FRITZRepeater 3000 AX Review

Last year I reviewed the excellent FRITZ!Box 4060 tri-band WiFi 6 router and its companion FRITZ!Repeater 6000 tri-band mesh repeater.

Later in the year, AVM launched the more affordable FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AX, which is what I am reviewing today. This is also a tri-band WiFi 6 repeater but cuts down on some of the specs allowing this to launch at an RRP of €189, which is €70 cheaper than the FRITZ!Repeater 6000.

It is also worth noting that I was sent the UK model of this FRITZ!Repeater. Most of the time, I get sent EU models, making it difficult to know if or when there will be UK availability.  

FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AX vs FRITZ!Repeater 6000 Specification

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EnGeniusESG510
Processor1.6GHz Quad-Core CPU, 4GB RAM, 8GB Flash
Port Configuration2x 2.5GBASE-T WAN/LAN
1x 2.5GBASE-T LAN
1x 1x 2.5GBBASE-T PoE+ LAN
Console Port1
Max Internet Speed2.5Gbps
Dual-WANYes
(load-balancing or failover)
USB Port1x WWAN cellular backup
Routing FeaturesWAN load balancing with WRR
Networking Features
Static Route
Multiple WANs
USB Cellular
User Authentication
PPPoE
VLAN Tagging
Captive Portal
Custom Splash Page
Dynamic Routing
Bandwidth Limit
Traffic Load Balancing
DHCP client/server/relay
Dynamic DNS support
Firewall FeautresStateful Packet Inspection
Policy Rules
Port Forwarding
1:1 NAT
Allow Inbound Services
VPN FeaturesSite-to-Site VPN – Mesh VPN/Hub-and-Spoke
Client VPN
Policy-based VPN
IPsec NAT traversal (NAT-T)
Dead Peer Detection (DPD)
Auto-VPN Connection
Auto NAT traversal
Firewall (SPI throughput)4G
VPN Throughput970M
Max. TCP Concurrent Sessions1,000,000
Max. Concurrent VPN Tunnels200
Max. Concurrent VPN Users250
Operating Temperature0°C to 40°C
Power Input110 – 240 V / 54V/1.2A
Power Consumption52w max
Local Web Interface Basic
Cloud ManagementEngenius Cloud
RRP$599.99
£778 including VAT

The main difference between the 3000 AX and 6000 is that the 3000 AX has few radios, using 2×2 MIMO for one of the 5GHz bands and the 2.4GHz band. This technically shouldn’t impact performance too much as clients are limited to 2×2.

What is interesting is that the FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AX supports 160Mhz wide channels, so a client will be able to connect at theoretical speeds of up to 2400Mbps.

The FRITZ!Repeater 6000 then has a 2.5GbE port for one of the Ethernert ports.

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Compatibility

The FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AX is designed to be paired up with FRITZ!Box routers. In particular, it will be best paired with the FRITZ!Box 4060 because they are both tri-band, and this will allow them to use a dedicated 5GHz band for the backhaul.

However, this also works as a normal repeater and pairs it up with any brand router. It will connect to the existing router WiFi the rebroadcast (repeat) it, either as the same SSID or something unique.  

Set-Up

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The FRITZ!Repeater devices can work in three modes:

  • Mesh node when paired with a mesh-enabled FRITZ!Box
  • Wireless repeater, which will work with any router
  • Wired repeater/access point – and similar to the mesh function if this is paired with a FRITZ!Box, it should work seamlessly with your current system.

If you are setting this up as a mesh system, you just need to press the connect button on the repeater and the connect button on the router, and it should automatically set up. The repeater will adapt all the WiFi settings from the router, and you will be able to seamlessly roam around your home.

That’s how I set everything up at first, but if you want to set it up as a normal repeated or change the connection type, you will want to go to the IP of the repeater and manually set it up.

To change the connection type, you need to go to the access to home network section and select the option at the bottom. When you go through the settings, it will ask you about setting up the WiFi network. If you have previously connected as a mesh system, you don’t need to worry about changing anything, it will automatically adopt the settings.

Wireless backhaul performance

With this review, I set the system up differently than the Fritz!Repeater 6000, so I retested everything to provide a better comparison. Rather than setting up a network just for the Fritz products, I finally replaced my FRITZ!Box 7590 which I have been running for over five years for my main home router.

Therefore, this time, the router is located in our front room, and then the repeater is in my office, which is two rooms over and one floor up.

Testing with iPerf connecting my office PC to my Unraid server, I achieved:

  • FRITZ!Box 4060: 94.9 Mbits/sec
  • FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AX: 306 Mbits/sec
  • FRITZ!Repeater 6000: 518 Mbits/sec

Wired backhaul performance

The alternative way of using the FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AX is with a wired backhaul or LAN bridge. This effectively makes it an access point.

At close range, I achieved an impressive 956 Mbits/sec. This is thanks to the 160MHz channel width, and it will likely be the gigabit Ethernet holding the speeds back.

With the FRITZ!Repeater 6000, I managed 896 Mbits/sec.

Wireless backhaul with wired ethernet for client

This test was technically unnecessary, but in theory, the two repeaters should have the same sort of performance with the wireless backhaul due to the 4×4 MIMO connection. However, the above results were quite different. Using the wireless backhaul and then the Ethernet connection to my PC helps confirm the difference in performance.

  • FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AX: 311 Mbits/sec
  • FRITZ!Repeater 6000: 606 Mbits/sec

My PC has 2.5GbE, so in theory, if the FRITZ!Repeater 6000 was closer to the FRITZ!Box 4060, I might be able to exceed gigabit speeds.

Price and Alternative Options

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The FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AX is listed on Amazon UK for around £143 but will be the EU model with a two-pin plug. The RRP is 189 Euro, and Amazon Germany currently has it for €162.90

The Fritz!Repeater 6000 is available for €213.78 with an RRP of €259.00.

If you are setting up a new system from scratch and need a router, the AVM FRITZ!Box 7590 AX is €253.17 or the FRITZ!Box 4060, which I used, is €211.7

Overall

The FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AX is an interesting product. On the one hand, it performs about how you would expect it to in comparison to the Fritz!Repeater 6000.

The specification doesn’t give any indication of this but the Fritz!Repeater 6000 has a significantly better range based on my testing and therefore justifies the €50 or so price difference. The FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AX still does a great job at extending the range, but it will work better in smaller homes.

However, if you plan on using a wired backhaul, you may as well get the FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AX and save yourself some money. The 160MHz channel allows it to provide superior throughput. The only caveat here would be that the 2×2 MIMO will have less capacity to handle lots of clients.

Overall, the FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AX is an excellent WiFi 6 repeater that compliments the FRITZ!Box 4060 perfectly giving you a tri-band WiFi 6 mesh system.

AVM FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AX Review Rating
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Summary

The FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AX is an excellent WiFi 6 repeater that compliments the FRITZ!Box 4060 perfectly giving you a tri-band WiFi 6 mesh system.

Pros

  • Lower price point vs Fritz!Repeater 6000
  • 160Mhz channel width increases throughput

Cons

  • Range is not as good as the Fritz!Repeater 6000

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