Wi-Fi 6E Routers: 2022’s Cutting Edge List

Since early 2021, Wi-Fi 6E routers and mesh systems have grown like (expensive) mushrooms after rain. There will be more as time goes by. The all-new 6GHz frequency band has its allure.

But there are still not enough. Eventually, this post will consist of the best Wi-Fi 6E routers and Wi-Fi systems, but for right now, you’ll find all of them here, except the eero Pro 6E that I decided not to test.

With Wi-Fi 7 on the far horizon, these Wi-Fi 6E options, for now, are the best you can get on the local wireless connection front. And they will be relevant for years to come.

If you want to bask your home in the clean 6GHz signals, you’re at the right spot to figure out that right purchase.

Dong’s note: I first published this post on May 17, 2021, and last updated it on June 26, 2022.

Wi-Fi 6E Routers
Wi-Fi 6E routers come in all shapes and sizes.

Wi-Fi 6E routers and mesh systems in 2022: The list

This list includes standalone routers and mesh systems and is sorted in the review order. The numbers are just numerical and not meant to be the ranking.

I’ll update it as I review more — so bookmark it. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for their performance numbers.

9. Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE16000: The ultimate Wi-Fi router (until Wi-Fi 7)

(If you didn’t read the intro, this is the latest member on this list — the number is only numerical, not the ranking.)

Asus GT-AXE16000 Quad-band Wi-Fi 6E Router
The Asus GT-AXE16000 Quad-band Wi-Fi 6E router has everything you’d want.

The Asus GT-AXE16000 is the 2nd Quad-band Wi-Fi broadcaster, besides the Netgear Orbi RBRE960 (below). It has everything any user would want — as a standalone router or an AiMesh member.

It’s a safe buy as long as you can afford it. And that’s a big if.

Asus GT AXE16000 Quad band Wi Fi 6E Router 3

Pros

Powerful hardware, Quad-band with Wi-Fi 6E support, three Multi-Gig ports (one 2.5Gbps and two 10Gbps)

Stellar performance throughout

Excellent set of game-related, online protection and monitoring features, full AiMesh 2.0 support

Unmatched port flexibility, including interchangeable WAN, Dual-WAN, and LAN/WAN Link Aggregations

Beautiful ROG Aura lighting

Cons

Expensive, NAS performance (when hosting a storage device) could be better

Awkward backhaul band design in a wireless AiMesh setup, no UNII4 (5.9GHz) support, no SFP+

Bulky design, not wall-mountable


8. TP-Link Deco XE75: The most adorable Wi-Fi 6E mesh to date

The TP-Link Deco XE75 AXE5400 Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi 6E System
The TP-Link Deco XE75 AXE5400 Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi 6E System includes two identical Gigabit routers.

The 2-pack Deco XE75 — also available as the 3-pack XE5300 variant — is the first Wi-Fi 6E solution from TP-Link.

Featuring 2×2 Wi-Fi specs and having no Multi-Gig port, the new mesh is disappointing. That’s until you learn about this cost.

At just $300 for a 2-pack, it’s the most affordable among Wi-Fi 6E hardware. And for that price point, it’ll make an excellent buy for sub-Gigabit networking needs — especially when used with a wired backhaul.

TP Link Deco XE75 AXE5400 Tri Band Mesh Wi Fi 6E System 5

Pros

Wi-Fi 6E-ready with reliable and extensive coverage

Cons

No Multi-Gig port, Link Aggregation, or Dual-WAN

TP-Link login account and mobile app required

No real, local web-based management

Only three network ports on each unit


7. Asus ZenWiFi Pro ET12: First Multi-Gig wired mesh set out of the box

Asus ZenWiFi Pro ET12
The Asus ZenWiFi Pro ET12, like the ET8 below, includes two identical Wi-Fi 6E routers.

The ZenWiFi Pro ET12 is the second Wi-Fi 6E mesh system from Asus.

Like the ET8 that came out almost half a year ago, this new mesh doesn’t have an additional band to work as backhaul.

As a result, it works best in a wired backhaul setup. And in this case, thanks to the top-tier Wi-Fi specs and the two Multi-Gig ports, it might be one of the best mesh Wi-Fi systems with Multi-Gig wired backhaul you can get.

