TP-Link, D-Link, and Linksys, Razer, Asus, and Linksys also bet on devices with new technology makes the Internet faster
Routers supporting Wi-Fi 6 are becoming a reality in 2020. CES 2020 marked the “massive” arrival of the first generation of devices with the new technology: TP-Link, D-Link, and Linksys are some of the companies that showed their products. Mesh technology-dominated among the new routers and another trend, 5G connectivity in the new modem-routers, was also present in the launches. Next, see the models of these brands, as well as Asus, Razer and Linksys, which appeared at the electronics fair and which are worth keeping an eye on this year.
What is Wi-Fi 6? Meet the new generation of wireless networks
It is worth mentioning that Wi-Fi 6 is a new network standard, which promises to be faster – up to 40% faster speed – and more secure than the current one, Wi-Fi 5. The new technology should solve problems such as overloading points of public access and provide greater efficiency and performance to connected users. Wi-Fi 6 is compatible with older routers, but a device with a current receiver is required to take full advantage of the technology.
1. TP-Link Deco X90, X60 and X20 Wi-Fi 6
TP-Link concentrated its efforts on products of the Deco line, with mesh technology. The X20, X60 and X90 models offer estimated maximum speeds of 1.8, 3.0 and 6.6 Gb / s (gigabits per second), respectively.
Of the trio, the X90 is the top of the line. With tri-band technology (a 2.4 GHz network and two 5 GHz networks at the same time), it promises to combine the best performance with the greatest possible coverage. The proposal of the device is to provide efficient connectivity to several devices at the same time – TP-Link speaks in 200 routers in an area of up to 1,800 square meters.
The X60 intermediate has maximum speeds of 3.0 Gb / s and operates in dual-band mode. According to the brand, it would be enough to serve 150 simultaneous devices within an area of 1,500 m².
The X20 is the simplest model in the series and promises speeds of up to 1.8 Gb / s. Also dual-band, the router is the only one in the series that can be purchased in pairs or in triples (the other models will be launched in packages with two units, the user being able to buy a third one).
According to TP-Link, all offer typical Wi-Fi 6 technologies, such as MU-MIMO and OFDMA, both useful for rationalizing the connection in more congested networks. The new Deco has an antivirus system (offered separately in subscription plans), in addition to the new security protocol WPA3.
2. D-Link DIR-X1560
D-Link unveiled several router models during CES 2020. The simplest of them is the DIR-X1560. Dual-band, the equipment promises maximum speeds of 1.5 Gb / s and offers four simultaneous connection channels for less congested networks. The device is compatible with MU-MIMO and OFDMA technologies, part of the sixth-generation Wi-Fi and essential for more efficient networks.
The DIR-X1560 offers 128-bit data encryption technology. Robust, the resource has the potential to make the data exchanged on the network more secure and difficult to be intercepted by attackers. Like the rest of the D-Link AX line, it lands in the first half of the year in the USA.
3. D-Link DIR-X5460
If the previous model was the entry proposal, the DIR-X5460 is D-Link’s option for more demanding users. The model also offers 128-bit encryption technology, supporting advanced features of Wi-Fi 6, such as MU-MIMO and OFDMA.
The dual-band, however, should be faster, with speeds up to 5.4 Gb / s, in addition to having extra features. Among them, BSS Coloring, a technology that makes better use of the spectrum in overcrowded spaces of Wi-Fi networks, in addition to the presence of six antennas. The DIR-X5460 should also hit the market in the first half.
4. Linksys Dual-Band Mesh Wi-Fi Router
Router in a more conventional format (but still compatible with mesh networks), the Dual-Band from Linksys offers wireless connectivity on up to eight different channels. The promise is greater efficiency and an unobstructed network, even with multiple devices connected.
According to the brand, the model can achieve up to 6 Gb / s transfer speed and deliver a performance that, using Wi-Fi 6 devices, is up to four times better than that possible on devices with Wi-Fi 5 (also known as 802.11ac). The product should reach the American market this semester.
5. Linksys Velop Mesh Gateway and Mobile Hotspot 5G
Linksys also introduced the Mobile Hotspot 5G, a modem router that connects to 5G networks and distributes connection via Wi-Fi 6. The idea is that the user can take the device on trips and use their 5G data plan to connect multiple devices via Wi-Fi anywhere.
A mesh alternative of the line, the Velop Mesh Gateway combines the features of a Wi-Fi 6 router compatible with mesh networks with a 5G modem. Unlike the other model, the Velop Mesh Gateway is designed to stay in the home or office, contemplating the user who uses fixed 5G networks.
Compatible with other products from previous generations of the Velop line, the product offers its own technology for mesh networks as a way to ensure greater stability and coverage. Linksys did not reveal many technical details, but it promises four times faster speeds on Wi-Fi 6. The launch on the American market is due in the middle of the year.
6. Razer Sila 5G
Razer, a brand of gaming accessories, also introduced a mesh router with sixth-generation Wi-Fi support and compatibility with 5G networks. A feature that differentiates the Sila 5G from other alternatives is the battery included in the router. The component allows the router to also be a portable Wi-Fi hotspot for those who want to have access to 5G to play anywhere.
The new device from Razer comes with Qualcomm’s 5G modem (the same used in top-of-the-line smartphones). There are also four Gigabit Ethernet ports, a 2.5 Gb / s (gigabits per second) WAN port, USB 3.0 port, and SIM chip slot. Information on the price and availability of Sila 5G has not been released.
7. Asus ZenWiFi AX Wi-Fi System
Asus’ ZenWiFi comes with the brand’s own AirMesh technology, which promises stable connections and a large coverage area. The new Wi-Fi 6 router is tri-band (one 2.4 GHz network and two 5 GHz networks at the same time) and can be used independently if coverage of mesh technology is not required. According to Asus, the device has an estimated maximum speed of 6.6 Gb / s when used in communication with devices compatible with Wi-Fi 6. In addition to this system, Asus also revealed a slightly simpler version (up to 3.3 Gb / s).