Test devolo WiFi 6 Repeater 3000

Test devolo WiFi 6 Repeater 3000

I. Presentation

The German brand devolo has just launched two new Wi-Fi 6 repeaters to complete its product range: devolo WiFi 6 Repeater 3000 and devolo WiFi 6 Repeater 5400. In this article, I will introduce you to the model devolo WiFi 6 Repeater 3000. A second test is available for this second model (see here).

Specialist in the network and more particularly in PLC, devolo has been offering solutions for several years “CPL + WiFi“, as well as WiFi repeaters. However, these are the brand’s first WiFi 6 repeaters.

Let’s start with some technical characteristics to get to know this WiFi repeater:

  • Standards WiFi 6
  • Flow rate up to 3000 Mbits/s (2,400 Mbits/s on 5 GHz and 574 Mbits/s on 2.4 GHz)
  • Flow management MU-MIMO 2×2
  • Compliant with safety standards WPA2 et WPA3
  • Integrated 1 port RJ45
  • Compatible WiFi Mesh
  • Setup withapplication mobile (main WiFi network, guest network, parental controls, etc.)
  • Guarantee : 3 ans
  • Prix : 99,90 euros
  • Product sheet – Official website

As a reminder, the objective of a WiFi repeater is to improve the coverage of a WiFi wireless network and to allow a greater number of devices to be connected. Depending on the number of devices you have, your operator’s Internet Box may become full (from one offer to another, the Box is clearly not of the same quality).

II. Discovery of the Repeater 3000

It’s time to discover the devolo repeater and the installation to put an end to WiFi problems! It’s not me who says it, it’s marked on the box. On the packaging, devolo highlights the fact that this model is WiFi 6 compatible. At the back of the box, the user can find some technical information.

devolo WiFi 6 Repeater 3000

Inside there’s the WiFi extender itself, plus a quick start guide (both sides). There is no need for power since the repeater connects directly to a socket. For those who plan to exploit the Ethernet port of the repeater to connect a wired device, be aware that the RJ45 network cable is not included.

Let’s take a closer look at the devolo case, which has the following dimensions (excluding the socket): 71 x 149 x 45 mm. The case takes up the usual codes of the brand: totally white, with the name “devolo” vertically. It is also very well ventilated since there are vents on 4 sides of the case. On one side we have the one and only physical button, which will be used during the initial start-up, as well as a reset button. It is below that is le port Ethernet 1 Gbit/swhich will allow you to connect a wired device.

Small disappointment: this box does not include an electrical outlet, which means that the socket where it will be connected cannot be used for any other purpose. Too bad, because devolo knows how to do it with its PLC boxes. However, the repeater can be connected to a power strip if necessary, unlike a CPL box. On the front, we have LEDs in the form of a WiFi signal: this will be useful later, especially to know the quality of the signal between the repeater and the main box.

The build quality of the case is very good, which is no surprise! Devolo has been producing devices with a very nice finish for years.

III. Setting up the repeater: installation and configuration

On its website, devolo states: “Just plug it in, press the button and you’re done“. Very good, that’s what we’re going to try to verify by installing this repeater. Beyond the technical innovations, devolo has tried to make efforts to make the device easier to install. As a result, the brand has also developed a new mobile application.

You should know that there are two ways to set up this repeater: with the devolo app, by letting yourself be guided step by step, or without using the app. I made the decision to get started without the app, to see if it was really easy to set up this repeater. The steps to follow are as per the documentation.

1 – Connect the repeater to an electrical outlet

2 – Wait 3 minutes

3 – Press the repeater button for 5 seconds (to switch it to association mode)

4 – Press the WPS button on your router/box (within 2 minutes)

5 – That’s it, it’s ready!

So, yes, it’s as simple as that! By following these steps, very simple, except that some people may block a little on the “WPS” part, the repeater starts up very easily. In fine, it broadcasts the same WiFi network as your box, which extends the coverage of your WiFi network. From the moment the LEDs are lit on the front of the box, the network is ready. This indication is important because it indicates the quality of the WiFi signal between the repeater and the Box, like the WiFi icon on a smartphone or computer.

Here we can see that the signal is at its maximum. The repeater is positioned at a distance of about 7 meters from my WiFi router which broadcasts the signal.

Devolo Repeater 3000 - Signal WiFi

In the application, at the first launch, you must indicate whether it is a new installation or an existing installation. Since the repeater has just been set up, you must choose the second option. By being connected to the same WiFi network, one can manage the repeater. The app home provides an overview of the devolo devices on the network, here consisting of the devolo repeater only.

