Arris Introduces New WiFi 6 System for Gigabit-Speed Homes

Vendor claims its SURFboard mAX Pro Tri-Band 4x4 Wi-Fi 6 System can deliver multi-gig speeds throughout homes as big as 6,000 square feet
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Arris SURFboard mesh Wi-Fi system

Arris is set to launch a new WiFi system that it says can deliver multi-gigabit speeds throughout homes as large as 6,000 square feet.

Targeted for availability in the first half of 2019, and set to be previewed at next week’s CES Show in Las Vegas, the SURFboard mAX Pro Sri-Band 4x4 WiFi 6 system supports 400% faster speeds and four times the range of WiFi 5 (802.11ac), according to Arris.

While most current mesh systems commonly use dual-band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) technology, the SURFboard mAX Pro System uses a third, 5 GHz band that enables more connected devices in a single router configuration.

Using WiFi 6, the Alexa-compatible SURFboard mAX Pro System has a usable range of up to 6,000 square feet--or up to 3,000 sure feet with a single SURFboard mAX Pro Router.

"It is the answer to consumer demand for the fastest speeds throughout the entire home,” said Evan Groat, senior VP and GM of Arris’ consumer products group. “Gigabit is becoming table stakes, and we've combined the best networking technology available to ensure that consumers can use all the speed they pay for, on every device, in every room, for years to come."

“Arris’ continued foray into WiFi 6 comes at an opportune time in the wireless market,” added Andrew Zignani, senior analyst for ABI Research, shilling for Arris in the company’s product announcement. “Specifically, the growing number of connected devices in the home is creating a surge in network traffic and driving demand for more reliable and higher-capacity WiFi.”

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