Xiaomi Router AX6000 Review: Wi-Fi 6 With Network Booster

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Recently at the Xiaomi Mi 11 conference, the long-awaited flagship router product finally arrived as scheduled. This is the Xiaomi Router AX6000. It is almost the same in appearance design as the previous generation, but although it has the same ID design, you can feel the huge progress of this generation “from 3600 to 6000” in terms of numbers.

With the increase in numbers, it is not difficult to see that the improvement of the Xiaomi router AX6000 is mainly reflected in the wireless speed. Let’s start with the familiar 4×4 MIMO multiple inputs multiple outputs and 160MHz bandwidth in the 5GHz frequency band. Xiaomi router AX6000 realizes 4×4 MIMO+160MHz full power on 5GHz Wi-Fi, so there is no need to struggle between the number of antennas and bandwidth.

The 4×1200Mbps+ rate configuration can meet the connection needs of more Wi-Fi 6 devices. While ensuring the maximum access capacity, there is no need to worry about the loss of wireless rate. No matter what kind of Wi-Fi 6 solution your device supports, you can enjoy the improvement of 4×4 MIMO+160MHz full-on, which is also the most significant improvement for all consumers at present.

In addition, with the support of the Wi-Fi 6 enhanced version, the Xiaomi router AX6000 also has a new feature of 4096QAM mediation protocol, which makes the wireless transmission rate increase by 20% on the original basis.

With 2×2 MIMO+160MHz and dual-band concurrent function, the Xiaomi router AX6000 can push the connection rate of a single machine to the limit of 3.5Gbps, which can be called the new peak of mobile phone wireless rate.

In terms of hardware interface, Xiaomi router AX6000 has also been upgraded, adding a 2.5Gbps rate WAN/LAN adaptive network port. For NAS users, the 2.5G network port with the high speed of Wi-Fi 6 enhanced wireless network can further increase the speed of NAS transfer files and play videos and make daily NAS use more smooth.

With such an improvement, the price of the Xiaomi router AX6000 this time is still the same, 599 yuan is unreasonable. Such an upgrade without increasing the price, and without mentioning military ethics, made the Xiaomi router AX6000 unceremoniously continue to sit firmly on its throne as the king of thousand-yuan Wi-Fi 6 routing. Next, let us experience the Xiaomi router AX6000 and see how it improves.

Design

In terms of appearance, the Xiaomi router AX6000 is the same as the previous generation, with the largest difference in measurements of only 2mm, only slightly different in appearance. Therefore, its packaging looks very familiar, and the only change seems to be the increase in numbers.

Open the package, and the classic shape is once again in front of you. The responsibilities of the 7 antennas are the same as the previous generation. One is responsible for smart home equipment, two are responsible for the 2.5GHz frequency band, and the remaining 4 are for the 5GHz and 6GHz frequency band connections. Responsibilities.

On the front of the Xiaomi router AX6000, the main change is in the lower right corner. The previous bright silver rice logo has changed to a silk-screened product name. The two indicator lights in the centre of the front panel will mark the working status in white and red. The layout of the antenna is the same as that of the previous generation. The AIoT antenna is in the centre, and there is a light effect on the top when it is working.

On the back of the network port, the Xiaomi router AX6000 provides an adaptive Gigabit WAN/LAN port + an adaptive 2.5G WAN/LAN port, which can be used when connecting to NAS to obtain a higher wired connection speed, thereby Give full play to its wireless advantage of the highest stand-alone 3.5Gbps. There are also two Gigabit LAN ports for access equipment.

Each network port has an LED indicator, which is used to identify whether the network port is connected and working normally. Next to the network port is the power interface and the control button for the system reset/MESH quick component. From the power adapter, the power is 24W. In addition, a Super Category 5 wire is included in the package.

Compatibility Test

Unlike the previous generation, when the 160MHz bandwidth is turned on, it can only be reduced to 5GHz 2×2 MIMO. This time the Xiaomi router AX6000 supports 4×4 MIMO and 160MHz bandwidth at the same time, whether it is a mobile phone, a tablet, or a host With laptops, you can enjoy the maximum concurrent capacity under 4×4 MIMO, and you don’t have to worry about losing the unlimited speed of devices that support 160MHz bandwidth.

