Huawei has just released its latest products at a press conference in Barcelona. Due to the cancellation of MWC, the launch was technically virtual with most people, including myself streaming it.

We saw plenty of exciting tech including the latest Huawei Mate Xs, new laptops, and a new premium tablet.

Part of the launch included the release of a new WiFi AX3 router, which introduces a new Wi-Fi 6+ technology.

During the launch, Huawei made a lot of claims about how this was super fast and the router is the most powerful Wi-Fi 6 router in the world. However, it wasn’t really made clear how Wi-Fi 6+ is actually better than Wi-Fi 6 or what makes the router the most powerful router in the world?

You would think from these claims that the Huawei WiFi AX3 is somehow faster than anything else on the market, but this is not strictly the case.

Huawei claims that on 160Hz the router can achieve 2400mbps.

Looking at the exact specification on their website the router has:

  • 802.11ax/ac/n/a 2 x 2 & 802.11ax/n/b/g 2 x 2, MU-MIMO
  • Wireless speed is up to 2976 Mbps (2.4 GHz: 574 Mbps; 5 GHz: 2402 Mbps)

It also only had gigabit ethernet.

Nothing about this specification makes Wi-Fi 6+ any better than Wi-Fi 6.

In my recent reviews of the TP-Link Archer AX11000 and the Netgear RAX120, both these routers have a theoretical maximum speed of 4800mbp.

The official specification from TP-Link states:

  • 5 GHz: 4804 Mbps (802.11ax)
  • 5 GHz: 4804 Mbps (802.11ax)
  • 2.4 GHz: 1148 Mbps (802.11ax)

So that’s two sperate 5Ghz bands that can do 4804 Mbps.

In reality, there are no devices that can connect at 4804 Mbps as this would require a device with a 4×4 stream radio, currently the Intel AX200 only has 2×2 limiting its connection to 2402 Mbps the same as the maximum speed of the Huawei WiFi AX3.

Furthermore, these devices require you to use 160Mhz, and the 5Ghz Wi-Fi spectrum is quite limited, so at 160Mhz one channel is taken double the normal width if there is significant interference you won’t be able to connect at the full speed. It could be that the Huawei router magically negotiates this problem better than competing brands and this is why it is technically faster, but in reality, it is quite difficult getting your router to work consistently at 160Mhz. I live a few miles from an airport so it is probably harder for me than others.

Also, because the Huawei WiFi AX3 only has gigabit ports, your speed will always be limited to gigabit, unlike the handful of high-end Wi-Fi 6 routers with multi-gig ports which have allowed me to achieve transfer speeds over 1500Mbps.

I have not used the Mate 30, so I can’t comment about how well it handles 160MHz, but the claims Huawei made in this regard appear to be accurate, and a phone connecting at 80Mhz will have a slower connection than 160Mhz

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