Wi-Fi 6 routers are already on sale for Prime Day 2019 (but wait for 2020)

CNET | 7/15/2019 | Ry Crist
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Wi-Fi 6 is the newest version of the 802.11 standard for wireless networking -- the language that devices use to send signals back and forth with your router. It's still very early and only a handful of devices support the standard. The Samsung Galaxy S10 is the most notable example.

That hasn't stopped router manufacturers from jumping in with new Wi-Fi 6 routers that cost hundreds of dollars more than current-generation Wi-Fi 5 routers. And, sure enough, a couple are on sale for Amazon Prime Day -- namely, a few new top-of-the-line models from Asus:

CES - AX88U - Sale - October - Year

First teased at CES 2018, the AX88U went on sale in October of last year. It usually costs around $350, but you'll find it marked down by $25 for Prime Day. It looks just like the AC88U that came before it, albeit with gold accents instead of red this time around.

More important than how it looks are the next-gen specs. Like the "AX" in the name suggests, this is a Wi-Fi 6 router, and that means it supports key Wi-Fi 6 upgrades like OFDMA, which lets it transmit data to multiple devices at once on a single channel, as well as 1024-QAM, which lets it pack about 25% more data into each of those transmissions than previous-gen, 256-QAM routers (click here for more on how all of that actually works).

AX88U - Antennas - Speeds - Mbps - Mbps

Specifically, the AX88U and its four antennas promise wireless speeds of up to 6,000 Mbps -- up from 2,600 Mbps with the previous generation -- and it's compatible with the Asus AiMesh system if you want to add some extenders throughout your home to maximize coverage. Like with other Wi-Fi 6 routers, your existing Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 4 devices will still be able to connect just fine, but don't expect them to be much faster, if...
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