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AVM FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AX Review Rating
The FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AX is an excellent WiFi 6 repeater that compliments the FRITZ!Box 4060 perfectly giving you a tri-band WiFi 6 mesh system.
- Lower price point vs Fritz!Repeater 6000
- 160Mhz channel width increases throughput
- Range is not as good as the Fritz!Repeater 6000
Last year I reviewed the excellent FRITZ!Box 4060 tri-band WiFi 6 router and its companion FRITZ!Repeater 6000 tri-band mesh repeater.
Later in the year, AVM launched the more affordable FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AX, which is what I am reviewing today. This is also a tri-band WiFi 6 repeater but cuts down on some of the specs allowing this to launch at an RRP of €189, which is €70 cheaper than the FRITZ!Repeater 6000.
It is also worth noting that I was sent the UK model of this FRITZ!Repeater. Most of the time, I get sent EU models, making it difficult to know if or when there will be UK availability.
FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AX vs FRITZ!Repeater 6000 Specification
|FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AX||FRITZ!Repeater 6000|
|WiFi||2400 Mbit/s (5 GHz, 4 x 4)
1200 Mbit/s (5 GHz, 2 x 2)
600 Mbit/s (2.4 GHz, 2 x 2)
Supports 160 MHz Wi-Fi connections (VHT160)
|2400 Mbit/s (5 GHz, 4 x 4, 80 MHz)
2400 Mbit/s (5 GHz, 4 x 4, 80 MHz)
1200 Mbit/s (2.4 GHz, 4 x 4, 40 MHz)
|Ethernet||2 x gigabit ports (10/100/1000 Mbit/s)||1 x 2.5 gigabit LAN (10/100/1,000/2,500 Mbit/s)
1 x gigabit LAN (10/100/1,000 Mbit/s)
|Compatibility||All common wireless routers||All common wireless routers|
The main difference between the 3000 AX and 6000 is that the 3000 AX has few radios, using 2×2 MIMO for one of the 5GHz bands and the 2.4GHz band. This technically shouldn’t impact performance too much as clients are limited to 2×2.
What is interesting is that the FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AX supports 160Mhz wide channels, so a client will be able to connect at theoretical speeds of up to 2400Mbps.
The FRITZ!Repeater 6000 then has a 2.5GbE port for one of the Ethernert ports.
The FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AX is designed to be paired up with FRITZ!Box routers. In particular, it will be best paired with the FRITZ!Box 4060 because they are both tri-band, and this will allow them to use a dedicated 5GHz band for the backhaul.
However, this also works as a normal repeater and pairs it up with any brand router. It will connect to the existing router WiFi the rebroadcast (repeat) it, either as the same SSID or something unique.
The FRITZ!Repeater devices can work in three modes:
- Mesh node when paired with a mesh-enabled FRITZ!Box
- Wireless repeater, which will work with any router
- Wired repeater/access point – and similar to the mesh function if this is paired with a FRITZ!Box, it should work seamlessly with your current system.
If you are setting this up as a mesh system, you just need to press the connect button on the repeater and the connect button on the router, and it should automatically set up. The repeater will adapt all the WiFi settings from the router, and you will be able to seamlessly roam around your home.
That’s how I set everything up at first, but if you want to set it up as a normal repeated or change the connection type, you will want to go to the IP of the repeater and manually set it up.
To change the connection type, you need to go to the access to home network section and select the option at the bottom. When you go through the settings, it will ask you about setting up the WiFi network. If you have previously connected as a mesh system, you don’t need to worry about changing anything, it will automatically adopt the settings.
Wireless backhaul performance
With this review, I set the system up differently than the Fritz!Repeater 6000, so I retested everything to provide a better comparison. Rather than setting up a network just for the Fritz products, I finally replaced my FRITZ!Box 7590 which I have been running for over five years for my main home router.
Therefore, this time, the router is located in our front room, and then the repeater is in my office, which is two rooms over and one floor up.
Testing with iPerf connecting my office PC to my Unraid server, I achieved:
- FRITZ!Box 4060: 94.9 Mbits/sec
- FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AX: 306 Mbits/sec
- FRITZ!Repeater 6000: 518 Mbits/sec
Wired backhaul performance
The alternative way of using the FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AX is with a wired backhaul or LAN bridge. This effectively makes it an access point.
At close range, I achieved an impressive 956 Mbits/sec. This is thanks to the 160MHz channel width, and it will likely be the gigabit Ethernet holding the speeds back.
With the FRITZ!Repeater 6000, I managed 896 Mbits/sec.
Wireless backhaul with wired ethernet for client
This test was technically unnecessary, but in theory, the two repeaters should have the same sort of performance with the wireless backhaul due to the 4×4 MIMO connection. However, the above results were quite different. Using the wireless backhaul and then the Ethernet connection to my PC helps confirm the difference in performance.
- FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AX: 311 Mbits/sec
- FRITZ!Repeater 6000: 606 Mbits/sec
My PC has 2.5GbE, so in theory, if the FRITZ!Repeater 6000 was closer to the FRITZ!Box 4060, I might be able to exceed gigabit speeds.
Price and Alternative Options
The FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AX is listed on Amazon UK for around £143 but will be the EU model with a two-pin plug. The RRP is 189 Euro, and Amazon Germany currently has it for €162.90
The Fritz!Repeater 6000 is available for €213.78 with an RRP of €259.00.
If you are setting up a new system from scratch and need a router, the AVM FRITZ!Box 7590 AX is €253.17 or the FRITZ!Box 4060, which I used, is €211.7
The FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AX is an interesting product. On the one hand, it performs about how you would expect it to in comparison to the Fritz!Repeater 6000.
The specification doesn’t give any indication of this but the Fritz!Repeater 6000 has a significantly better range based on my testing and therefore justifies the €50 or so price difference. The FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AX still does a great job at extending the range, but it will work better in smaller homes.
However, if you plan on using a wired backhaul, you may as well get the FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AX and save yourself some money. The 160MHz channel allows it to provide superior throughput. The only caveat here would be that the 2×2 MIMO will have less capacity to handle lots of clients.
Overall, the FRITZ!Repeater 3000 AX is an excellent WiFi 6 repeater that compliments the FRITZ!Box 4060 perfectly giving you a tri-band WiFi 6 mesh system.
I am a UK tech blogger and have been in the industry for over 10 years now, running Mighty Gadget and its sister sites and contributing to other sites around the web. I am passionate about all tech, including mobile, wearables, and home automation. I am also a fitness fanatic, so I cover as much fitness tech as possible.
Last update on 2023-05-26 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API