Looking to upgrade your router or planning to buy a new one. You need to know about WIFI 6 technology and the best Wifi-6 routers that are currently available in India.
What is Wifi 6?
In simple words, the WIFI 6 or 802.11ax is the latest standard for WIFI connectivity that replaces the WIFI 5 or 802.11ac. The WiFi 6 technology promise to offer improved speed, better efficiency, decreased congestion, and better battery life for connecting devices.
In the coming years, the Wi-Fi 6 routers will conveniently replace the previous generation of 802.11ac routers.
WIFI 6 is also known as Wi-Fi 802.11ax. The Wi-Fi 6 came into existence in response to the surging number of devices all across the globe. Now we have a large number of IoT devices in our homes; Wi-Fi 6 router will be just apt to deliver the throughput effectively.
The Wi-Fi 6 routers are faster and better at transferring data in comparison to the earlier versions.
Benefits of Wi-Fi 6 Routers
If you constantly suffer from buffering, it is time to check that the router is not responsible for it. You may have a 300 Mbps or higher broadband connection but the speed reduces as you move away from the router.
WIFI 6 is designed to enhance the capacity of the network and boost the performance of your home network. It allows up to 12 streams simultaneously and can offer buffer-free streaming along with quicker downloads.
Given below are some of the benefits of Wi-Fi 6 routers.
- Offers the highest level of performance (OFDMA)
It is worth noting that WiFi 6 relies on orthogonal frequency division multiple access or OFDMA. The vital feature helps in enhancing overall network efficiency as it allows many devices to send and receive data simultaneously at different bandwidth speeds.
2. Powerful Real-World Speeds and Range:
In Wi-Fi technology, the frequency bands – 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz- are created from component streams. And, WiFi data travels on these streams.
The Wi-Fi 6 possesses the maximum number of streams thus permitting for gigabit WiFi speeds. It can enhance the streams’ number to a fresh high of 12 throughout the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands.
According to experts, Wi-Fi 6 permitted client devices to enjoy a 40 percent rise in speed in comparison with its predecessors.
3. Ideal for Smart Homes:
Smart Home devices and IoT applications are flourishing. Consequently, Wi-Fi connected devices in a large number of homes have been rising from an average of 15 devices to as high as 50 or above.
These Wi-Fi-connected devices may include the lightbulb, door lock, appliance, and camera, phones, laptops, TVs, consoles, and several others.
Wi-Fi 6 is designed to tackle the rise in devices sans affecting your Wi-Fi speeds.
These routers lead to a hassle-free streaming experience by offering continuous connectivity of switches, lights, or other IoT devices that you may add to your smart home.
4. Appropriate for 4K/8K UHD streaming:
When you stream 4K or 8K resolution videos, it may need a reliable high-speed connection. And, in houses with several users, streaming HD video may exert an increased load on the routers that are not able to handle multiple streams.
The Wi-Fi 6 routers have super-fast processors, enhanced memory, and a higher number of radio streams handling capacity. The Wi-Fi 6 routers can easily stream several HD video sessions sans stuttering, buffering, or any other issues.
What’s the Con for WIFI 6?
It is expensive Bro! Really Expensive! But it is also worth the upgrade, as the future is WIFI 6.
WIFI 6 VS WIFI 5 – Speed Test
What is the Benefit of Upgrading to WIFI 6?
We Ran Some WIFI 6 VS WIFI 5 Tests on a 500 Mbps broadband connection. The routers were approximately 20 feet away from the testing device.
Here are the results:
|WIFI 6 VS WIFI 5||Download Speed (Mbps)||Upload Speed (Mbps)||% Faster|
|WIFI 6 (802.11ax)||378||266||42%|
|WIFI 5 (802.11ac)||262||158||66%|
At a closer range, you may not find much difference in speed but once you move away from the router there is a measurable difference. You can expect 30 to 40% improvement in speed when you are far from the router and several other devices are connected with it.
Now we have got our basics sorted, Let’s check out the Best WIFI 6 Routers that you can buy currently in India/world.
