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Verizon 5G Home Internet customers now get a router that supports Wi-Fi 6E

The company is upping its home internet game with a device capable of connecting with next-gen gadgets on the ultra-wide 6GHz band.

Verizon's new router is available now for new Verizon 5G Home Internet customers and will be in early 2022 for Verizon Fios subscribers.

Recently, Verizon revealed three new city additions to its Verizon 5G Home Internet coverage list. Just before Christmas, it exclusively revealed to CNET that it is rolling out a new router to customers.

The new Verizon Router is a triband Wi-Fi 6E device, which means that it can connect over the recently opened, ultra-wide 6GHz band as well as the usual 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. It is being introduced to market with Verizon 5G Home internet customers, but Verizon says that it sees a bigger role for the router on the horizon.

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"The Verizon Router will become more widely available in early 2022," a Verizon spokesperson told CNET. "The thing that excites us the most is this will become the home router for both 5G fixed wireless and our Fios customers. It will be the convergence of our home broadband approach in general."

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The new router is also forward-looking, with Verizon gearing up for multi-gig speeds in 2022. Whereas most routers feature Ethernet LAN ports capable of accepting incoming wired speeds no greater than 1Gbps, the Verizon Router will feature a 10Gbps LAN port as well as additional ports to support high performance and high throughput.

Verizon 5G Home Internet is now available in approximately 900 cities across the country. There are no contracts required and no data caps enforced. Its average download speed is approximately 300Mbps, with a maximum of up to 940Mbps. 

The 5G Home service costs $50 a month and includes all equipment, taxes, services, installation and fees. Qualifying Verizon mobile customers can sign up for a reduced fee of 50% off. Additionally, new Verizon 5G Home Plus customers receive the additional perks of free Disney Plus and AMC Plus for a year, one month free and a free Google Nest Hub Max.