Xiaomi Ax3000 Review: Best Budget Wifi

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Introduction

Xiaomi has been in the network trò chơi for a long time now. As with most hàng hóa spaces it enters, the Chinese giant tends to make the biggest splash in the lower over of the market, bringing strong value offers & routers are no different. The original mày Wi-Fi AC router was a runaway succes with its attractive price & it"s still dutifully serving thousands of homes around the globe. But right now we are about to focus on the exact opposite kết thúc of the spectrum with the mi Router AX9000.

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The AX9000 is a flagship monstrosity of a router that looks lượt thích a space ship, weights about as much, glows all over with LEDs and we are pretty sure it will be among the members of the ruling council once the robot uprising begins. Joking aside, it is one hell of a premium unit, offering Wi-Fi 6 support, a cumulative 9000 Mbps of bandwidth, & a tri-band setup. Some of its other features include a 2.5Gbit/s port, a USB 3.0 one & a tệp tin server, 12 independently-amplified antennas, mesh networking tư vấn and basically the full slew of Wi-Fi 6 technologies, including 4x4 160MHz channels, 4K QAM & OFDMA.

Xiaomi mày Router AX9000 specs at a glance:

Dimensions: 270 x 270 x 174 mm, 2.05kg (2005g), 2.6kg package size.Antennas: 12 individually-amplified high-gain antennas (2.4 GHz, 5.2GHz và 5.8GHz in each of for router antennas) and dedicated AIoT antenna.Wi-Fi capabilities: IEEE 802.11a / b / g / n / ac / ax, IEEE 802.3 / 3u / 3ab; 2.4 GHz 4x4 up to 1148 Mbps, channels: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13; 5.2 GHz 4x4 up to 4804 Mbps, channels: 36,40,44,48,52,56,60,64; 5.8 GHz 4x4 up to lớn 2402 Mbps, channels: 149,153,157,161,165.Modulation methods: 11b: DSSS: DBPSK (1 Mbps), DQPSK (2 Mbps), CCK (5.5 / 11 Mbps) 11a / g: OFDM: BPSK (6/9 Mbps), QPSK (12/18 Mbps), 16QAM (24/36 Mbps), 64QAM (48/54 Mbps) 11n: MIMO-OFDM: BPSK, QPSK, 16QAM, 64QAM. Rate set: MCS0 ~ MCS1511ac: MIMO-OFDM: BPSK, QPSK, 16QAM, 64QAM, 256QAM. 11ax: MIMO-OFDM: BPSK, QPSK, 16QAM, 64QAM, 256QAM, 1024QAM. speed dial: MCS0 ~ MCS11 (support 4 streams) .4096QAM. speed dial: MCS12 ~ MCS13 (support 2 streams).Wi-Fi security: WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK / WPA3-SAE encryption, Wireless Access Control (Black & White List), SSID Hidden.Chipset: Qualcomm IPQ8072 A53 2.2GHz Quad-Core Processor + dual-core network acceleration processor 1.7 GHz NPU.Memory: 1GB RAMOS/Software: Highly-customized MiWiFi ROM based on OpenWRT; web management and iOS and Android apps.Interfaces: 1x 10/100/1000/2500 Mbps adaptive WAN / LAN port (Auto MDI / MDIX) 1x 10/100/1000 Mbps adaptive WAN / LAN port (Auto MDI / MDIX) 3x adaptive LAN ports 10/100/1000 Mbps (Auto MDI / MDIX); 1x USB 3.0 port.Buttons: Power, Reset, Mesh/WPS.LEDs: 8 LED indicators (1x SYSTEM indicator, 1x mạng internet indicator, 5x network port indicator, 1x X-shaped light with 16m colors and lighting effects)Accessories: 1x nguồn supply (12V
4A), 1x Lan cable UDP Cat.6, 1x Manual.

If you are familiar with rourter hardware then the mi Router AX9000 might have suddenly started to sound like a bargain, despite its $260 price. Và if you are not you are probably wondering why on earth would anybody pay this much for a router.

For the latter group we have lớn first explain that Wi-Fi 6, despite its different name, is just the next generation of the wireless standard previously reffered to lớn as 802.11ax. The router is still backwards compatible with older Wi-Fi standards, lượt thích 802.11ac or 802.11n & will work just fine with your legacy devices, while providing a welcome boost in transmission speeds to newer ones with Wi-Fi 6 support. You can read more about the Wi-Fi naming change from a few years ago here.

