Netgear's new tri-band Wi-Fi 6E access point could be ideal for SMBs

Netgear WAX630E
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Netgear has announced the launch of its latest Wireless Access Point (WAP) which features WiFi 6E to provide SMBs with improved connectivity.

The Netgear WAX630E is a tri-band, business-grade WAP that can be managed over the cloud using the company's Netgear Insight network management service.

In addition to offering fast throughput and low latency, Netgear's latest WAP supports the new 6Ghz WiFi band known as WiFi 6E. The WAX630E is well-suited for businesses in the manufacturing, education, hospitality, municipality and retail sectors though it could also be the perfect solution for small businesses with limited IT staff.

Director of product line management and SMB Wireless at Netgear, Doug Cheung provided further details on the WAX630E and the advantages offered by WiFi 6E for SMBs in a press release, saying:

"As applications that include 4K and 8K video streaming or virtual and augmented reality become more pervasive, businesses will need to at least double their WiFi connection speeds to support them. WiFi 6E provides a wide open, fast superhighway to provide the required capacity and speed. The new WAX630E is the perfect onramp for SMBs.” 

Netgear WAX630E

Netgear's WAX630E features a tri-band design that enables the latest WiFi 6E technologies. As such, the WAX630E can operate in the widest 160MHz WiFi channels on both the 5GHz and 6GHz bands.

However, all three bands (2.4GHz, 5GHz and 6GHz) fully enable AX technologies such as MU-MIMO (multi-user, multiple input, multiple output) which increases the number of simultaneous users that a single access point (AP) can support.

In total, the WAX630E delivers an aggregate throughput of 7.8Gbps to provide client devices on all three WiFi bands with ultra-fast access to both the internet and intranet.

There are two models of the WAX630E available (the WAX630 E-100NAS and the WAX630EP-100NAS) the first costs $349 (£299.99) while the later is slightly more expensive at $369. The WAX630EP-100NAS, which is only available in the US, includes a power adapter while the WAX630 E-100NAS doesn't. However, this WAP supports Power over Ethernet (PoE) so if you choose the cheaper model, you will need to pick up a network switch as well.

Anthony Spadafora

After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.