Netgear Introduces the Nighthawk RS700, Its First Wi-Fi 7 Router

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The manufacturer Netgear recently introduced the Nighthawk RS700 router, which features the latest Wi-Fi 7 technology and promises a lot. However, it should be noted that the benefits of this router will only be fully realized once Wi-Fi 7 compatible devices and equipment become widely available in the market.

Netgear Nighthawk RS700 // Source: Netgear

Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 6E, Wi-Fi 7… have we lost you? The manufacturer Netgear recently introduced the Nighthawk RS700 router, which features the latest Wi-Fi 7 technology. On paper, this return promises faster and more reliable connections. In reality, the situation is more complex, since the Wi-Fi 7 ecosystem is still in its infancy.

A very complete router

The Nighthawk RS700 router sports a tower-shaped design, breaking with the futuristic aesthetics of the previous range to get closer to the AmpliFi Alien or Linksys Velop models. The router incorporates eight internal antennas that provide extended coverage and support up to 200 simultaneously connected devices. Naturally, such performance comes at a high cost… The Nighthawk RS700 will be available this spring, retailing for $699.99.

Netgear Nighthawk RS700 // Source: Netgear

The Nighthawk RS700 router is equipped with 10 Gb/s LAN and WAN ports and a USB 3.0 port for network storage. It is compatible with Netgear’s DOCSIS 3.1 cable modems, enabling gigabit+ Internet services. Later, a software update will allow multiple RS700 units to be connected in a mesh network for very large homes.

What will Wi-Fi 7 bring?

As a reminder, the Wi-Fi 7also called 802.11BE, is the successor to the Wi-Fi 6E and Wi-Fi 6 standards. This new standard offers theoretical transfer speeds of up to 46 Gbps, much higher than previous standards. Wi-Fi 7 also includes the feature Multiple link operation, which allows compatible devices to simultaneously connect to multiple bands (such as 5 GHz and 6 GHz) to improve connection reliability. The technology Use of flexible channels it comes in turn to block the interference in the channels without interrupting the traffic.

Rules Wi-Fi 5 Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6E Wi-Fi 7
Release date 2013 2019 2021 2024.
IEEE Standards 802.11ac 802.11ax 802.11ax 802.11b
maximum data rate 3.5Gbit/s 9.6Gbit/s 9.6Gbit/s 46Gbit/s
bands 5GHz 2.4GHz, 5GHz 2.4GHz, 5GHz, 6GHz 2.4GHz, 5GHz, 6GHz
channel size 20, 40, 80, 80+80, 160MHz 20, 40, 80, 80+80, 160MHz 20, 40, 80, 80+80, 160MHz Up to 320MHz
Modulation 256-QAM OFDM 1024-QAM OFDMA 1024-QAM OFDMA 4096-QAM OFDMA Enhanced
in debit 4×4 MIMO DL MIMO 8×8 UL/DL MU-MIMO 8×8 UL/DL MU-MIMO 16×16 UL/DL MU-MIMO

As a user, what will stand out to you the most are the faster connection speeds and the very low latency. These enhancements could have a big impact on online gaming, augmented reality, and virtual reality. In environments such as companies, stadiums, conference rooms, and shopping malls, Wi-Fi 7 will be especially advantageous for managing a large number of simultaneous connections.

Very few devices today support Wi-Fi 7. Also, you won’t necessarily get the advertised performance. For our current laptops and smartphones, with a theoretical Wi-Fi 6 speed of 2.4 Gb/s, the theoretical Wi-Fi 7 speed will be 5.8 Gb/s, because the devices are only equipped with two streams (for a total of 320 MHz with 4096-QAM frequency modulation). In addition, 30 to 40% of the yield should be subtracted from the theoretical yield shown. However, it is still a very interesting development.

Qualcomm, MediaTek, and Intel are actively working to integrate Wi-Fi 7 into their chips. So the deployment will grow, but there is no need to rush to buy the first compatible router. For now, it would bring no real benefit.

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