Arris Surfboard AX11000 vs Linksys Velop MX10
So far Arris introduces two models of mesh wifi system with wifi-6 technology, Surfboard Max Pro ax11000 and Surfboard Max Plus ax7800 mesh wifi system. How good Surfboard ax11000 is compared with Linksys Velop Mx10?
Surfboard Max Pro
Among so many vendors who have released mesh wifi system products with wifi-6 technology platform, Arris is the only vendor that has released a mesh wifi system based on ax11000 network segment. Even Netgear and Asus have only released mesh wifi with ax6000 so far, however both vendors have released wifi-6 router products with ax11000; you can find Netgear with Netgear rax200 ax11000 wifi-6 router and Asus with its Asus Rog Gt-ax11000 wifi-6 router.
Unlike a wireless router in general which uses all the available bandwidth for connected devices, a mesh wifi system requires dedicated radio band for backhaul link between the mesh router and the mesh satellite, some models use share bandwidth.
Both models of this mesh wifi system support 4×4 MU-MIMO, the system can send multiple data streams concurrently to any compliant MU-MIMO adapters. If you have desktop PCs with wifi-6 adapter installed that support 2×2 MU-MIMO, your mesh router can send two data streams to both clients simultaneously at a time, thereby reducing network latency. Today there are many wifi-6 adapters that support MU-MIMO available in the market, including the TP-ink Archer tx3000x PCI-e adapter and Asus ax3000 wifi-6 adapter.
Dedicated backhaul link
Not all aggregate bandwidth is used for clients’ connection needs, there is one radio band specifically used as a backhaul link. Surfboard Max Pro ax11000 is a tri-band mesh wifi system with total bandwidth of up to 11000Mbps. However, for client connection devices there only two radio bands up to 6,000Mbps are available, while one radio band @5GHz @4,800Mbps is dedicated for backhaul link between Surfboard mesh router and mesh point nodes.
Linksys Velop Mx10 mesh wifi system on the other hand is a tri-band ax5300 mesh wifi system that uses different approach in backhaul link between nodes, Velop Mx10 uses dynamic backhaul link for the two radio bands @5GHz. So all the three radio bands are also available for connected devices, while the two radio bands @5GHz are used dynamically for both backhaul and connected clients.
Technically, Surfboard provides greater bandwidth allocation to both users and dedicated backhaul links between nodes, compared to Linksys Velop Mx10 which only provides a total bandwidth of 5300Mbps for both backhaul and connected clients. Meanwhile, the surfboard provides almost double the bandwidth of Velop mx10. Moreover, Surfboard comes with multi-Gigabit WAN port you may connect to Gigabit Internet plan from your internet provider.
Take a look at the following spec comparison table between Surfboard ax11000 and Linksys Velop ax5300.
Table Surfboard Max Pro vs Velop Mx10
|Model||Surfboard max Pro (2-pack)||Linksys Velop Mx10 (2-pack)|
|Wifi technology||Simultaneous tri-band AX11000 with 12 streams 4×4 MU-MIMO||Simultaneous tri-band ax5300 mesh wifi with 12 streams 4×4 MU-MIMO|
|Wifi speeds||1,200Mbps @2.4GHz band 4,800Mbps @5GHz band 4,800Mbps @5GHz backhaul link||1147Mbps @2.4Ghz 2402Mbps @5Ghz band 1 1733Mbps @5Ghz band 2|
|Antennas||4×4 internal antennas||Internal antennas|
|Ethernet ports||1x Multi Gigabit WAN (with link aggregation) + 3x Gigabit LAN ports||1xGigabit WAN/LAN and 4x Gigabit LAN ports|
|Backhaul||4.8Gbps Dedicated backhaul @5GHz||Dynamic backhaul|
|USB ports||N/A||1x USB 3.0 port|
|Coverage||6,000 sq ft||6,000 sq ft|
|Processor||Unspecified||Quad core 2.2GHz with 512MB and 1GB RAM|
|Other features||Works with Alexa||Works with Alexa|
|Price (Oct 2020)||$649.99||$699.99|
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For users that prefer simplicity of network, you may like to consider Orbi CBK752 mesh wifi with built-in DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem. Or you may like new comer – Taotronics AC3000 mesh wifi system which is currently getting excellent customer rated.