1. TP-Link AX 1500
The first one on our list is the TP-Link AX 1500. It offers several advantages and is quite easy to set up. TP-Link Archer AX 10 (AX 1500) is a best seller Wi-Fi routers from the TP-Link.
It has gained popularity for its efficient wireless performance, excellent processing, convenient installation, and stable network connectivity. TP-Link AX 1500 has got an eye-catching, slender, and sleek design.
The dual-band router is equipped with Wi-Fi 6 technology and gives a maximum throughput of 1550 Mbps. One of the most captivating things about Archer AX 10 is MU-MIMO technology support along with OFDMA.
Meanwhile, TP-Link AX 10 (AX 1500) is equipped with Wi-Fi 6 technology that has reached the highest speed of 800 Mbps on smartphone devices.
It is worth noting that OFDMA technology on routers equipped with Wi-Fi 6 support offers a strong-speed network even when several devices are connected.
Further, the TP-Link AX 10 (AX 1500) comes with a triple-core processor with 1.5 Ghz clock speed and is not a slouch. Also, you can easily use this router with 1 Gbps broadband data plans.
Key Specs for TP-Link AX 1500:
- Size: 10.2 x 5 x 1.3 inches
- Antennas: 4 Antennas (fixed).
- Wi-Fi Spec: 5 GHz 802.11ax dual-band
- Ports: N/A
- MU-MIMO Beam Forming Tech.
- Range: 1100 sqft.
- Speeds – 5 GHz: 1201 Mbps (802.11ax), 2.4 GHz: 300 Mbps (802.11n)
- VPN support, App Support
- Up to 4 Streams.
- Price: $79.99 or Rs. 6,999
2. TP-Link AX 3000:
The router is quite affordable and offers reliable Wi-Fi along with good coverage. You will come across plenty of network settings and customization. It comes with a responsive web user interface and a useful mobile app. The design for the AX 3000 is the same as the AX 1500 but comes with different internals.
It can be termed as light-weight and wall-mountable. The TP-Link AX 3000 comes with four external or non-removable antennas sticking up from its back. It has four customary Gigabit LAN ports and one Gigabit WAN port. You will not find any multi-gig port, no Link Aggregation, and no dual-WAN.
Meanwhile, AX3000 offers an Intel Home Wi-Fi WAV654 chipset that may deliver approximately 2.4Gbps on the 5GHz and up to 574 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band. Notably, the AX 3000 offers upto 3 Gbps speed and also has a faster Wifi speed in comparison to the AX 1500.
TP-Link AX 3000 offers a web user interface that you may easily access through its default IP address. It also offers Alexa integration as well.
Key Specs for the TP-Link AX 3000:
- Wi-Fi technology: Dual-band Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) AX3000
- Connectivity – 5 GHz: 2402 Mbps (802.11ax), 2.4 GHz: 574 Mbps (802.11ax)
- Low Latency – Ideal for Gaming.
- Dual-Core Processor.
- USB Port: One USB 2.0 port
- MU-MIMO – Beamforming Technology
- Ethernet Speeds Upto 3 Gbps
- Range: 1800 ft²
- Mobile App: TP-Link Tether
- Price: $110 or Rs. 8,999
3. NETGEAR Nighthawk AX8 (AX6000)
It has emerged as a powerful Wi-Fi 6 router and can deliver one of the fastest throughputs. It is expensive than the earlier two models but can easily handle more connected devices and can also offer streaming up to 8 devices. You can easily stream 4k or 8k videos using the Nighthawk AX8.
It ensures that your wireless network runs sans any hassle. It can also future-proof your home effectively.
You will not face any hassle when it comes to installation. And, placement on a desk is not necessary as it has got a few wall-mount slots on its rear. The latest router comes with its “wings” folded down, and all you have to do is just unfold and lock them into place to position the antennas at the correct angle. When you notice it in the final position, the AX8 appears like a stealth bomber.
You will come across a button on top of the router to toggle the Wi-Fi on and off. There is also a WPS button for an instant device connected to your router.
