Dual 10GbE router supports WiFi 6 (AX3600)

We’ve just written about a Qualcomm IPQ8072A SBC/reference design with two 10GbE ports and WiFi 6 that’s good for companies wanting to design their own system, but if you’re looking for a dual 10GbE router there are already options, notably QNAP QHora-310W sold for $329 on Amazon.

But another dual 10GbE router with WiFi 6 was brought to my attention from a company I had never heard of. Acelink BR-6889AX is a WiFi 6 “AX3600 4T4R 10GE Router” based on Qualcomm IPQ8072A processor that’s suitable for the connected home and office networks including WFH use cases.

Acelink BR-6889AX specifications:

  • SoC – Qualcomm Hawkeye IPQ8072A quad-core Cortex A53 @ 2.2GHz with dual-core multi-threaded network accelerator, In-line security engine
  • System Memory – 512 MB DDR3 (2x 256MB)
  • Storage – 4MB SPI NOR flash, 128MB NAND flash
  • Networking
    • Wired
      • 2x 100/1,000/2,500/5,000/10,000Mbps BASE-T Ethernet (RJ45) ports with Link/Act, Speed LED
      • 3x 10/100/1,000Mbps BASE-T Ethernet (RJ45) ports with Link/Act, Speed LED
    • Wireless
      • IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ax WiFi 6 2.4GHz 1024QAM up to 1200Mbps
      • IEEE 802.11a/n/ac/ax WiFi 6 5GHz 1024QAM up to 2400Mbps
      • Support for 4×4 MU-MIMO/OFDMA at 2.4GHz and 5GHz
      • 4x Internal Dual-band Antenna
      • Optional BLE (CSR8811) plus antenna
  • USB – 1x USB 3.0 Type-A connector
  • Expansion – 1x M.2 socket with PCIe 3.0 & USB3.0 support (for 4G/5G cellular connectivity)
  • Misc – Power and Reset buttons, LEDs
  • Dimensions – Clearly incorrect (“192 x 200 x 172 mm”, or it’s the package). PCB: 180 x 180 mm
  • Temperature Range – 0 ~ 40°C

Somehow, Acelink thought it was a good idea to provide a product page without a photo of the ports at the back of the router, so we’ll have to trust the specifications. There’s no information about software, but we can assume the system runs a Linux OS based on Qualcomm SDK or OpenWrt.

I was unable to find the router for sale, and only a few older WiFi routers/dongles from the company are listed online, so Acelink may focus on the ODM/OEM market. I contacted the company yesterday for additional information, including how to buy samples, but I’ve yet to receive an answer. I’ll update the post once/if I receive an answer.

Thanks to TLS for the tip.

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6 Replies to “Dual 10GbE router supports WiFi 6 (AX3600)”

  1. I really expected WiFi 6e to be the standard on all new devices by now, it’s a no-go for me without it.

    1. Wow, talk about limiting your options. 6E is mostly pointless, UNII-4 on the other hand is a lot more useful. So far only Synology has announced support for it though.

      1. Never heard about UNII-4. But If check the table on Wikipedia.

        It looks like that band is also reserved for DSRC (802.11p) for V2X applications.

  2. I’d just go for a Solid-Run board.
    If you want cheapest possibe 10GbE router, pick a GT8K. $221
    If you want dual 10Gbit, pick a MacchiatoBin Single Shot. $349
    If you want a more hefty router, pick a Honeycomb. $700
    If you want a more serious router, pick a ClearFog CX LX2 with 100Gbit + 4x10Gbit. $1000.
    Note: The GT8K does not have two 10GbE ports, but it does connect the switch via 2.5Gbit and there is an additional GbE port, so it should be possible to get 3.5Gbit using Link-aggregation – OR – you could just use the GbE as WAN and the 10Gbit for your LAN.
    Link-aggregation could be improved by adding a couple Dual-GBE mPCIe cards, you should be able to reach 7.5Gbit that way.

    Some people have looked into converting a D-Link DGS-1210-xx into a router using OpenWRT or DD-WRT (I think it was DD-WRT).
    This is a very interesting idea and I hope they succeed.
    Unfortunately, it seems that project has stalled for quite a while.
    I think the 1500 (not 1510) series might also be possible to convert to routers, because part of the firmware is open-source already.
    -But the 1510 series will probably not be converted, as the firmware is not open-source.

    1. While I agree with you regarding the choice of Solidrun boards, in general converting a switch to a router is a not a good idea. Usually these devices employ a very poor SoC for the management, and the SoC itself is connected to the switch using a low bandwidth port (just for management) and configures it via I2C.

      There are a few exceptions to this rule. Some low port count switches are made from the SoC’s internal switch, easily allowing to split all ports and see them at native speed inside the device. A number of AR71xx devices were like this (up to 5 100Mbps ports, all connected to the SoC via a single GigE port). Other devices made around the MT7621 provide 5 GigE ports, and the SoC is connected using a single GigE port. The cheapest and most Linux-friendly one probably remains Ubiqiti’s EdgeRouter-X. I seem to remember that some Realtek SoCs provide up to 8 ports. I’m not aware of such chips providing 10GE ports though.

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