Review Three Wi-Fi 6 Routers Under $100 Reviewed

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HWDan

Regular Contributor
RAX20 is now $99 CAD at most places up here this week.
 

anotherengineer

Regular Contributor
RAX20 is now $99 CAD at most places up here this week.
So question is, is it worth it vs other routers in the $100 ball park??
 

anotherengineer

Regular Contributor
I think I answered that in the review, at least for the routers tested.
Ya. It’s just sometimes prices and availability can vary dramatically in Canada compared to USA for whatever reason but usually they are inline with exchange rate. I was wondering about Asus routers in the $100 range compared to the RAX20. Thanks though I will keep that RAX20 on my budget shortlist :)
 

castlefox

Occasional Visitor
Dumb question. Would any of these be better than my Asus RT-N66U ??? My RN-N66u does not wifi6 and is stuck on 802.11n Been acting up lately also....
 

castlefox

Occasional Visitor
Uhh so this is the best non-biased networking website that I trust. I love the wifi basics section on here have explain on here.

This has probably been asked somewhere else, but what is the best way to support / donate(?) money to SmallNetBuilder? Other than buying stuff through referral links on Amazon.
I find the commentary & notes on your reviews very helpful. Some of those charts are rather meaningless to me -- I do not have the context/knowledge on all of those number charts to understand how those numbers would effect how the router would preform for me
 

Dark910

Occasional Visitor
Would you be able to review the Netgear WAX206? It's labeled as an access point, but it seems to be a router by default based on the manual(and I believe that's the case with the other Netgear 'access points' like the WAX204). It's under $100 right now and has a 2.5 GB WAN which is unheard of for the price.

It's apparently 4x4 2.4 and 4x4 ax 5 GHz, no 160 MHz support. 2.4 GHz might be N though. Netgear's small business stuff seems like a better value than their consumer line at the low-end, at least on paper, if you're able to accept the sort of ugly design lol. The main loss between this and the consumer router is the WAX has no USB. If the Belkin non-2.5G version and this Netgear are basically related, it's likely Mediatek based.

The manual however states that the 2.4 GHz settings are 54(G), 346 Mbps(20 MHz AX), or 800 Mbps(40 MHz AX). While the 5 GHz is 2400 80 MHz AX as expected. The FCC testing lists 4 chains on both radios however, so not sure what's the deal with the 2.4 GHz. Is that 4x4 AX without extra QAM rates or something?

 
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Burstaholic

New Around Here
@Burstaholic The Archer A7 has three streams on each band.
Oh! That makes more sense. I tried to figure that out, but even TP-Link's official page for it is pretty unhelpful. I guess you have to work backwards from the "AC 1750,“ which seems obvious now.

I have an A7 now, so i guess a RAX20 wouldn't be much of an upgrade, except for (hopefully) faster 2.4ghz speed.

Still surprising it would be worse, rather than only slightly better. Guess that's the market for ya.
 

RMerlin

Asuswrt-Merlin dev
Broadcom makes some triple core Cortex-A7 router chips.
Wikidevi lists that model as a quad-core bcm6755, not the tri-core bcm6750. Maybe they are wrong tho (wouldn't be the first time).
 

Wasook

Occasional Visitor
debug.htm

CPU1: 1.12% CPU2: 1.27% CPU3: 1.72% CPU4: 1.72%

Something funky is going on.

Debug shows 4 cores and cores 1,2 and 3 have different load values but core 4 always shows the same load value as core 3?
 

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