However, the 4×4 MIMO+ 160MHz bandwidth full working state can only be used in the 1024 QAM modulation mode supported by the standard Wi-Fi 6. If you want to experience the 4096 QAM mode with a 20% speed increase under the Wi-Fi 6 enhanced version, you still need to go back to the 2×2 MIMO 1609MHz mode.

Although there are fewer antennas in this mode, mobile phones that support Wi-Fi 6 enhanced version can get a 20% speed increase, achieving a new height of 720Mbps for a single 5G antenna. When users need to transfer large files over the wireless intranet, it is also an option.

Compatibility and Speed Test

Although AX6000 supports 4×4 MIMO and 160MHz full-blood mode and can use 4K QAM modulation mode to further increase the transmission speed, in view of the numerous Wi-Fi 6 solutions on the market, we also choose several common solutions on the market. Tested.

The following models all use the four common Wi-Fi 6 solutions of Qualcomm, HiSilicon, Broadcom and Intel this year. In addition, there is also a Xiaomi Mi 11, which is the only one equipped with Snapdragon 888 and supports Wi-Fi when the test is released. For Fi 6 enhanced mobile phones, only it enjoys the speed increase brought by 4096 modulation technology.

1. Qualcomm solution: standard 2×2 MIMO 80MHz Wi-Fi 6

The mobile phone equipped with Snapdragon 865 supports 2×2 MIMO+80MHz mode. After connection, it successfully matches the rate of 1200Mbps. After testing, the actual intranet speed can reach about 740Mbps.

2. Hisilicon solution: 2×2 MIMO 160MHz Wi-Fi 6+

From last year to this year, many mobile phones are equipped with the Wi-Fi 6+ solution developed by HiSilicon. The biggest feature is the native support for 2×2 MIMO+160MHz bandwidth mode. After connecting to the Xiaomi router AX6000, it can be matched quickly. With a transmission rate of 2401Mbps, the actual speed is around 1.48Gbps.

3. Broadcom solution: 2×2 MIMO 80MHz Wi-Fi 6

Broadcom’s Wi-Fi 6 solution is mostly found in Samsung and Apple devices. It supports standard 2×2 MIMO 80MHz bandwidth connections, and the measured speed is around 621Mbps.

4. Intel solution: 2×2 MIMO 160MHz Wi-Fi 6

Intel’s two wireless network cards, AX201 and AX200, have basically become the most popular choices for desktops and notebooks to support Wi-Fi 6 networks in the past two years. It supports a 2×2 MIMO 160MHz bandwidth connection. In the actual test, the speed performance of the Xiaomi router AX6000 is also very satisfactory, with a peak speed of 1.7Gbps.

5. Qualcomm solution: 2×2 MIMO 160MHz 4K-QAM Wi-Fi 6E

The newly released Snapdragon 888 processor equipped with Mi 11 also supports the latest Wi-Fi 6E standard. Therefore, it can not only have a 2×2 MIMO+160MHz full-blood connection but also through 4K-QAM modulation technology, the unlimited rate can be increased by 20%.

Since we received the engineering version sent for testing, some of the features of the new technology have not been optimized yet, so we will find that the 4K-QAM modulation technology is turned on for automatic device identification and cannot be manually switched or selected, while the 160MHz model is You need to manually change the channel to enable it. Therefore, we measured the intranet rate results under the conditions of 80MHz bandwidth and 160MHz bandwidth under 4K-QAM.

Under the 2×2 MIMO 80MHz connection, Xiaomi 11 and Xiaomi router AX6000 automatically recognize and enable 4K-QAM technology, so you can see that the recognition rate is 1441MHz, which is higher than the common 1200MHz. The actual test speed can reach 921Mbps, even if there is interference, it is much faster than the standard Wi-Fi 6.

After opening the 160MHz bandwidth mode, the connection rate directly doubled to 2882Mbps, and the actual test speed can reach an average value of 1.71Gbps. In the actual test, whether it is a new solution or an old solution, it can be connected to the Xiaomi router AX6000 smoothly and used normally. In addition, new features such as 160MHz bandwidth and 4K-QAM can also function normally, so there is no need to worry about slowing down due to compatibility issues.

In addition, Xiaomi Mi 11 with the dual WLAN acceleration function of the Wi-Fi Assistant can also use the 5GHz and 2.4GHz frequency bands of the Xiaomi router AX6000 to achieve dual Wi-Fi acceleration, achieving speeds of up to 3.5Gbps.

