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Review of the Honor Router 3 Wi-Fi 6 Plus

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HONOR router 3, is the newest network product from HONOR, that aims at those who want to have a faster wireless network, while the latest Wi-Fi 6 Plus technology promises to increase the connection speeds of mobile devices.

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Minimal design and Mesh network connection

The four antennas on the HONOR Router 3 can be easily folded. With a size of 245×159.2×39.7mm, the device is quite small than traditional routers and takes up quite a few places at home or in the office. It comes with 1000Mbps 1 WAN and 3 LAN slots on it. With the “H” button at the top of the device, up to five other HONOR Router 3s can be easily connected so that there is no space at home or in the office that your wireless network does not cover.

A much faster experience with Wi-Fi 6 Plus

Featuring the benefits of the Gigahome Wi-Fi 6 chipset, dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and Wi-Fi 6, developed by Hisilicon, the device offers ultra-high speed and seamless connectivity for a high-performance and smooth network experience. With three times as high network speed, four times more capacity, lower latency and 30% less energy consumption than Wi-Fi 5, Wi-Fi 6 technology stands out as the best wireless network technology today.

HONOR Router 3 features:

Equipped with OFDMA Multi-User Technology, HONOR Router 3 can communicate with multiple devices at the same time. (Max 4 devices in 2.4GHz band and up to 16 devices on the 5GHz band) With The Target Wake Time feature, users can determine “wake up” time for their connected device. For example, they can stop data exchange for their smartphones while sleeping, so they can consume less electricity. Compared to other routers, HONOR Router 3 can reduce the power consumption of connected devices by up to 30%. With WPA3, the newest security standard available on Wi-Fi 6-enabled routers, users can also block intrusion into their networks while they can set easy-to-remember passwords thanks to a new protocol. With Individualized Data Encryption, WPA3 protects users by encrypting their data on public wireless networks.

HONOR Router 3 features a dedicated Gigahome Wi-Fi 6 chipset and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, reaching 1024-QAM and 160MHz ultra bandwidth to reach over 1 Gbps network speeds. This gives users a much higher transfer rate and wider coverage on Wi-Fi 6 devices. It can download an HD-quality movie in just 10 seconds, while wi-fi 5 compatible HONOR devices have up to 60% higher network speeds.

In addition to these features, HONOR’s innovative Dynamic Narrow Bandwidth technology; Honor smartphones with Wi-Fi 6 send powerful signals up to 6dB to the router, allowing them to have higher speed and wider coverage.

Setting up is easier than nowhere

Setting up a router takes three steps from strength. First of all, we connect the Ethernet cable with the Internet in the WAN-port, then power and move on to the next step. Then connect your smartphone or PC to a freshly baked WiFi network. To do this, you need to enter an address to access the settings panel. All passwords and appearances are hidden on the back of the router.

The IPTV functionality is akin to a “passthrough” so that you can have your STB connected to the network but after the Honor 3 Router, instead of before it. It’s a nice feature to have.

Link+ is a standard for building mesh network setups. It is a great addition to see what is, at the end of the day, a budget-friendly router. Honor doesn’t have any access points but you can combine two routers to build your own mesh network.

 

Beyond that, you also get all of the basics, like port forwarding and triggering. Also, an entire DMZ feature, via which you can just expose a particular client to the outside. Honestly, the only missing extra feature, we would have loved to see, from the top of our head, is some sort of network storage functionality. Something line SMB, or a proprietary way to get network-attached storage. That, of course, would require having a USB port on the Honor Router 3, as well, which there isn’t.

Check your home network from anywhere with the AI Life app

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With the AI Life mobile app, you can control your home network from anywhere with HONOR Router 3. Thanks to the device manager, you can set a speed limit on connected devices and plan internet usage time. With Parental Control, you can also manage your children’s internet use, creating a balanced usage scenario. With the Smart Diagnostic feature in the app, you can also instantly identify and resolve problems with your network, priced at £79.99 from Honor UK and Amazon UK if you are looking for a Wi-Fi 6 routers from different companies it will cost you more than the £79.99 from Honor.

Results

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Testing using my normal Wi-Fi router at the furthers in my house

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Now see the difference in speed from the same place in my house after installing the Honor Router 3

Verdict

Honor Router 3 is one of the first devices to bring that tech to the masses at a sensible price point. With testing the Honor Router 3 for a week at home with kids on their phones I had no problem with the router in that time, no doubt that an upgrade to Wi-Fi 6 is well worthwhile.

A lot of what the new technology offers falls in the category of futureproofing, but the benefits to stability and multi-device connection handling are tangible even in a legacy setup. It is important to note that your old ac or n devices won’t get a faster Wi-Fi connection directly. But, as more clients on the network start using Wi-Fi 6, extra resources will be freed-up on the Honor Router 3 to better handle legacy communication, as well. In that sense, most of the experience improvements I saw, with my existing setup can be attributed the Honor Router 3 simply having more power to throw around, with its 1.2GHz dual-core chipset.

TNC Score 4.3/5

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