Review: TP-Link AX6000 WiFi Router

I’m just going to get to the point. If you want consistent speed and a router that is future proof, you need to get the TP-Link AX6000 WiFi Router. Period. End of story.

Actually, you’re looking for more than that statement as to why you should spring just under $400 USD for a router. I can help you with that. Let me show you the router:

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So I will admit that this looks like one of those gaming routers from companies like Asus. But the antennas are foldable, and the lighting isn’t over the top. Here’s where things get interesting:

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As you can see here you get a USB-A and a USB-C port for printers and storage devices. But more importantly it has 8 Ethernet ports and 1 2.5 GB Ethernet port. The latter is more important as ISPs are going above the Gigabit mark when it comes to the service that they provide, and your router has to be able to keep up with that. But don’t ignore the fact that it has 8 Ethernet ports as link aggregation is on board for those who have devices like NAS devices with multiple Ethernet ports where you can bond those ports together to get extra speed. 

Other features include:

  • 802.11ax (also known as Wi-Fi 6)
  • Dual band wireless. It has 1148 Mbps on 2.4GHz (802.11ax) + 4804 Mbps on 5GHz (802.11ax)
  • 1.8GHz 64-bit Quad-Core CPU
  • Antivirus provided by Trend Micro
  • A Quality of Service feature that lets you prioritise traffic by type, such as streaming or gaming.
  • Parental controls which are easy to set up and use.

Setting this router up was absurdly easy. I went the route of using the web page and had it set up on my Gigabit Internet connection in five minutes. But you can also use the TP-Link Tether App to do the same thing.

But let’s get down to brass tacks. What is the performance like? Let’s start with speed. I will simply let this picture speak for itself:

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Now this test was done over WiFi a few feet from the router. It’s also is the fastest speed that I have recorded in all the years that I have been testing routers. I’ll also point out that I was using an 802.11ac MacBook Pro to do this testing. Which means that this router if you use an 802.11ax device you might get even better performance. Another thing to point out is that unlike most routers where the speed that I get during my testing is all over the place, I was consistently getting speeds above 800 Mbps. That was impressive. So is the fact that this router was fast all over my sub 1000 ft condo where range is sometimes an issue with routers that I test.

Now, who should buy this router? I see several use cases:

  • If you want to future proof yourself, buy this router.
  • If you want performance in terms of speed and range, buy this router.
  • If you have a ton of devices on Ethernet that you want to connect to your router, buy this router.

The fact is that I am going to have a tough time giving this router back to TP-Link as I was very impressed with it. And I believe that you will be impressed with it as well. Sure it’s not cheap, but it’s very much worth it given the performance and versatility that you get.

 

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