Switching to a more powerful và better-equipped router lượt thích the AX9000 can also bring about some straightforward upgrades, lượt thích better coverage & improvements in perofrmance when you have a lot of clients around your home. We"ll get more in-depth on that in a bit.

Hardware & design

First let"s bring our attention back lớn the mi AX9000 itself & do a hardware tour. The ngươi AX9000 is probably best likened to a space ship or some extremely modern fighter jet. It ships AX9000 in a massive, black styrofoam briefcase with an internal cutout to specifically house its massive body, along with a niche for its rather big 12V
4A nguồn adaptor & a short Cat.6 UTP ethernet cable.

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From the moment you hold the 3.6kg box you can tell that the AX9000 means business.

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The AX9000 alone weighs just over 2kg - 2,050g và measures 270 x 270 x 174 mm, making it one of the most massive routers you can find, so need khổng lồ make sure you have room for it at its designated location.

A big chunk of that weight is due to lớn the massive cooling solution that the AX9000 requires. The good news is we never actually managed to hear its fan, even with a heavy workload. Mi has automatic fan control for it, so when the AX9000 isn"t being strained too hard, the fan switches off and the only uses the massive heatsink inside for passive cooling.

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The four massive antennas, circling the AX9000 are its other defining hardware feature. These fold in for storage and out for use. They are optimized to lớn be vertically positioned but go beyond 90 degrees, which can be useful if you live in a multi-story building.

Each of the those antennas has three separately-amplified internal antennas - for the three bands the router supports. One of these is a standard 2.4 GHz antenna, which can tư vấn channels 1 through 13 & a maximum theoretical bandwidth of 1148 Mbps. Then there is a 5.2GHz band, which is what most 5GHz routers và access points tend lớn have. It handles the lower channels - 36,40,44,48,52,56,60,64, with a max bandwidth of 4,804 Mbps. The third band, which is more of a rarity, is technically 5.8GHz and can do channels 149,153,157,161 and 165 with a max throughput of 2,404 Mbps.

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There is actually a separate AIoT antenna on board the xiaomi mi AX9000 as well. It is exclusively meant to lớn discover and connect khổng lồ Xiaomi smart home devices and can bởi vì up to 583 Mbps of cumulative throughput. Thanks to it you get automatic detection and seamless connection with no Wi-Fi password entry. What that means is that if you opt khổng lồ buy xiaomi lights, vacuum cleaners or another gadget supported by the Mi trang chủ app, it will get automatically connected lớn the AX9000 and have its own separate antenna và communication channel, so it won"t get in the way of either of the other three Wi-Fi bands. Really neat!

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Let"s now go over the available I/O & controls on the AX9000. There are a total of five Ethernet ports on the unit. Four are standard 1Gbps (Auto MDI / MDIX) ones, while the blue-colored port is actually a 2.5 Gbps port, which being a great middle-ground standard between 1 Gbit/s & 10 Gbit/s, not requiring any substantial infrastructure change in your network & even working with old mèo 5e cables. You can choose whether to use it as a WAN or standard LAN port on the AX9000 as few would have mạng internet connections going anywhere near 2.5 Gbit/s.

If you choose to use the 2.5Gbps port for LAN purposes the 1 Gbit/s port next to it will serve as the WAN port. That way, you can at least get a massive boost in local bandwidth khổng lồ devices lượt thích NAS or truyền thông servers.

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You get a few buttons on the AX9000 as well. A power switch và reset button next lớn the main power nguồn input and a WPS/Mesh button. Next to lớn that - a USB 3.0 port. You are meant khổng lồ attach an external hard drive khổng lồ it, which can then be accessed either through one of Xiaomi"s apps on smartphone or desktop & also supports SMB. It is a nifty added convenience feature that can be a simple, even if less functional substitute for an actual NAS server.

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The AX9000 lets you toggle the port down to lớn USB 2.0 speeds, while also mentioning that using it in 3.0 mode can interfere with 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi. Although hotly debated, the general consensus is that, indeed, the "noise" generated from data scrambling on USB 3.0 specifically can cause interference & a drop in throughput in any close-by 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi antenna. Our advice would be to just keep USB 3.0 on, & only switch it off if if you start noticing any weird 2.4GHz Wi-Fi issues.

