Arris meddled a bit with Wi-Fi with 802.11ac, introducing several products to their portfolio, a few of which we had a chance to review. With Wi-Fi 6 in the early stages of deployment, Arris is getting a strong start with its latest offerings, giving them a nearly full product portfolio. The SURFboard mAX lineup has been divided into several platforms, including Plus and Pro models, with and without accompanying satellite units.
The model sent to us for review is the flagship Pro Mesh model that includes both a base and a satellite unit. The design of these units takes advantage of the cylindrical shape for both aesthetics and placement of its antenna array, which in this case, offers 24 streams, 12 per node.
The Arris SURFboard mAX Pro is an AX11000 class platform offering full 4x4 support in a triband configuration. Hardware for this solution includes a Broadcom BCM4908 1.8GHz across four cores with 1GB of DRAM and 512M of NAND Flash. Radios include three BCM43684, one for each band.
This means we have full 1200Mbps on the 2.4GHz and 4.8Gbps on two separate 5GHz bands, one used for connecting modern Wi-Fi devices and one for a rapid 4.8Gbps backhaul link between nodes. Also, each unit offers four gigabit ethernet ports with support for link aggregation.
MSRP of the Arris SURFboard mAX Pro Mesh comes in at $649.99 with a two-year warranty.