WiFi 6: Compatible devices
With the announcement of the new connection standard, manufacturers did not let their customers wait long for the right devices. Of course, this includes WLAN routers in the first place. But other devices such as mesh systems, WLAN repeaters, notebooks and smartphones were not long in coming. After all, the support of a new connection standard is always a seal of quality for future security. In the following we will introduce you to some important devices with WiFi 6 support.
Of course, WiFi 6 first of all requires the appropriate WLAN router. Otherwise, the compatibility of a corresponding terminal device is of no use. We will show you which routers already support the standard. But there are a few important points to consider when buying a WiFi 6 router. For example, WiFi 6 is not always the same as WiFi 6, and there are significant differences in performance between devices. A glance at the data streams provides information about the corresponding performance of the device. While some are suitable for blazing fast gaming, others are more suitable for the stable connection of many different devices.
RT-AX88U from Asus
With the Asus RT-AX88U, the large IT company was one of the first to bring a WLAN router with WiFi 6 support to market. This powerful WLAN router is intended to be suitable as a gaming router due to its large data streams. For gamers, it not only enables a lower ping, but also a priority when downloading in-game data packets. A proud price of around 300 euros enables entry into the WiFi 6 terrain.
Nighthawk AX8, AX4 and AX12 from Netgear
But not only Asus has a suitable WiFi 6 router in its offer. The network experts at Netgear have launched a powerful WLAN router with WiFi 6 support with the Nighhawk AX8. It is on par with its counterpart from Asus in terms of performance. The router’s design is particularly striking. It comes in the form of a spaceship-like construction.
A comparatively cheap alternative from Netgear is the Nighthawk AX4. Although it offers fewer parallel data streams, it is also almost 100 euros cheaper. The complete opposite is the Nighthawk AX12. This is the triband device from Netgear. It offers a total of six parallel data streams and is therefore 50% stronger than the Nighthawk AX8. However, it also costs a proud 400 euros. It is more than questionable whether the classic consumer will feel anything of this extra data streams in actual use.
Like Asus and Netgear, TP-Link has several routers with WiFi 6 support on the market. In this way, the manufacturers meet the different consumer demands. Accordingly, the prices can also vary considerably. Price ranges between 200 euro and 400 euro are not uncommon. The cheapest WiFi 6 router from TP-Link is the Archer AX50 at 160 euros. Those looking for more performance should take a closer look at the Archer AX6000. It offers four parallel data streams and comes at a price of almost 300 Euros.
Of course, the German network experts at AVM have also reacted to the trend. After all, with their FRITZ! box they are considered the WLAN router par excellence. A total of three FRITZ! boxes are to be launched on the market with support for the WiFi 6 standard. Two devices are suitable for fiber optic connections and one for classic cable access. These are the FRITZ!Boxes 5530, 5550 and 6660. In terms of data streams, AVM is very cautious compared to its competitors. With just two parallel data streams, they bring up the rear. However, we are just at the beginning of the WiFi 6 cycle. As the past has shown, AVM is rather reluctant to upgrade to the WiFi standard. Far more powerful FRITZ! boxes with WiFi 6 are therefore only a matter of time.