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Xiaomi AIoT Router AX3600 Hands On Review: The Most Cost-effective Wi-Fi 6 Router

ByJoe Horner 2020-02-19 10011

5G can be said to be the hottest communication technology at present, from various terminal manufacturers to ordinary consumers, almost everyone will have some understanding of the new generation of communication technology. In fact, the current innovation of network technology is not limited to 5G, and some other technologies are also being upgraded, such as Wi-Fi 6, which has been paid more attention by more people recently. The recently released Xiaomi AX3600 is Xiaomi's first Wi-Fi 6 router, which equipped with Qualcomm's flagship IPQ8071A 6-core processor. So how about WiFi 6 router and is a Xiaomi AX3600 router worth buying? Here is a detailed review about Xiaomi AIOT router AX3600.

Xiaomi AIOT Router AX3600 Review: Appearance

Compared with the previously launched Xiaomi AC2100 and some ordinary home routers, which hide the antenna's simple column design or square box design, Xiaomi AIoT Router AX3600 is obviously different, as a whole, you can still see the shadow of Xiaomi's simple style, but perhaps the most conspicuous is the design of seven antennas, the antennas around the route can be rotated and adjusted at will, which ensures the stability of the WI-Fi signal to the greatest extent.



The Xiaomi router AX3600 has 7 external antennas, including one IoT equipment antenna, two 2.4GHz antennas, and four 5GHz antennas. Two and four external high-performance signal amplifiers are installed in the 2.4GHz band and the 5GHz band. There are status indicators in the middle of the body and on the antennas in the middle, and the lights above the body are network status lights, which can be used to understand the current network status, and below is the system status light. The indicator light on the antenna can mainly understand the Alot status. When the network is normal, it is light blue, and when there is something wrong with the network, it is orange. The routing lights can also be turned off in the Xiaomi WiFi app, and there will be no flickering lights to affect the rest at night.


 


In addition, the Xiaomi AIoT router AX3600 uses a long triangle design, which is suitable for multi-scene posture. The heat dissipation design of the whole router is still relatively perfect, and it can also get good heat dissipation in the use of multi-equipment. There are one WAN port and three LAN ports on the back, which also takes into account the need to connect the equipment with a network cable. Moreover, the seven antennas ensure a wider range of signals, further enhance the performance of passing through the wall and simplify the tedious operation of connecting AIoT equipment.

 

Xiaomi AIOT Router AX3600 Review: Performance and Technology

In terms of performance, Xiaomi AIOT Router AX3600 uses Qualcomm IPQ8071A main chip, which adopts 4-core A53 architecture, 2.4GHz WiFi chip is QCN5024, 5GHz WiFi chip is QCN5054, AIoT antenna is QCA9889 SoC, and dual-core NPU network acceleration engine chip. It should be noted that this is currently the cheapest WiFi 6 router with Qualcomm chips.

 

In addition, Xiaomi AIOT Router AX3600 supports two frequency bands: 2.4GHz and 5GHz, both of which support 11ax technology, and the dual-band concurrent wireless rate is as high as 2976Mbps.

In terms of technology, Xiaomi AIoT router AX3600 supports OFDMA technology, MU-MIMO technology, BSS Coloring technology, and Beamforming technology.

 

OFDMA technology can reduce the delay and improve the efficiency of multi-device transmission. With the addition of MU-MIMO technology, multiple antennas can serve multiple devices at the same time, reducing the problem that low-speed devices slow down other devices. BSS Coloring technology can effectively reduce the signal interference between multiple routers and improve communication efficiency through monitoring and color marking mechanism algorithm when the WiFi signals of multiple devices occupy the same channel. Beamforming technology can detect the position of mobile phones, computers, and other terminals in the network coverage and enhance the azimuth signal.

 

Xiaomi AIOT Router AX3600 Review: Practical Test

First, let's talk about the test environment. The broadband used in my home is 100Mbps, and the test phone uses Redmi K20 Pro. The room area is about 100m2. The router places the living room TV cabinet, and my room is separated by a wall from the router location.

 

First, the network speed test, in three different periods of time, the network speed is basically the same and very stable.

 


In terms of WiFi signal testing, I chose the bedroom, the small balcony, the large balcony and the elevator outside the door. At a distance of about one meter from the router, the wireless signal strength is-14dBm, and the closer the distance is, the better the signal must be.

 

Go back to the bedroom and close the door and wait 2 minutes later, the wireless signal strength is-36 dBm between 50 and-60 for the signal is very good.


 


Come to the outdoor elevator and close the door. The wireless signal strength begins to decrease, reaching-69dBm, which belongs to the good state of the signal, and the WiFi of the mobile phone has dropped one frame.


 

The signal of the big balcony is-42dBm and the signal of the small balcony is-25dBm. Basically I can come to the conclusion that in my 100sqm home, the Xiaomi AIoT router AX3600 can cover the signal without a dead corner.

 

When testing the stability of the game, I chose to connect the Xiaomi AIOT Router AX3600 in the bedroom to play mobile games. There was no surge in ping value and no interruption in the four games. The overall network was very stable, basically stable around 30ms.

 

Of course, everyone's home network, including network equipment, is different, so there will be some deviation in actual use. However, it is not difficult to release the Xiaomi AIOT AX3600 WiFi 6 router after testing. The overall effect of the router is still very good.


 

Summary

The performance of Xiaomi AIOT Router AX3600 in signal coverage, penetration, and stability is very much in line with my needs. Unfortunately, we are not testing gigabit networks and WiFi 6 devices. At present, the mobile phones that support Wi-Fi 6 include Xiaomi Mi 10, Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, as well as iPhone 11 series, Samsung S10 series, and Note 10 series. With the continuous introduction of 5G mobile phones in 2020, more and more mobile phones will support Wi-Fi 6 and will inevitably become a standard feature of 5G mobile phones in the future.

 

Xiaomi AIOT Router AX3600 uses Qualcomm quad-core SoC, with 512MB memory, with a hand price of only RMB 599. it can be said that it has an excellent performance-to-price ratio. Fast connection speed, better signal coverage, and excellent network stability also make Xiaomi AX3600 Wi-Fi 6 router the first choice for building and upgrading wireless networks in home, office, and public places.


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