Comparison of Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 RoutersComparison of Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 Routers

A giant leap forward in web experience

AX3600 Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) is the latest generation in Wi-Fi standards. Compared to the previous generation of Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) in terms of transfer rates, coverage and data latency, it has been vastly improved. Especially when multiple end devices are connected at the same time, the Wi-Fi 6 router can significantly reduce and lower end-device latency and unresponsiveness.

 

 

Qualcomm six-core enterprise-classQualcomm six-core enterprise-class

professional chip for more stable operation

The IPQ8071A enterprise-class professional chip—powered by the Qualcomm quad-core 64-bit A53 CPU dual-core network acceleration engine—offers a much better DMIPS capability than other router manufacturers Speed specification chip solution for more processing power and more stable operation.

 

 

Wi-Fi speeds of up to 3000 MbpsWi-Fi speeds of up to 3000 Mbps

155% faster than mainstream Wi-Fi 5 rates

The Mi AIoT Router AX3600 offers two bands of 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, each with 802.11ax technology and no mutual interference. The two bands offer a combined dual-band wireless speed of up to 2976 Mbps*. The 2.4 GHz frequency band features longer transmission for better coverage and better wall-penetrating performance. The 5-GHz frequency band provides low interference and high speed for smooth HD video playback and smoother experience when playing large online games.

 

 

6-channel external high-performance signal amplifier6-channel external high-performance signal amplifier

Two and four external high-performance signal amplifiers (PA and LNA) are installed in the 2.4-GHz band and 5-GHz band respectively. The PA (Power Amplifier) effectively increases the signal transmitting power, allowing the router to transmit signals further and stronger through walls. The LNA (Low Noise Amplifier) increases the signal reception sensitivity, allowing the router to receive a weaker signal from further away.

 

 

 

512 MB of memory,512 MB of memory,

Allowing up to 248 devices to connect at the same time

A flagship router is a complex environment that must be capable of supporting multiple people playing games, family gatherings, and house parties with multiple devices. The AX3600 has 512 MB of memory and supports up to 248 devices connected simultaneously, making it the simple solution for a variety of locations.

 

AIoT Smart Antenna

Quickly discover a Xiaomi smart device by entering it into the network

Equipped with an “AIoT Smart Antenna,” open the Mi Home app to discover uninitialized Mi smart devices. Connect to the network and access a wide range of smart features with the touch of a button. You can help your parents configure their new devices quickly, even when you’re away from home.

 

 

 

Supports multiple mesh networking Wi-Fi 6 throughout the house

Enjoy high-speed Wi-Fi 6 throughout the house. Instead of dealing with dead spots from a single router, multiple mesh groups can easily handle all kinds of complex home layouts to seamlessly cover the house. Plus, you can enjoy high-speed Wi-Fi 6 everywhere you go with support for the 802.11k/v protocol. Actual experience depends on the actual environment and user end device capability.

 

 

With OFDMA technology for transmitting data to multiple devices

OFDMA technology is one of the biggest differences between AX3600 and traditional routers, allowing the AX3600 to send data to multiple end devices with only one transmission (up to eight end devices), whereas traditional routers will need to transmit data from multiple end devices in turn. OFDMA allows highly efficient transfer and reduced latency so multiple devices can be used simultaneously.

 

 

BSS coloring technology majorly boosts the ability to withstand Wi-Fi interference in neighboring homes

The popularity of routers has led to increased Wi-Fi interference in our homes. BSS coloring technology allows routers to “color” their Wi-Fi, using reasonable algorithm optimization to reduce interference between different colored Wi-Fi, resulting in improved overall communication efficiency and maximum utilization of network resources.

 

 

 

 

WPA3 secure encryption protocol that offers data security in your home network

WPA3 is the latest Wi-Fi security standard that introduces more sophisticated computer authentication algorithms, making it much more difficult to infiltrate the network and keeping user data secure.

 

 

 

Supports beamforming technology

for directional enhancement signals

Beamforming automatically detects the location of devices such as mobile phones and computers in the network, enhancing the signal in that location and providing effective Wi-Fi coverage over a wide range and with a stable signal quality.

