Monday, January 15th 2018

D-Link DIR-X9000 and DIR-X6060 Flagship 802.11ax Routers Pictured

D-Link this CES showed off its flagship 802.11ax Wi-Fi router, the DIR-X9000 (pictured below in silver), which meets the AX11000 standard (11 Gbps combined wireless throughput). The router takes in a 2.5 Gbps WAN port, has four downstream 1 GbE ports. Its wireless chops include 4x4 MU-MIMO over its eight antennae meeting 802.11ax specifications (dual-band plus MIMO and MU-MIMO). The company also showed off the DIR-6060 (pictured below, teal), with a combined wireless bandwidth of 6 Gbps.

Why would anyone need this much wireless bandwidth? The D-Link rep we spoke to said that D-Link understands that people don't upgrade their Wi-Fi routers for years, with a large population still on 801.11n (150-300 Mbps) routers, with the guiding logic being that Wi-Fi bandwidth being significantly higher than your Internet bandwidth comes with little benefit. The DIR-X9000 is a router you buy, install, and forget about for the greater part of a decade. It has sufficient bandwidth for multiple 4K UHD video streams flying around your house, while your appliances are increasingly IoT ready.
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8 Comments on D-Link DIR-X9000 and DIR-X6060 Flagship 802.11ax Routers Pictured

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The dead bug design of my R8000 seems to be catching on.
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FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
Does it support WPA3? I'm purposely avoiding buying any new WiFi products until they have WPA3 to fix the deficiencies found in WPA2.
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"FordGT90Concept said:
Does 802.11ax have a new security protocol to overcome the deficiencies found in WPA/WPA2? If it doesn't, I am disappoint.
Of course not. 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax are physical layer protocols. Security is 802.11i (WPA3 has just been announced, maybe it can be backported - Idk, I haven't read anything in detail about it).
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CrAsHnBuRnXp
Routers are getting more and more hideous. Looks like I just need to go to ubiquity.
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FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
D-Link has been making their high end consumer Wi-Fi routers like this for a while.

Ubiquiti is good but can be complicated to set up. Also, they're not big on the looks (mostly functionality).

RE: bug, yeah, WPA3. I was hoping 802.11ax would require WPA3 hardware acceleration so pick up the speed of rollout. Guess that's not happening and I can't find any info beyond what's stated in the OP about this router.
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CrAsHnBuRnXp
"FordGT90Concept said:
Ubiquiti is good but can be complicated to set up. Also, they're not big on the looks (mostly functionality).
I like the looks of them actually. Simplistic yet powerful.
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"FordGT90Concept said:
D-Link has been making their high end consumer Wi-Fi routers like this for a while.

Ubiquiti is good but can be complicated to set up. Also, they're not big on the looks (mostly functionality).

RE: bug, yeah, WPA3. I was hoping 802.11ax would require WPA3 hardware acceleration so pick up the speed of rollout. Guess that's not happening and I can't find any info beyond what's stated in the OP about this router.
Iirc, WPA is just a handshake protocol, nothing to accelerate in hardware. But precisely because it's not hardware accelerated it should (at least in theory) work on top of any other 802.11 protocol, hence my hope of it being backported to existing routers.
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