgear rax80 wifi6 router delivers ultra fast total wifi speeds up to 6Gbps speeds, up to 1.2Gbps based on 4×4 (Tx/Rx) 1024 QAM 40MHz @2.4Ghz band plus up to 4.8Gbps based on 4×4 (Tx/Rx) 1024 QAM 160MHz @5Ghz band. This high speed Netgear rax80 is ideal for connecting more than 20 high speed devices. At the same time Asus also releases Asus rt-ax88u router with nearly the same features as Netgear.    

If you compared with previous wireless AD standard you can find that the wireless AD devices work @60Ghz band which both router and client devices must be in line of sight. Wireless ax works @5Ghz band like wireless ac standards. See also wireless AD-based device such as Netgear Nighthawk X10, the gaming router Netgear Nighthawk XR700 or TP-link AD7200 router.

Wifi6 routers will be more popular than wireless ad-based routers that work on 60GHz bands, while wifi6 still uses 5ghz bands that have many Android and iOS mobile devices equipped with 5ghz based wifi bands. The use of technology will be increasingly more popular if accompanied by devices that can be connected to it. 60ghz radio band is not popular compared with the emerging wifi devices that work @5ghz band


In addition of wifi speeds, Nighthawk AX8 is embedded with 6x Gigabit ports for high speed wired connection to allow you connect Gigabit Ethernet-based devices including Desktop, Game console and more. There are still many devices that are only equipped with Ethernet ports as connections to networks including TV, game consoles, desktops and computer servers. Of course the existence of more Ethernet ports is also beneficial.

When the requirement of high bandwidth wired connection you can aggregate two Gigabit ports for ultra high speed Gigabit link to allow you connect to high speed NAS or something.

Nighthawk AX8 Wifi AX6000 Router


  • High speed dual band router based on next gen wifi 6 (802.11ax) up to 6Gbps
  • Wifi speeds up to 1.2Gbps @2.4Ghz plus up to 4.8Gbps @5Ghz band
  • Features MU-MIMO and Uplink & downlink OFDMA (orthogonal frequency-division multiple access) for increasing network capacity
  • Supports 160MHz channel
  • 6x Gigabit Ethernet ports, 1x Gigabit WAN 5x Gigabit LAN ports with Gigabit Ethernet port aggregation
  • High performance 4pcs Pre-optimized  hidden antennas for best coverage
  • 2x USB 3.0 ports with Ready-Share USB and Ready-Share Vault features
  • Powered by Quad core 1.8GHz processor  

Netgear rax80 Nighthawk Ax8 is designed with nice looking U body, the two side wings can be folded for easy packing. This product is dual band high speed wireless AX6000 to support more than 20 devices at home, it is tagged with the price around $399.99 at the first time it was released in the market. In the following paragraphs we will see how NetGear rax80 is different from Asus rt-ax80 products.

Click here to learn more details Netgear rax80 Ax6000 router

Nighthawk rax80 vs rt-ax88u

Besides Nighthawk Ax8, Asus introduces similar product – the Asus rt-ax88u wireless ax6000 router. Another similar model of wireless ax6000 router is also introduced by TP-link – TP-link Archer AX6000 router.

Consider the following table 1 which provides a spec and features comparison between Netgear rax80 and rt-ax88u to make it easier for us to see the differences if any.

Table 1 Netgear rax80 vs rt-ax88u

Model Netgear rax80 Asus rt-ax88u
Wifi technology Wifi6 dual band simultaneous ax6000 Wifi6 dual band simultaneous ax6000
Wifi speeds Up to 1,200Mbps @2.4Ghz band Up to 4,800Mbps @5Ghz band Up to 1,200Mbps @2.4Ghz band Up to 4,800Mbps @5Ghz band
Data streams   8 streams 8 streams
Antennas 4pcs hidden high performance antennas, two antennas on each wing 4pcs high power external antennas
Ethernet ports Six (6) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports (1 WAN & 5 LAN) Dual Gigabit Ethernet Port Aggregation Eight (8) Gigabit (10/100/1000 Mbps) Ethernet LAN ports; 1x Gigabit WAN port
USB ports Two USB 3.0 Two USB 3.1 Gen 1
Processor Quad core 1.8GHz processor 1.8 GHz quad-core processor; 256 MB Flash; 1 GB RAM
Other features Voice Controlled by Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant AiProtection Pro power by Trend Micro and WTFast gamers private network
Price (Amazon Jul 2019) $299.99 $299.99

Both Nighthawk Ax8 (aka Netgear rax80) and Asus rt-ax88u are based on the same wifi 6 technology delivering the same wifi speeds up to 6,000Mbps dual band simultaneously.

Asus RT-AX88U Wifi Ax6000 Router

Port interfaces

The rax80 offers 6x Gigabit Ethernet ports that support two Ethernet aggregation link for higher Gigabit speed. On the other hand Asus rt-ax88u comes with more ports – 8x Gigabit LAN ports and 1x WAN port.

Nighthawk rax80 is embedded with two USB 3.0 ports, while Asus rt-ax88U is embedded with two USB 3.1 type 1 ports – the faster USB port than USB 3.0.

Another difference is the inclusion of lifetime free AiProtection Pro powered by Trend Micro for data and devices protection against any internet threats. This protection engine is automatically updated its security signature.

Asus RT-AX88U is tagged with lower price at the first time it was launched, but today you may find them tagged at the same price around $299.99 in Amazon.

Click here to learn more detail Asus RT-AX88U AX6000 router

Related products

New introductions of mesh wifi routers offered by TP-link – Deco M9 three band with dynamic backhaul.  Or you may also consider Linksys Velop AC4800 or Orbi Rbk23 Mesh Wifi system. Another three band model of mesh wifi system is also offered by Plume Superpod mesh wifi system

For mesh wifi router with built-in cable modem you may consider Orbi CBK40 Docsis 3.0 Cable Modem Mesh Wifi router

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