Netgear WAX610 wifi 6 Access Point
Netgear introduces new lines of wireless access point for businesses in addition of WAC540 series, but this model is engineered based on latest wifi 6 technology. These new products are Netgear WAX610 ax1800 access point for indoor and WAX610Y for outdoor usage. How good it is compared with Engenius ews357 and ews377
Wifi 6 Access Point
After Engenius introduced the Engenius Ews357 and Ews377 wifi 6 access points, while other major vendors had not released similar products, Netgear introduced Wax610 and Wax610Y wireless ax access points @ the ax1800 network segment. Even so far, Ubiquiti which has various models of wireless ac access points, has not yet released a WiFi 6-based AP, the popular products Unifi Flex HD and Unifi Nano HD which are targeted for business or enterprise needs are also still based on wireless ac technology.
High density clients
Is there any urgency to release a wireless access point based on wifi 6 technology? Yes, Of course because with wifi 6 technology the throughput increases 40% for 2-streams @ 5GHz and 70% more throughput @ 2.4GHz compared to previous wifi 5 technology (wireless AC). Of course this is good for addressing the increase number of wifi clients in high density environments amid the spread of mobile devices being brought to offices.
There are times when you have difficulty installing network cables from the AP device to your network’s POE switch, for that you can use several wax610s in a mesh network with the same network name (same SSID name). You can configure one wax610 as root access point and connect to your network’s POE switch and one or more wax610s that are not connected to the POE switch network to function as an access point extender using radio band @ 5ghz as wifi backhaul. Keep in mind not to use any POE connections for all access point extenders but wifi backhaul to the root access point. The extender uses wifi connection to the root access point, you cannot use POE to power the AP device but plug-in adapters for each of access point extenders.
You can create mesh wifi system with wifi backhaul with other WAX610, WAX610Y, WAC540 or WC564 units to form a WiFi mesh network. Have a watch at the following product introduction (courtesy by Netgear)
- Simultaneous dual band 2×2 wireless 6 ax1800 access point with 4-streams
- Wifi speeds of up to 1,200Mbps @5GHz and up to 600Mbps @2.4GHz
- Internal antennas 3.8dBi @2.4GHz and 4.5dBi @5GHz with 2×2 MIMO
- One 10/100/1000/2.5G BASE-T with Auto Uplink (Auto MDI-X) supporting IEEE 802.3af or 802.3at PoE
- Create mesh AP with other WAX610, WAX610Y, WAC540 or WC564 units
- Comes with easy to manage Netgear Insight App – network management and setup
You can combine with the outdoor model wax610y which is IP55 weatherproof rated, wired AP or mesh with no-wire connect to the root wax610 indoor access point.
This product is tagged with cheaper price than other Netgear AP products, around $179.99 in Amazon. Click the link below to shop in Amazon or click the product link for more details.
Netgear wax610 vs Engenius
Unlike Netgear, Engenius introduces various models of wireless access point products for businesses including the latest model which based on wifi 6 technology – the Engenius ews357 and ews377 wireless ax access point.
Ews357 works at similar network segment as Netgear wax610, however the ews377 works at higher network segment. So that’s why we don’t compare wax610 with ews357 but with ews377. As reference table 1 below shows you spec comparison table between Netgear wax610 and Engenius ews377.
Different network segment
With a price that is almost double where ews377 is more expensive than wax610, it is fair that the two products have almost double the capacity where ews377 works at twice the total bandwidth capacity compared to wax610.
Engenius ews377 works with wireless ax3600 4×4 MU-MIMO 8-streams, while Netgear wax610 and wax610y work with 2×2 MU-MIMO 4-streams. Other features are almost the same, take a look at the following spec comparison table.
Table 1 Netgear wax610 vs Engenius
|Model||Netgear wax610||Engenius ews377|
|Wifi technology||Simultaneous Dual band 802.11ax ax1800 with 2×2 MU-MIMO||Simultaneous Dual band 802.11ax ax3600 with 4×4 MU-MIMO|
|Wifi speeds||Up to 1,200Mbps @5GHz Up to 600Mbps @2.4GHz||up to 1,148 Mbps @2.4Ghz and 2,400Mbps @5Ghz (aggregated bandwidth 3,5 Gbp)|
|Antennas||Internal 3.8/4.5dBi (2.4GHz/5GHz)||4 x 2.4 GHz: 3 dBi 4 x 5 GHz: 3 dBi Integrated Omni-Directional Antenna|
|Ethernet ports||One 10/100/1000/2.5GBASE-T Gigabit with Auto Uplink (Auto MDI-X) supporting IEEE 802.3af or 802.3at PoE||1 x 10/100/1000/2500 BASE-T, RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet Port|
|Management||NETGEAR Insight App – app management for setup, monitoring and management||AP, mesh with neutron switch and ezmaster|
Like Netgear wax610 that comes with Netgear Insight app for network management and setup, Engenius comes with ezmaster. Engenius ews357 is tagged with the price around $165.00, cheaper than the 4×4 streams ews377 which is tagged with the price around $289.00 in Amazon.
For home mesh wifi systems you may consider new products offered by Netgear – the Orbi Rbk750 series. See also Orbi rbk750 vs Deco x60. And you may also consider Google Nest vs eero Pro mesh wifi system.