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Netgear’s new Nighthawk USB dongle can add 6GHz Wi-Fi to your PC for $89.99

A black USB thumb drive-looking device with the Netgear logo floats above a small matching docking station as if it's about to be plugged in.  There is a cable coming from the back of the dock and it ends in a blue USB.  -A male connector.
The Netgear Wi-Fi 6E USB Adapter comes with a docking station for better placement. | Image: Netgear

Netgear is also releasing its most capable networking USB dongle, the first to add the latest Wi-Fi 6E standard to many modern PCs. The company’s new $89.99 Nighthawk A8000 is a USB 3.0 adapter that can easily add interference-free 6GHz wireless connectivity to laptops or desktops.

While plenty of Wi-Fi 6 (5GHz) capable laptops and devices have been released, only the latest are shipping with higher bandwidth Wi-Fi 6E. If you’ve already upgraded your router, Nighthawk will connect your existing devices to a dedicated 6GHz lane. It still runs at a maximum of 1,200Mbps like 5GHz Wi-Fi, but it’s likely to consistently hit that higher speed on the new frequency.


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