However, this speed is generally difficult to achieve, and it is more meaningful to use a higher theoretical speed to offset the loss caused by wireless network interference.

Signal and Coverage

After talking about the rate, let’s take a look at the signal performance of the Xiaomi router AX6000. This time the Xiaomi router AX6000 is still equipped with 6 external signal amplifiers. Taking into account the increase in the speed of this generation, even if the signal is poor, the loss of speed can be offset a lot, so the coverage area and effect should be better. According to the official statement, it is easy to achieve coverage for the big three-bedroom.

Point 2 and point 3 can simulate the situation of crossing one wall and crossing multiple walls respectively, while point 4 and point 5 are signal conditions at a distance of 10m and 25m respectively, and point 6 is to simulate the home with the door closed. Extreme wall penetration.

Even under extreme conditions like point 6, the connection speed and latency are still considerable, which can meet the minimum requirements for daily use.

It should be noted that the tests here are all 5GHz frequency bands. Although the 2.4GHz frequency band has better penetration performance, even with better signal strength performance at point 6, the actual speed experience is already very difficult even to browse the web.

What’s more, the Xiaomi router AX6000 still supports MESH networking, even if it is a complex multi-storey house, it can solve the coverage problem through the networking of multiple Xiaomi routers. Therefore, the 5GHz band with excellent speed and latency is definitely the best choice for connecting high-performance appliances such as mobile phones and computers.

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Verdict

After experiencing the Xiaomi router AX6000, you can unceremoniously say that 4×4 MIMO+160MHz full-on is a huge improvement in your daily experience. This should also be the biggest highlight of the Xiaomi router AX6000 flagship router.

4×4mimo/160MHz is full of blood! Xiaomi router AX6000 evaluation: 599 yuan Wi-Fi 6 new king
The reason for this is very simple. Although the Xiaomi router AX3600 has four antennas and 160MHz bandwidth support, it also has two problems. One is that 4×4MIMO and 160MHz bandwidth cannot coexist, and the other is that it takes a long time to wait for each manual switch and is troublesome.

Xiaomi router AX6000 supports these two features at the same time, which is equivalent to directly expanding the capacity of the device while ensuring the connection rate, and the bandwidth adaptive backward compatibility also saves the trouble of manual switching. The shortcomings are solved perfectly.

The most important thing is that this upgrade does not impose additional requirements on terminal equipment. As long as it is a Wi-Fi 6 terminal, it can enjoy the convenience of 4×4 MIMO+160MHz. Although Wi-Fi 6E is more attractive, its terminal popularity has only just begun. It is too advanced for most ordinary users, and it is not practical to frequently update all electronic devices in their hands.

However, the Xiaomi router AX6000 did not completely ignore Wi-Fi 6E. It still provides 4096-QAM encoding, which is an added bonus. At present, only the Snapdragon 888 flagship can enjoy this 20% extra speed increase, and Xiaomi Mi 11 is a perfect match with it.

After automatically adapting to 4096-QAM encoding and 160MHz bandwidth, Mi 11 can establish a 2882Mbps connection with Mi router AX6000. With dual Wi-Fi acceleration and 2.4GHz Wi-Fi, the total rate can reach 3456Mbps. It is sufficient to ensure that a very high intranet wireless transmission rate is maintained even under the premise of considerable loss.

In other aspects, like independent AIoT smart home dedicated antennas, support for discovering devices with one-click networking can save the trouble of setup, and independent antenna grouping can reduce the interference of smart home device communications on mobile phones, computers and other devices. Built-in accelerator, better acceleration effect can be obtained in a complex local area network. The upgrade to a 2.5G network port can meet the needs of NAS users for the transmission rate. It is also a feature of the Xiaomi router AX6000 that is also worthy of attention. You may not need it, but you can’t live without it.

In the end, the Xiaomi router AX6000 is only 599 yuan, which really does not increase the price. At this price, on the basis of the previous generation, only the 4×4 MIMO+160MHz full-on feature is added, which is already very recommended. In addition, there are additional benefits such as 4096-QAM and 2.5G network ports, which further increase the price-performance ratio of this flagship.

It’s time for Xiaomi router AX6000 to take over the mantle of Xiaomi router AX3500 and become the next invincible existence within a thousand yuan. Now it sells at  $139.99
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