Over the past year, we’ve seen a variety of WiFi 6 routers and mesh systems find their way to consumers, but few have been as affordable as the ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4) three-piece ASUS bundle announced today. At $300, ASUS has priced its latest mesh router between Amazon’s entry-level Eero system and Google’s Nest WiFi, whose three-packs cost $249 and $349 when not for sale. In particular, neither of these two systems includes WiFi 6 support. For the most part, you’ve had to pay significantly more to get network routers with WiFi 6. For example, the Orbi system Netgear announced last year costs $700.
For the price, ASUS didn’t bother much with the AX Mini either. By working together, the three units can provide coverage of 4,800 square feet, and speeds up to 1,201Mbps over a 5GHz connection. They also come with full support for OFDMA, a WiFi 6 feature that allows the router to portion a single channel to control multiple devices simultaneously. However, they still lack a number of features found on more expensive routers.
For example, none of the three devices are tri-band routers, so they can’t use an extra frequency band to communicate. This is a feature that can help reduce congestion on the busier 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. In addition, none of the three devices have a multigigabit WAN port, making them less future-proof than some other routers on the market.
You can buy the ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4) in a 3-pack as of today. The devices are currently only available in white, but ASUS plans to sell them in a charcoal color later this year.