Asus AX86U and TP-link XDR6060 comparison review

Asus AX86U and TP-link XDR6060 comparison review

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Asus AX86U and XDR6060 hardware configuration is very similar, the main difference in the 2.4G wireless chip, link aggregation and firmware. The actual measurement of how much difference between the two, so that we have a good idea, and then according to their preferences, needs, budget to choose. The appearance of the two wireless routers.AX86U对比XDR6060评测

Both CPU is BCM4908, 5G chip is BCM43684, 2.4G chip is different, AX86U is 3x3mimo, 2.4G chip model is BCM6710, XDR6060 is 4x4mimio, 2.4G chip is also BCM4368.

AX86U’s 5G wireless settings parameters.


XDR6060’s 5G setup parameters.


TP default is to turn on MU-MIMO, Asus is the default off MU-MIMO, to be fair, the Asus MU-MIMO is also turned on.

2.4G does not make a full test. Both channels 9, 40 bandwidth.

Versions are as follows.


XDR6060: 1.1.12


Zero, WAN port performance test

First, test the Asus AX86U WAN aggregation and LAN1, LAN2 link aggregation
Second, USB3.0 speed test comparison
Third, the signal strength test comparison
Four, test 2.5G WAN with AX200 in four locations under the 5G WIFI speed
Five, with AX200 wireless network card speed test comparison
Six, with QCA6391 wireless network card speed test comparison
Seven, using Xiaomi 10 cell phones for speed comparison
Eight, with Apple SE2 cell phone speed comparison
Nine, wireless relay capacity comparison
Ten, the effect of MU-MIMO actual test

Start testing.

Zero, WAN port performance test

This item tests the performance of the Gigabit WAN port, using IxChariot test, ten threads, time one minute, three consecutive tests, take the highest value. All the results are shown in the table: (Mbps)


Test wireless speed in close proximity, XDR6060 harder to get high speed, nothing wrong to say.

We pay attention to the 2.4G of QCA6391 in the table above, the uplink speed of both is very, very slow and slow, only a few tens of megabytes, when the IxChariot screenshot is as follows.

QCA6391 AX86U 2.4GQCA6391 XDR6060 2.4G

It’s not normal, I don’t know why. Maybe the QCA6391 wireless card itself is the problem. Other devices do not have this phenomenon.

By the way, I measured the power.


XDR6060 standby power 10.4W, 2W higher than the AX86U, dual-band concurrent high-speed transmission, XDR6060 reached 23.9W, I guess is trying to differ in the 2.4G BCM43684. Not you use the phone on a network brush a video is 14W, to high-speed transmission when.

A test of the Asus AX86U WAN aggregation and LAN1, LAN2 link aggregation

XDR6060 does not support the aggregation function, so here only test AX86U

2.5G port access, 2000M fiber, dual 1,000-dot LAN aggregation output (LAN1 & LAN2) or

Dual WAN aggregation access two 1000M broadband 2.5G ports output.

I don’t have gigabit broadband, much less two gigabit broadband, but I can simulate both scenarios.

First is a simple 2.5G network port as WAN port access, set up LAN1 and LAN2 link aggregation, and then WAN to this aggregated network port speed test to see. Routing settings to open 802.3ad, dual-port network card I350-AM2 also engaged in a little LACP-IEEE 802.3ad can be.

AX86U in the LACP-IEEE 802.3ad open.

AX86U 聚合设置

The network card is also set up to generate a new network, plugged into the router’s two aggregation ports, showing a rate of 2Gbps:.

AX86U 聚合 网卡设置

The speed was measured with IxChariot and the results are shown in the following table.


2.5G WAN to send data to the aggregated LAN port, the speed can reach 1864Mbps, is full of 2Gbps, but the opposite direction is only 1Gbps speed, I do not understand, and then only 2Gbps speed in both directions. Anyone understand why not? But it does do 2.5G WAN into 2000M broadband, in the aggregation LAN port can come out 2000M broadband.

Another way to use WAN aggregation, this feature is also available on the ASUS AX88U. WAN Aggregation (WAN aggregation) feature allows users to link two 1 Gigabit networks to get 2 Gigabit bandwidth to speed up transmission!

The setup instructions are as follows in yellow in the figure.


Not the other way around, I set up a good aggregation of the two network card ports are connected to the AX86U WAN port and LAN4 port, and then the AX86U 2.5G port as the LAN port. Take a speed test to see.


But this downstream only run out of 1000M speed ah, in turn upstream speed only 2000M speed, this time the two-way actually break through 2000M, the error?

This is a problem, two 1000M broadband input, but in a 2.5G LAN port only 1000M broadband output, not qualified ah, the uplink will have 2000M.

Second, USB3.0 speed test comparison

Both have USB3.0 interface. The test mobile hard drive is MLC solid state, put in the computer read speed stable at 360MB/sec, write speed 280MB/sec

Use fasycopy software to copy a single 4.39GB file and come up with a speed of, for example, AX86U



XDR6060 USB测速 2.5G口

The speed measurement results are shown in the table below: (NTFS, MB/sec)



XDR6060 USB3.0 write speed will be worse, the other are similar, because there is an error.

Both support FTP sharing, also supports external network access, due to time constraints, external network access did not test. I do not know if you can do with DDNS remote access to USB.

ASUS firmware is a bit richer in USB features.