USB 2.0 speeds toggle

Finishing the hardware tour off, there are quite a few lights on the AX9000. In fact, it actually glows quite intensely out of the box, all thanks lớn some "atmosphere" lighting, consisting of four substantial RGB LED strips on đứng top of the unit. Mi markets these are offering "gaming lighting effects" and we can definitely see how such a thing could fit into an already RGB-heavy setup. Apparently, there are five lighting effect modes available for them, including Breathing, Rainbow and Starry sky. Be default, these strips double as status LEDs, which is kind of convenient, but also a bit too "in your face".

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Our issue here is that we found no way lớn turn off the lights through the web interface. We guess that the controls are inside the Mi trang chủ app, but we never actually managed to connect that to lớn our review unit, likely due khổng lồ some regional restrictions và the early nature of the reviews unit. Bottom line - we are stuck with constantly on green LEDs on the vị trí cao nhất of our unit while it is functioning properly.

Beyond these massive LED strips, you also get two quite big and easy-to-see LEDs on one side of the AX9000. One is a system status indicator, while the other - an mạng internet connectivity status one. These sit one above the other, which can be a bit confusing when viewed from a distance and typically requires getting up to inspect what is actually wrong.

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When all is well, both shine in white. We found no way khổng lồ disable them through the website portal either, which, just like the đứng đầu LED strips can be an issue, especially if you have the router next to lớn your screen or otherwise causing distractions.

Internals, features & why Wi-Fi 6 is better

As promised, we are going to vày our best to lớn describe some of the features offered by the ngươi AX9000 as we danh mục them. Some are specific lớn the particular router, but many others are simply intrinsic to Wi-Fi 6, but don"t really get a lot of easy-to-digest marketing to the end-user. Understanding them, however, is key khổng lồ understanding the potential added value of upgrading to Wi-Fi 6.

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The xiaomi mi AX9000 is rocking a Qualcomm IPQ8072 chipset with Cortex-A53 2.2GHz quad-core Processor. There is also a 2-core network acceleration processor 1.7 GHz on board, for a total of six cores, as well as 1GB of RAM. Mi claims that these resources are good for up lớn a whopping 248 simultaneously connected devices.

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That number was achieved under laboratory conditions & we are quite certain it involves a high number of IoT devices that don"t suck-up too much bandwidth, but it"s still reassuring that it can handle any number of clients you have in your home.

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As we said Wi-Fi 6 is the next mainstream iteration of the IEEE 802.11 standard. Its pre-release name was Wi-Fi ax, but the IEEE has now coined this new numbering scheme, for the sake of simplicity & has retroactively applied it to lớn older Wi-Fi standards. Wi-Fi ac is denoted Wi-Fi 5, Wi-Fi n becomes Wi-Fi 4, and so forth.

Protocol Wi-Fi Number Release Year Frequency Channel Width MIMO Theoretical max data rate
802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 Q4 2019 2.4 or 5GHz 20, 40, 80, 160MHz Multi User (MU-MIMO) 2.4 Gbps
802.11ac wave 2 Wi-Fi 5 June 2016 5GHz 20, 40, 80, 160MHz Multi User (MU-MIMO) 1.73 Gbps
802.11ac wave 1 Wi-Fi 5 January 2014 5GHz 20, 40, 80MHz Single User (SU-MIMO) 866.7 Mbps
802.11n Wi-Fi 4 2009 2.4 or 5GHz 20, 40MHz Single User (SU-MIMO) 450 Mbps
802.11g Wi-Fi 3 2003 2.4GHz 20MHz N/A 54 Mbps
802.11a Wi-Fi 2 1999 5GHz 20MHz N/A 54 Mbps
802.11b Wi-Fi 1 1999 2.4GHz 20MHz N/A 11 Mbps
Legacy 802.11 N/A 1997 2.4GHz 20MHz N/A 2 Mbps

Wi-Fi 6 operates at the same 2.4 GHz and 5GHz bands, as before, but you vị need a Wi-Fi 6 client to lớn make use of the additional benefits of Wi-Fi 6. The xiaomi mi AX9000 also has full ac compatibility - there is a toggle in its settings thực đơn that enables a fallback 5GHz mode.

