The Livebox 6 entered the first homes, a few days after its officialization. Does it keep its promises? It is necessary to believe it in view of the first reactions.
This new internet box can be described as a true upgrade from Orange. It is true that it does less than SFR and Free, these ISPs offer symmetric (theoretical) speeds of up to 8 Gb/s with 10G-EPON technologies for Free and XGS-PON for SFR. However, Orange has provided its box with solid connectors, 4 of which can offer a speed of up to 1 Gb/s and a last one that goes up -theoretically- to 2.5 Gb/s, for 800 Mb/s upload (and up to 1 Gb/s for the Pro).
Furthermore, the Livebox 6 is a box Wi-Fi 6E compatible. This new standard is based on the use of the 6 GHz band (in addition to the traditional 2.4 and 5 GHz bands), less congested and therefore faster, smoother and more reliable in homes with a very high number of connected devices. .
Marketed the day after its presentation, the Livebox 6 is already installed in homes. Thus, we can discover the first user comments, transmitted in particular by Freebox Universe.
Speeds that meet expectations
Like all technophiles, the first thing you’ll do once the box is installed is launch a Quick test. For those who are not familiar with this type of tool, it is a test that measures the speed of data transfer between your device and a remote server. These tests typically indicate latency, falling throughput (to download) and the upstream rate (increase).
This is much easier to achieve as Livebox 6 displays flow rates directly on its integrated e-ink screen.
– Right (@Right_zr) April 12, 2022
Therefore, it is possible to discover speeds ranging from 1800 Mb/s to more than 2100 Mb/s in downlink speed and up to 700 Mb/s in uplink speed. When connected to the 2Gb/s Ethernet port, measured speeds can be even higher than Orange promises. More than 2100 Mb/s download speed and more than 800 Mb/s upload speed – various screenshots of Quick test show the performance of the internet box. However, you must connect with an Ethernet cable and have compatible equipment, including the cable.
— Didier Meance 🔌🔋🚙 (@dmeance) April 14, 2022
Switching to Livebox 6, a bit of rewiring…
It works well 🙂
Promise 2 Gb down / 800 mb up dim
before after 🙂 pic.twitter.com/xaOYc6yc54
– Nicholas Savides (@NicoSavides) April 14, 2022
If you have a Wi-Fi 6E enabled mobile device, such as the Galaxy S22 Ultra, it is also interesting to test the performance of this wireless network standard. As you can see above, we can expect speeds beyond Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 6. A Twitter user measured 1700 Mb/s in download speed and 700 Mb/s in upstream.
With Wi-Fi 6e via Orange livebox6 (Samsung S22 Ultra 5g), which is supported. pic.twitter.com/QjT0vgLOCd
— Nova4593 (@Nova4593) April 11, 2022
everything is not perfect
Julien Jay, former editor-in-chief of clubicpurchased a Livebox 6 and delivered it your first comments on the Medium platform.
What is striking about this Livebox is the relative simplicity of its implementation and from its great stability, especially in the face of a Livebox 5 (…) I do not notice any noteworthy problem to report and my sometimes capricious peripherals such as the printer o Certain IoT objects are all accessible and functional without worry.
On the Wi-Fi side, the various Wi-Fi 6 devices tested generally report a speed of around 660 Mb/s maximum receiving, around 300 Mb/s for the part covered by the repeater, which is a little disappointing (and well below the performance of an Orbi kit, for example).
If it’s still a bit early to conclude, and apart from Wi-Fi 6E, it’s a big yes for this Livebox 6 that offers much better services than the Livebox 5 it supplants. As for the case itself, it doesn’t seem to overheat which is quite a positive..
It mentions an issue with Wi-Fi 6E that appears to be buggy, which might be fixed by its OTA software updates. In fact, Wi-Fi 6E is disabled after a few minutes, the devices then switch to Wi-Fi 6. According to him, Orange could even increase the maximum speed offered, the integrated ONT is at 2.5 Gb/s. This leaves a bit of room to review the range of offerings.
Another problem it raises, still related to Wi-Fi 6E: accessories, Wi-Fi repeaters and the TV box are not compatible with this standard. Also, the mobile app orange and me is not quite finished, the functions inherited from Mom Livebox not all migrated. Finally, last criticism that could be a possible evolution: the energy saving mode cuts everything except the connected phone… which limits the use of the box. A power saving mode that disables the display and LEDs while restricting flow rates would have been much more useful, according to Julien Jay.
Note, however, that Orange appears to have delivered a nearly perfect copy, already setting the established operator apart from its competitor Free. In fact, the industry troublemaker is used to shipping products that are not finalized, often with bugs, with features that can be expected for several months.
A salty price for the best Orange Box
At the moment, the Livebox 6 is only offered with one expensive package: the Livebox Max offer. €34.99 per month for the first 12 months, then €54.99 per month thereafter, clearly not cheap.
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