Asus ZenWiFi Pro ET12

Pros

Wi-Fi 6E-ready, extensive Wi-Fi coverage with top performance in specific setups with possible fast Wi-Fi performance in certain setups

Dual Multi-Gig pots with Multi-Gig wired backhaul, flexible port configurations

Excellent performance and coverage as a standalone router

Tons of useful features and settings, flexible Wi-Fi customization

AiMesh 2.0 full support, helpful mobile app, no login account required

Cons

Bulky, no USB, only four network ports

Fluctuating performance as a fully wireless mesh due to the lack of a dedicated backhaul band

Expensive, not wall-mountable


6. Netgear Orbi RBKE960 Series: The symbol of success (very expensive, that is)

Netgear Orbi RBKE960 Quad-band Mesh Wi-Fi 6E System
Netgear Orbi RBKE960 Quad-band Mesh Wi-Fi 6E system includes three identical-looking hardware units. One is a router, and the others are satellites.

Available as a 3-pack — RBKE963 (white) or RBKE963B (black) — the new Orbi Wi-Fi 6E system is insanely expensive costing $1500 — and you have the option to pay even more over add-on subscriptions.

On top of that, it has fewer included features and settings compared with previous Orbi sets.

In return, you’ll get substantial and powerful hardware. The most exciting part is it can do Multi-Gig wired backhaul, though you’d need a switch if you want to use both satellite units that way.

Netgear Orbi RBKE960 Quad-band Mesh Wi-Fi 6E System

Pros

Powerful hardware with Quad-band Wi-Fi and Multi-Gig wired backhaul support

Excellent Wi-Fi coverage, fast performance

More Wi-Fi networks than previous Orbis, including two additional virtual SSIDs

Cons

No web-based Remote Management, few free features, Mobile app (with a login account and even subscriptions) are required to be useful

Rigid Multi-Gig ports’ roles, few Multi-Gig ports

The 2nd 5GHz band is unavailable to clients even with wired backhauls, no 160MHz channel width on 5GHz

Limited Wi-Fi customization, bulky design


5. Asus ZenWiFi ET8: Excellent for a wired home

Asus ZenWiFi ET8 Tri band Wi Fi 6E Mesh System
The Asus ZenWiFi ET8 Tri-band Wi-Fi 6E Mesh System includes two identical routers.

The ZenWiFi ET8 is basically Asus’s Wi-Fi 6E alternative to the ZenWiFi XT8, a same-design purpose-built Wi-Fi 6 mesh system for a fully wireless setup.

In that sense, the ET8 is not an upgrade to the older cousin — it’s terrible in a wireless configuration. Instead, it’s an option for a home that’s either already wired or has a lot of open space.

The ZenWiFi ET8, for now, is available as a 2-pack, but you can use each hardware unit as a standalone router for a small home. And it works very well in that case.

Asus ZenWiFi ET8 Tri band Wi Fi 6E Mesh System 1

Pros

Reliable and extensive coverage with possible fast Wi-Fi performance in certain setups

Wi-Fi 6E ready, Multi-Gig WAN, and Dual-WAN support

Excellent as a standalone router

Tons of useful features and settings, flexible Wi-Fi customization

Cons

Comparatively slow performance in most use cases

No Link Aggregation or Multi-Gig LAN port

Only four network ports on each hardware unit


4. Linksys AXE8400 Atlas Max 6E: First Wi-Fi 6E mesh system

Linksys AXE8400 Atlas Max 6E comes with standard power adapters
The Linksys AXE8400 Atlas Max 6E includes three identical tri-band Wi-Fi 6E routers.

Linksys seemed determined to lead the charge in Wi-Fi 6E. Apart from the MR7500 below, this AXE8400 Atlas Max 6E is the company’s 2nd 6E broadcaster and the first mesh system of the new Wi-Fi standard.

The new mesh consists of three identical tri-band 6E broadcasters, model MX8500. Each can work as a standalone router, but you can combine them into a system to deliver coverage of all three bands (2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz) in a large property.

That’s if you think you have enough reasons right now to invest $1200 in it. Hint: It’s not worth it. Make sure you have wired your home and wait until the price drops.

Linksys AXE8400 Atlas Max 6E with power adapters

Pros

Reliable performance, extensive coverage

Excellent NAS performance when hosting external storage device(s)

Separate SSID for each band

Cons

Comparatively slow mesWi-FiFi speeds in homes with walls

Limited Wi-Fi settings and features, mobile app coercion

No Multi-Gig LAN port (main router), Dual-WAN, or Link Aggregation

No setting backup and restore


3. Linksys MR7500: A nice third though not necessarily the charm

Linksys MR7500 AXE6600 Hydra Pro 6E  Wi-Fi 6E router Routers Package Content
The Linksys MR7500 AXE6600 Hydra Pro 6E router

The Linksys MR7500 is the third Wi-Fi 6E router on the market, and the third time is not necessarily the charm in this case.

