Huawei AX3 Pro VS Xiaomi AX1800-Who is the better WiFi6 router?

Several weeks ago, I got my first WiFi6+ router Huawei AX3 Pro. It is really worth its price. And I did a speed test of it and got some interesting results. By chance, I got the Xiaomi AX1800 router on the day of the release on May 13. In the last article, I found that there is barely any difference between Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6+. So I want to confirm through this article, Huawei AX3 Pro VS Xiaomi AX1800, who is the better WiFi6 router.

Specifications

ModelCPUWireless ChipSignal Amplifier
Xiaomi AX1800Qualcomm IPQ 6000 CPU
1GHz, 4 cores
UnknownQorvo
MCS0: 25dBm
MCS9: 21dBm
Huawei AX3 ProHi 5651L
1.4GHz, 4 cores
Hi1152Skyworks SKY85333-11
MCS0: 28dBm
MCS9: 20dBm
Key specs of Huawei AX3 Pro and Xiaomi AX1800

Huawei’s wireless chip supports 160MHz bandwidth. And it is also a new product in 2020. However, Xiaomi’s signal amplifier from Qorvo is more reliable. So it is not easy to say which one wins the other on specs. As for CPU performance, in fact, there no such difference between them because internet providers have done the most encoding work.

Besides, both routers have 256MB RAM. Huawei AX3 Pro’s ROM is 256MB, but Xiaomi is 128MB. However for routers without a USB interface, 256MB and 128MB ROM do not make any difference.

So, only on specifications, it is really hard for me to judge which one wins.

Appearance

Huawei AX3 Pro VS Xiaomi AX1800-Who is the better WiFi6 router?

Huawei AX3 Pro and Xiaomi AX1800 have completely different designs. The appearance of Huawei AX3 Pro is a traditional flat body plus an antenna coming out of the edge. While Xiaomi AX1800 hides the antenna in the body In the middle. Obviously Xiaomi’s design is more avant-garde and more costly (after all, the surface area is relatively large). The advantage of AX3 Pro is that after connecting to the Internet cable, Huawei’s grounded network port is easier to hide.

Huawei AX3 Pro VS Xiaomi AX1800-Who is the better WiFi6 router?

Xiaomi’s two indicators are hidden in the cracks, which are relatively low-key. The two indicators correspond to the router status and network status. Huawei provides an indicator to identify the problem with the router or the network with three colors. Huawei AX3 Pro has 4 Wan/Lan network ports, while AX1800 provides 1 Wan port + 3 Lan ports. Both network ports are Gigabit, but Huawei does not distinguish Wan/Lan. So Huawei wins regarding the ports.

Huawei AX3 Pro VS Xiaomi AX1800-Who is the better WiFi6 router?

The adapter of Xiaomi AX1800 is 12V 1A, which is much smaller than Huawei’s 12V 2A. Can it hold the Xiaomi router AX1800 equipped with a dual signal amplifier? I will give you the answer at the end. You should note that the adapter plug of AX1800 is not the traditional 5.52.5mm, but is similar to 4.01.7mm. The adapter of the ordinary router cannot be plugged in.

Functions

Xiaomi’s MIUI has been leading the mobile phone OS in terms of functionality. But in the round of router firmware functions, the winner is Huawei AX3 Pro. Although Xiaomi has been doing routers for many years, the firmware is still a little creepy.

The following is the main interface of Huawei’s mobile phone app. The settings are relatively comprehensive. It also has functions such as children’s Internet access restrictions, mobile game acceleration, and separate channels for IoT devices.

Huawei AX3 Pro VS Xiaomi AX1800-Who is the better WiFi6 router?

My favorite is the speed measurement function of Huawei AX3 Pro. Its speed measurement first is to test the speed of the communication between the router and the phone. Then it will test the speed of the communication between the router and the internet provider.

Huawei AX3 Pro VS Xiaomi AX1800-Who is the better WiFi6 router?

