Xiaomi AX1800 Router

Xiaomi Mi Router AX1800 Hands-on Review: It's Time to Buy a WiFi 6 Router

ByLydia Scott 2020-05-15 10644

Since Xiaomi launched the AIoT Router AX3600 WiFi 6 router, it has received consistent praise, which makes the Xiaomi AX3600 WiFi 6 router one of the most valuable WiFi 6 routers. A few days ago, Xiaomi launched the second WiFi 6 router: Mi Router AX1800, which is more affordable in terms of price, so how is the performance of this AX1800 WiFi 6 router? Can we continue the good reputation of AIoT Router AX3600? Let's take a look at today's Mi Router AX1800 hand-on test review.

Xiaomi Mi Router AX1800 Review: Design

Xiaomi Mi Router AX1800 is completely different from AIoT Router AX3600 in appearance. Xiaomi AX1800's overall design is more square, put in the home will not feel abrupt, can be well integrated into the family decoration style. In other words, the AX1800 looks more like a Xiaoai AI speaker.

At the top of the Xiaomi Mi Router AX1800 and around the edges and corners, there are reserved heat dissipation holes, which are designed to let the heat out of the fuselage more quickly, avoiding the degradation of router performance due to overheating inside the fuselage.

 

The Xiaomi AX1800 router is equipped with a gigabit adaptive WAN port and three gigabit adaptive LAN ports, with a power interface and a restart key on the side.

 

There is a LED indicator on the AX1800 router body, you can see the working status of the router, in the normal state, it will emit blue light.

 

Xiaomi Mi Router AX1800 Review: Teardown

Although the price of the Xiaomi Mi Router AX1800 is nearly half cheaper than that of the AIoT Router AX3600, the internal hardware is still of the same high quality. Let's do disassembly of the Mi Router AX1800 to find out what the inside of the device looks like.

 

After taking it apart, you can see that the Xiaomi Mi Router AX1800 uses a dual antenna design. The internal structure of the equipment is a tower structure, which is used to optimize heat dissipation and has a large-size metal heat sink. And the heat sink of Xiaomi AX1800 combines the specially treated metal substrate with nano-materials with high radiation characteristics (nano-coating on the surface of aluminum), so that it has excellent heat soaking and heat dissipation ability at the same time, and effectively reduce the temperature of the chip.

 

Xiaomi router AX1800 uses a black PCB board. After removing the shield, you can see the core of the Xiaomi AX1800 WiFi6 router.

 

Xiaomi Mi Router AX1800 has built-in Qualcomm IPQ6000 (quad-core 1.2G + single-core 1.5G) processor with 256GB memory. Its 2.4GHz and 5G modules come from Qualcomm, 2.4GHz and 5GHz signal amplifiers come from Qorvo, PHY, the network port switching chip is Qualcomm QCA8075, and there is also a power management chip.

 

In terms of chips, Xiaomi Mi Router AX1800 uses Qualcomm enterprise-class 5-core chips-Qualcomm IPQ6000, applies enterprise-class chips to home routers to ensure the stability of the network at all times. Its 4-core 64-bit A53 1.2GHz CPU+ single-core 1.5 GHz NPU, computing power is as high as 11040DMIPS.

 

In addition, the new generation of 14nm process significantly reduces power consumption and calorific value by 20%. It is worth mentioning that the independent network acceleration engine processor (single-core 1.5GHz NPU), is designed to handle high-frequency forwarding network data traffic for long-term connections, reduce CPU footprint, improve throughput, significantly improve data forwarding efficiency, and reduce delay waiting. While watching 4K high-definition network video, you can also play games with friends and bid farewell to multi-application concurrency when the game stutters and drops frames.

 

In terms of configuration, Xiaomi Mi Router AX1800 is still quite solid, especially its price of 329 yuan, which is very cost-effective. Even better than the HUAWEI AX3 Pro WiFi6 router.

 

Xiaomi Mi Router AX1800 Review: Speed Test

For speed measurement, let's turn off Wi-Fi 6 and use Wi-Fi 5 to test the network speed. The final download rate is 452 Mbps and the upload rate is 37.2Mbps. In WiFi 6 mode, the final download rate is 622 Mbps and the upload rate is 37.2Mbps.

 

We can see that the improvement brought about by Wi-Fi 6 is still quite obvious. If you have multiple devices connected to the Internet, the advantages of Wi-Fi 6 will be even more obvious.

 

In addition, we also tested the network coverage of Xiaomi Mi Router AX1800, the test environment area is about 75 square meters, we chose to test the network speed in three rooms.

 

●The download rate tested at An is 351 Mbps and the upload rate is 37.3Mbps.

●The download rate tested at B is 446 Mbps and the upload rate is 37.2Mbps.

●The download speed tested at C is 377 Mbps and the upload speed is 37.5Mbps.

 

From the data point of view, the network coverage of, Xiaomi Mi Router AX1800 is no problem for the average home user.

 

In addition, Xiaomi AX1800 supports OFDMA, MU-MIMO, and other technologies and multiple Mesh networking (upgrade support before June 30), which can cover the whole house with high-speed network and reduce latency, which is of great help to improve the home network environment.

 

Xiaomi Mi Router AX1800 Review: APP Connection

Xiaomi Mi Router AX1800 can be set through the Xiaomi Mi WiFi APP, when the Xiaomi AX1800 is powered on, you can use Mi WiFi APP to set up the connection on the phone. You only need to follow the prompts to set up the router.


Through Xiaomi Mi WiFi APP, we can know the running status of the AX1800 router in real-time, including the current download speed and upload speed, as well as the connection equipment, which is also convenient for users to manage the WiFi. If you find suspicious devices, you can blacklist them through APP and prohibit networking. In addition, you can also limit the speed of different devices, restrict web browsing, and so on.

 

Using the Xiaomi Mi WiFi APP, you can also set up and upgrade your router to keep your router up-to-date with the latest firmware and run more stably.

Summary

Xiaomi Mi Router AX1800, the second product of Xiaomi's WiFi6 router, has a lower price and can perfectly fit devices such as WiFi6 or WiFi5 phones at home for non-feverish users. It is believed that it will become a classic in the popularity of Wi-Fi6.


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