Netgear’s first Wi-Fi 7 Nighthawk router trades in the batwing look for a tower design

Tower router with a matte black finish on a wooden table, a PS5 is in the distance, and an iPhone and MacBook Pro sits on the table next to the Netgrear nighthawk.
Netgear’s new NightHawk RS700 Wi-Fi 7 router. | Image: Netgear

Netgear’s releasing a new Nighthawk router that trades in the sci-fi spaceship look the line adopted in 2018 for a more monolithic tower design. The new Nighthawk RS700 will cost $699.99 when it launches this spring with looks that are more akin to the AmpliFi Alien or Linksys Velop routers. This is also the first of the line that’s equipped with Wi-Fi 7 — the upcoming IEEE specification that promises the lowest latency wireless connections yet.

Other devices we’ve seen announced with support for the new spec include a few from TP-Link and Asus; however, just like this one, they’re not available in stores yet.

The yet-to-be-adopted Wi-Fi 7 standard (known as 802.11BE) is designed to succeed Wi-Fi 6E and Wi-Fi 6. Wi-Fi 7’s biggest…

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