WiFi

Testing environment:

  • Internet: 650MBps
  • Phones: iQOO Neo 3(supports WiFi6) and Redmi K30 4G(supports WiFi5)
  • Testing method: Cellular-Z for recording the signal. SpeedTest for recording the speed.
  • A testing spot: Range 5m, with a wall in the middle
  • B Testing spot: Range 0.5m, without any obstacle
  • C testing spot C: Range 8m, with a door in the middle

A testing spot 5Ghz test

Xiaomi AX1800

Redmi K30’s 3 speed test results are: 366Mbps,336Mbps and 356Mbps. The average is 353Mbps.

iQOO Neo 3’s 4 speed test results are 400Mbps,402Mbps,522Mbps and 461Mbps. The average is 446Mbps.

Huawei AX3 Pro

Redmi K30’s 4 speed test results are 282Mbps,377Mbps,324Mbps and 341Mbps. The average is 331Mbps.

Huawei AX3 Pro VS Xiaomi AX1800-Who is the better WiFi6 router?
Huawei AX3 Pro VS Xiaomi AX1800-Who is the better WiFi6 router?

iQOO Neo 3’s 5 speed test results are 474Mbps, 468Mbps, 509Mbps, 454Mbps and 414Mbps. The average is 464Mbps.

Both Huawei AX3 Pro and Xiaomi AX1800 have a win or lose. When there is a wall, the speed of 650Mbps is only 500Mbps, so for users with 500Mbps or more, AC+AP is the best home network solution.

IQOO NEO 3(WiFi6)Redmi K30(WiFi5)
Xiaomi AX1800446Mbps353Mbps
Huawei AX3 Pro464Mbps331Mbps
A testing spot 5Ghz test results

B testing spot 5Ghz test

Xiaomi AX1800

Redmi K30’s 7 speed test results are 630MBps, 578Mbps, 530MBps, 619Mbps, 462MBps, 364Mbps and 512Mbps. The average is 528Mbps.

iQOO Neo 3’s 4 speed test results are 620Mbps, 633Mbps, 618Mbps and 612Mbps. The average is 621Mbps.

Huawei AX3 Pro VS Xiaomi AX1800-Who is the better WiFi6 router?

Huawei AX3 Pro

Redmi K30’s 3 speed test results are 515Mbps, 530Mbps and 527Mbps. The average is 524Mbps.

Huawei AX3 Pro VS Xiaomi AX1800-Who is the better WiFi6 router?

IQOO Neo 3’s 3 speed test results are 630Mbps, 625Mbps and 626Mbps. The average is 627Mbps.

Huawei AX3 Pro VS Xiaomi AX1800-Who is the better WiFi6 router?

The 5GHz rates at spot B (without obstruction at a distance of 1 meter) surprised me. Both WiFi5 with a theoretical rate of 866Mbps and WiFi6 with a 1200Mbps speed can reach 630Mbps. And 630Mbps for Redmi K30 and Xiaomi AX1800 is simply outrageous. It seems that the mysterious power bonus of the same brand/same platform in the router world is really amazing. It is abbreviated that 802.11ac is optimized into 802.11ax.

IQOO NEO 3(WiFi6)Redmi K30(WiFi5)
Xiaomi AX1800621Mbps528Mbps
Huawei AX3 Pro627Mbps424Mbps
B Testing spot 5Ghz test results

B testing spot 2.4Ghz test

Xiaomi AX1800

Redmi K30 has a speed test of 136Mbps.

Huawei AX3 Pro VS Xiaomi AX1800-Who is the better WiFi6 router?

iQOO Neo 3’s 3 speed test results are 196Mbps, 205Mbps and 156Mbps. The average is 186Mbps.

Huawei AX3 Pro

Redmi K30 has a speed test of 109Mbps.

