Naver Blog Reviews Beryl AX Wi-Fi 6 Router
Enhanced travel WiFi 6 security wireless router with wired/wireless network capability, the GL-iNet Beryl AX.
This blog article has been AI-translated from its original Korean text and is intended for English readers to easily comprehend the content. Please excuse any errors or mistakes that may have occurred during the translation process.
The original review in Korean is available on Naver Blog
The changing work environment and professional transitions are becoming more common among people. Particularly, those who declare themselves as freelancers are increasingly moving to regions where co-working spaces or public workspaces are available, or combining work with rest in these locations.
One of the common issues with these spaces is that network security is highly vulnerable. As someone who mainly deals with crisis management for companies/institutions, I have witnessed cases where important information was stolen due to security vulnerabilities while connecting to public Wi-Fi networks.
Along with the changing work environment, overseas business trips have increased significantly these days, and I have received contacts from people who have purchased the GL-iNet travel wireless security router that I introduced earlier. As it has a small size with extremely powerful performance, I often see cases where people use it not only for traveling but also as an emergency router or AP in their companies.
Recently, GL-iNet has been continuously expanding its Wi-Fi 6 product lineup, and has released a new product called Beryl AX Berly AX (GL-MT3000) as a derivative model of the Slate AX that I introduced some time ago. This product has a maximum connection speed of 2.4Gbps for Wi-Fi 6 in the 5GHz band, and has also increased the network performance with a 2.5Gbps wired WAN port. In addition, the maximum power consumption has been reduced to 5W with 5V 3A.
In this post, I would like to introduce the Beryl AX travel wireless security router, which has reduced power consumption and increased network performance. As the basic product settings and web management are duplicated and identical to previous products, please refer to the previous reviews below.
Note - Here are the previous reviews:
[A] [GL-iNet Slate AX, Portable Secure Wi-Fi Router Upgraded with Wi-Fi 6] (Link)
[B] [GL-iNet Opal, Portable Secure Wi-Fi Router for Travel, Business Trip, and Remote Work] (Link)
Although the size has decreased, the Berel AX has everything you need. With reduced power consumption, it can even be powered by a DooDool 30W grounded power adapter and an Energizer external battery pack.
Basically, the Beryl AX is about 20-30% smaller in size than the previously released Slate AX. To improve performance while keeping only what is necessary, a few things have been removed. The most noticeable change is that the MicroSDXC slot on the left side of the body, which was present in the Slate AX, has been removed in the Beryl AX. However, the reset button and toggle switch on the right side remain the same, so the usability of quickly turning on/off security features such as VPN/ADGuard Home, including product initialization, is still maintained.
In terms of ports, the Beryl AX has a USB-C power port with a 5V 3A specification, a WAN port that supports up to 2.5Gbps connections, a LAN port that supports up to 1Gbps connections, and a USB 3.0 port for external storage or smartphone tethering. With support for up to 2.5Gbps internet, even when connecting with the maximum wired and wireless connections, it has the advantage of not greatly reducing external network performance.
On the bottom, there are holes for heat dissipation, as well as various certification details related to electricity and radio waves, and a password and address for initial setup.
Compared to the Slate AX, which required a rare 5V 4A power adapter, the Beryl AX can save up to 5 watts of power by removing one LAN port and the MicroSDXC slot. As a result, it is now possible to power the device using the 5V 3A output supported by the Energizer Wireless Portable Battery (link) and the DooDool 30W USB-PD Grounding Power Adapter (link). When using the device overseas, it is possible to power it using the included 5V 3A power adapter.
The Beryl AX supports up to 2.5Gbps wired connection and 2.4Gbps Wi-Fi 6 connection, providing a strong foundation for network performance that you can verify for yourself
As mentioned in the introduction, the biggest advantage of the Beryl AX is that it improves the maximum connection speed of both wired and wireless connections. When looking at the wireless settings in the web management interface, it supports the latest wireless security standard, WPA3, and also supports channel bandwidth of 160MHz for securing a 2.4Gbps connection speed.
