Jul 23, 2023
GL.iNet Puli AX (GL
GL.iNet Puli AX (also known as GL-XE3000) is a WiFi 6 and 5G cellular router with an integrated 6,400 mAh battery and running a fork of OpenWrt 21.02 on a MediaTek Filogic 820 dual-core Arm Cortex-A53
GL.iNet Puli AX (also known as GL-XE3000) is a WiFi 6 and 5G cellular router with an integrated 6,400 mAh battery and running a fork of OpenWrt 21.02 on a MediaTek Filogic 820 dual-core Arm Cortex-A53 router SoC.
If the design looks familiar it’s because it’s based on the same platform as the GL.iNet Spitz AX 2.5GbE, WiFi 6 and 5G cellular router that we reviewed last May, except the new Puli AX model comes with a 6,400 mAh which makes it even more convenient as a travel router.
Puli AX (GL-XE3000) specifications:
The specifications above show the Spitz AX (GL-X3000) and Puli AX ((GL-XE3000) are basically the same devices except the latter comes with a battery, is thicker and heavier (about 240 grams extra), and has a narrower storage temperature range. I actually made my own little Puli AX when I reviewed the Spitz AX by connecting it to a laptop power bank delivering 12V. The new model just offers a much more compact and portable solution. The GL-XE3000 Router ships with a 12V/2.5A power adapter with four US, EU, UK & AU plug adapters, two Wi-Fi antennas, four 5G NR antennas, an Ethernet cable, a user manual, a warranty card, and a wall mount kit.
When I reviewed the Spitz AX with a TrueMove 5G SIM card, I found out it was easy to use with 5G working well up to the maximum bandwidth (300 Mbps) of my SIM card, and features like failover (switch between 2.5GbE or WiFi 6 and 5G) were working well. It’s also possible to send and receive SMS from the router if your SIM card allows it or forward those to a phone or an email account. Load balancing did not work perfectly for me, and I had some rare stability issues with the beta firmware which may have been fixed by now. The Spitz AX and Puli AX routers also support features like AdGuard, Tor, OpenVPN, WireGuard, and more.
I would not buy a Spitz AX router right now, simply because the Puli AX router is cheaper at $428 including shipping during the pre-order period so you get an additional battery and keep some of your money. But this will change as the regular price for the Spitz AX is $519 – although it can be purchased for $510 plus a 10% discount on Amazon), and the Puli AX will eventually sell for $556. More details may be found on the product page.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
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