One of the best aspects of the Archer AX5400 for the average user is its easy setup. You can set this router up with either the TP-Link Tether app or a more classic web UI login and the whole process only takes a few minutes. The UI has your standard suite of settings to create user profiles, parental controls, and monitor network traffic.
Although the Archer AX5400 isn’t the most future-proofed Wi-Fi 6 router out there, it provides next-gen performance at a price cheaper than some Wi-Fi 5 routers. It might not be the outright performance champ, but its upload and download speeds were both very decent across all ranges.
And while the ROG GT-AX11000 is a pricey router, it’s actually quite reasonably-priced when compared to its rivals, especially when you consider all that it offers. to hit our labs, is a massive device equipped with the latest 802.11ax technology and numerous connectivity options, including eight gigabit LAN ports, a multi-gigabit WAN port, and two USB ports.
Router Newswire Support has a complete guide to easily install the router which can be managed from a phone using the TP-Link Tether mobile app, but the web console offers more advanced controls.
It performed well in our throughput tests and is easy to install and manage, and it offers a wealth of connectivity ports and comes with robust parental controls and malware protection. The left side holds a USB 3.0 Type A port and a USB 3.0 Type C port, and there are WPS, LED On/Off, and Wi-Fi On/Off buttons on the front edge of the router. Its file-transfer performance is just adequate, and it doesn’t support 160MHz channel bandwidth, but wide channel technology is typically found on much more expensive routers.
The TP-Link Archer AX50 offers some nice high-end features for a $150 router, including USB connectivity and multiple LAN ports with link aggregation. The AX50 is easy to install regardless of whether you use the TP-Link Tether mobile app or the web console. I selected my connection type , named both radio bands, and created new Wi-Fi passwords.
The TP-Link AX11000 is a bit of a mixed bag in our evaluation and testing. The strong points include the integrated 8 port switch, the 5 GHz throughput, the integrated TrendNet security, and the ease of setup.
The weaknesses are the bulky size, weak 2.4 GHz throughput, the large number of dropped video frames in our congestion testing, and the high price. At the end of the day, while this is a decent router, at this high price point for a top-end gaming router, the AX11000 left us wanting more consistent performance. Our network congestion testing shows the AX11000 to perform better via Ethernet and 5 GHz connections, with the 2.4 GHz performance a weak point.
While connected via Ethernet, with no background videos, on our Overwatch gaming test, we measured a solid FRAPS score of 128.5 FPS. This dropped substantially to 88.1 FPS when we added the ten 8K videos to saturate our 300 Mbps connection.
The game improved to 118.6 FPS when we set the QoS for gaming and toggled on the Game Accelerator. While the frame rate in the game improved, we found the high dropped frame rate of 25.1% to be disappointing for a high-end gaming router. The last thing a serious gamer needs is a laggy router slowing you down.
Enter the TP-Link Archer AX11000 Next-Gen Tri-Band Gaming Router.
It’s a little pricey at $399.99 even for a Wi-Fi 6 router, but that money gets you complete control over your gaming bandwidth.
It also lets you see real-time latency and resource utilization so you can keep your network running at top speed.
Add all that up, and you get our new Editors’ Choice for Wi-Fi 6 routers along with our previous pick, the Asus RT-AX88U.
This router does not have mesh capabilities like some other modern routers, but it does offer a Smart Connect feature that is common with mesh systems.
When enabled, the router shows just one SSID to which you can connect.
Once connected, the router will move devices back and forth between the 2.4GHz and 5GHz radio based on best performance.
It actually works quite seamlessly — move out of range of where 5GHz is effective, and you’ll be switched over to 2.4GHz, and vice versa.
At the top of the screen are buttons labeled Map, Internet, Wireless, and Advanced.
The Map button takes you back to the home screen and the Internet button opens a screen where you can configure internet connection and MAC Address settings.
Use the Wireless button to edit your SSID, Wi-Fi password, encryption type, and guest networking settings.
Here you can also enable Smart Connect to have both bands share the same SSID and password, and allow the router to select the best band for optimal connectivity.
The Tri-band setup means that more devices can be connected simultaneously than the majority of other routers, ideal if you’ve got a household full of gamers and content streamers.
The GT-AX11000 router is like a gamer’s dream come true with a low-latency design to help blow away the competition in alien attacks, medieval sword duels and urban car chases.
Alongside the device’s four downstream gigabit Ethernet ports is a single 2.5G Base T Ethernet connection for those who prefer wired connections.
Rated at a maximum throughput of 2.5Gbps, few gaming computers support this standard, but several chips that can take advantage of this speed boost are in the works.
