Honor 3 Wi-Fi 6 Router for $42.99

Wi-Fi 6 routers have not yet arrived on the mass market, so it’s all the better that Honor is launching its own model for little money: the Honor 3 Wi-Fi 6 Router. What does a router with the new Wi-Fi 6 standard offer at this price?

Honor Router 3: Wi-Fi 6 at the lowest price yet

Wi-Fi 6 has been around since 2018, but the new standard has not yet really arrived. This is partly due to the fact that the technology is still in its infancy, but also to the very high introductory prices that have been set so far. Even Xiaomi would like to have over $60 for its cheapest model, the Xiaomi AX1800. What does the new Honor model bring with it besides a chic white design?

Minimalist design – definitely chic!

All in all, Honor promises a speed of 3000 Mbit / s, which can definitely be called “beautifully calculated”. Here, the maximum theoretical bandwidths of the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency are simply added together: 574 Mbit/s + 2402 Mbit/s. Rounded up, you end up with the specified power, but what does that mean in practice? Very simple: 3000 Mbit / s are utopian. Nevertheless, (hopefully) significantly higher transfer rates are achieved than with Wi-Fi 5.

Speaking of frequencies, the router operates on the well-known 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequencies. Wi-Fi 6 again uses both frequencies and can run stable with up to 256 users at the same time. Whether the Honor Router can keep this up in practice is of course still to be tested. By the way, you should note that the router comes without a modem. This means that you can use it either as a repeater or as a router – but you will need an additional modem.

Of course, only smartphones with a Wi-Fi 6 chip can reach the fastest speeds.

The control works via HUAWEI AI Life App and also the security is supposed to be a bit higher than with older models thanks to WPA3 protection. The Gigahome chipset is used as the SoC, i.e. a CPU with a 1.2 GHz Dual Core clock rate. The other data looks like the following:

  • Dimensions: 24.2 cm x 15.19 cm x 4.9 cm
  • Weight: 379 grams
  • Processor: Gigahome dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU
  • Power supply unit: 12 V DC, 1 A; consumption <12 W
  • RAM + ROM: 128MB + 128MB
  • 802.11 ax/ac/n/a 2×2 & 802.11 ax/n/b/g 2×2, MU-MIMO

One little thing stands out after all. The router looks surprisingly similar to its big brother, the Huawei AX3. Due to the lower price the Honor model becomes even more attractive. Or can you find differences here?

Huawei or Honor? Identical twins are easier to distinguish.

Evaluation: Not a bad offer

Honor makes the right announcement in terms of price and offers the currently cheapest Wi-Fi 6 entry. By the way, Wi-Fi 6 could change a lot in the future and use the 6 GHz band as the most important frequency. What do you think of the router and are you already using Wi-Fi 6?

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