Netgear Nighthawk Axe3000: connect, and enjoy the 6th Wi-Fi in less than 2min! House and home automation, Net Gear

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Of course, even with a 6th wifi router and the use of a USB 3 port on the computer, if the performance on the network will be excellent, for internet access they will remain dependent on your service provider. If you have ADSL 10Mbps, you will not feel the difference. But if you with the fiber in 1Gbps, there it will be something else !

Netgear Nighthawk Axe3000: connect, and enjoy the 6th Wi-Fi in less than 2min !

In a computer network, to make the most of the performance of this one, all the elements must be of the same quality. No interest, for example, to have the latest computer with 6th wifi, if our wifi router is only by WiFi 5. This is also true in the other direction. If the 6th wifi is increasingly becoming the standard on recent devices, this is not always the case. Fortunately, it is possible today to upgrade your computer very easily thanks to the Dongle USB Netgear Nighthawk Ax3000, which I suggest you discover in more detail.

The advantages of WiFi 6th

  • A wider and less congested bandwidth: the 6th wifi uses a new frequency band, namely the gang of 6 GHz. This considerably increases the availability of wireless channels, thus reducing the congestion of the network in environments where many devices are connected.
  • High speed: 6th WiFi offers higher speeds than previous generations. It can take charge of theoretical flows up to several gigabits per second, which is particularly useful for gourmet bandwidth applications, such as streaming of 4K/8K videos, online games and large file sharing.
  • Reduced latency: WiFi 6th introduces improvements in channel management and in network access planning mechanisms. This results in a reduced latency, which is essential for applications sensitive to latency such as online games and videoconferencing.
  • Increased capacity: WiFi 6e uses more advanced modulation and multiplexing technologies, which allows better use of wireless spectrum. This results in increased ability to simultaneously manage a large number of connected devices, which is particularly useful in dense environments in Wi-Fi devices, such as offices, airports and shopping centers.

In short, as we can see the 6th wifi brings many advantages. And it is possible to take advantage of it in 2 minutes thanks to the Netgear Nighthawk Dongle Dong Axis3000 !

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Discovery of the Netgear Nighthawk Ax3000

The Netgear Nighthawk Axe3000 comes in a packaging that clearly highlights the product, with a large WiFi 6e insert. There is no doubt about the product !

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Inside, there is the 6e WiFi antenna, which looks like a large USB key, and the home station for this antenna, which connects to the computer via a USB-A cable.

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It is indeed possible to either connect the antenna directly to the computer, or connect it to the station, itself connected to the computer, if you want to deport the antenna. It can be practical for example to have the antenna on the desk when you have a tower on the ground.

No USB-A to USB-C adapter supplied, so if your laptop has only USB-C ports, as is more and more the case, you will have to think about obtaining a.

The key itself is a little more than 9cm long by 3cm wide.

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But it has an antenna that unfolds to improve reception:

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Unfolded on its support, it therefore has a certain scope:

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The underside and the sides have patterns cut out in plastic, which are used as much for aesthetics as to the evacuation of heat:

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One of the sides has an LED which will light up according to the connection of the key:

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Note that a small USB key accompanies the Netgear Nighthawk Axe3000, containing the drivers for installation. It is also time to spend there ..

Installation of the netgear nighthawk axis3000

First important point: the Netgear Nighthawk Axe3000 is currently only working under Windows, and is not Mac compatible. And ideally a Windows 11, because Windows 10 only supports 2.4 and 5GHz strips, excluding the 6GHz band to improve WiFi 6e. It is a bit restrictive for the moment, unfortunately, but it should evolve with future updates. In any case, we hope.

You must therefore start by installing the drivers, available on the USB key, or downloadable from the manufacturer’s website. Once installed, we connect the Netgear Nighthawk Axe3000 to the computer. It then appears in the WiFi settings of Windows, with a rocking switch that you can use to activate or deactivate it. If it is deactivated, this means that the computer will return to the WiFi adapter that it used before (probably the integrated WiFi if it is a laptop).

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Good news, despite the change of wifi adapter, it is not necessary to reconfigure the networks: this information is indeed kept by Windows, which adapts them to the material used.

There is not much more to say about the installation, which is really very easily done in less than two minutes.

Netgear Nighthawk Axe3000 performance

The performance will of course depend on the router or the WiFi access point used, the thickness of the walls, and the distance separating you from the router or the access point.

As mentioned earlier, this dongle allows you to connect to the 6th WiFi and supports Tri-Bande connectivity: 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and 6 GHz (but only the first two if you use Windows 10).

The Netgear Nighthawk A8000 also supports the USB 3.0 for the fastest possible connection to your computer, with speeds up to 1,200 Mbps on the 6GHz band. If you use it with a Netgear router, you can benefit from some additional advantages, such as beam training technology which allows you to direct and concentrate Wi-Fi signals. This is something that I should be able to test soon with the new orbi.

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Even if the performance may vary from one configuration to another (depending on the walls, the distance, the router, etc.) overall the connection should still enjoy a lot of improvements. The 6GHz band to avoid interference, the connection should be more reliable and faster.

At home I could see a faster and stable connection, with a slight speed gain compared to WiFi 6 of my computer, even opposite the accommodation (ten meters). But if your computer has stayed at WiFi 5, the gains should be more important, the 6th wifi that can be up to 2.5 times faster than WiFi 5 !

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Of course, even with a 6th wifi router and the use of a USB 3 port on the computer, if the performance on the network will be excellent, for internet access they will remain dependent on your service provider. If you have ADSL 10Mbps, you will not feel the difference. But if you with the fiber in 1Gbps, there it will be something else !

Conclusion

The Netgear Nighthawk Axe3000 is a really simple and practical solution for those who want to have the best WiFi connection possible. Even if you are already equipped with WiFi 6 or 6th, moreover, because this dongle will undoubtedly be much better than the WiFi integrated into the motherboard of many computers.

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