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John Henkel
Director of SMB Product Marketing

NETGEAR Expands its Portfolio of Products and Services for the Residential Installer Market

In September of this past year, we introduced new, powerful wireless access points designed specifically for the residential custom integration market, namely WAX628 and WAX638E. Now we’re adding a budget-friendly, but feature-rich access point: the WAX618. This access point delivers 3 Gbps total throughput and is also equipped with a 2.5 Gbps Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) port. As with its predecessors, the WAX618 will be sold exclusively through authorized integrators and come bundled with four years of NETGEAR Insight and our ProSupport Services. The WAX618 supports next generation WiFi 6 smart phones, IoT devices, and notebook computers. The WAX618 is based on WiFi 6 Release 2 technology, featuring 160MHz channelization on 5GHz band, delivering 100% more throughput than WiFi 6 Release 1. Compared to WiFi 5 access points, the WAX618 provides 4x the client device connection, serving better speeds and less congestion to the end customer.

Key Features

  • Dual-band WiFi 6 access point – Fastest, most cost effective dual-band WiFi 6 access point for optimal performance throughout, powered by 20/40/80/160MHz channelization in the 5GHz band.
  • Robust security - Enterprise grade security features enable safe access and secure sub-networks with SSIDs and VLANs – all configured and managed via NETGEAR Insight.
  • Mesh capability - Extends the reach of the WiFi network over greater distances without the need for Ethernet wiring to areas unreachable by cables.
  • Backwards compatible - All previous generation WiFi endpoints can connect and take advantage of the superior coverage area.
  • 100% more throughput - WiFi 6 Release 2 technology features the use of a 160 MHz channel which in turn results in 100% more throughput than offered by WiFi 6 Release 1 (80 MHz).
  • Multi-Gigabit Speed with PoE - Includes a 2.5 Gbps Ethernet port for creating a non-blocking connection to a PoE++ switch. Ideal NETGEAR switches to power WAX618 are the MS510TXM, MS510TXUP.

The WAX618 joins a line of products targeting the residential custom integration channel that includes network switches for simplified, flawless AV over IP. The bundled NETGEAR Insight remote management cloud software and extended ProSupport services allow integrators to offer a great total solution to easily set up single or multiple sites to monitor and manage clients’ networks all with device protection, and support for the long run.

We’re Here to Help

In addition to the bundled services, we also offer our installer partners free access to our Pro WiFi Design Service team to help make residential projects as seamless as possible. This includes:

  • Site surveys to maximize WiFi signals throughout the installation area
  • Product selection assistance
  • Troubleshooting with a direct line to NETGEAR engineers
  • Pre- and post-installation training and support
  • Working with us, integrators and custom installers benefit from our more than 25 years of networking innovation and technology leadership. We understand what it takes to make residential projects come to life and work closely with our partners to help surprise and delight their clients.

    The WAX618 available now exclusively through authorized NETGEAR integrators and custom installers. For more information on the full NETGEAR ecosystem targeting the residential custom integration market, visit