HONOR has announced its first Wi-Fi 6 Plus router, the Honor Router 3. The Router 3 features one WAN port, three Gigabit LAN ports and measures just 245 x 159.2 x 39.7mm. The Honor Router 3 is available for €79.90 in the Eurozone and £79.99 in the UK.
When you purchase the HONOR Router 3 at full price via the HONOR Website before 31st of August 2020, you will also get the HONOR Band 5 watch worth € 29.90 and a pair of HONOR Bluetooth headphones worth € 69.90.
The unboxing experience is a pleasing one, from first impressions the box looked chunky but first thing you’ll notice about the HONOR Router 3 is that it is incredibly thin. In fact, aesthetically it’s by far the prettiest WiFi 6 router that i have seen on the market and you can tell the folks over at HONOR are really driving their products with design. Contemporary design like this fits into almost any style of home, taking a leaf out of the Apple and Google design manual the HONOR Router 3 wouldn’t look out of place on the desk next to your new MacBook Pro or Google Home Hub Max .
The four WiFi 6 plus antenna lift up into place and create a futuristic and minimalistic looking router that is bold, boasting full movie downloads in under 10 seconds (assuming your have a Gigabit internet connection). The HONOR Router 3 also allows you to achieve a total network speed of approximately 3000 Mbps – 574 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band and 2402 Mbps on the 5 GHz band. Either up to three times faster than traditions WiFi standards. Take all these laboratory speeds with a pinch of salt, actual results are like to vary quite a bit depending on your circumstances and the makeup of your home. In addition to speed HONOR also claims a 30% decrease in power consumption, great if you have lots of tech plugged in.
There are four ports on the rear of the router – one WAN and three LAN. The only other feature on the router is the H button on the top for WPS connectivity. In all honesty three ports doesn’t quite feel like enough in this modern age, but it is very easy to expand your network with additional Router 3’s as required or some gigabit hubs from netgear.
Setting up the Router 3 for the first time is very quick and simple – connect the WAN port to your existing router or modem, connect your phone or laptop to the Router 3’s WiFi network, open a browser (it may open automatically) and follow the instructions. You need to set up a new Wi-Fi name (SSID) and password, you’ll also have the option to prioritise 5 GHz over 2.4 GHz when the signal strength is equal, which should increase your connection speeds overall, even on slower internet speeds. That’s it – you can now use the Router 3 as your home or office Wi-Fi device. What’s also neat is the HONOR Router 6 doubles as a WiFi repeater for your existing network.
All the configuration options you could possibly want and need are controlled via the AI Life app. It’s straightforward and intuitive to use and within a few minutes you can make whatever changes you want or need and they will be live within seconds.
There is a discreet coloured LED indicator on the front of the router that makes it easy to see the status of the router from across the room, red when there are connection errors and green when you are all set and good to go.
During my quick tests I found the connection speed around various parts of the house were good and fluid, and as expected I had a stronger signal in some areas than I had with my previous router. I also found that the connection was generally more stable, a nice change from the patchy dropouts that are common in large french homes with thick walls. The 5 GHz priority option is definitely a nice touch.
Overall, the HONOR Router 3 is a fantastic device at a very good and reasonable price. Don’t let its lack of ethernet ports on the back put you off, as mentioned it will be easy to connect another router or hub to expand your home network as you need to!