With the Devolo WiFi 6 Repeater 3000 and WiFi 6 Repeater 5400, the manufacturer has introduced two new dual-band WLAN repeaters with Wi-Fi 6, but without powerline. They mark the manufacturer’s fastest repeaters to date and fit seamlessly into the WLAN mesh.
New Devolo mesh WLAN repeaters in detail
The two new Devolo WiFi 6 Repeater 3000 and WiFi 6 Repeater 5400 mark the first WLAN repeaters from the manufacturer that transmit in the fast WiFi 6 standard. However, unlike the Magic 2 WiFi 6 Mesh, powerline is not required. However, an addition with powerline adapters from the manufacturer is possible without any problems in the mesh WLAN.
However, you don’t have to stay in Devolo’s house, because the repeaters also work with WLAN routers from other manufacturers. The name already indicates the maximum data rate.
The WiFi 6 Repeater 5400 reaches WLAN data rates of up to 5,400 Mbps, and the 3000 model reaches a maximum of 3,000 Mbps. The faster model splits the data rates up to 4,800 Mbps in the 5 GHz band and up to 574 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz band, while the 3000 only supports 2,402 Mbps in the faster band.
The reason for this is mainly due to the different antenna configuration. The Repeater 5400 uses a 4×4 configuration, while the Repeater 3000 relies on a 2×2 antenna configuration. However, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, WPA3 and 802.11 k/v/r are supported by both models.
With the Devolo WiFi 6 Repeater 5400, you also have two Gigabit LAN ports at your disposal, while the 3000 only offers one additional LAN port. Of course, this makes for a compact size of just 71 mm x 149 mm x 45 mm, which allows the Devolo WiFi 6 Repeater 3000 to be conveniently placed at a power outlet.
The 5400 is more flexible, as it comes with an external power supply and can thus be placed more freely in the home. Its dimensions are 115 x 37 x 140 mm. Both WiFi 6 repeaters are equipped with LEDs that inform about the status and also show the signal strength of the WLAN. In addition, there is a WPS button for a quick connection to the network.
Freedom in configuration
You have free choice when it comes to setting up and operating both repeaters. The Devolo WiFi 6 Repeater 3000 and WiFi 6 Repeater 5400 can either be configured on a PC/notebook via the browser, controlled using the Cockpit software for Windows, macOS and Linux, or set up via the smartphone app for iOS and Android.
In addition to the obligatory settings, you can also configure a parental control, time control, or a guest WLAN, among other things. Both WiFi 6 repeaters mark the first steps for Devolo after it worked out a bankruptcy plan in February 2022 following weak sales during the Corona pandemic (we reported).
Prices and availability
The Devolo WiFi 6 Repeater 3000 and WiFi 6 Repeater 5400 are expected to be available in stores in the summer of 2022. Currently, one assumes a market launch in July or August. In terms of price, the 3000 has an MSRP of 99.90 euros, while the Repeater 5400 has an MSRP of 149.90 euros.