By choosing the WiFi repeater, one can access the overview of this device, as well as its configuration. As far as I’m concerned, the message “WiFi coverage can be improved” called out to me. Pressing it, a page “Investment advice” opens to give us some advice on how to properly place the repeater in its housing. In other words, if the signal is excellent, it is good, but it may be necessary to move the repeater a little further from the Box in order to increase the overall coverage of the WiFi network.

Proof that the application is evolving, an update came out during my test, bringing up the “Clients” in the bottom menu, in order to see the clients connected through the WiFi repeater. Here is an example:

Devolo - Customers tab

The application includes a button “Open device web interface” which allows access to the management interface of the WiFi repeater. By pressing it, the management interface opens in another page via the smartphone browser. This page allows access to the advanced configuration of the repeater, because finally in the application it is quite limited. First observation: there is a firmware update to be performed, which was not highlighted in the application (it is necessary to browse the menus for a while to find).

The device management web interface can be accessed without authentication, as there is no default password (it is possible to define one). This is not the first time I have made this criticism on devolo equipment. Any device connected to your local network can connect to the repeater and administer it.

Switching from repeater mode to access point mode

Although the box installs in repeater mode by default, it is possible to change the mode so that it works in access point mode. Thereby, it manages the network itself and can replace your Box’s WiFi (which must be deactivated). In access point mode, the box also supports the two frequency bands, on the same network or on two separate networks (one in 2.4 GHz, the other in 5 GHz).

devolo WiFi 6 Repeater 3000 - Changing modes

On his site, devolo highlights that there is the option to enable a guest WiFi network, but I couldn’t manage to enable it. Via the app, the function is blocked, because the firmware would not be up to date enough, except that the repeater is version 5.10.3 and version 5.5 is required. When going through the web interface, the option is not greyed out, but it cannot be activated. In fact, to activate it it is mandatory to use the repeater in access point mode (not in repeater mode) except it’s not explained that way. For parental controls, it’s the same, except that the option only appears in access point mode so it’s less confusing.

The ergonomics of the new application is good, but on the other hand it is too incomplete for the moment, because to really configure the repeater, it is imperative to go through the Web interface. Also, there are some display bugs. We can consider that the fact that it is uncluttered in the application is advantageous for users who are not very comfortable, but for advanced users, there is a frustrating side.

IV. Performances

You may not have made the connection, but the devolo WiFi 6 Repeater 3000 can reach a maximum throughput of 3000 Mbit/s. Of course, this is a nominal value that does not take into account packet losses and the various elements that will disturb the WiFi signal.

I was able to take advantage of using it as a WiFi repeater to transfer files between my computer and my NAS, via the SMB protocol. Below, a graph with the measurements taken.

Benchmark devolo WiFi 6 Repeater 3000

If I perform this same test without using the WiFi repeater, there is a huge difference. Let me explain. Without WiFi repeater, under the same conditions, I get a speed of between 3.21 MB/s and 20.4 MB/s depending on file size, and sometimes the transfer fails because of the connection which is of poor quality (because of the remoteness). When the repeater is in place, the connection is stable and performance boosted.

Finally, I would say that in WiFi repeater mode the performance is correct and there is a real interest in setting up this devolo device. If there are a large number of devices to be connected via the WiFi repeater, it will be better to go for the Repeater 5400 model.

V. Conclusion

The devolo Repeater 3000 repeater is a product with a very nice finish, which is easy to set up (good progress at this level) and which is quite efficient in WiFi repeater mode. The new application offers better ergonomics, but it can be frustrating for advanced users, as they offer very few possibilities for configuration. Therefore, you will have to turn to the administration interface in web mode.

Beyond its standalone WiFi repeater function, be aware that this model is compatible with WiFi Mesh installations and that it can also function as an access point (which implies that it replaces the WiFi of your Box).

Finally, its price is set at 99.99 euros: much higher than some competing models, and a bit expensive in my opinion, but that’s not surprising given devolo’s positioning on the market.

Devolo Repeater 3000

99,90 €

Features / app


7.0/10

Value for money


7.0/10

Good points

  • Super easy to set up!
  • Boost your WiFi range and performance
  • Very good quality
  • Compatible WiFi Mesh

Negative points

  • A sacrificed electrical outlet
  • A fairly high price
  • No password on web interface


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