Netgear Rolls Out First Nighthawk Modem-Router Combination

Networking company Netgear just made a big move in the cable modem router world. So big, in fact, that high-speed Internet users on home fronts everywhere have good reason to rejoice. The firm just rolled out the industryEUs fastest-ever cable modem router. ItEUs the first router in the Nighthawk line and it aims at cable Internet subscribers who have an extreme need for broadband speed.

The Nighthawk AC1900 Wi-Fi Cable Modem Router works with HD and 4K streaming service tiers. Netgear is bragging that its router has the highest-performance integrated AC Wi-Fi cable modem on the market today. The secret sauce: the ability to support 24 download bonded channels at the same time to offer a bigger "pipe" for data traffic.

A Preemptive Strike

"Customer demand is causing cable Internet service providers to continually update their offerings, rolling out new, faster service tiers to support the demand for improved home streaming experiences," said Sandeep Harpalani, NetgearEUs senior director of product marketing for Retail Networking Products.

The Nighthawk is a two-in-one device with Wi-Fi speeds up to 1900 Mbps (600 Mbps+1300 Mbps) with high performance amplifiers. It is the first in the market with the latest 24x8 channel bonding modem technology that paves the way for Internet cable download speeds up to 960 Mbps. All this translates to faster streaming, high-speed online gaming, and faster downloads.

Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, told us this is an interesting announcement in that it qualifies as a preemptive strike by Netgear at the still nascent markets for 4k video and gigabit fiber.

EUOfferings in those service classes are still fairly limited but the Nighthawk's 24x8 channel bonding is designed to improve the quality of existing cable services by effectively providing Nighthawk owners a 6x larger EUpipeEU that the company claims will improve data throughput during peak usage...

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