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Xiaomi Mi Router Ax9000, analysis: it seems to fly … but in reality only your Internet connection does

Everything associated with the word gaming acquires a special role in a market where the video game industry has more and more to say. The world of routers It is not saved from this trend and month by month the number of connectivity devices associated with the gamer world grows.

The Xiaomi Mi Router AX9000 It is the most powerful router of the Chinese brand and since its inception it has focused on the world of video games and a price range far from its first routers. The triple band, Wifi 6 connectivity, design, power and even lighting do not leave anyone indifferent. In Engadget we have already put it to the test.

Xiaomi Mi Router Ax9000 datasheet

Xiaomi Mi Router Ax9000

Interface

3 x LAN Ethernet Gbit + 1 x WAN/LAN 1 Gbit + 1 x WAN/LAN 2.5 Gbit

Dimensions

270 mm × 270 mm × 174 mm

Standards

IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax 4 x 4, MU-MIMO, 4096QAM

Signal rate

1148 Mbps at 2.4 GHz // 4804 Mbps at 5.2 GHz // 2402 Mbps at 5.8 GHz

Security

WPA3-SAE

Processor

Qualcomm CPU IPQ8072 A53 de cuatro núcleos a 2,2 GHz

Extras

USB 3.0 and mesh port

Price

199,99 euros

Xiaomi Mi Router Ax9000. Designed for gamers, with tri-band Wi-Fi 6

A great drone in our house

From the packaging of the Xiaomi Mi Router Ax9000 one is aware that we are not going to work with a common router. The forcefulness is a maximum since we took this generously sized Wifi 6 router out of its protection “capsule”.

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You will not be able to place the Xiaomi Mi Router Ax9000 anywhere. Its almost 30 cm wide / deep and the almost 20 cm tall, in addition to weighing 2 kg, it requires a well-thought-out place when placing it at home. In addition, its appearance is far from that of other routers that seek integration with the environment or to be able to be placed in any room.

By appearance and dimensions, the Xiaomi Ax9000 router will not be able to place it anywhere in the house

What you do ensure with this Xiaomi router is that it attracts attention. And not just because of its size. Its four triple antennas (in total there are 12 antennas but grouped three by three) they unfold (and fold if you want) like wings. The mechanism is very robust and of quality, like the whole router itself.

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Each antenna includes inside three amplified elements, one for each band of this router. The basic 2.4 GHz could offer a maximum of 1148 Mbps of bandwidth while the other two are 5 GHz (one of up to 4804 Mbps and the other of up to 2404 Mbps). There are una antena extra AioT, already of an internal type, intended to facilitate the location, configuration and communication with connected home devices.

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The Xiaomi Ax9000 router offers IEEE 802.11ax (Wifi 6) connectivity for a theoretical total of 9000 Mbps and it also has support to add more compatible routers and configure a red mesh at home. An important point is that Xiaomi uses a 4×4 160 MHz band for the backhaul between units.

The Xiaomi Mi Router Ax9000, a tri-band router, has twelve amplified antennas distributed in the four “wings” of its structure.

The physical buttons that we find in the design of this Xiaomi router are the usual ones: power on and reset next to the power connector and one to activate the mesh network located along with the USB 3.0 port (Samba).

What is left over from this Xiaomi Mi Router Ax9000 is lighting. In total they are 8 luces LED including a system indicator, one for Internet, one for each network port and an ambient light system located on top.

Xiaomi Mirouter Ax9000 Review Xataka Luces Led

That lighting with a gaming touch draws an X and supports up to 16 million colors, having available up to five light effect modes.

A very powerful and well prepared router

To manage all its capabilities, Xiaomi has placed at the heart of this router a Qualcomm quad-core processor IPQ8072 A53 (2.2GHz) together with a 1.7 GHz dual-core NPU. As for the RAM, it is 1 GB.

The Xiaomi Ax9000 pays attention to gamers, streaming services but is also ready for our connected home devices

With this configuration at the hardware level, the Xiaomi Mi Router Ax9000 should be prepared to support the simultaneous connection of up to 248 devices. Let’s not just think about laptops or smartphones but rather about connected devices such as light bulbs or smart speakers.

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Physical connectivity is one of the points in favor of this high-end router. We have a USB 3.0 port to connect, for example, a hard disk, but the most relevant is the puerto 2.5Gbit/s accompanying four other Gigabit Ethernet ports.

