The 5 best routers with Wifi 6

Ob zu Hause oder im Büro, bei Gamern oder Serienjunkies: Der neue WLAN standard Wifi 6 hat sich mit rasender Geschwindigkeit etabliert – und das im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes. Denn er bietet im Vergleich zu seinen Vorgängern eine deutlich schnellere, stabilere und zuverlässigere WLAN-Verbindung sowie ein verbessertes Sicherheitsniveau.

But in order to access the new speed standard and benefit from the other advantages of the latest Wifi generation, users need new hardware. The atechbook editorial team reveals why it’s still worth switching to the new WLAN transmission standard, and also presents the best routers with the new Wifi 6 WLAN standard – for every budget, every use and every requirement.

What is Wifi 6?

Wifi 6 – also known by its technical name “IEEE 802.11ax” – is the latest and fastest WLAN transmission standard in Germany. It is the successor to Wifi 5, which was introduced in 2013, and is a considerable step forward for wireless network technology.

What are the advantages of Wifi 6?

With theoretical data rates of 11 gigabits per second, Wifi 6 offers an increase in speed that significantly surpasses its predecessors Wifi 5 and Wifi 4, which only achieved peak values of 1.3 gigabits per second. Thanks to newly introduced technology enhancements such as MIMO-OFDMA (“Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access”), Wifi 6 also ensures that the network is even more reliable and stable – even when many different users access it at the same time or many devices are in use in parallel. Thanks to multitasking, connected devices are no longer addressed individually one after the other, but simultaneously. This makes Wifi 6 particularly attractive not only for professional use or the home office, but also for gamers or series lovers: delays during streaming or downloads are a thing of the past.

Wifi 6 can also convince when it comes to security. For example, the latest WLAN transmission standard generally uses the so-called WPA3 encryption to secure the network and thus reduces the risk of hacker attacks. Energy can also be saved with Wifi 6. This is because thanks to the new technology, communication between the router and devices works in both directions. This means that the router no longer has to constantly search for requests and can therefore operate much more energy efficiently. At the same time, the batteries of end devices are also conserved.

What are the disadvantages of Wifi 6?

Einen Haken hat Wifi 6: Man muss sich als Anwender neue Hardware anschaffen, um den neuen WLAN standard für schnelles Internet nutzen zu können. Das heißt, man benötigt einen neuen Router und diese Anschaffung kann – je nach Anspruch – kostenintensiv werden. Auch ist ein Upgrade nicht automatisch für jeden Anwender sinnvoll, da Wifi 6 seine Stärke primär dort entfaltet, wo sehr viele Geräte und Anwender zusammenkommen.

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What makes a good Wifi-6 capable router?

Extra-fast WLAN might be enough as a purchase argument for some users. But what if other aspects are relevant for your own needs? For example, whether it is possible to connect several devices. In this case, a router with many interfaces can be advantageous. Whether a router with a telephony option and modem is necessary also depends on the user’s usage behavior. In addition, the integrated security solutions, the range and the manufacturer’s offers for hardware and software updates can be decisive for the purchase decision.

The designer piece: Netgear Nighthawk AX8

Dieser Wifi-6-Router kann nicht nur mit seinen äußeren, sondern auch mit seinen inneren Werten überzeugen: Der Netgear Nighthawk AX8 ist ein Blickfänger, der mit schnellem und zuverlässigem WLAN sowie einer enormen Reichweite punkten kann. Damit ist er ideal für alle, die sich besseres 4K-UHD-Streaming, Gaming ganz ohne Latenzen und schnellere Downloads wünschen. Ebenso praktisch sind die benutzerfreundliche Einrichtung des Routers, die nur wenige Minuten dauert, sowie die fünf praktischen Gigabit-Ethernet-LAN ports, die den Router zum idealen Begleiter fürs Homeoffice, fürs Heimkino oder für Perfi-Gamer machen.

