Linksys AXE8400 may be the world’s first WiFi 6E router

WiFi 6E is a new standard using the 6 GHz unlicensed spectrum to expand the bandwidth available for Wi-Fi. We previously covered some embedded boards with optional WiFI 6E cards, but so far, we had not seen any consumer-grade WiFi 6E routers.

This about to change, as Linksys unveiled the AXE8400 WiFi 6E router at CES 2021, which the company claims is the world’s first WiFi 6E router. The router is based on Qualcomm Networking Pro 1200 SoC and can achieve up to 8400 Mbps speed.

The company has done a poor job providing details about the router, but here are what the Linksys AXE8400 router specifications should look like:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Networking Pro 1210 quad-core Cortex A53 processor with WiFi 6E, WiFi 5, WiFi 4 connectivity
  • System Memory – TBD DDR3 or DDR4
  • Storage – TBD
  • Connectivity
    • 1x 5Gbps Ethernet (WAN)
    • 4x Gigabit Ethernet ports (LAN)
    • Tri-band WiFi
      • 6Ghz WiFi 6E with 14x 80MHz channels and 7x 160MHz channels
      • 2.4 GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi 6, 802.11ac Wave 2, 802.11a/b/g, 802.11n
      • Peak speed – 8400 Mbps combined: 4.8 Gbps @  6GHz band, 2.4 Gbps @ 5 GHz, and 1.2 Gbps at 2.4 GHz bands.
      • Coverage – Around 280 square meters
      • Clients – Up to 64 clients
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 ports

It looks like there may actually be two WiFi 6E routers coming up based on the first photo, but Linksys AXE8400 should be the tall, white model. Mesh networking will also support, and the company plan to offers bundles with multiple WiFi 6E routers. Linksys Aware technology used for home security by using WiFi signals to detect motion within a house will also be supported by the router.

Linksys AXE4800 will be launched in Q2 or Q3 2021 in the US, where it will be sold for $449.99. Bundles of two or three routers will be offered for $849.99 and $1199.99 respectively. Linksys Aware will be offered separately as a premium service costing $3 per month, or $25 per year. The WiFi 6E router is expected to launch in the rest of the world in Q4 2021. More details may eventually surface on the “WiFi 6E” page on Linksys website.

Via EETimes and Engadget.

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