Do not confuse Wi-Fi 6 with Wi-Fi ad, which is an entirely different beast, operating at 60GHz, or Wi-Fi 6e, which is supposed lớn become the next mainstream Wi-Fi tech, but it is still some time away in the future.

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Now let"s look at raw data throughput, which on the mi Router AX9000 is marketed as 9000 Mbps. That number is actually cumulative across all of the bands on the router & their respective tốc độ caps. So that"s 1,148Mbps on the 2.4GHz band, 4,804 Mbps on the "gaming" 5.2GHz one và 2,404Mbps on the 5.8GHz, plus 583 Mbps on the dedicated AIoT band. That adds up khổng lồ right around 9000 Mbps. In practice, most clients will only use one band at a time so at best you can hope khổng lồ reaching one of those limits & even that"s hard lớn pull off with the majority of available clients.

On a Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra, which has MU-MIMO và Wi-Fi 6, we saw negotiated connection speeds of 229 Mbps on 2.4GHz, 1.1 Gbit/s on the "multimedia" 5.8 GHz network & 1.2 Gbit/s on the "gaming" 5.2GHz network. Every time as a single connected client. That"s way higher tốc độ that you might possiblt need on a phone.

But, the real battle with Wi-Fi is usually not just lớn deliver amazing speed lớn one client, but lớn consistently service many clients at once. Other tech comes into play to that end, lượt thích the 4K QAM advertised on the AX9000. QAM stands for Quadrature amplitude modulation and is a way of modulating both the phase và the amplitude of a radio wave, in order to encode concurrent data bits in frequencies harmonized và carried together. 256-bit QAM, as introduced with Wi-Fi ac (Wi-Fi 5) can encode 8 bits, whereas 1024-QAM does 10 bits, which is around 25% increase in data throughput. 4K QAM, as seen on the AX9000 increases the theoretical max another 20% over 1024-QAM, in ideal conditions, with a supported client.

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The significance of the 160MHz bandwidth figure is also important. Mi claims that it can deliver double the speed and double the bandwidth compared to lớn more traditional 80MHz This is where OFDMA (orthogonal frequency division multiplexing) comes in.

Each of the basic Wi-Fi channels, most users have probably encountered in their router settings, are generally segmented during communication into 20MHz, 40MHz, 80MHz or 160MHz channels. There is another level of sub-division beyond that, as well. A typical 20MHz channel on a Wi-Fi ac router consists of 64 individual 312.5 kHz subcarriers. Each of those is only used khổng lồ transmit data lớn a single client during a single burst of data transmission, also known a TX.

Wi-Fi 6, when supported by both the router và the client, can fit up khổng lồ 256 subcarriers at 78.125 kHz, inside the same 20MHz channel. The way that extra throughput is being used is the important bit, though. Unlike OFMD, found in Wi-Fi ac, OFDMA, can use a single channel lớn communicate with different clients. It does so by assigning its subcarrier khổng lồ different resource units (RU). Wildly different data, meant for different resource units can then be fitted within the same transmission session, effectively filling-up what would otherwise be "holes" of unutilized bandwidth in the channels. In simpler terms - you can have some data from a video clip stream, meant for device A, alongside entirely different data for a game, meant for a totally different device B, both on board the same transmission.

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OFDMA works alongside MU-MIMO (multi-user, multiple input, multiple output) technology, which the following graphic hopefully clears up.

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Back to lớn that 160MHz channel width figure from before. It is important because, the wider the channel in use, the more subcarriers & resource units Wi-Fi 6 can divide it up into. A 160MHz channel can have a whopping 996 subcarriers. On the one hand, when focused on a single client, this helps achieve the higher maximum speed of Wi-Fi 6. Alternatively you can spread the bandwidth out lớn up to 74 clients concurrently. & that"s not 74 devices all connected lớn the Wi-Fi hotspot at the same time. That"s 74 Netflix instances all getting actual clip frames in their respective resource units, during the same transmission cycle of the router.

