Netgear Nighthawk WiFi 6 Router (AX12)

Early Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) routers have been out for months, but Wi-Fi 6 clients have been and still are few and far between. This odd-looking router delivers stellar 5GHz throughput performance and its file-transfer performance is also very fast. It sports a multi-gig LAN port and supports WPA3 encryption, but it lacks malware protection and strong parental controls.

  • WORKS WITH ALL INTERNET PROVIDERS: Replace your existing WiFi Router (separate modem or gateway required). Compatible with any Internet Service Provider up to 2Gbps including cable, satellite, fiber, DSL and more.
  • EASY TO SET-UP AND MANAGE: Connects to your existing cable modem and sets up and customizes in minutes with the Nighthawk app – easily manage your WiFi settings at the device and network level, test your Internet speed, view speed history and monitor data usage.
  • USB CONNECTIONS: Share a storage drive with any connected device and create a personal cloud storage to access from anywhere using the 2 x 3.0 USB ports.
  • ADVANCED CYBER THREAT PROTECTION: NETGEAR Armor (powered by BitDefender) is network-wide anti-virus, anti-malware, fraud/phishing/ransomware security on an unlimited # of devices and network/data protection for $69.99/year with a 30-day free trial.
  • WIFI 6 – STREAM EVERYTHING AT EPIC SPEED: Simultaneously stream uninterrupted movies, games, video calls or download/transfer files at 6Gbps WiFi speed. Works with existing and new WiFi 6 devices like iPhone 11, Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy S10.
  • LOADED WITH ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: Designed with a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, OFDMA, MU-MIMO, Dynamic QoS, 1024-QAM, Smart Connect for one WiFi name, Beamforming technologies and Amazon Alexa Voice Control. Supports WPA2/WPA3 wireless security protocols. Includes Guest WiFi access, DoS, Firewall, VPN and more.


  • Technical Specifications
    • 802.11ax Dual-Band WiFi (AX6000)
    • 2.4GHz AX: 4×4 (Tx/Rx) 1024 QAM 20/40MHz, up to 1.2Gbps
    • 5GHz AX: 8×8 (Tx/Rx) 1024-QAM 20/40/80/160MHz, up to 4.8Gbps
    • Backwards compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi
    • 1200+4800 Mbps with 12-stream connectivity
    • Powerful 2.2GHz processor boosts wireless, wired & WAN-to-LAN performance
    • 1024-QAM provides 25% increased data efficiency and faster speeds than 256-QAM router
    • 8×8 MU-MIMO allows simultaneous streaming to multiple devices
    • Multi-gig 5G/2.5G/1G Ethernet port delivers 5 times the wired speed of typical Gigabit Ethernet port
    • Eight (8) high-performance external antennas
    • IPv6 support (Internet Protocol Version 6)
    • On/Off LED light switch
    • Dynamic QoS—Prioritizes Internet traffic by application and device for smoother streaming
    • Smart Connect—Intelligently selects the fastest WiFi band for every device connection. One WiFi name for the entire home
    • Works with Amazon Alexa® & the Google Assistant– Control your NETGEAR WiFi network with simple voice commands
    • Dual Gigabit Ethernet Port Aggregation
  • WiFi Capacity
    • OFDMA bullet to read: OFDMA gives you more WiFi for more devices by allowing efficient data transmission at the same time§
    • 8-stream MU-MIMO enables up to four (4) 2×2 devices to stream content at the same time
  • Beamforming
    • Beamforming+ — Boosts speed, reliability and range of WiFi connections for 2.4 and 5GHz
  • WiFi Range
    • WiFi coverage for very large homes
    • Eight (8) concealed antennas pre-optimised for best WiFi performance
    • Simultaneous dual band 2.4 & 5GHz
  • Number of Ethernet Ports
    • Five (5) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports + one (1) 5G/2.5G/1Gbps Multi-Gig port (configurable)
    • 1 WAN & 4 LAN
    • Dual Gigabit Ethernet Port Aggregation
    • 5G/2.5G/1G Multi-Gig Ethernet LAN port
  •  Standards
    • IEEE  802.11 b/g/n/ax 2.4GHz AX: 4×4 (Tx/Rx) 1024-QAM support
    •  IEEE 802.11 a/n/ac/ax 5GHz AX: 4×4 (Tx/Rx) 1024-QAM 160MHz, up to 4.8Gbps
  • USB Ports
    • Two (2) USB  ports


  • Processor
    • AX optimized powerful 64-bit Quad-core 2.2GHz processor ensures smooth 4K/8K UHD streaming & gaming – ideal for Gigabit internet speeds
  • Security
    • NETGEAR Armor – Advanced cyber threat protection for your home and all your devices
    • Stronger WiFi password protection with WiFi Certified WPA3
    • VPN client support for network identity protection and prevention of DDoS attacks
    • Securely access home network & internet connection from mobile devices with VPN support on PC, Mac, and iOS and Android devices with OpenVPN Connect app
    • Separate & secure access for guests
    • Automatic firmware updates deliver latest security patches to the router


  • Physical Specifications
    • Dimensions: 12.2 x 7.48 x 1.77in (310 x 190 x 45mm)
    • Weight: 3lbs (1364g)
  • Sharing
    • Two superspeed USB 3.0 ports up to 10x faster than USB 2.0
    • ReadySHARE® Vault for automatic PC backup to a USB hard drive connected to the router
    • ReadySHARE® USB access — Wirelessly access & share USB hard drive via two (2) USB ports
    • ReadyCLOUD® USB access for personal and secure cloud access to USB storage anytime, anywhere
Overall Speed



Very Larg Households

Simultaneous Clients


WiFi Standard

WiFi 6 (ax)

WiFi Bands




Lan Ports


USB Port


VPN Support


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