The Orbi Ultra uses MU-MIMO technology to allow multiple concurrent streams to your network’s top users.
This means that two people can easily stream 4K content on two different devices without hiccups.
Network congestion is further alleviated by the tri-band setup, which splits network traffic across the two normal subnetworks while a separate band keeps the mesh access points connected.
However, even if the MX5 Velop router can’t handle complex networking configurations, it still performs well .
It covers about 3,000 square feet but this figure can change drastically based on building materials and local interference, so don’t take it for granted.
It is also able to connect to up more than 50 devices before it starts to experience web traffic.
It uses both OFDMA and MU-MIMO technology, so the more active devices on your network are ensured their fair share of bandwidth.
The MX5 has four 1Gbps LAN ports and a USB 3.0 port for NAS devices.
The Nighthawk RAX80 has eight high-powered antennas that can broadcast to a total area of 2,500 square feet.
That is enough to cover a medium-to-large home, not factoring in physical impediments like walls and interference from neighboring devices.
It has a 2.5Gbps WAN port and four 1Gbps ethernet ports.
The last two ethernet ports support link aggregation so you can reach multi-gig file transfer speeds across your local network.
It can also host two NAS devices as well with its dual USB 3.0 ports.
Many of these settings, like the Gamers Private Network, have preset modes that are meant for gaming use and some are actually quite handy.
The VPN Fusion software, for example, supports multiple simultaneous VPN server connections.
This is actually a fairly useful feature if you are gaming, as you can bypass your own VPN to connect to game servers while still browsing privately on other devices.
And because it wouldn’t be a gamer router without some RGB lights, this router is compatible with the Asus AuraSync software.
If you are looking for a high-end router with comprehensive administrative settings then the GT-AX11000 is a great choice.
The Archer AX7800 is slower than the Archer AX11000, but it still supports incredibly fast speeds of up to 7,800 Mbps with tri-band Wi-Fi.
It also supports the 6GHz band for Wi-Fi 6E. The router features smart antennas that boost coverage and improve its wireless connection.
It also supports the 6GHz band for Wi-Fi 6E. The router features smart antennas that boost coverage and improve its wireless connection.
It also supports AI-driven mesh and seamless roaming, which enables you to move around your home without losing a connection.
Like the other new Archer router, the Archer AX96 supports TP-Link HomeShield.
This falls short of the Netgear Nighthawk RAX80’s 1.389Gbps of throughput, but surpassed the Linksys MR9600’s 822.0Mbps at the same distance.
In other words, it provides a nice speed boost compared to Wi-fi 5 (802.11ac) routers, as seen in our Netgear Nighthawk AC2300 review (at 566.7Mbps) or TP-Link Archer C2300 review (at 682.3Mbps).
For a standalone router with Wi-Fi 6 capability, the TP-Link Archer AX6000 is the best choice for optimal connectivity.
The dual-band router promises great speeds and the eight high-gain antennas offer some of the best wireless coverage this side of a mesh Wi-Fi system.
But for pure connectivity, it also has something most other routers do not — a wealth of ports and wired connections.
A 2.5Gbps WAN port will work with even the fastest internet connections while a total of eight Ethernet ports give you connectivity for a huge number of wired devices.
On the side of the router you’ll also find both USB 3.0 Type-A and Type-C connectors, giving you speedy connectivity for other peripherals, like NAS and home media servers.
As with the Archer AX11000 gaming router and the Deco X20 mesh system, the Archer X50 comes with TP-Link’s HomeCare suite of anti-malware, parental control, and QoS software. And if the range isn’t quite sufficient for your living space, this router also supports mesh wireless technology so you can easily expand your network with another Eero device.
The best all-round performer and the winner of this shootout is the ASUS ROG GT-AX11000. But what’s most impressive about the ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 is its suite of features. Parents will also be happy to know that the ROG GT-AX11000 has the most robust parental control settings.
The Tools button takes you to a screen where you can access all of the above settings, create a guest network, and run network diagnostics. Homecare’s Parental Controls offer Child, Pre-Teen, Teen, and Adult presets that contain age-appropriate website filters for gambling, social networking, gaming, chat rooms, and other adult content.
If you’re craving the faster speeds afforded by 802.11ax technology, the TP-Link Archer AX6000 will fill the bill. The web console is the same one used to manage the Archer A6 and other TP-Link routers. Nevertheless, the Archer AX50 is still an excellent that’s worthy of our Editors’ Choice award for midrange Wi-Fi 6 routers.