Features

Netgear Nighthawk AX8
Interfaces 1 x RJ-45 (WAN), 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1
USB ports Hard drive connection, stick connection
Antennas 4x external
WLAN speed 6000 Mbit/s
WLAN standards a, b, g, n, ac, ax
WLAN frequency bands 2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz
WLAN functions WLAN guest network, MU-MIMO, Beamforming+, OFDMA
Encryption WEP, WPA, WPA2,
LAN standard Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbit/s)
LAN ports 5 × RJ-45
Internet security 64/128 bit WEP, WPA, WPA2, WPS
Telephony Without
Modem Without
Suitable for Online gaming, Alexa Voice Assistant, 8K video streaming, Google Voice Assistant

Advantages and disadvantages

Rating at idealo: Score 1.9 | 4 out of 5 stars

Per

  • + Elegant, fancy design
  • + High range
  • + Power saving
  • + 5 practical Ethernet ports

Contra

  • – Not quite as fast as the competition
  • – User interface seems unfashionable
  • – WPA3 encryption missing
  • – High price

The high-tech device: Asus RT-AX88U

The Asus RT-AX88U router not only looks futuristic, it also is: Its smart features make the router the perfect solution for gamers and early adopters looking for a future-proof solution. For example, the high-tech device can be easily controlled via Amazon Alexa voice command. But its other features are also versatile: from integrated virus protection to cloud and IFTTT support, it has everything tech pros could want from a powerful router.

Features

Asus RT-AX88U
Interfaces 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1
USB ports Druckerverbindung, Hard drive connection, stick connection, USB-Modem
Antennas 4x external
WLAN speed 4800 Mbit/s
WLAN standards a, b, g, n, ac, ax
WLAN frequency bands 2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz
Encryption WPA, WPA2, WPA3-Personal, WPA, WPA2-Enterprise
LAN standard Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbit/s)
Internet security Parental control, AiPertection
LAN ports 8 × RJ-45
Telephony Without
Telephony functions None
Modem Without
Special features Game Boost, LAN Boost, AiPertection, AiCloud, AiDisk

Advantages and disadvantages

Rating at idealo: Score 1.8 | 4 out of 5 stars

Per

  • + Many features like virus protection or cloud
  • + Distinctive design
  • + Strong gaming router
  • + Externe Antennas für bessere Reichweite
  • + Support for Alexa and IFTTT
  • + Powerful software
  • + High speed

Contra

  • – No modem integrated
  • – Connections sometimes difficult to reach

The all-rounder: AVM Fritzbox 7590 AX

Beeindruckende Kompatibilität und einzigartige Features – das sind die stärksten Argumente für den Router AVM Fritzbox 7590 AX. Das Modell liegt in der mittleren Preiskategorie, bietet dafür jedoch auch ein ordentliches Paket an Funktionen: unter anderem Mesh-WLAN, Telephony und DSL-Modem. Ebenso überzeugen die benutzerfreundliche Handhabung, das leichte Gehäuse und die enorme Leistungsstärke des Geräts. Das macht den Wifi-6-Router zu einem praktischen und professionellen Assistenten, der die Netzwerkqualität – sowohl zu Hause als auch im Büro – mit Leichtigkeit auf das nächste Level bringt. Auch von Vorteil: die 5-jährige Garantie, die AVM mit dem Router mitliefert.

Features

AVM Fritzbox 7590 AX
Interfaces 1 x TAE (analog phone), 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1,
2 x RJ-11 (telephone)
USB ports Druckerverbindung, Hard drive connection, stick connection, USB-Modem
Antennas 8x internal
WLAN speed 3600 Mbps
WLAN standards b, a, g, n, ac, ax
WLAN frequency bands 5.0 GHz, 2.4 GHz
WLAN functions WLAN guest network, MU-MIMO, Band Steering, AP Steering, WLAN Mesh Steering
Encryption WPA2, WPS, WPA3
LAN standard Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1,000 Mbit/s)
LAN ports 4 x RJ-45
Internet security Parental control, firewall
Telephony Via fixed network and Internet
Telephony functions DECT, answering machine
Modem VDSL, ADSL
Suitable for Mesh systems
Server functions Media servers, NAS servers

Advantages and disadvantages

Rating at idealo: Score 1.5 | 2.5 out of 5 stars

Per

  • + Good performance
  • + High range
  • + Highly functional
  • + 5 years warranty
  • + User-friendly router firmware
  • + With practical VDSL2 modem

Contra

  • – Relatively high power consumption
  • – Antennas lassen sich nicht ausrichten
  • – 2.5 Gigabit LAN interfaces are missing