In addition, the 5GHz wireless LAN channel also supports DFS channels to avoid congestion. Like other routers or access points, if you select a DFS channel, please note that there will be an interval time of about 10 minutes to confirm whether the DFS channel can be used after booting or changing the channel.
To confirm the actual 2.5Gbps connection of the WAN port, I switched the WAN port to a LAN port using the web administrator and directly checked the speed of both wireless (top of the middle screenshot) and wired (bottom of the middle screenshot) communication via iperf3 passing through the Beryl AX. The result showed the speed corresponding to the gigabit Ethernet speed, and please note that the 2.5Gbps WAN is installed not for each client to connect up to 2.5Gbps but to secure sufficient external network speed of the connected device.
I really liked the fact that this kind of connection can be implemented in a travel-friendly wireless security router, as Wi-Fi 6 routers with this type of connection method can cost tens of thousands of won.
It is possible to ensure network connectivity continuity through USB tethering for wired tethering.
In an environment without a wired LAN or if there are concerns about unstable network connection even with a wired LAN connection, there is a way to use the smartphone’s USB tethering function through the USB port. This was introduced once in the Slate AX. In Beryl AX, an additional feature has been added to use the network maintenance function through the tethering mode for overcoming unstable wired LAN connection and the load balancing mode for load distribution.
In some cases, there may be a temporary interruption of connection for some applications when actually using it, but the connection maintenance performance when using the fault tolerance mode was excellent. Rather than using this product only for travel, it can be used as an excellent office or home security router by turning off the wireless function and using it only as a wired router.
This feature is also only available on enterprise devices or high-end routers that cost tens of thousands of won.
It is possible to share external storage through the USB port, and exFAT is supported smoothly on some routers.
The USB port can also be used for connecting USB storage, not just for tethering. This is also a feature that was added in the previous Slate AX. By connecting an SSD or HDD (SSD is recommended due to power consumption) that supports the USB 3.1 standard and turning on the SMB mode, you can access and use it as a shared folder mode on your PC or macOS.
In areas with slow external network or internet speeds, you can share materials that have been prepared in advance with colleagues who work together through network sharing.
The VPN server and client functions can be used as they are, and it is possible to experience a significantly higher maximum VPN connection speed than other products.
GL-iNet’s secure wireless router can use OpenVPN and Wireguard VPN servers and clients as default. In addition to using the router itself as a VPN server to handle external connections, you can also connect the router to commercial VPN services such as Express VPN or Nord VPN on a router basis so that all devices can use external network connections through VPN.
Especially when overseas, even if you use global OTT, you cannot watch dramas or programs that are only available in your home country. However, since connection is possible at the router unit level, VPN connection can also be used on devices such as smart TVs where a separate VPN client cannot be used.
In addition, GL-iNet’s security wireless router also features AdGuard Home firewall for enhanced security and parental controls for restricting internet and network usage for young children. These features can be easily toggled on and off through a switch without having to access the web administrator.
Furthermore, there are other security and network connection services in beta, but they are not applicable for use in Korea, so we have excluded them from the description.
GL-iNet products are not officially released in Korea, but they can be purchased through GL-iNet’s official website or Amazon with international shipping options. However, please note that international shipping may take longer and incur additional fees such as customs duties and taxes.
Although not officially released in Korea, it is possible to order and have GL-iNet products shipped to Korea through their website or Amazon. Many people have purchased the products we introduced earlier through these channels. The Beryl AX product we introduced today can also be purchased through the GL-iNet website and Amazon (link), and if you use a special link (click) on the GL-iNet website, you can receive a $5 discount coupon for your first order.
The GL-iNet Beryl travel security wireless router used in this review was provided by GL-iNet for Microsoft Surface compatibility testing purposes. Please note that there is no separate compensation or guidance for this review.
The original review in Korean is available on Naver Blog
GL.iNet builds network hardware and software solutions that bring affordable and secure network connectivity to families and businesses all over the world. We work with a wide range of industries, solving everyday internet problems in offices, and providing complex networking solutions such as smart buildings and IoT Networks. At GL.iNet, We believe all successful businesses build upon a strong and secure foundation, which is why our highest priority is perfecting network security and reliability for our partners.