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Resource Units (RUs) 20MHz channel 40MHz channel 80MHz channel 160MHz channel 80 + 80MHz channel
996 (2x) subcarriers N/A N/A N/A 1 client 1 client
996 subcarriers N/A N/A 1 client 2 clients 2 clients
484 subcarriers N/A 1 client 2 clients 4 clients 4 clients
242 subcarriers 1 client 2 clients 4 clients 8 clients 8 clients
106 subcarriers 2 clients 4 clients 8 clients 16 clients 16 clients
52 subcarriers 4 clients 8 clients 16 clients 32 clients 32 clients
26 subcarriers 9 clients 18 clients 37 clients 74 clients 74 clients

Of course, that example is a bit exaggerated, due to lớn the huge bandwidth involved in đoạn phim streaming, which will just exceed most people"s mạng internet connection limits. Rather Wi-Fi 6 is meant khổng lồ cater more & more lớn an IoT future. A reality, in which a single Wi-Fi hotspot will be expected to constantly transfer small bits of data lớn an increasing number of smart devices. This is one use case that Wi-Fi 6 is noticeably better-suited for than its predecessors.

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Speaking of IoT Wi-Fi 6 introduces another interesting new feature, called, TWT (target wake time). In part, thanks to increased transmission frequency & scheduling control Wi-Fi 6 routers are capable of accurately predicting when they will transmit another batch of data to lớn any given client. Hence, the logical step - the router simply tells each client when to expect it. In the meantime, the Wi-Fi radio in the client can enter a low-powered sleep state. This is particularly useful for low-powered và low-bandwidth IoT devices. They can save a lot of resources by strategically putting their Wi-Fi 6 radios khổng lồ sleep.

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Also, it is worth noting that the particular wat the AX9000 is phối up, in order to take full advantage of the available bandwidth on a compatible client it needs to lớn be connected khổng lồ the "gaming" 5.2GHz Wi-Fi network. Only it can vì chưng 4x4 160MHz transfers.

Rounding-off the major features danh mục on the AX9000, we have Mesh networking support. Just in case one AX9000 does not provide good enough coverage for you, xiaomi mi offers quick & seamless mesh capabilities.

Unfortunately, we just have the one unit, so we can"t really chạy thử this out, but it is interesting to note that the official specs page claims an exclusive 4,804 Mbps, 4x4 160MHz band is used for the backhaul communication between units in the mesh, which leaves the throughput to lớn actual other devices exactly the same. Talk about plenty of power khổng lồ spare.

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Router management, software và additional features

Xiaomi traditionally offers a few ways of managing its routers. The one most-widely advertised is just using the Mi trang chủ app on your phone. It is a veritable hub for basically all thing Xiaomi/Mijia & works in a rather ingenious way, by downloading additional management modules và interfaces off of a hệ thống as you showroom new hardware lớn your personal profile.

We, however, ran into a particular issue while trying to set up our AX9000 đánh giá unit. It seems to be an EU version, which has a Germany region phối up as the default và a selection of a few other European regions. When we tried lớn match that Germany region in the Mi trang chủ app, the AX9000 never popped-up, neither through automatic discovery, nor when we tried to look for it manually. Apparently, the AX9000 is simply still not added to lớn EU Mi home servers.

We did try to switch the Mi trang chủ app region lớn Chinese mainland, where the AX9000 is definitely supported và even gets detected automatically. When we try to set it up, though, the thiết đặt wizard errors-out since the router is set lớn an EU region. We could probably flash a Chinese firmware on the router lớn get around this issue, but that would mở cửa up a slew of other issues, both with language và things lượt thích local Wi-Fi band regulations và standards.

Obviously by the time the AX9000 reaches retail stores in Europe, this will all be cleared up. By the way, we tried the dedicated mi Wifi app, as well, but didn"t get any further in the setup process.

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App thiết lập and management was a no-go

Luckily, lượt thích any other router, the AX9000 also has a standard web management portal. By default, the router comes pre-set-up with a 192.168.31.1 IP address, but the website portal can be accessed by going to miwifi.com as well và will also likely be brought-up automatically by your PC, since it is set-up as a landing page, also known as a captive portal. You might want lớn edit that router IP và its accompanying subnet mask if you intend lớn have the AX9000 as part of a more traditional LAN infrastructure, which tend khổng lồ typically use the 192.168.X.X or the 10.X.X.X IP ranges.

Anyway, there is a nifty web thiết lập wizard to go through. You need lớn agree to a few things, select a region & then phối an administrator password, as well as names & passwords for the three separate Wi-Fi netowrks broadcast by the AX9000. There is a convenient option within the wizard that allows you to lớn have the same password for all three without having to lớn enter it three times.