Huawei AX3 Pro VS Xiaomi AX1800-Who is the better WiFi6 router?
Huawei AX3 Pro VS Xiaomi AX1800-Who is the better WiFi6 router?

iQOO Neo 3’s 4 speed test results are 146Mbps, 151Mbps, 150Mbps and 161Mbps. The average is 152Mbps.

In the 2.4GHz network speed test, Redmi K30 failed to create a miracle. And both routers failed in the test, but the performance of the two Qualcomm platform mobile phones on the Xiaomi router is obviously better than the Huawei AX3 Pro. At a distance of 1 meter, it doesn’t matter what the signal transmission is. It’s more about the smooth communication between the router and the phone.

IQOO NEO 3(WiFi6)Redmi K30(WiFi5)
Xiaomi AX1800(Winner)186Mbps136Mbps
Huawei AX3 Pro152Mbps109Mbps
B testing spot 2.4Ghz test results

C testing spot 5Ghz test

Xiaomi AX1800

Redmi K30’s 3 speed test results are 131MBps, 152Mbps and 138Mbps. The average is 140Mbps.

Huawei AX3 Pro VS Xiaomi AX1800-Who is the better WiFi6 router?

iQOO Neo 3’s 3 speed test results are 100Mbps, 107MBps and 110Mbps. The average is 106Mbps.

Huawei AX3 Pro

Redmi K30’s 5 speed test results are 100Mbps, 101Mbps, 109Mbps, 109Mbps and 118Mbps. The average is 107Mbps.

Huawei AX3 Pro VS Xiaomi AX1800-Who is the better WiFi6 router?

iQOO Neo 3’s 3 speed test results are 91.9Mbps, 95.5Mbps and 92.3Mbps. The average is 93Mbps.

The test results at point C still surprised me. Xiaomi AX1800 performs better than Huawei AX3 Pro. This is understandable. After all, Xiaomi has a better signal amplifier. However, it seems Redmi K30 with WiFi5 performs better than iQOO NEO 3 with WiFi6 when connecting to Xiaomi AX1800. This may be due to the mysterious buff of the same brand.

IQOO NEO 3(WiFi6)Redmi K30(WiFi5)
Xiaomi AX1800(Winner)106Mbps140Mbps
Huawei AX3 Pro93Mbps107Mbps
C testing spot 5Ghz test results

C testing spot 2.4Ghz test

Xiaomi AX1800

Redmi K30’s 3 speed test results are 53.4Mbps, 73.4Mbps and 76.0 Mbps. The average is 68Mbps.

Huawei AX3 Pro VS Xiaomi AX1800-Who is the better WiFi6 router?
Huawei AX3 Pro VS Xiaomi AX1800-Who is the better WiFi6 router?

iQOO Neo 3’s 3 speed test results are 71MBps, 65.9Mbps and 88.3Mbps. The average is 75Mbps.

Huawei AX3 Pro

Redmi K30’s 3 speed test results are 48.4Mbps, 44.8Mbps and 47.4Mbps. The average is 47Mbps.

Huawei AX3 Pro VS Xiaomi AX1800-Who is the better WiFi6 router?

iQOO Neo 3’s 2 speed test results are 55.7Mbps and 51Mbps. The average is 53Mbps.

In the farthest 2.4GHz network speed test, Redmi K30 failed, but the Xiaomi router is still winning. It seems that the signal amplifier of Redmi AX1800 is really good.

IQOO NEO 3(WiFi6)Redmi K30(WiFi5)
Xiaomi AX1800(Winner)75Mbps68Mbps
Huawei AX3 Pro53Mbps47Mbps
C testing spot 2.4Ghz test results

Summary

It is true that Huawei AX3 Pro is better than Xiaomi in terms of firmware function, adapter configuration, and network port deployment. But the most important is the signal strength when in actual experience, Xiaomi AX1800 wins the game. Expecially if you are using Xiaomi/Redmi phones, Xiaomi AX1800 will definitely your choice. But if you are using Huawei phones, I will recommend Huawei AX3 Pro, for the bettery compatibility.

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