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Xiaomi Mi Router AX1800 Review: The Most Cost-effective WiFi 6 Router

ByJoe Horner 2020-05-13 2417

On May 13, 2020, Xiaomi Mi Router released its second Wi-Fi6 router, "Xiaomi Mi Router AX1800", with a price of 329 yuan. This product has a lower price threshold than the previous Xiaomi AIoT router AX3600, and its performance can also perfectly match the devices of Apple iPhone11 and Snapdragon 865 platforms of brands such as Xiaomi and Samsung, so it can be said to be an excellent choice for Wi-Fi6 routers. So what are the other features of the latest Xiaomi Mi router AX1800?

Mi Router AX1800 Review: Rubik Cube Outlook Design

In terms of appearance design, Xiaomi AX1800 changed the horizontal design of the exposed Xiaomi AX3600 antenna to the vertical design of the Rubik cube. Hidden dual-band high-performance antenna, strong 360-degree signal coverage, and tower heat dissipation structure, large channel convection, combined with super-large metal heat sink, can maintain a stable network state at all times.


Mi Router AX1800 Review: Perfect fit for WiF6 Mobile Phone

In terms of hardware configuration, the Xiaomi router AX1800 uses Qualcomm enterprise-class 5-core chip, plus four independent signal amplifiers, has 256MB memory, and theoretically supports the simultaneous connection of 128devices. At the same time, Xiaomi intelligent equipment is equipped with key-free access to the network. At the same time, it also supports OFDMA technology and multiple Mesh networking.

Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) is a new generation of Wi-Fi standard, which has a great improvement in transmission rate, signal coverage and data delay compared with the previous generation of Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac). Especially in scenarios where multiple devices are connected at the same time, the Wi-Fi 6 router can significantly reduce data latency and stutter.

 

The Xiaomi Mi router AX1800 can be perfectly matched with WiFi6 phones of Snapdragon 865 platforms such as Xiaomi Mi 10 and Samsung S20, as well as the use of Apple iPhone 11 series which perfectly supports built-in WiF6 technology. At the same time, Xiaomi Mi router AX1800 can also be used by devices that are downwards compatible with WiFi5. Compared with the current mainstream Wi-Fi5 AC1200 routers at home, the wireless rate of AX1800 router can be increased by up to 52%. Through gigabit ports, it can theoretically download a high-definition movie in 8 seconds, making full use of every megabit bandwidth.

 

In order to ensure wider and more stable signal coverage, Xiaomi Mi router AX1800 also uses four Qovro high-performance independent signal amplifiers. Compared with the integrated amplifier, the signal strength of the independent amplifier is increased by 4dB, and the theoretical coverage is increased by 50%.

In addition, Xiaomi Mi router AX1800 also supports OFDMA, MU-MIMO, and other technologies and multiple Mesh networking (upgrade support before June 30). OFDMA technology allows routers to send data to up to 8 devices in a single transmission, reducing network latency by 66%. MU-MIMO enables multiple people to surf the Internet more smoothly, and multiple Mesh networks can bid farewell to the dilemma of a single router signal with a dead corner, easily handle various complex household types, seamlessly cover the signals of the whole house, and enjoy high-speed Wi-Fi6 wherever you go.

 

In terms of device access, Xiaomi Mi router AX1800 is equipped with 256MB large memory, which theoretically supports the simultaneous access of 128devices. When Xiaomi intelligent equipment enters the network for the first time, it is very convenient to cooperate with the Mijia APP setting and do not need to enter the password manually. Thanks to Xiaomi's years of technical experience in smart homes, Xiaomi Mi router AX1800 also supports privacy security protection for a variety of mainstream smart home devices on the market, which can detect potential security vulnerabilities with one click.

 

Mi Router AX1800 Review: 14nm Qualcomm 5 Core Enterprise Router processor

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. The computing power of 4-core 64-bit A53 1.2GHz CPU+ single-core 1.5 GHz NPU, is as high as 11040DMIPS. The new generation of 14nm process converges more surging performance in a smaller size, significantly reduces power consumption, and reduces the 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.

 

Mi Router AX1800 Review: Built-in Game Acceleration

For gamers' usage scenarios, Xiaomi router AX1800 also has a built-in Tencent online game accelerator and gives you a 3-month membership experience. Support mainstream Chinese game acceleration and international game acceleration, covering the whole platform of PC, mobile phones, and hosts. Ultra-low latency is more stable, experience the super pleasure of game acceleration.

 

Summary

Prior to this, Xiaomi AIoT router AX3600 as Xiaomi's first Wi-Fi6 router has received high user reviews for its flagship hardware and excellent user experience. As the second product of Xiaomi WiFi6 router, Xiaomi Mi router AX1800 has a lower price and can perfectly fit home devices such as WiFi6 phones for non-feverish users. It is believed that it will become a classic in the popularity of Wi-Fi6.

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