There is a toggle for disabling the 160MHz channel, if you don"t need it for some reason. It is on by default & you can also enable seamless Wi-Fi roaming across the three Wi-Fi bands during the thiết lập process. The whole thing takes about 5 minutes và depending on how complicated your ISP thiết đặt is, you should be online very quickly. The setup ends with a nifty summary screen with all of your passwords & a router restart.

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Mi AX9000 web cài đặt wizard

Xiaomi"s actual web admin portal has remained mostly unchanged since the early days of the original ngươi Router. The interface is simple, colorful, user-friendly và well laid out. It is actually based on the OpenWRT platform, so there is plenty of options hidden underneath. Don"t expect to lớn get easy access lớn any really advanced features, though, unless you a prepared lớn tinker around & flash a different OpenWRT firmware, since the mặc định one has a lot of featuers locked. All the basic features an average user might want are covered, without many advanced tuning options. That being said, the AX9000 is far from an average router, so the experience is arguably a bit crippled.

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Login & status screen

The first thing that greets you after you log into the operational router is a Status interface. The graphic on vị trí cao nhất shows you a summary of the router và its access points và their status. The lines connecting the devices icon, the router và the mạng internet icon also change color to indicate any potential issues.

You can quickly view and adjust your Wi-Fi netowrks. Switching over to lớn the devices tab offers a danh sách of currently connected clients, along with a toggle to lớn disable a particular device"s internet access. Not disconnect or ban them, tough, just cut their WAN access & still leave them as part of your LAN network. There are blacklist & whitelist connection options elsewhere on the AX9000. However, no bandwidth limits or access schedules, which is a bit of a bummer.

Speaking of bandwidth, clicking on the mạng internet icon brings up a summary of your WAN settings, as well as an upload and download bandwidth interface, which you are expected to fill-in manually & is required if you want to lớn use smart QoS bandwidth allocations. Some older xiaomi mi routers used khổng lồ have an integrated speed demo button lớn automatically measure the values, which is oddly missing here.

The Storage tab just offers a summary of any device you might have connected khổng lồ the USB 3.0 port on the AX9000. There is no way to actually browse or manipulate files from here, which is another weird limitation. You need khổng lồ get a desktop phầm mềm or use Mi home on your phone for that. There is no clear info anywhere on how to connect khổng lồ the allegedly supported SAMBA tóm tắt protocol either. Various forums say it is indeed supported, but even after digging around, we didn"t manage to access the drive via Windows, android or an LG WebOS TV. So, even if it is there, for all intents and purposes, SMB is not accessible.

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Storage tab

The Settings tab kicks off with Wi-Fi settings. One toggle worth pointing out is the confusingly named Tri-band Wi-Fi, which when enabled hides away the three different access points the AX9000 has khổng lồ offer & instead exposes a single Wi-Fi netowrk, which then automatically does device roaming & handoff from one band khổng lồ the other, depending on the situation.

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Wi-Fi settings

The AX9000 supports WPA3 encryption for its Wi-Fi password, which is great lớn see, but might not be supported by many of your client devices. Chances are you will still need a mixed WPA3 and WPA2 mode. For personal needs, WPA2 is still plenty secure against bruteforcing.

Each of the three bands on the AX9000 has its own phối of available channels & channel widths or "bandwidth", as it is denoted in this interface. You generally want khổng lồ just leave the automatically selected channel, since the AX9000 scans your environment & picks one that is the least busy. The only reason for going manual would be if some of your clients miss support for certain channels and stop seeing the networks from time lớn time.

The Wi-Fi 5 compatibility mode toggle near the bottom of the page is a more aggressive solution for getting Wi-Fi ac (Wi-Fi 5) functioning once again on older ac clients. Toggling this switch on, however, will have an adverse effect of performance for your newer và better clients, since it disables features like OFDMA and BBS coloring.

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Most items within the Network settings menu are self-explanatory. The two interesting selectors here khuyễn mãi giảm giá with the singular 2.5 Gbit port on the AX9000 (the xanh one). You can choose whether khổng lồ have it be the WAN port (as is the default) or delegate that role to lớn the adjacent slower 1Gbit port and then không tính tiền up said blue port for a LAN port.

