ASUS AiMesh AX6100 WiFi Router Review

ASUS AiMesh AX6100 WiFi Router Review

Let’s read asus aimesh ax6100 review, prepared by experts. AiMesh AX6100 WiFi System comes with 802.11n, ac and WiFi 6 802.11a bands. Which provides channels for all kinds of devices, including legacy or cutting-edge devices.

If your primary concern when it comes to home Wi-Fi 6 performance is getting enough range, then the best option isn’t to spend big on a single fast router, but to get a mesh system.

These systems use multiple routers that work together to extend and distribute the Wi-Fi signal, like a glorified Wi-Fi extender that’s faster and more versatile.

ASUS AiMesh AX6100 WiFi Router Review

Asus’ AiMesh AX6100 is the first Wi-Fi 6 router we’ve seen to offer this feature, with this £384 kit including two fully fledged Wi-Fi 6 routers.

You place one of them next to your internet connection, and the second one in an adjacent room or on the floor above. For instance, in our test scenario, the second router was placed on the first floor, in the centre of the house.

Ideally, you want to find a location that’s close enough to still get a strong, fast signal from the first router but that’s far enough away to still offer a meaningful range extension.

The AX6100 consists of two RT-AX92U units, each of which has an identical set of features: four external aerials; four rear LAN ports; one rear WAN port; two USB 3 ports; and power, reset and WPS buttons.

Around the front there’s also a full array of LEDs to indicate power, LAN, WAN and Wi-Fi activity, with three separate lights for each of the three Wi-Fi bands (2 x 5GHz and 1 x 2.4GHz).

The units themselves are amazingly small, considering they’re as powerful as any other router in this Labs test, and have a tri-band Wi-Fi system (the second 5GHz band is a dedicated channel for communication between the two routers).

They measure just 155mm² by 151mm tall when their four antennae are raised. For this reason alone, they’ll be considerably more appealing to some users than the much larger routers in this test.

Setting up the AX6100 is a little more complicated than some mesh systems. As the routers are identical, you need to set them up one by one, whereas the likes of the Netgear Orbi come readily paired up.

Specifictions

Weight 2 x 654g
Dimensions (mm) 2 x 155 x 155 x 151 (W x D x H)
Ethernet 4 x LAN + 1 x WAN 1000Mbps, use two ports for WAN link aggregation
Wi-Fi 802.11ax tri band (AX6000)
USB ports 1 x USB3.1, 1 x USB 2
Processor 1.8GHz quad-core Broadcom BCM4908
Extras Two routers in one, dedicated band for wireless backhaul

It’s easy enough, though, and we were up and runningwithin 15 minutes. The overall menu system of each RT-AX92U is basically identical to the RT-AX88U (see p55), with Asus’ huge wealth of options being a little overwhelming.

What’s more, we encountered one particular issue that proved a problem for testing: we couldn’t get the USB storage sharing to work.

On every other router, it’s a simple case of plugging in the storage device and turning on the feature in the menus.

Here, though, you’re asked to create a user account with which to log in and jump through all sorts of hoops, all for it not to work anyway in our case.

Otherwise, the AX6100 seriously impressed when it came to Wi-Fi performance. It wiped the floor with the other routers on test, providing nearly double the performance of all the others in our first test location and getting on for 10x the performance at the longest range tests.

We haven’t recorded results for the 2.4GHz band, as the AX6100 automatically combines its bands into one signal.

Conclusion

If better range and coverage is your main concern when it comes to Wi-Fi, the AX6100 is the ultimate router right now (other Wi-Fi 6 mesh routers will no doubt arrive soon).

Mesh router systems rule the roost in this regard, and the Asus AX6100 is the perfect example of why.

Considering it only costs 60 dollars more than most of the other routers in this Labs, it’s a relative bargain too.

Verdict

Surprisingly good value for money and superb performance make the AX6100 the Wi-Fi 6 router to beat.

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