FRITZ!Repeater 6000 Review – Tri-band WiFi 6 mesh repeater with 2.5GbE

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AVM FRITZ!Repeater 6000 Review Rating

Summary

The FRITZ!Repeater 6000 is an excellent mesh satellite for the FRITZ!Box 4060. WiFi performance is superb and can compete with some of the best systems on the market.

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Pros

  • Excellent performance using 5Ghz WiFI backhaul
  • 2.5GbE & the option to run a wired backhaul

Cons

  • Potentially expensive in comparison to pre-packed mesh systems

Following on from my FRITZ!Box 4060 router review. I was also sent the FRITZ!Repeater 6000 allowing me to upgrade the router into a fully-fledged tri-band WiFi 6 mesh system.

Specification

  • Tri-band Wi-Fi:
    • 2400 Mbit/s (5 GHz, 4 x 4, 80 MHz)
    • 2400 Mbit/s (5 GHz, 4 x 4, 80 MHz)
    • 1200 Mbit/s (2.4 GHz, 4 x 4, 40 MHz)
  • Mesh functionality with any router running FRITZ!OS 6.90 or later
  • 1 x 2.5 gigabit LAN port
  • 1 x Gigabit LAN port

FRITZ!Repeater 6000  vs 1200 AX Comparison

If you have a WiFi 6 FRITZ!Box then you will want to pair it up with a WiFi 6 repeater. This leaves you with just two choices, the 6000 or the 1200 AX.

The FRITZ!Repeater 6000 is significantly better specced with a triband design and dual ethernet ports, with one being 2.5GbE.

The FRITZ!Repeater 1200 AX is dual-band with a single gigabit port. With this, it will share the 5Ghz band for the backhaul causing approximately 50% signal loss.

The FRITZ!Repeater 1200 AX is much more affordable at €83.90. This would therefore make it a good option to expand your WiFi into less important parts of your home. The FRITZ!Repeater 1200 AX has a nice compact design too, so it is a bit more discrete.

Compatibility

The FRITZ!Repeater 6000 is compatible with all routers and will work as a repeater with none FRITZ!Box routers.

I’d personally recommend not using any form of repeater regardless of brand. They have reduced performance, and you typically have to use a different SSID for the WiFi.

If you used this as a repeater on a different brand router, I would assume that the 2nd 5Ghz WiFi band would not be utilised to its fullest potential. So you would be spending quite a lot of money on something that you don’t use to its full potential.

The FRITZ!Repeater 6000 will work best with the FRITZ!Box 4060 which is a tri-band WiFi 6 router. This will allow one of the 5Ghz bands to be used as a backhaul, improving the overall throughput. This is how I have tested the FRITZ!Repeater 6000.

Set-Up

Pairing the FRITZ!Repeater 6000 up to the FRITZ!Box 4060 couldn’t be easier. Power it up, then press the connect button on the front of the repeater then press the connect button on the front of the FRITZ!Box. The repeater will adopt the WiFi settings from the router, and the system should work seamlessly together, allowing you to roam around your home without any significant disconnections as your client device switches between the router and repeater.

Wireless backhaul performance

The wireless backhaul performance is superb. The FRITZ!Repeater 6000 was located in my front room, which is one floor down and two rooms over.

In this position, I was able to achieve a throughput of 743Mbit/s. Connecting to the router directly at close range, I achieved 872 Mbits/sec, so the dedicated 5Ghz wireless backhaul isn’t causing a significant drop in speed.

Wired backhaul performance

If it is possible to run Ethernet to the repeater, you can improve the performance and achieve speeds that should match the router.

In my case, with WiFi 6, I achieved a throughput of 896Mbis/sec, which is a touch faster than I got from the router.

Price and Alternative Options

The FRITZ!Repeater 6000 is currently available on Amazon UK for around £240 or Amazon Germany for €210.

I would guess that the Amazon UK listing will still come with an EU plug, so you may as well just buy from Germany.

There is the dual-band FRITZ!Repeater 1200 AX is available for just €83.90.

The older WiFi 5 FRITZ!Repeater 3000 is available for €115.99.

I thought the pricing was a bit steep, but if you look at competing brands, it is reasonably priced.

The Netgear RBS750 add-on satellite has an RRP of £250 and is available for £210. Or, the flagship RBS850 is £400.

The single unit TP-Link Deco X90 is also £250.

The main caveat here is that you can pick up the two-pack RBK752 for £330, or the three-pack RBK753 for £470, which works out a bit cheaper.

Overall

I am possibly more impressed with the FRITZ!Repeater 6000 than I am with the router itself.

Set up was easy, and if you want the best performance possible, it is easy to use this with a wired backhaul.

The dedicated 5Ghz mesh band appears to have an excellent range, and this allowed the repeater to achieve better results than many other tri-band systems.

Pricing isn’t bad either, it is comparable in price to the add-on satellites from competing vendors. The router and repeater together will cost about €430 or £360, which again is comparable to other vendors.

Last update on 2022-05-23 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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