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Network settings

You can bởi vì simple đen or white-listing for client devices in the Security tab. Again, the lack of bandwidth caps và schedules or any kind of more advanced control is a bummer. The Lan settings tab is where the DHCP hệ thống lives, alongside static DHCP assignments.

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Security, Lan settings & status tab

You can adjust the time zone on the AX9000, but that does not affect its region setting. In fact, there is no way khổng lồ change the region without factory-restarting the router, which is not ideal. At least you can back up & restore most of your settings.

There are plenty of additional settings under the Advanced tab. Things lượt thích QoS (Quality of service), DDNS (Dynamic DNS), with a few vendors included (oray.com, 3322.org, dyndns.org, no-ip.com), port forwarding & a DMZ (demilitarized zone) lớn expose a single device, also UPnP, which is inexplicably turned off by default & a VNP client, with support for the basic PPTP và L2TP protocols.

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Additional settings & features

While undoubtedly clean, simple and well organized, the website management portal on the AX9000 is lacking in terms of features. This is the kind of portal that makes a lot of sense on an entry-level router that is meant lớn cater khổng lồ average users that need khổng lồ go through the cài đặt wizard once and then forget about it. The AX9000 is a geared to a far more advanced crowd và it just feels limited.

Performance

Running a simple speed demo online is one way to test performance, but it involves so many variables its results can often be misleading. So, we took a different approach to lớn performance testing - & we ran it at the office & then at home.

Stressing the AX9000 properly is honestly hard. Between its three independent bands and total of 12 independently-amplified antennas, it can handle an absurd number of devices. Hooking up 248 would not only be pretty hard, but also introduce more variables as ensuring they behave consistently between tests would be impossible.

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First thing we naturally tried doing was to lớn keep connecting devices to lớn the same access point (the 5.2 GHz trò chơi one in this case) to see it there would be a drop in negotiated bandwidth. We made sure these were current Wi-Fi 6 devices as well. A Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra, followed by a Galaxy S20, then a Sony Xperia 1 III and then two different Wi-Fi 6 laptops. At the end of it all the Note20 Ultra still reported the same 1.2 Gbit/s of negotiated speed it started with, so we clearly weren"t getting anywhere.

So, we installed the không tính phí OpenSpeedTest server ứng dụng on a desktop connected over a LAN cable to lớn the AX9000. The OpenSpeedTest ứng dụng runs a pre-HTML5 tốc độ testing server, like those popular online tốc độ test. However, khổng lồ ensure consistent testing environment we wanted to vì chưng it all locally. Ideally, we would have used the 2.5 Gbit port of the AX9000 lớn connect our server, but we didn"t manage khổng lồ get a 2.5 Gbit ethernet adapter in time. So, we are limited to lớn 1 Gbit on the server side and that"s what we are aiming for.

The following screenshots were taken from the Note20 Ultra connected to lớn the 5.2 GHz access point with various other clients alongside it.

The first shot shows just the Note20 Ultra connected và running the demo as the single client khổng lồ the AX9000, besides the OpenSpeedTest server, of course. So, single wireless client. Mind you, we even kept the AX9000 disconnected from the mạng internet to keep things as interference-free as possible on that end, but didn"t really isolate the thiết lập away from other Wi-Fi networks, since that wouldn"t be representative of real-world use. Anyway, we can clearly see the speeds nearing the 1 Gbit threshold, which is great.

We then started adding other clients lớn the same Wi-Fi network. The second screenshot is with the Galaxy S20 also on the network, browsing Reddit and not running the test. Then, the third screenshot is with both devices running the speed kiểm tra at the same time. They are using the same server, so are effectively sharing its theoretical 1 Gbit cap. We wanted khổng lồ see how fair và effective sharing would be and indeed the speed got almost perfectly split in half. Finally, we added the Xperia 1 III khổng lồ the mix, as well. With the fourth screenshot showing the Note20 Ultra chạy thử with it và the S20 both browsing Reddit & then the final shot showcasing all three devices hitting the speed chạy thử server together. We think the scaling looks quite sensible.

