Netgear “Nighthawk” RS700 is the first WiFi 7 (802.11be) router from the company, with the tri-band router being rated “BE19000” meaning it can deliver a combined ~19Gbps link rate using all three bands.
The router is based on the Broadcom BCM67263 Arm processor and with that kind of wireless bandwidth it comes with two 10GbE ports one WAN port to connect to the internet, and one LAN port to connect to the local networks plus four extra Gigabit Ethernet ports, and a USB 3.0 port for network storage.
Netgear RS700 specifications:
- SoC – Broadcom BCM67263 quad-core WiFi 7 processor @ 2.6 GHz
- System Memory – 1GB RAM
- Storage – 512MB NAND flash for OS
- 802.11be WiFi 7
- WiFi Coverage – Up to 325 square meters
- Speed – Up to ~19Gbps combined
- 2.4GHz BE – 4×4 (Tx/Rx) 4096-QAM 20/40MHz, up to 1.4Gbps
- 5GHz BE – 4×4 (Tx/Rx) 4096-QAM 20/40/80/160MHz, up to 5.8Gbps
- 6GHz BE: 4×4 (Tx/Rx) 4096-QAM 20/40/80/160/320MHz, up to 11.5Gbps
- Antenna – 8x internal antennas with high-powered amplifiers
- Clients – Up to 200 devices
- Multi-Link Operation – Uses multiple WiFi bands at once to improve network reliability, reduce latency, and ensure data is delivered with maximum speed (Scheduled to be released by Q4 2023).
- 1x 10Gbps Ethernet “Internet” (WAN) port
- 1x 10Gbps Ethernet LAN port
- 4x Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports with the ability to aggregate two Gigabit LAN ports to provide up to 2Gbps speed
- 802.11be WiFi 7
- USB – 1x USB 3.0 Type-A port for network storage
- Power Supply – 19V/3.16A power adapter
- Dimensions – 281.70 x 124.03 x 142mm
- Weight – 1.635kg
The Netgear RS700 WiFi 7 router ships with a 2-meter Ethernet cable, a power adapter, and a Quick Start Guide. The router can be configured through an Android smartphone, an iPhone, or computers with a browser and an Ethernet or WiFi connection. Mobile devices can rely on the Nighthawk app to manage and configure the router.
I’m not sure many households need that type of performance, but the RS700 may be better suited to small businesses, especially the Netgear WiFi 7 router can be pre-ordered for $699.99 with delivery scheduled to start by the end of May. That’s a price tag much higher than your typical WiFi 5 or 6 router. An alternative is the TP-Link Archer BE900 “BE24000” quad-band Wi-Fi 7 router going for a similar price. Prices should start coming down in due time, and in a few years, we have may have mainstream WiFi 7 routers.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.