Our Editor’s Review of Asus ZenWifi AX Mini XD4 Mesh Router System
The Asus ZenWiFi AX Mini is an easy-to-use dual-band mesh router that works well to eliminate dead spots on your WiFi network. These routers use multiple nodes to make the WiFi network bigger. I tested a system that came in a three-pack, but Asus also sells the AX Mini by itself and in two-packs.
Asus ZenWifi AX Mini Router is a cute mesh WiFi system that you can put almost anywhere in your house to get high-speed Internet without any trouble. If you want a mesh WiFi solution that is quiet, stable, and can cover a good amount of space, the ZenWifi AX Mini is an easy recommendation.
Asus ZenWiFi AX Mini XD4 Whole Home Wi-Fi 6 Mesh System
- Dual-band mesh Wi-Fi 6
- Bandwidth of up to 1800 Mbps
- Reliable performance
- AiMesh technology
- Advanced Parental Controls
- Support IFTTT
● Throughput: 1800 Mb/s Total
2.4 GHz: 600 Mb/s
5 GHz: 1200 Mb/s
● Operation Modes: Mesh
● Supported IEEE Standards: 802.11ac, 802.11ax, 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
● Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax); Dual-Band (2.4 & 5 GHz)
● Number of Antennas: 2 x Internal (Amplified)
● MU-MIMO Support: Yes
● Beamforming Support: Yes
● Wireless Security: AiProtection + WPA3
● CPU: 1.5 GHz Quad-Core
● Memory: 256 MB (Router)
● Flash Memory: 256 MB NAND (Router)
Pros: What we liked about the Asus ZenWiFi AX Mini XD4 Mesh system:
The ZenWiFi AX Mini XD4 is the first AiMesh system with both router and satellite hardware (or node). We liked the extensive controls and management via the app too. Other AiMesh systems use the same hardware because they all use routers. The XD4R (router) can act as the principal router or a node in another AiMesh system. But the XD4N (node) can only act as a satellite. No WAN port means it can’t be a router.
We liked the great security and parental controls which were convenient and user friendly
AiProtection offers free lifetime Trend Micro Network Protection and Parental Controls. Sadly, the XD4 lacks both compared to the XT8. A two-way Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) protects the network from spam, DDoS, and other assaults. A time-based Internet access block is all Parent Control is.
Setup and management was a breeze to use
AiMesh systems are similar in their setup. Setup the router unit as you would any other router with a web interface. (You may also use the Asus Router mobile app, but I like the interface.) The app is well-designed and has good router access. You can also enable Dynamic DNS-based remote access without an Asus account.
The AX Mini XD4 performs averagely. On my test laptop (in the same living room as the router), it downloaded at 670Mbps, which is comparable to a Wi-Fi 5 router. The speed was 210Mbps in a remote bedroom with the laptop attached to the satellite node. We had no network failures or pauses when utilising the ZenWifi AX Mini XD4 as our primary Wi-Fi network. Use at least one more satellite node beside the primary router for the best coverage. With just one main router and one satellite node, we were able to cover our 600 square feet flat in Wi-Fi, eliminating most dead zones. The ZenWifi AX Mini XD4 remained reliable even while streaming music in the bathroom with the door closed.
Cons: What we did not like so much about the Asus ZenWiFi AX Mini XD4 Mesh system: and what we felt could be improved
The ZenWiFi AX Mini XD4 is a dual-band system that lacks the 160 MHz channel width needed for Wi-Fi 6. As a result, Wi-Fi 6’s maximum 5 GHz band speed is limited to 1200 Mbps when working with 22 clients.
Notably absent from the ZenWiFi AX Mini XD4 is a multi-gigabit connector. Notably, it lacks Dual-WAN or Link Aggregation. No USB port either.
ASUS ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4) Resources, Drivers, FAQ and Manuals
Our tech editor’s final words – In our tests, the Asus ZenWiFi AX Mini router can drastically improve the coverage and speed of your network, however, remember to configure it correctly with optimal hardware and network settings
The Asus ZenWiFi AX Mini did an acceptable job of spreading a usable signal throughout my home. Fast WiFi 6 speeds are available at home with this tiny mesh system, although performance was patchy. On my test laptop (in the same living room as the router), it generated a download speed of 670Mbps, which is comparable to what you get with a WiFi 5 router.
The AX Mini is deficient in some functionality when compared to more expensive Asus routers. Notably, there isn’t adaptive QoS (Quality of Service) that dynamically modifies bandwidth usage based on specific use cases like gaming or video streaming.
If you want more control over what your children can do online, the ZenWifi AX Mini isn’t the router for you because its parental settings are fairly limited.