The new router looks a bit subdued in design — it’s sort of mundane looking. Its hardware specs are also relatively modest compared with the first two.

It’s a router that bets a bit too big on Wi-Fi 6E, making it less useful for the mainstream market.

Linksys MR7500 AXE6600 Hydra Pro 6E Routers Feature Photo

Pros

Simple design with 5Gbps WAN port

Robust web interface, helpful (optional) mobile app

Cons

6GHz band requires Gig+ or faster Internet to be useful

Slow 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands

Limited Wi-Fi settings, mobile app coercion

No Multi-Gig LAN port, Dual-WAN or Link Aggregation

Buggy and slow NAS performance when hosting a storage device


2. Netgear RAXE500: A formidable contender

The Netgear RAXE500 is likely one of the best Wi-Fi 6E routers
The Netgear RAXE500 Wi-Fi 6E router

The Netgear RAXE500 is the second Wi-Fi 6E router on the market, and it’s the natural rival of the GT-AXE1000 below.

But within Netgear’s ecosystem, this one is quite familiar — it’s the 6E version of the tri-band RAX200. Among other things, you’ll love the design. As such, it’s one of the most awesome-looking Wi-Fi broadcasters on the market. That’s if you can stomach the $600 price tag.

The Netgear RAXE500 Router angle

Pros

Collectively excellent Wi-Fi speeds and range

2.5Gbps LAN/WAN port, Dual-WAN, and LAN/WAN Link Aggregations

Robust web interface, helpful (optional) mobile app

Fast network-attached storage when hosting a storage device

Cons

Wi-Fi 6E is still in the early stage

No 10Gbps port, only one 2.5Gbps port

Limited Wi-Fi settings, no built-in QoS or Parental Controls

Online protection requires a subscription

Internal fan, a bit buggy (at launch)


1. Asus GT-AXE11000: The very first Wi-Fi 6E router

(In case you didn’t read the intro: This is the first member on this list — the number is only numerical, not the ranking.)

Asus GT-AXE11000 Router
The Asus GT-AXE11000 is the very first Wi-Fi 6E router on the market.

Initially announced in mid-2020, the Asus GT-AXE11000 didn’t materialize until January 2021. Yet, it still made it the very first on the market that sported the all-new Wi-Fi 6E standard.

For the most part, this new router is a variant of the GT-AX11000. The two share the same design, ports, and processing power. The GT-AXE11000, however, uses a 6GHz band in place of the 5GHz-2 band.

And that makes all the difference. Oh, it’s also the most expensive router from Asus, costing $550 apiece. That’s if you’re lucky to find one right now at that price.

Asus GT AXE11000 Top View

Pros

Tri-band with Wi-Fi 6E support

Excellent 5GHz and 2.4GHz performance

Excellent set of game-related, online protection and monitoring features, full AiMesh 2.0 support

2.5Gbps LAN/WAN port, Dual-WAN, and LAN/WAN Link Aggregations

Cons

Wi-Fi 6E is not fully available

Only one 2.5Gbps port, no 10Gbps port

Bulky design, not wall-mountable, buggy firmware (at launch)


Wi-Fi 6E Routers and Mesh Systems in 2022: The performance

I tested Wi-Fi 6E routers the way I do all routers. For the 6GHz band testing, I use a couple of devices running the Intel AX210 Wi-Fi chip with the latest official Windows 11 driver.

Wi Fi 6E Routers Wi Fi Performance
Wi-Fi 6E solutions of 2022: Wi-Fi performance

Other than Wi-Fi, when applicable, I also tested their USB-related storage performance when hosting a portable drive.

Wi Fi 6E Routers NAS Performance 1
Wi-Fi 6E solutions of 2022: NAS performance when hosting a portable drive. Not all hardware supports this feature.

The final thoughts

Considering the fast speed but short range of the new 6GHz band, Wi-Fi 6E is an exciting addition to the existing 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands — it’s not a replacement for either.

And compared to Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 6E has had a slightly slower adoption rate, especially on the clients’ side. That might have had something to do with the upcoming Wi-Fi 7. However, it generally doesn’t hurt to get a Wi-Fi system that supports this standard.

Best Wi-Fi 6 mesh Wi-Fi systems of 2022