The D-Link DIR-X6060 is the heroic WiFi 6 router from D-Link’s product portfolio in India. It promises up to 6000 Mbps across all bands and brings the latest from D-Link to you. It’s a dual-band device with USB 3 for file sharing and if you have an Android phone you can even use Smart Assistants to talk to your router. Let’s take a look at the interesting features of the DIR-X6060.
If you have experienced the user interface of a D-Link product in the last five years, you will see many similarities with the DIR-X6060. D-Link still opts for the simple and concise set of configurations to reduce user confusion. And if you happen to be a power user and want the full breadth of configuration options, that’s there too. The QoS engine is very similar to what we saw recently in the DIR-1360 with drag and drop functionality. Commonly used options such as Port Forwarding, Website Filtering, Dynamic DNS, and VPN are also easily accessible.
Setting up the router is quite simple. You can use a wired client or use the D-Link Wi-Fi app to scan the included QR code and the setup process will be a breeze. It will continue to support Alexa and Google Assistant. Setting it up is also quite simple, but the commands are limited to the most commonly used functions. We would have preferred a few extra commands to enable or disable the VPN, enable or disable QoS or schedules.
Most high-end D-Link devices tend to have the same crab-like design, and the D-Link DIR-X6060 is no different. All flagship routers tend to be huge and bulky because the SoCs they use are power hogs and need a lot of cooling. Some of the recent Wi-Fi 6 devices we’ve come across had massive passive heatsinks to handle the thermals. With the DIR-X6060 we have a three-sided pyramid shape with the LED indicators along the front and the antennas splayed on all sides. There are eight external antennas, all of which are detachable and use gold-plated SMA connectors, and one internal antenna for Bluetooth 4.1 used for communicating with other devices and enabling pairing functionality. There are ventilation slots on the bottom, back and front lip. The read has the ports in the usual arrangement with one USB 3 port prominently visible.
Inside is a single PCB with solid black heat sinks on the top and bottom. The antenna connectors are usually concentrated in the center with a few front ends positioned to the sides. The bottom surface is of no importance and primarily serves to dissipate heat. We see thermal pads aligned where the front ends and the SoCs are placed.
At the top, we see that D-Link uses a Broadcom BCM43684 Wi-Fi 6 Residential Access Point chip, along with 2x EtronTech EM6HE16EWXD-12H 800MHz 256Mbit DDR3L RAM modules and one MX30LF1G18AC 1Gbit NAND module. The BCM43684 supports four simultaneous streams in a 4×4:4 configuration. And the router uses two for the two different radios. For the 2.4GHz front-ends it uses Skyworks SKY85331-11 and for the 5GHz front-ends we see Skyworks SKY85743-21. Finally, the device uses the Broadcom BCM4908 platform and the Cypress CYW20704 for Bluetooth 4.1. Overall, the DIR-X6060 is quite heavy and well built for the class of device it is.
The DIR-X6060 is capable of eight simultaneous streams on both bands, so the router is great for places with a lot of clients and if you add BSS Coloring it gets even better at handling a lot of clients. We ran our usual set of bandwidth tests and scored 578 Mbps downlink on the 5 GHz band and about 358 Mbps on the uplink. On the 2.4 GHz band, the uplink was about 102 Mbps and the downlink was about 113 Mbps. The 5 GHz uplink test had a lot of variance from the downlink tests. USB to LAN transfer rates were decent at 18 MBps.
The D-Link DIR-X6060 is a great Wi-Fi 6 router that should be on every enthusiast’s wish list. It performs great and the only improvement we can suggest is that the firmware includes more game-related features than most competitive sports. Another good thing is that this router goes for around `26K, which makes it the most affordable flagship Wi-Fi 6 router.