Main features of this WiFi Mesh system
This new WiFi Mesh system is a really complete team at the level of technical specifications, and also at the level of firmware, since it incorporates Asuswrt with all the usual configuration and customization options, ideal to perfectly adapt to our needs.
This new WiFi Mesh system is simultaneous dual band with the new WiFi 6 standard and class AX5400. In the 2.4GHz band we can achieve a speed of up to 574MbpsThanks to the incorporation of two antennas in MU-MIMO 2T2R configuration, 1024QAM and the new WiFi 6 standard, this band is just as fast as in the ASUS XD4 and XT8 Mesh WiFi systems. According to the 5GHz band, we can reach a speed of up to 4.804Mbps, thanks to its four antennas in MU-MIMO 4T4R configuration, 1024QAM of quadrature amplitude modulation, and 160MHz of channel width in conjunction with the WiFi 6 standard. This frequency band is four times faster than that of the WiFi Mesh XD4 system, and just as fast as the XT8 interconnection band, therefore, it is really fast.
Have a 160MHz channel width It is essential if we want to achieve really fast speeds, not only compatible wireless clients will benefit, but also the AiMesh nodes that we connect to the WiFi Mesh system. We must remember that not all wireless clients (either WiFi 5 or WiFi 6 support it), for example, the Intel AX200 cards, the ASUS PCE-AX58BT and the PCE-AC58BT do support 160MHz of channel width to make the most of this characteristic. Regarding the benefits of AiMesh nodes, the improvement is clear, we will have double bandwidth with the same number of WiFi antennas, this translates into a really fast backhaul or backhaul network. For example, with the XD4 the backbone worked at a maximum speed of 1,201Mbps, in this new XD6 we will do it at a speed of up to 4,804Mbps, four times faster.
This WiFi Mesh system has all the technologies incorporated in the standard, such as, for example, MU-MIMO, OFDMA, 1024QAM, Beamforming, and also a WPS button to easily connect devices without entering the password. Other important features are that it has Target Wake Time to save energy in IoT devices, it also has WiFi Agile Band so that WiFi roaming is really fast and without interruption in the connection. Of course, this WiFi Mesh system is compatible with ASUS AiMesh technology, so we will have WiFi roaming and band steering between the different nodes in a totally transparent way.
Regarding the wired characteristics, we have One Gigabit Ethernet port for the Internet WAN, the firmware supports the 802.1Q standard to obtain the Internet connection if you use FTTH operators that use VLANs, in addition, it also supports VLANs per port to provide IPTV and VoIP services, and, in addition, it also has profiles such as Movistar Triple VLAN FTTH, so it is compatible with the blue carrier to replace your router completely.
Regarding the LAN, we have a total of 3 Gigabit Ethernet ports for the LAN with support for Jumbo Frames. In this case, the firmware does not incorporate the possibility of configuring a Link Aggregation. A very important detail is that we can configure the WiFi Mesh network with wired interconnection, from the LAN of the AiMesh router we will connect a cable to the WAN of the AiMesh node, and in this way, we will have a backhaul or interconnection network running at 1Gbps via cable.
The firmware that ASUS has incorporated in this router is the same Asuswrt of its top-of-the-range routers, we will have a complete firmware with support for AiMesh, advanced management of the meshed network, possibility of creating WiFi for guests, configure AiProtection Pro with your corresponding IPS (Intrusion Prevention System) that will allow us to block external access attempts and also malware, we will be able to configure parental control based on time and content, adaptive QoS to prioritize services such as games, 4K streaming and Other categories, we also have the traditional QoS to configure the parameters manually, and we can even configure the bandwidth limiter.
Of course, in the firmware we can configure in detail the part of the WiFi network, including the possibility of having WPA2 / WPA3-Personal to have greater security, although you must remember that AiMesh does not currently support WPA3-Personal only, the interconnection between the nodes must be done with WPA2 yes or yes. Other advanced functions are to configure the LAN and WAN part in detail, in addition, we can configure several OpenVPN and IPsec servers, and even the new VPN Instant Guard that will allow us to connect with the ASUS Router app for smartphones, this VPN is very easy to activate and is ideal for users who do not know very well how to configure OpenVPN or IPsec.
Finally, this equipment has full support for IPv6 networks, it has the possibility of configuring the firewall based on iptables in detail, and we also have advanced tools to diagnose the local network and the Internet, and advanced administration options, such as activating the SSH server. to manage the equipment by commands. That is, we have the main options that any ASUS router incorporates, except for the “Game” part of high-end gaming routers, but we do have adaptive and traditional QoS, both tools work very well to prioritize games and have the best user experience.
Unboxing and first impressions
In RedesZone we already have with us this new high-performance ASUS ZenWiFi XD6 WiFi Mesh system, and it is currently in our test laboratory, so very soon you will be able to discover its real performance in the different LAN, WAN, Wi-Fi tests, experience with the AiMesh WiFi system and you will know the firmware in depth.
In the following video you can see our unboxing and first impressions, so that you can see in detail what this new high-performance router is like.
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