Third, the signal strength test comparison

The two wireless routers are placed in the WIFI location in the figure below, and the computers with AX200 wireless cards are tested for signal strength in four locations A, B, C, D. Signal strength is not a fixed value, fluctuating from moment to moment, so the one-minute curve to compare seems more realistic and objective. The plan view is as follows:


The results are as follows:


XDR6060’s 2.4G is a bit stronger at point A, which is separated by a wall; 5G is also stronger for XDR6060.


At the location of point B, 2.4G signal strength we are about the same, AX86U a little stronger, 5G is still XDR6060 signal strong point.


在In a straight line distance of 11 meters away, 2.4G signal strength the same, 5G is still a little stronger XDR6060.


Finally downstairs in the D point location, 2.4G and 5G two signal strength is not different, right.

2.4G difference is not obvious, 5G is XDR6060 a little stronger than AX86U, unreasonable ah, I thought AX86U will be stronger, SKY85743-21 ah. (AX86U set the United States region)

The next speed test with various receiving devices.

Because the speedtst service installed network card Intel X550-T2 and AX86U 2.5G network port compatibility problems, will slow down to 1Gbps and sometimes can not be assigned to the IP address, so I through a TL-SH1206 switch to the AX86U 2.5G port, so there is no problem. Although the XDR6060 does not have this compatibility problem, but to be fair and reduce the error, the XDR606060 is also connected to this switch. The switch chip is also Broadcom, so it should be fine.

The following speed test with self-built speedtest measured the speed value will be a little higher, only for comparison. Speed test 6 times in a row, take the average value for comparison.

Fourth, the AX200 test 2.5GWAN in four locations under the 5G WIFI speed

2.5GWAN, with support for 160MHz bandwidth AX200, you can make 2x2mimo wireless network card easily break through the gigabit speed, look at how far away the speed drops below the gigabit. Here only measure 5G WIFI. all results are listed below


Mean comparison.AX86U对比XDR6060评测


With the 2.5G WAN port, it makes the XDR6060 break through the gigabit in all three locations in the same level. the difference between the three locations at points A, B and C is not very big. And AX86U is significantly worse downstairs at point D. Overall, the XDR6060 downstream speed is faster than the AX86U, regardless of the location.

Five, with AX200 wireless network card speed measurement comparison

Connected to the gigabit WAN port for testing, all the results are as follows: (Mbps)


5G average comparison.


Distance from the front with 2.5G WAN test is similar, the difference between the downstairs D point is very large, XDR6060 than AX86U a lot higher.

2.4G only measured 2 locations, the average value comparison.


In the downstairs D point we are similar, in C point is XDR6060 better.

Six, with QCA6391 wireless network card speed measurement comparison

This is a Qualcomm wireless network card, only test 5G, save time. All the results are as follows: (Mbps)


5G average speed comparison.


Double is the biggest difference in the location of the D point, XDR6060 fast, it seems AX86U is not very suitable for the upper and lower layout of 5G signal coverage.


Seven, speed measurement comparison with Xiaomi 10 cell phone

All the results are listed below: (Mbps)


5G average speed comparison.


Xiaomi 10 speed measurement results are also the same as the previous one, XDR6060 is much higher.

Correction of the data of Xiaomi 10, there are 2 data in the above excgel table missed a digit, three digits into two digits. The following table is corrected, and the red font is the corrected figure.

speedtest 016 2

Comparison graph of corrected mean.

speedtest 017 2

2.4G average speed.


2.4G is also XDR6060 performance is better.

VIII. Speed measurement comparison with Apple SE2 cell phone

All the results are as follows: (Mbps)


5G average comparison.


2.4G speed comparison.


2.4G speed is about the same for everyone. Apple SE2 does not support 40MHz bandwidth, in 2.4G speed performance is significantly worse than Xiaomi 10.

Nine, wireless relay capacity comparison

Want to do this test, the second XDR6060 do the main routing in the following figure WIFI location, the test of this XDR6060 and AX86U wireless relay 5G, and then placed downstairs D point and E point location, respectively, the computer connected to the router’s 2.5G LAN port to do output test the same, simply put, the router as a wireless network card to use, only test the LAN port speed, D and E point location as follows.

ping E

(Both units are manually set up wireless relay)

Status information after AX86U wireless trunking:

This is the location of big D point


This is the position at point E.


XDR6060 can not see the details.

The speed measurement results are as follows: (three consecutive speed measurements to pick the highest value)


The Asus AX86U as a wireless relay role is not bad, the difference with the XDR6060 is not obvious, the uplink speed difference is obvious some. I had high expectations for the ASUS AX86U before the test, but the actual test came out a bit disappointing, as the 5G FEM chip specifications are higher than the QPF4516 used in the XDR6060. I can’t figure it out!!!


Ten, MU-MIMO effect of the actual test

AX86U with Xiaomi 10, QCA6391, AX200 these 2x2mimo WIFI6 devices, can support running in MU-MIMO mode, while XDR6060 are no effect, may only support multiple 1 × 1 or 1 × 1 + 2 × 2, because I do not have 1 × 1 wifi6 so it is not easy to say. MU-MIMO test also need to find the right angle The MU-MIMO test also needs to find the right angle and distance to be effective, and Qualcomm’s router is more likely to have an effect than Broadcom. My advice is not to obsess about this feature.



Asus AX86U in addition to worse than XDR6060 signal, the other are better, with link aggregation function, suitable for users with NAS, Asus firmware feature-rich settings parameters are also more, which is an advantage over other router firmware, warranty three years. XDR6060 signal quality is better, warranty one year, the firmware is rudimentary, you choose according to your needs, preferences and budget.

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