The top highlight of the AX8 is that it uses the latest Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) standard. It has been designed to make network congestion a thing of the past.
You can use up to 30 devices with this router without breaking a sweat and it also has up to 6 Gbps speed.
You can also buy the Netgear AX 3000 that comes with a similar design but has speed limited to 3 Gbps. It is available for $200 or Rs. 13,999.
Key Specifications for the NetGear AX6000
- Processor: Powerful 64-bit 1.8GHz quad-core processor
- Wi-Fi speed: 1.2 + 4.8Gbps with 8-stream connectivity
- Wi-Fi technology: 802.11ax Dual-Band WiFi (AX6000)
- No of USB Ports: 2 USB 3.0 Ports
- Weight: 1281g
- Price: $399 or Rs. 24,999
4. Linksys Velop WiFi 6 AX 5300
WIFI 6 Mesh Router – Linksys Velop mesh routers are best sellers now they have got updated with a new version that can support the latest Wi-Fi 6. It is worth noting that Wi-Fi 6 is still an evolving technology. It got standardized earlier in 2019 and since then only a few Wi-Fi 6 routers have inundated the market.
Linksys Velop WiFi 6 AX 5300 is a mesh router system that you can use to cover a large bungalow by using more than 1 routers working in a mesh. Small houses may only require a single Velop node.
Meanwhile, a bigger or multi-level home may seek a second or even third one. A two-pack will be able to cover a home approximately 6000 square feet, claim experts.
The router can support three bands namely one 2.4 GHz and two 5GHz. It has a 4×4 MU-MIMO for better simultaneous connections. The entire router has been powered by a 2.2 GHz quad-core processor and OFDMA technology for enhanced speed in high-density areas.
Key Specifications for Linksys Velop AX5300
- Processor: 2.2GHz quad-core processor
- Wi-Fi speed: 1,147Mbps on 2.4GHz band, 1,733Mbps on one 5GHz band, and 2,402Mbps on second 5GHz band
- No of USB ports: It offers four LAN ports and a USB port
- Wi-Fi technology: WPA3 encryption, 1024 QAM, and OFDMA data transmissions
- Upto 5.3 Gbps
- Long Range and Fast Performance
- Linksys Sheild for parental Control and Smartphone App.
- Gigabit Ethernet Ports and USB 3.0 Port.
- Price: $599
5. TP-Link Archer AX6000
It is easy to install and offers good throughput performance. The huge device is equipped with the new 802.11AX technology and several connectivity options that may include 8 gigabit LAN ports, a multi-gigabit WAN port, and two USB ports.
You will find it easy to be managed from a phone using the TP-Link Tether mobile app. However, the web console provides the latest controls. As of now, it has been missing out on support for WPA3 encryption that implies that it is not yet Wi-Fi 6 certified.
It uses a black colored enclosure along with eight non-removable foldable antennas along with a square LED indicator on the top side. It will glow in a solid blue color when everything is working fine. Meanwhile, it will glow in orange color, in case there is no internet connectivity.
On the left side, there is a USB 3.0 Type-A port and a USB 3.0 Type C port. You will come across WPS, LED On/Off, and Wi-Fi On/Off buttons on the front edge of the router.
You can use the TP-Link Archer AX 6000 in a house with up to 2000 square feet area and can easily connect up to 15 devices with ease.
Key Specifications for the TP-Link Archer AX 6000
- Processors: 1.8 GHz Quad-Core CPU and 2 co-processors
- Speed – Up to 5952 Mbps: 4804 Mbps (5 GHz) and 1148 Mbps (2.4 GHz)
- Ports – 1 × 2.5 Gbps WAN port, 8 × Gigabit LAN ports, and 1 USB 3.0 Type-A Port and 1 USB Type C port.
- Interface: Wi-Fi 6, OFDMA, Mu-MIMO.
- Features – Parental Controls and QoS, and Mobile APP.
- Band Steering for less Congestion and interference.
- Price: $349.99 or Rs. 23,499
Written By Renu Baliyan, Edited By Kanuj Sharma.
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