Wi-fi 6 is the biggest thing to happen to wireless networking in years with improvements in features across the board. In theory, it should be able to compete if not best gigabit wired connections with theoretical speeds of 10.53Gbps and reduced latency.
I have covered the differences between Wi-fi 6 (802.11ax) vs Wi-Fi ( 802.11ac) in some detail, though all the improvements can get quite technical.
Wi-fi 6 capable routers have been on the market for a while now, the problem being there have been no clients available to use this new technology.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 is possibly the first device that features this new standard and in April it was revealed that the Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX20 module was coming soon as well as the Killer AX1650 module.
Dell has just announced some XPS laptops that feature Wi-Fi 6 and many of the Wi-Fi enabled AMD X570 motherboards to feature it.
For users wanting to upgrade their existing hardware to Wi-Fi 6, you can finally do it with the Killer AX1650 module, which is available from Amazon.com for $35.
So now that we finally have a flurry of client devices coming or available, you may want to upgrade your router to get the most of this new technology.
So what are the current options available in the UK? I will pre-warn you, they are all very expensive, as is the case with any new technology.
Price – £299 – pre-order
Not actually available yet, but you can pre-order it on Amazon.
RT-AX88U is a 4×4 dual-band Wi-Fi router that provides 160MHz bandwidth and 1024-QAM for dramatically faster wireless connections. With a total networking speed of about 6000Mbps — 1148Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 4804Mbps on the 5GHz band — RT-AX88U is 2.3X faster than 802.11ac 4×4 dual-band routers.
The big selling point for me is AiMesh. I have not used this tech yet, but you should be able to pair it with other devices and create a mesh system.
Price – £379.99
In stock and available via Prime. If money isn't an issue then the ROG Rapture 802.11ax might be for you. It is another router with AiMesh and it also features a 2.5GBase -T port which you will need if you want to make the most out of its wireless transfer speeds.
It has transfer speeds rated at:
- 802.11ax (2.4GHz) : up to 1148 Mbps
- 2 x 802.11ax (5GHz) : up to 4804 Mbps
D-Link don't currently have any models on the market that I can find.
Price : £359.99
If you prefer your router to look like a stealth bomber over the arachnid style of the Asus then this flagship device may be preferable. This has a 5G ethernet port and dual gigabit port aggregation
This has up to 12 simultaneous Wi-Fi clients. and is rated at:
- 2.4GHz AX: 4×4 (Tx/Rx) 1024 QAM 20/40MHz, up to 1.2Gbps
- 5GHz AX: 8×8 (Tx/Rx) 1024 QAM 20/40/80/80+80MHz, up to 4.8Gbps
Price : £283.96
The drops the specs a little to be a bit more affordable. You only get8-Stream Wi-Fi with up to 1.2 Gbps + 4.8 Gbps for ultra-fast wireless speeds. It does, however, keep the 5-gigabit port and has link aggregation.
Price : £200
The most affordable Negear at arround £200, at the moment it is not available on Prime and I dont think there is proper UK availability.
This has 4-Stream Wi-Fi with up to 600 Mbps + 2.4 Gbps for ultra-fast wireless speeds. There are 5 Gigabit Ethernet ports but no multi-gig or port agregation.
Price : £345.68
The first of the two TP Link devices available, the other is the AX11000.
The stand out feature of this device is the 8-gigabit ports available plus one 2.5 gigabits reducing the need of a second switch to expand your ports.
Similar to the others there is :
- 5GHz: 4804Mbps(802.11ax)
- 2.4GHz: 1148Mbps(802.11ax)
Comercial Access Points
EnGenius EWS357AP Neutron Dual-Band WiFi 6
Price : £240.34
Currently the only access point on the market with WiFi 6.
This EnGenius EWS357AP Neutron Series WiFi 6 indoor access point is equipped with Qualcomm's latest chipset and features AX technology, which deepens and expands the capabilities of WiFi as well as fortifying SMB networks. The new 802.11ax technology builds upon real-world deployment of 11ac. As next-generation WiFi, 11ax is no longer just about speeds but also about stronger, steadier, and more efficient wireless connections.
This is a 2×2 access point and a 4×4 model will be launched soon.