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ASUS ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4) Review – Cute and Small Mesh WiFi 6 System
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ASUS ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4) Review – Cute and Small Mesh WiFi 6 System

by July 15, 2022
Overview
Warranty

3 Years

Price

RM918

Positives

-Small Compact Size
-Mesh WiFi supported
-WiFi 6
-Ethernet Backhaul

Negatives

-2 Ethernet Port
-Second LAN port will not work as normal port with IPTV settings

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8.0
Features
7.0
Performance
7.0
Value
7.0
Bottom Line

The ZenWiFi AX Mini system consists of one ASUS AX1800 WiFi 6 router featuring unique technologies that give you fast, reliable and secure WiFi connections — inside oroutside your home!

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ASUS ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4) Review - Cute and Small Mesh WiFi 6 System 19

Do you like small and cute routers that would fit anywhere in the house? ASUS has you covered as the ASUS ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4) is just the thing you need. Small yet delivers a good performance, who thoughts such a small size factor would perform reasonably good as other ASUS ZenWiFi product ZenWiFi AX Hybrid XP4 and ZenWiFi Pro XT12.

ASUS ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4) Specifications

Network Standard IEEE 802.11a
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11g
WiFi 4 (802.11n)
WiFi 5 (802.11ac)
WiFi 6 (802.11ax)
IPv4
IPv6
Data Rate 802.11a : up to 54 Mbps
802.11b : up to 11 Mbps
802.11g : up to 54 Mbps
WiFi 4 (802.11n) : up to 300 Mbps
WiFi 5 (802.11ac) : up to 867 Mbps
WiFi 6 (802.11ax) (2.4GHz) : up to 574 Mbps
WiFi 6 (802.11ax) (5GHz) : up to 1201 Mbps
Antenna Internal dual-band antenna x 2
Transmit/Receive MIMO technology
2.4GHz 2×2
5GHz 2×2
Memory 256 MB Flash, 256 MB RAM
Operating Frequency 2.4 G Hz / 5 GHz
Ports RJ45 for Gigabits BaseT for WAN/LAN x 1, RJ45 for Gigabits BaseT for LAN x1
Buttons WPS Button, Reset Button
Power Supply AC Input : 110V~240V(50~60Hz) DC Output : 12 V with max. 1.5 A current
Package Content Router (XD4R)
RJ45 Ethernet cable
Power adapter
Quick start guide
Warranty Card
Router (XD4R)
Node (XD4N)
RJ45 Ethernet cable
Power adapter
Quick start guide
Warranty Card
AiMesh AiMesh : Yes
Primary AiMesh router : Yes
AiMesh node : Yes
Game Game Boost/acceleration : No
WTFast : No
IFTTT Yes
AiProtection AiProtection : AiProtection Classic
Router Security Assessment : No
Malicious site blocking : Yes
Two-Way IPS : No
Infected Device Prevention and Blocking : Yes
Traffic Control Adaptive QoS : No
Bandwidth Monitor : Yes
Bandwidth limiter : Yes
Traditional QoS : Yes
Maximum Traditional QoS rule : 32
Traffic Monitor : No
Real-time traffic monitor : Yes
Wired Traffic Monitor : Yes
Wireless Traffic Monitor : Yes
Traffic Analyzer : No
Website history : No
Wireless IPv6 : Yes
MU-MIMO : Yes
Wi-Fi Encryption : WPA3-Personal, WPA/WPA2/WPA3-Personal, WPA/WPA2-Enterprise, WPS support
UTF-8 SSID : Yes
Guest Network : Yes
Maximum Guest Network rule : 9
Guest Network Connection time limit : Yes
WPS : Yes
Wi-Fi MAC address filter : No
Wireless scheduler : No
Airtime fairness : No
RADIUS Server : No
Universal beamforming : No
Explicit beamforming : No
WAN Internet connection Type : PPPoE, PPTP, L2TP, Automatic IP, Static IP
Dual WAN : No
WAN Aggregation : No
3G/4G LTE dongle : No
Android tethering : Yes
Port forwarding : Yes
Port triggering : Yes
DMZ : Yes
DDNS : Yes
NAT Passthrough : Automatic IP, Static IP, PPPoE(MPPE supported), PPTP, L2TP
Let’s Encrypt : Yes
LAN DHCP Server : Yes
IGMP snooping : Yes
IPTV : Yes
LAN Link Aggregation : No
Manually assign IP address : Yes
Maximum manually assign IP address rule : 64
VPN VPN Client L2PT : Yes
VPN Client OVPN : Yes
VPN Client PPTP : Yes
VPN Server IPSec : Yes
VPN Server OVPN : Yes
VPN Server PPTP : Yes
VPN Fusion : No
USB Application HDD hibernation : No
Safely Remove disk : No
AiCloud : No
Download master : No
AiDisk : No
Media Server : No
Time Machine : No
Samba Server : No
FTP Server : No
Shared Folder privileges : No
Administration Operating system : ASUSWRT
Free OS upgrade : Yes
Firewall : Yes
Maximum Firewall keyword filter : 64
Maximum Firewall network service filter : 32
Maximum Firewall URL filter : 64
Wake on LAN (WOL) : Yes
SSH : Yes
Configuration backup and restore : Yes
Diagnosis tools : Yes
Feedback system : Yes
System log : Yes
Dimensions (LxWxH) 90 x 90 x 80 mm

ASUS ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4) Review - Cute and Small Mesh WiFi 6 System 20The ASUS ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4) comes in a twin pack, where you will get 2 units of ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4), giving you a whole Wi-Fi coverage for your home.

