Let’s check out this new Wi-Fi 6 router from TP-Link.
As Wi-Fi 6 slowly becomes the new wireless network standard, companies have now started releasing devices that support it that range from smart devices to network cards. Routers have also started offering support for Wi-Fi 6, ensuring that you have the best compatibility for future upgrades.
Enter the TP-Link Archer AX10, a dual-band router that offers full support for Wi-Fi 6 along with a bunch of other new features. But let’s look at the outside first – the Archer AX10 looks much like another router out there from the black exterior to the four antennas.
Behind the Archer AX10 are four 1Gbps Ethernet ports along with the WAN port. There’s no USB port though, which eliminates the ability to connect drives to share on your network. It might not be a deal-breaker for some, but others will definitely need it.
Setting up the router would require you to install the TP-Link Tether app that actually is easy to use. Personally, it’s one of my favorite router apps since everything is laid out properly so setting up is a breeze. From creating guest networks to turning on QoS along with parental controls, everything is inside the Tether app for you to conveniently access using your smartphone.
The Archer AX10 does have some impressive feature set, most notably Wi-Fi 6-centric features like OFDMA. OFMDA allows the router to handle various connections all at the same time without reducing speed and bandwidth. There’s also support for Amazon Alexa and IFTTT so you can fully integrate the router into your smart home setup. Powered by a 1.5Ghz tri-core processor, the dual-band Archer AX10 supports up to 300 Mbps at 2.4GHz and 1201 Mbps at 5GHz.
I replaced my router with the Archer AX10 inside a one-bedroom apartment. Placed just in the center of the living room, the router has enough coverage to offer a consistent internet connection (I’m on a 256 Mbps plan). Wireless speeds tend to be at par with TP-Link’s claims and were fast with real-time testing. I only got to test the Archer AX10’s capabilities on two devices since it’s the only ones available that support Wi-Fi 6. Wireless speeds using the 5GHz band averaged at around 220 Mbps while the 2.4GHz gave almost a similar result, though of course coverage is lesser than that what the 5GHz band can offer.
For the price of AED, the Archer AX10 is one of the decent choices if you want to upgrade to a Wi-Fi 6 router. TP-Links other Wi-Fi 6 tend to perform better, but you can’t beat the price if you want to future proof your network.
+ Decent Wi-Fi 6 speeds
+ Tether app is an easy way to configure the router
We Didn’t Like:
– No USB ports for connecting external drives
Final Rating: 4/5