Netgear Nighthawk AX12 12-Stream Wi-Fi 6 Router





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Key Features
  • Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
  • Up to 6 Gb/s Total Wi-Fi Throughput
  • 8 x Internal Antennas
  • 2.5 GHz / 5 GHz (Dual-Band)

Boost the speed and efficiency of your home Wi-Fi network with the Nighthawk AX12 12-Stream Wi-Fi 6 Router from Netgear. 

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Boost the speed and efficiency of your home Wi-Fi network with the Nighthawk AX12 12-Stream Wi-Fi 6 Router from Netgear. Equipped with eight internal antennas and capable of up to 6 Gb/s of total Wi-Fi throughout, this dual-band router supports the Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) wireless standard. Among the benefits of Wi-Fi 6 are multi-user MIMO support, which allows for multiple simultaneous data streams; OFDMA (orthogonal frequency division multiple access) support, which helps to enhance efficiency and reduce latency; and target wake time (TWT), which helps to optimize the battery life of connected mobile devices.

The Nighthawk AX12 comes equipped with four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, a Gigabit Ethernet LAN port, and a 5 Gb/s Ethernet port that allows for multi-gigabit wired connections. Two USB 3.0/3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports let you share printers and storage devices, while WPA3 encryption helps to enhance security.

Improved Capacity

Orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) increases network capacity and efficiency through smarter traffic scheduling to manage high-bandwidth activities while simultaneously supporting your connected smart home devices. Wi-Fi traffic is managed more efficiently, transmitting data from different devices concurrently, rather than having each device's data wait for its turn.

12 Wi-Fi Streams

Twelve Wi-Fi streams, including four in the 2.4 GHz band and eight in the 5 GHz band, enable the router to send and receive more data from connected devices. Essentially, more spatial streams mean more available bandwidth and less congestion for all the devices in the Wi-Fi network. Nighthawk AX12 also supports sending up to eight multi-user MIMO transmissions at a time, which is four more than what existing Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) routers allow.

WPA3 Support

Nighthawk AX12 supports WPA3, which features improved password-based authentication and stronger encryption.

Quad-Core Processor

The 64-bit 2.2 GHz quad-core processor helps to provide smoother 4K UHD streaming and online/VR gaming, as well as a stronger, more reliable Wi-Fi experience. This processor is optimized for AX, ensuring speed and performance for more smart home devices and high-speed applications.

Multi-Gigabit Ethernet Port

Let your devices run at their highest speed over existing wiring. The multi-gigabit Ethernet port on AX12 is designed to give you five times faster speeds than the wired speed of a typical Gigabit Ethernet port, allowing your network attached storage (NAS) devices, switches, and other devices capable of 2.5 Gb/s and 5 Gb/s speeds to operate at full capacity. Use the four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports to connect more wired devices, or combine two Gigabit Ethernet ports to further improve the aggregated file transfer speed.

Wi-Fi Coverage

Eight high-performance antennas concealed inside the router's shell help extend wireless range indoors and out. The antennas are pre-optimized for optimal Wi-Fi performance. Router signals are amplified to maximize reach and reliability, letting you use your Wi-Fi in more places. Get stronger Wi-Fi signals throughout your home, whether for your basement gaming consoles or for your outdoor security cameras.

Nighthawk App

The Netgear Nighthawk App makes it easy to set up your router and get more out of your Wi-Fi. With the app, you can install your router by simply connecting your mobile device to the router network; the app will walk you through the rest. Once set up, you can use the intuitive dashboard to pause internet on your connected devices, run a quick internet speed test, and more.


Offers up to 25% increased data efficiency and faster speeds than a 256-QAM router.

8x8 Multi-User MIMO

Enables up to four 2x2 devices to stream content at the same time.

Simultaneous Dual-Band

Supports two Wi-Fi bands simultaneously to double the available bandwidth and help provide a reliable, dedicated Wi-Fi network for smooth online gaming.


Helps to boost speed, reliability, and range of Wi-Fi connections on 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands by focusing Wi-Fi signals on nearby wireless devices.

ReadySHARE Vault

Free software for automatic PC backup to a USB hard drive connected to the router.

ReadySHARE USB Access

Wirelessly access & share USB hard drive via the router's two USB Type-A ports.

ReadyCLOUD USB Access

Enjoy personal and secure cloud access to USB storage.

Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant Support

Control your Wi-Fi network with simple voice commands.

Smart Connect

Intelligently selects the fastest Wi-Fi band for every device connection. Sets one Wi-Fi name for the entire home.

VPN Support

Securely access your home network & internet connection from your mobile device remotely. Available for Windows, macOS, and iOS & Android devices using the OpenVPN Connect app.

Automatic Firmware Updates

Delivers security patches to the router.

VPN Client Support

Helps to protect your network identity and prevent DDoS attacks.

Guest Network Access

Offers separate and secure access for guest users.

System Requirements

Microsoft Windows 7 or later
Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 or later
Microsoft Edge
Google Chrome 55 or later
Firefox 45 or later
Safari 10 or later
Netgear AX12 Specs
Wireless Frequency Bands 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Number of Antennas 8
MU-MIMO Support 8 x 8
WLAN Mode Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
Supported Protocols Link Aggregation
Antenna Placement Internal
Ports 4 x 10/100/1000 Mb/s Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45)
1 x 5 Gb/s Ethernet (RJ45)
1 x 10/100/1000 Mb/s Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45) (Uplink)
2 x 5 Gb/s USB Type-A
USB Sharing Support Yes
Throughput 2.4 GHz: 1200 Mb/s
5 GHz: 4800 Mb/s
Guest Network Support Yes
Wireless Security WPA3
Processor 2.2 GHz Quad-Core
Dimensions 12.2 x 2.75 x 1.22" / 309.88 x 69.85 x 30.99 mm
Weight 3 lb / 1.4 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight 5.31 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.3 x 10 x 5.65"

In the Box
Netgear Nighthawk AX12 12-Stream Wi-Fi 6 Router
Ethernet Cable
Power Adapter
Limited 1-Year Warranty


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