Since last year, more and more devices support the new WLAN standard Wi-Fi 6, and some Chinese smartphones, such as the OnePlus 8 or the Poco F2 Pro, can already use the new standard. But even the router must have Wi-Fi 6 at the start. Now the Xiaomi AX1800 router would like to offer an inexpensive introduction.
For the design, they decided on a black tower with the dimensions 97 x 229 x 97 mm and the design reminds of the new Xbox. It is definitely a slightly different design. Otherwise, there are only two status LEDs and four Gigabit Ethernet ports on the router. One of the Ethernet ports must be used to connect to the modem. There is no USB port, for example, to connect a hard disk.
MiWifi operating system based on OpenWRT
For data processing, the AX1800 has a Qualcomm IPQ6000 processor installed. In addition, 128 MB memory and 256 MB RAM are used. MiWiFi runs as the operating system on the router, which is a modified OpenWRT. While it was relatively easy to install a different version of OpenWRT on earlier Xiaomi routers, this is not yet possible
The router has 2 x 2 MU MIMO, i.e. two transmit and receive antennas, and supports 2.4 GHz at 574 Mbps and 5 GHz at 1201 Mbps. In addition, the WPA3 encryption standard can be used, which will replace WPA2 in the long term.
The MiWifi running on the router is in Chinese and therefore probably not understandable for most people. The corresponding app for iOS and Android, which is supposed to have a similar range of functions, but offers a multilingual voice output. There you can make basic network settings, but also restart the router for example.
Do I need Wi-Fi 6?
But now you may ask yourself why upgrade to Wi-Fi 6 at all? In general, there are improvements in range, speed, and latency. Also, different networks don’t interfere so much anymore and several devices can better use the network at the same time. In general, a detailed explanation would go beyond the scope of this article.
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