Netgear has a new access point for the WiFi 6 generation. Dubbed the Netgear WAX630, this is a new WiFi 6 AP. The new solution has several new features as part of the company’s Insight managed AP line.
Netgear WAX630 WiFi 6 Access Point
Just to set some context, here is Netgear’s current roadmap for adopting newer WiFi standards. One can see that we are still in the WiFi 6 generation but we will start to see WiFi 6E next year. For those who are wondering why not WiFi 6E at this point it usually comes to the power, price, and features of early WiFi 6E radios versus more mature WiFi 6 offerings.
The Netgear WAX630 is about a $100 premium at $329 over the WAX620. One of the major differences is that the WAX630 is the tri-band WiFi 6 offering.
Here is the spec comparison. The perhaps big one here is that the tri-band is enabled by two 5.0GHz 4×4 radios. It also supports more than twice the devices of the WAX620. Two 4×4 5.0GHz radios allow for the AP to operate over channels even if part of the spectrum is being subject to interference. With many devices on the AP, it also allows for higher performance by adding another 2.4Gbps radio. The AX6000 speed grade is 802.11ax with 6000Mbps combined (1200+2400+2400.)
The Netgear WAX630 is an Insight-managed AP. As a result, it is managed via Netgear’s Insight management interface. We showed this in our Netgear GS710TUP 10-port Ultra60 60W POE++ Switch Review as an example. This is a bit of a polarizing feature because some do not like the Insight subscription costs.
We probably would not have covered the Essentials WiFi collection except that we wanted to show that the Netgear WAX218 has 2.5GbE. This year, 2.5GbE is making a major push.
Overall, Netgear has a number of options in the WiFi space as we would expect.
If there is interest, we may look to review the new Netgear WAX630. We have not reviewed an Insight-managed AP so perhaps that will make sense to do so. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.