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OpenSpeedTest testing

All of this does little lớn actually torture-test the limits of the AX9000. To bởi vì so we moved on to a particular torture-test of an apartment. It has a home server, with Plex & a couple of Apache instances constantly running, an almost always on smart TV, an Amazon Fire stick & Google Chromecast, anywhere from two lớn three laptops on Wi-Fi during the day and a couple of smartphones. Beyond that, an extensive home automation setup, with two different Wi-Fi connected hubs, a Raspberry Pi, pulling some aggregation và proxy duties, two Alexa Echo units và to Google home ones, a smart door, smart interface for the apartment intercom & street door lock, and a couple of Wi-Fi cameras. A Nintendo Switch is sometimes thrown into the mix & I vì also, occasionally connect a Sony PSP, which only works on the ancient Wi-Fi b standard. Typically, that throws the router off so badly that almost everything else starts misbehaving.

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Indeed, up until I busted out the ancient PSP, I noticed no issues whatsoever. The PSP itself struggled badly khổng lồ even connect lớn the AX9000 and once it did, ping to the router on my máy tính almost doubled. Honestly, even that hardly made a noticeable dent. The mi AX9000 is a beast on another level. For a bit more context, I am currently running an Honor Router 3, which is a decent Wi-Fi 6 router at home and the AX9000 still managed lớn impress me.

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One of the toughest Wi-Fi scenarios I tend khổng lồ use regularly is to lớn stream VR games from my gaming PC khổng lồ an Oculus Rift 2 via its Wi-Fi 6 connection. As you can imagine, that requires massive bandwidth và is sensitive khổng lồ latency. With my regular Honor Router 3 setup, I tend to knock everything else off of my Wi-Fi before I start playing. No such need with the AX9000 though. Well, I wasn"t about lớn power the PSP on, of course, but I managed khổng lồ have what I would call a very fluent Half Life Alyx play session while the TV was playing 4K HDR Netflix. I didn"t bother to disconnect any of my numerous IoT devices either. Amazing!

In slightly more traditional testing, I managed to get up to 4 4K YouTube streams 2 HDR Netflix ones, before I inevitably ran into a bottleneck. The thing I exhausted, however, was my internet connection. Taking things lớn the absolute extreme, I then decided to găng the internal network further & introduced a 4K Plex stream khổng lồ the mix. No issues. Finally, not one, but two concurrent large SMB network transfers was that thing that make Netflix streams start to lớn buffer and drop down in quality. Since I hadn"t introduced any additional external bandwidth and connections, I was clearly, finally bumping up against some limitation of the AX9000. Honestly, it was anything but easy khổng lồ make this behemoth sweat. Mind you, even at the height of these shenanigans, I never actually managed khổng lồ hear audible noise from the router"s internal fan.

Final thoughts

We mix out to lớn kind of answer two separate questions - bởi you need an upgrade lớn Wi-Fi 6 và how would it be better in general than any older, existing Wi-Fi cài đặt and whether the xiaomi mi AX9000 is a good upgrade path to that end and a good product overall.

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Let"s start with the Wi-Fi 6 part of the conundrum. Whether or not you should hop on board it now very much depends on your current và expected future Wi-Fi needs. If you have a few Wi-Fi devices at home and everything is working perfectly fine for your needs, you are saturating the mạng internet connection you are paying for và are not choosing between streaming on the TV và faming online, for instance, then you might want to lớn stay put. Wi-Fi 6E will soon be a widespread thing and with the inclusion of the 6GHz band could offer an even more future-proof nâng cấp path soon. In the meantime, Wi-Fi 6 has already gotten attainable enough at good value pricing for enthusiast lớn start confidently hopping on board. If you are itching to swap out every light switch in your trang chủ with Wi-Fi ones and perhaps throw in a few cameras while at it, then a Wi-Fi 6 futureproof router might be a good investment.

However, that is not us telling you to lớn get the xiaomi AX9000. It is an absurdly powerful unit, no doubt about it, likely even too overpowered for your average home. It is also being unfortunately held back severely by its simplistic web management software. It seems xiaomi made a conscious choice to optimize for convenience và ease of use, at the expense of added-value & advanced features. That, however, makes little sense on the $250, or so AX9000. A lot of its potential is just left unused. If you are paying that much, you should honestly expect more & you can get more from competitive offers. Alternatively, you can also look at some of Xiaomi"s other, better priced routers, like the AX6000 or AX1800 for much better value và a better fit for the company"s streamlined if limited management interface.