D-Link DIR-X6060 AX6000 Wi-Fi 6 Router Review

The D-Link DIR-X6060 is the Hero Wi-Fi 6 router from D-Link’s product portfolio in India. It promises up to 6000 Mbps across all bands and brings the latest from D-Link. It’s a dual-band device with USB 3 for file sharing, and if you have an Android phone, you can use Smart Assistant to talk to your router. Let’s take a look at the interesting features of DIR-X6060.

Features

If you have experienced the UI of any D-Link product in the last five years, you will find many similarities with the DIR-X6060. D-Link is still choosing a simple and concise set of configurations to reduce confusion among users. And if you’re a power-user and want the full breadth of configuration options, this is also the case. The QoS engine is very similar to the one we recently saw in DIR-1360 with drag-and-drop functionality. Commonly used options like port forwarding, web site filtering, dynamic DNS and VPN are also easily accessible.

The router is quite easy to set up. You can use a wired client or use the D-Link Wi-Fi app to scan the included QR codes and the setup process will be a breeze. It continues to support Alexa and Google Assistant. They are also quite easy to set up but the commands are limited to the most used functions. We would choose a few additional commands to toggle VPN, disable / enable QoS or schedule.

Construction standards

Most high-end D-Link devices have the same crab-like design, and the D-Link DIR-X6060 is no different. All flagship routers tend to be larger and heavier because the SoCs they play require power hogs and lots of cooling. On some of the recent Wi-Fi 6 devices we’ve got huge passive heatsinks to handle the thermals. With the DIR-X6060 we have a three-sided pyramid with LED indicators along the front edge and the antennas are scattered around. There are eight external antennas that can all be disconnected and use a gold plated SMA connector and an internal antenna for Bluetooth 4.1 which is used to communicate with other devices and enable pairing functionality. There are ventilation slits on the bottom, back and front lips. The Reed has a USB 3 port with normally visible ports.

Inside, there is a single PCB with huge black heatsink on top and bottom. Antenna connectors are mostly centered and have a few edges at the front. The bottom surface is of no importance and it works primarily to dissipate heat. We see that the thermal pads are aligned with the front edges and the SoCs are placed.

D-Link DIR-X6060 Wireless Router

Above, we can see that D-Link is using a 2x EtronTech EM6HE16EWXD-12H 800 MHz 256 Mbit DDR3L RAM module and a MX30Mbit DDR3L RAM module with a Broadcom BCM43684 Wi-Fi 6 residential access point chip. BCM43684 supports four simultaneous streams in a 4×4: 4 configuration. And the router uses these two for two different radios. For 2.4 GHz front-end, it is using Skyworks SKY85331-11 and for 5 GHz front-end we can see Skyworks SKY85743-21. Finally, the unit uses the Broadcom BCM4908 platform and Cypress CYW20704 for Bluetooth 4.1. Overall, the DIR-X6060 is quite heavy and well built for the class of device.

Performance

The DIR-X6060 is capable of eight streams simultaneously across both bands so the router is great for many client spaces and when you use BSS coloring it becomes even better at handling multiple clients. We ran our usual set of bandwidth tests and scored about 358 Mbps on 578 Mbps downlinks and uplinks in the 5 GHz band. In the 2.4 GHz band, the uplink was about 102 Mbps and the downlink was about 113 Mbps. There were many variations on the 5 GHz uplink test compared to the downlink test. The speed of LAN transfer from USB was decent at 18 Mbps.

Judgment

The D-Link DIR-X6060 is a great Wi-Fi 6 router that should be on every enthusiast’s list of favorites. This is a great performer and the only improvement we can recommend is the inclusion of more gaming related features for the firmware which are mostly competitive sports. Another good thing is that this router goes for around `26K which makes it the most affordable flagship Wi-Fi 6 router.

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