Netgear RAX80 Nighthawk AX8 vs Asus AX6000 Wi-Fi Router

Next generation of wifi 6 is coming – the wireless ax with ultra fast wifi speeds up to 6Gbps. Netgear introduces Rax80 Nighthawk AX80 wireless ax6000 router. We’ll compare later Netgear vs Asus.

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.

High speeds wifi

Netgear introduces Nighthawk AX8 wifi ax6000 router delivering 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-AX6000 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.


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.

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.

Click here to learn more details Netgear Ax80 Ax6000 router

Nighthawk AX8 vs Asus AX6000

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.

Both Nighthawk Ax8 (aka Netgear Ax80) and Asus RT-Ax6000 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

Ax8 offers 6x Gigabit Ethernet ports that support two Ethernet aggregation link for higher speed. on the other hand Asus RT-AX88U comes with more ports – 8x Gigabit LAN ports and 1x WAN port.

Nighthawk Ax8 is embedded with two USB 3.0 ports, while Asus 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 than Netgear Ax80, it’s around $339.99 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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