ASUS ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4) Review - Cute and Small Mesh WiFi 6 System 21Look at how small the ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4) is compare to my palm.ASUS ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4) Review - Cute and Small Mesh WiFi 6 System 22Other accessories included in the box are two power adapter with two different types of detachable pins and a LAN cable.

ASUS ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4) Review - Cute and Small Mesh WiFi 6 System 23When it come to compact sizes of a product, there must be something to trade off. In the case of the ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4), I/O ports only consists of two ports; 1 WAN/LAN and 1 LAN port.ASUS ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4) Review - Cute and Small Mesh WiFi 6 System 24For those who want a fully wireless network system, I don’t think there is much an issue as you can always add another Switch to make i[ for the lack of LAN ports on the ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4). The problem is when you have an internet package that comes with IPTV, the LAN port will be reserved for the IPTV and the LAN port will not work as a normal, thus the functionality of the Ethernet Backhaul with Mesh System will not work.ASUS ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4) Review - Cute and Small Mesh WiFi 6 System 25Size comparison between ZenWiFi AX Hybrid (XP4) and ZenWiFi Pro XT12.

ASUS ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4) Review - Cute and Small Mesh WiFi 6 System 26 The main router and Unifi fiber connections are located in my room. My Unifi fiber comes with IPTV set-up box but I dont use it. My main desktop PC uses LAN (white cable) while the blue cable is for my secondary Access Point in the living room for mobile devices, TV, Astro and LAN network cable distributions to other rooms. with only one available LAN port on the ZenWiFi AX Hybrid (XP4), my desktop PC wont be able to connect to the XP4 but this can be simply solved with a Network Switch.

Problem: Unifi user with IPTV has the secondary LAN port  reserved for IPTV and will not work as a normal LAN port.

Unifi User with IPTV

ASUS ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4) Review - Cute and Small Mesh WiFi 6 System 27For those who are using Unifi with IPTV, when you select ISP profile Unifi-Home, your ZenWiFi AX Hybrid (XP4) LAN port will be reserved for IPTV. Simply connect your IPTV device to the second LAN port on the ZenWiFi AX Hybrid (XP4).

Unifi User Without IPTV

ASUS ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4) Review - Cute and Small Mesh WiFi 6 System 28For Unifi user without IPTV, even you select the profile with Unifi-home setting, the second LAN port will not work as a normal LAN port. Even with custom VLAN settings, the LAN port still not able to use as normal, and this is something ASUS need to fix because with other ASUS routers, I have no issues with the IPTV LAN port working as a normal port.

ASUS ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4) Review - Cute and Small Mesh WiFi 6 System 29In order to make the second LAN port to work, you have to use the Unifi-Business ISP profile even if you have a home Unifi package. This will make the second LAN port work as intended.

Wi-Fi Performance

ASUS ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4) Review - Cute and Small Mesh WiFi 6 System 30The main Mesh node is located in my bedroom while the second node is in the kitchen.

ASUS ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4) Review - Cute and Small Mesh WiFi 6 System 31Using my laptop with the ASUS USB-AX56 Wi-Fi 6 adapter in the same room with the main node, it is able to deliver the full speed of my internet plan.

ASUS ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4) Review - Cute and Small Mesh WiFi 6 System 32Moving further away to my kitchen (connected to the main node), the performance starts to drop a little but still reasonable for gaming or streaming UHD Movies. The Wi-Fi signal here isn’t particularly good, which will affect the speed even more if there are more users hogging the connection.

ASUS ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4) Review - Cute and Small Mesh WiFi 6 System 33In theory, if I connect my laptop to the second node of ZenWiFi AX Hybrid (XD4), I should get the full speed of my internet connection but when connected to the second node, the performance drops even more but I’m getting an excellent Wi-Fi signal which brings a good, stable connection.

Features

ASUS ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4) Review - Cute and Small Mesh WiFi 6 System 34AiProtection by Trend MICRO is also included in the ZenWiFi AX Hybrid (XD4) but it lacks the Two-Way IPS System which is available only in the higher end routers.

ASUS ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4) Review - Cute and Small Mesh WiFi 6 System 35Basic QoS is also available with standard traditional settings that you have to configure yourself as to which port and protocol to prioritize.

ASUS ZenWiFi AX Hybrid (XD4) Verdict

ASUS ZenWiFi AX Mini (XD4) Review - Cute and Small Mesh WiFi 6 System 36ASUS Zen Wi-Fi AX Mini (XD4) AX 1800 Dual-band Mesh Wi-Fi 6 System is a mid range product by ASUS at RM918 for a twin pack. It is an excellent product for a small network system with no more than 10 heavy users in a cute, compact size while still delivering reasonable speeds and Wi-Fi coverage. The downside here is the limitation of 2 LAN ports and only the basic features of protection, which is good enough for me.

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