 

 

 

Combined dual bands under one network name, so there’s no longer any confusion over which one to connect to

The Mi AIoT Router AX3600 supports dual-band integration, combining the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands into a single Wi-Fi name. Dual-band terminals can choose the appropriate band access according to the current environment, so you don’t have to worry about which Wi-Fi to connect to.

 

 

 

High heat dissipation for stable operation

Large aluminum alloy heat sinks and high thermal conductivity adhesives are used to cool the router, with cooling vents on the top, bottom and side of the body. A metal piece is installed on the top of the triangular-shaped body to accelerate the heat transfer from inside to outside, providing stable thermal support for high-speed router operation.

 

 

 

Easily manage the amount of time your children spend online and the content they access

Manage the amount of time your child and family members spend online and restrict their access to certain websites. Features such as offline alerts on designated devices and online daily newsletters can help you learn more about your child’s online experience.

 

 

 

 

Receive a phone alert when unauthorized users access your Wi-Fi and block them instantly

When an unknown device uses the Wi-Fi without permission, the Xiaomi Wi-Fi app can send out a notification to inform the user that a new device has connected. If a suspicious device tries to join the network, depending on the security level, the device will be automatically blocked from connecting, or you will be prompted to block the device with one push of a button.

 

 

 

Internet settings that moms and dads can handle

The Internet settings are quick, easy, and simple enough for even parents to understand! For further details, please refer to the Mi AIoT Router AX3600 User Manual

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collaborations with authoritative international test instrument manufacturers ensure router stability

In cooperation with authoritative international test instrument manufacturers such as Spirent and lxia, we conduct large-scale tests simulating scenarios in the home and router performance under extreme conditions to ensure that the router is able to operate stably under various conditions.

Additional information

Brand

Xiaomi

Color

Specification

Dimensions L×W×H (per unit) 408 mm × 133 mm × 177 mm
Product color: Black

Hardware configuration
Processor: IPQ8071A 4-core A53 1.4 GHz CPU
Network processing unit: Dual-core 1.7 GHz NPU
ROM: 256MB
Memory: 512MB
2.4G Wi-Fi: 2 × 2 (supports up to IEEE 802.11ax protocol, theoretical maximum speed of 574 Mbps)
5G Wi-Fi: 4 × 4 (supports up to IEEE 802.11ax protocol, theoretical maximum speed of 2402 Mbps)
Product antenna: 6 external high-gain antennas + 1 external AIoT antenna
Product heat dissipation: Natural heat dissipation
Total ports: 1× 10/100/1000M self-adaptive WAN port (Auto MDI/MDIX), 3× 10/100/1000M self-adaptive LAN ports (Auto MDI/MDIX)
LED indicator light: 7× (SYSTEM light ×1, INTERNET light ×1, LAN light ×4, AIoT status light ×1)
System reset button: 1×
Power input port: 1×
Protocol standards: IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax, IEEE 802.3/3u/3ab

Wireless specifications
Dual band: 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz
Modulation
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 to MCS15
11ac: MIMO-OFDM: BPSK, QPSK, 16QAM, 64QAM, 256QAM. Rate set: MCS0 to MCS9 (supports 4 streams)
11ax: MIMO-OFDM: BPSK, QPSK, 16QAM, 64QAM, 256QAM, 1024QAM.
Rate set: MCS0 to MCS11 (supports 4 streams)"

Software specifications
Operating system: Mi Wi-Fi ROM intelligent router operating system based on a highly customized version of OpenWRT
WiFi Encryption: WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK/WPA3-SAE encryption, wireless access control (blacklist and whitelist), SSID hiding, smart unauthorized access prevention
Network Security: Access control (blacklist, whitelist), guest network, DoS, SPI firewall, IP and MAC address binding, IP and MAC filtering
Management applications: Supports web, Android, iOS

Product accessories
User manual: 1×
Networking cable: 1×
Product power supply: 1×(112 V/2 A)

Working Environment
Working environment: Temperature: 0°C to 40°C
Operating humidity: 10%–90% RH (no condensation)
Storage temperature: -40°C to +70°C
Storage humidity: 5%–90% RH (no condensation)

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