802.11ax Routers

Yes, its bigger siblings (ipq8074 running at 2.2 GHz) would be much more interesting, but they're also at least three times as expensive (but they'd be easily available around the world).

Thought I'd snagged an rax120 for 250 AUD a month ago. eBay auction went crazy at the last minute and went for $450, I bailed.

The RAX120 starts around 390 EUR in Germany (incl. 19% VAT, new, from regular online stores), the cheapest used offers I've seen so far have been between 200-280 EUR (more towards the higher end to the spectrum).

Australia seems to get significant higher prices on electronics. Then we also have mum and dad retailers who mark up even further.
They're $7-800AUD in store here.

Good day

But on the Xiaomi page in its specifications


They add that its processor is 1.4 GHz

Is it a mistake?


I guess you'd best ask in the ax3600 thread about that question, those who have the device and shell access should be able to check cat /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/cpuinfo_max_freq, I'm basing the 1.0 GHz figure on https://www.cnx-software.com/2020/02/14/xiaomi-aiot-router-ax3600-wifi-6-router-sells-for-135/ and similar posts (and would be more likely to assume 'creative marketing' on the side of the manufacturer, the two NSS/ NPU cores are clocked at 1.7 GHz, maybe they've reported the average…).

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IPQ8071A is a bit murky model.
There is no datasheet for it, there are datasheets for IPQ8072A, IPQ8074A, IPQ8076A and IPQ8078A
So I cant check what the clock rating is, just FYI IPQ8072A still runs at 2.2 GHz.
NPU cores run at 1.7 GHz at all models

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I'am interested how to get the AX3600 in Europe too. In theory we have just to wait one month (15 july) and it should be available in Spain:

Latest factory firmware changelog says CPU freq has been bumped.


(for openwrt just a change in the dts)
Anyway the problem of this new "toy" is secure boot... and still in all this times nobody anwserd this question... is the bootloader unlocked?

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Any word on D-Link DIR-X1860 (AXO AX1800) or TP-Link Archer AX20 (AX1800)? I've seen MT7915 work going into Linux and wouldn't mind upgrading to something like this while waiting for better wifi6e hardware eventually.

AX20 is Broadcom based so no luck there and X1860 is MT7621+MT7915 so its much more supportable.
But I honestly dont see how that MIPS could cope with the MT7915 bandwith

I guess Mediatek usually expects vendors to combine mt7622 (ARMv8) and mt7915, which would provide much more (desperately needed) performance.

Where did the ax20 is broadcom information come from? I got those two routers from https://www.mediatek.com/blog/wi-fi-6-home-routers-powered-by-mediatek

https://wikidevi.wi-cat.ru/TP-LINK_Archer_AX1800, I guess - and following the link to its firmware (https://static.tp-link.com/2020/202004/20200428/Archer%20AX20(US)_V1_200326.zip) confirms the suspicion.

I feel like I trust MediaTek.com over wikidevi on this.

Maybe the official application to the FCC with an internal picture of a chip with the word Broadcom on it will tickle your fancy?

And if that's wrong, well...


Well, check it yourself - follow Mediatek's own link for the ax20, "TP-Link Archer AX20 (AX1800 Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Router)", click "Support" and "Firmware" and you end up with the afforementioned "https://static.tp-link.com/2020/202004/20200428/Archer%20AX20(US)_V1_200326.zip", which is clearly a bcm63xx based firmware.

Whoever is guilty of that blog post at https://www.mediatek.com/blog/wi-fi-6-home-routers-powered-by-mediatek must have been a) drunk and b) didn't have any clue what they were supposed to talk about.
"MT7612A network accelerator", suuuure. mt7612a doesn't even exist, mt7612e would (and that's a WLAN chipset, not a SOC) - but, hey, the link actually goes to mt7621a - very different, this is indeed a mips based SOC running at 2*880 MHz (which would be an unlikely, underpowered, but possible companion for mt7915).

Not even to speak about "Read more about how the MediaTek MT7915 Wi-Fi 6 Wave 1+ chipset builds in a range of industry firsts", I really want something of that kool aid - considering that Mediatek's competition from Qualcomm, Intel/ lantiq and Broadcom have their wifi 6 devices sitting on the shelves and in consumers' hands for over 1.5 years already.

While it will certainly be possible to mix and match mt7915 wireless on a mt7621a SOC, I sure hope that no vendor seriously considers this in favour of basing their new wifi 6 designs on mt7622a (2*1.35 GHz ARMv/ cortex a53) instead. The mt7621a isn't a bad SOC, but it is showing its age and is unlikely to meet the demands of 802.11ax, 2.5BASE-T/ 5BASE-T and other features expected from a wifi6 router.

Edit: and yes, D-Link indeed fell into the trap to combine mt7621a with mt7915d…


Seems like it could be Broadcom. I'm surprised incorrect stuff like that can be posted.

All of Ubiquiti's currently available WiFi 6 designs are based on the MT7621+MT7603+MT7915 combination. The only European available router using a MT7622 (to my knowledge) is from Fortinet.

However this might (hopefully) change with the UniFi 6 Pro.

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