The luxury model: Netgear Orbi Wifi 6

Kapazität, Geschwindigkeit und Effizienz – das verspricht das Router-System Netgear Orbi Wifi 6 nicht nur, sondern beweist es auch in der Praxis: So sorgt die Perfilösung mit seiner Tri-Band-Mesh-Technologie sowie seiner Kombination aus Router und Satellit, der das Netz verstärkt, für ein WLAN-Erlebnis mit maximalen Geschwindigkeiten – und das auch an schwer erreichbaren Orten. Mehr als 100 Geräte können angesteuert und verbunden werden, zudem wird eine Fläche von bis zu 350 Quadratmetern abgedeckt, was das einzigartige, aber auch preisintensive Routersystem zur idealen Lösung für Smart-Home-Fans, High-End-Anwender und Perfessionals macht.

Features

Netgear Orbi Wifi 6
Interfaces 1 x 2.5 Gbit WAN port
USB ports None
Antennas 4x external
WLAN speed 6000 Mbit/s
WLAN standards a, b, g, n, ac, ax
WLAN frequency bands 2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz
WLAN functions Beamforming, MU-MIMO
Encryption 128 bit AES encryption with PSK
LAN standard Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mbit/s)
LAN ports 4 × RJ-45
Internet security Parental control, NETGEAR Armor
Telephony functions None
Modem Without
Suitable for Mesh systems, Alexa Voice Assistant

Advantages and disadvantages

Rating at idealo: Score 1.9 | 4 out of 5 stars

Per

  • + WLAN coverage up to 350 square meters
  • + Fast transfer speeds
  • + Many LAN ports
  • + Easy commissioning
  • + Unobtrusive appearance
  • + With practical parental control

Contra

  • – Very high purchase price
  • – No USB port
  • – Two devices instead of one

The gaming star: Netgear Nighthawk XR1000

Mit dem Netgear Nighthawk XR1000 kann man sich von Netzwerküberlastungen verabschieden: Denn der Wifi-6-Router im hochmodernen Design ist konsequent auf Gaming-Performance getrimmt. So ermöglicht er es Livestreamern und Cloud-Gamern, bei 40 Perzent schnellerer Geschwindigkeit zu spielen und dadurch das Spieleerlebnis erheblich zu verbessern. Sein Geheimnis ist unter anderem die integrierte DumaOS-Technologie, die speziell für professionelle Gamer und Streamer entwickelt wurde und reduzierte Ping-Raten – ganz ohne Verzögerungen – sicherstellt.

Features

Netgear Nighthawk XR1000
Interfaces 1 x RJ-45 (WAN), 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1
USB ports Druckerverbindung, Hard drive connection, stick connection
Antennas 4x internal
WLAN speed 5400 Mbit/s
WLAN standards a, b, g, n, ac, ax
WLAN frequency bands 2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz
WLAN functions WLAN guest network, MU-MIMO, Beamforming+, OFDMA, Smart Connect, 1024QAM
Encryption WPS, WPA3, WPA2, WPA, WEP
LAN standard Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1,000 Mbit/s)
LAN ports 4 × RJ-45
Internet security Parental control, firewall, access control, protection against DoS (Denial of Service), antivirus
Telephony Without
Modem Without
Suitable for Online gaming, Alexa Voice Assistant, Google Voice Assistant

Advantages and disadvantages

Rating at idealo: Score 1.9 | 4 out of 5 stars

Per

  • + High signal strength and range
  • + Easy setup
  • + Powerful operating system
  • + Powerful performance
  • + 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • + Offers practical features such as bandwidth management

Contra

  • – Antivirus software costs extra
  • – Only one USB port
  • – No integrated modem

Conclusion

Smart home technology, video conferencing, streaming – and all that at the same time within your own four walls? That only works with an upgrade to the latest Wifi 6 transmission standard without interruptions. As is so often the case, the user’s requirements determine which router is the right partner for upgrading: The futuristic-looking Netgear Nighthawk XR1000 and Asus RT-AX88U routers are recommended for gamers.

If the focus is on a particularly high room coverage, the luxury model Netgear Orbi Wifi 6 with its additional satellite as well as the design-beautiful and range-strong Netgear Nighthawk AX8 can score points. Do you also need a modem and telephony for your own needs? Then the AVM Fritzbox 7590 AX router is a good choice, which scores as a true multi-talent with the best price-performance ratio.

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