Devolo Wifi 6 Repeater 3000 review: a fairly simplistic Wi-Fi repeater

To evaluate the performance of Devolo’s repeater, we repeated the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz signals from a Netgear RAX200 router to which we connected a laptop PC via an adapter to the 2.5 Gb/s jack. In order to measure the speeds, we transferred a file (a disk image) of 4.73 GB from the first laptop to a second equipped with a 6E Intel AX210 wifi chip, but also to a fixed desktop PC upstairs. connected with a PCIe Gigabyte GC-WBAX200 card. The latter was also equipped with the Intel AX210 chip, but with an external antenna.

The router is positioned at an angle of the housing, the repeater plugged almost in the middle of the latter, on a socket 15 cm from the ground. We perform a first measurement with the repeater near the router (point 1), a measurement 1 m from the repeater placed in the middle of the dwelling (point 2), another in a room about 5 m from the repeater with a load-bearing wall at opposite the router (point 3), another measurement on the fixed PC upstairs through a concrete floor (point 4), and a last one upstairs as well, but above the first bedroom where the router speeds are the lowest (point 5).

On the 5 GHz frequency band, the Devolo Wifi 6 Repeater 3000 reaches as close as possible to 490 Mb/s in downloading and systematically less in uploading (330 Mb/s). Our fixed PC equipped with its antenna (point 3) is capped at 454 Mb/s for uploading and 365 Mb/s for downloading. As you move away, the speeds drop below the 200 Mb/s mark (point 4). However, on our 5th measurement point – which is by far the most complex to manage – the Repeater 3000 manages to maintain correct speeds which largely allow us to take advantage of SVOD platforms.

On the 2.4 GHz frequency band, the Repeater 3000 is less comfortable and its speed never exceeds 90 Mb/s, whatever the measurement point. We were expecting at least double that for a repeater announcing 574 Mb/s of theoretical bandwidth.

In the end, the Repeater 3000 offers significant performance on its 5 GHz band with speeds close to those of the Tp-Link RE700x – which offers the same theoretical bandwidth (3000 Mb/s). However, on its 2.4 GHz band, the Devolo struggles, while the RE700x reaches 300 Mb/s.

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