In addition to four GIGABIT ports, the Xiaomi Mi Router Ax9000 offers the user an extra in the form of a 2.5Gbit / s port

In operation, the router is silent despite the fact that this device has a fairly large active cooling system.

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Web configuration or with our smartphone

To start up the Xiaomi Mi Router Ax9000 router, the most direct and complete option is to use the Xiaomi Home app, available for both iOS and Android devices. We can also opt for the web version of the network administration panel.

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With the application, it will be enough for the router to be detected (or indicated manually as was our case) and indicate a first password, which will initially serve both for the wireless network and for the administrator. Later we can go on to configure each of them separately.

Screenshots My Ax9000 2

The interface is simple but quite powerful, allowing the basic settings but also some more advanced ones such as the choice of security, bandwidth or channels for each of the networks that we have available. By default the three are activated separately (one of 2.4 GHz and two of 5 GHz) but we can choose to make only one available and the router chooses at any time which one is best to connect at each moment and location.

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There are also options for control parental, black list of devices, operation scheduling or guest Wi-Fi network, among others.

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Performance test of the Xiaomi Mi Router Ax9000

To check the performance of this new Xiaomi router we use the usual settings in our network device tests. We have a house with three floors and a total of around 300 square meters.

Router point

In the previous image it is indicated with a point where the main router is located (in the work office and home study), to which we connect the operator, configured in bridge mode.

For the LAN / LAN performance tests we used the JPerf software with a laptop connected to one of the Gigabit ports of the Xiaomi router.

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We have Jperf configured with transmissions of 10 seconds duration and several tests alternating between 10 and 100 threads. With this configuration we obtained transfer speeds of 976 and 931 Mbps with 10 and 100 threads respectively.

For the wireless performance tests we use another laptop with Wifi connectivity 6 2×2 MU-MIMO (Intel AX200), which we will connect to a data server connected via Gigabit Ethernet to the router, which allows us to check the router performance regardless of the contracted Internet connection with our operator.

The points where we carry out the measurements to check the coverage and performance of the router are marked in the following map:

Map of measurement points

For performance tests we took measurements in behind three separate bands provided by this Xiaomi router. We have both the usual 2.4 and 5 GHz ones as well as the third one that Xiaomi calls Gaming and that operates in the 5.8 GHz band.

Using the “gaming” band of 5.8 GHz (160 MHz) we obtain an outstanding performance and with very good coverage.

We now recall that theoretically, this router could reach a maximum of 1148 Mbps in the 2.4 Ghz band and 4804/2402 Mbps in the two 5 GHz bands.

The first measurements we made were connecting to the 2.4 Ghz band, obtaining more discreet results than with other Wifi 6 routers we previously analyzed and of a lower range. That is precisely why Xiaomi considers it a band more destined to serve connected home devices than streaming or of course gaming.

Red 2.4 GHz

Point 1

130 Mbps

Point 2

65 Mbps

Point 3

41.8 Mbps

Point 4

51 Mbps

Point 5

Without signal

Regarding the 5 Ghz band, the performance obtained is the best that we have obtained in a Wifi 6 router in the same room.

Red 5 GHz

Point 1

880 Mbps

Point 2

362 Mbps

Point 3

234 Mbps

Point 4

130 Mbps

Point 5

4 Mbps

As we have indicated, this Xiaomi router is a triple band model. The third in contention is called by Xiaomi as 5G-Gaming and it is the one that offers the best performance, still even higher than the classic 5 GHz in both bandwidth and coverage, managing to stay above 600 Mbps in any area of ​​the world. first floor.

Red 5 GHz

Point 1

940 Mbps

Point 2

610 Mbps

Point 3

652 Mbps

Point 4

358 Mbps

Point 5

13 Mbps

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Xiaomi Mi Router Ax9000, the opinion of Xataka

It is not the most discreet or smallest router but that is the least for it Xiaomi Mi Router Ax9000. Its job is to provide power to manage multiple devices while offering a work bandwidth manageable by inveterate content consumers and gamers.

To achieve this, this Xiaomi Ax9000 uses a system of sweet amplified antennas and above all a band called gaming that has offered us unparalleled performance so far in the Wifi 6 routers that we have analyzed in Engadget. And all this with an aggressive design that in return is not acceptable for any room at home.


Xiaomi Mi Router Ax9000. Designed for gamers, with tri-band Wi-Fi 6

This router has been provided for testing by Xiaomi. Can inquire our policy of relationships with enterprises.

Reference-www.xataka.com

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