The TP-Link Archer AX50 ($149.99) is the rare moderately priced router that finds the sweet spot between high-end and budget-class models. The Archer AX11000 is a 10G router that supports Wi-Fi speeds up to 10 Gbps. On the wired side of things, the Archer AX11000 has a 10 Gbps WAN/LAN SFP+ port, a 10 Gbps WAN/LAN port, and a 2.5 Gbps WAN/LAN port.
Gamers Private Network Mode allows you to dedicate one of the router’s two 5GHz bands specifically for gaming. It supports the 6GHz band for Wi-Fi 6E, which covers more frequencies than the standard 2.4GHz and 5Ghz routers.
Tap any client to see which band it’s using, as well as its MAC address and join date. All in all, it’s comfortably the best tri-band AX11000-class Wi-Fi 6 router you can buy today. They also support link aggregation, band steering, and DFS.
Tap the Clients button to see a list of connected devices and their IP addresses. The unit supports wireless mesh connections but you can also connect devices via one of the three 1Gbps LAN ports. AiMesh allows you to connect other compatible Asus devices to create a mesh network, although it can cause problems when you try to extend your guest network or create a subnet.
It opens to a screen that contains a network map that shows wired- and wireless-connected clients and has a Speedtest button for measuring internet upload and download speeds. Tap the router icon to view more detailed information such as IP addresses, wireless SSIDs, CPU load and memory usage, and LAN port usage. Just plug into the device, use the Linksys app to point it to your current wireless network, and you are good to go.
The AX11000 is a 12 stream tri-band router that is capable of reaching data rates of up to 1,148 megabits per second on the 2.4 GHz band and up to 4,804 Mbps on each of the two 5 GHz bands. This router is also ridiculously fast for consumer hardware, delivering wireless speeds up to Mbps.
Unfortunately, there is no multi-gig support, but all that means is that this router isn’t future-proofed. All this earns the AX11000 our Editors’ Choice for high-end Wi-Fi 6 routers. But as with all Wi-Fi 6 routers, you’ll have to use Wi-Fi 6-compatible clients to realize the increased performance benefits.
As for the software experience, the RA-AX92U has a similar setup to that of the AX11000, minus the VPN Fusion setup which is replaced by a basic VPN setup. None of the ports are multi-gig, but the AX50 does support link aggregation, a nice feature for a router in this price range.
Setup for the DIR-X5460-US is fairly easy, which is good news for networking neophytes who don’t want to call out a network technician to get their Internet running. Once you do get this unit set up, its UI also grants you access to some of the most important home networking features.
The Archer AX11000 is essentially unbeaten in terms of performance. The software UI is a little ugly, but it functions well and the router’s smart technology means that multiple Wi-Fi connections don’t slow the Archer down.
Rest assured, the Archer AX6000 has no issues working with older devices as well. The Archer AX10 is a smallish router done up in a two-tone glossy and matte black finish with textured grills and a TP-Link badge. The Archer AX11000 is top of the line in its class with tri-band radios, fast Wi-Fi speeds, excellent range with a reliable signal and decent NAS performance if that takes your fancy.
And the latest twist on the new standard is Wi-Fi 6e, which adds an additional 6GHz band for truly unbeaten performance. Under the hood are a 1.8GHz quad-core processor, 1 gigabyte of RAM, and 512 megabytes of flash memory.
With dual-band connectivity and two gigabit wired connections on each node, the Deco X20 offers great coverage and connectivity with easy setup and management. This is a dual-band router with 2.4GHz and 5GHz radios, meaning you can choose between signal quality at range or sheer speed in proximity. For example, you can set the 5GHz band to only handle 802.11ax devices.
The router offers adaptive QoS on top of this, plus cloud access to your NAS devices. The router can be managed using a web-based console or with TP-Link’s Tether mobile app for Android and iOS devices, but the web console offers more advanced settings options. It also supports TP-Link HomeShield, which helps protect devices on your network and provides options for parental controls.
We’ve yet to see a router that can deliver better wireless internet speeds through walls, floors and ceilings. Wireless capability is even better, with performance that actually improved at longer distances, super low latency and massive 10.8Gbps of maximum throughput.
The Archer AX10 is a four-stream dual-band AX1500 router capable of maximum data rates of up to 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and up to 1,201Mbps on the 5GHz band. That accolade still goes to TP-Link’s Archer C5400X, which was able to deliver up to 859.5Mbps at 15 feet versus 615.7Mbps for the GT-AX11000, a 40 percent performance gap.
Once the LEDs were all solid, I tapped Next and used my phone’s Wi-Fi settings to connect to the router’s SSID. The app found the router immediately and I entered a new router password.
And while the SURFboard Max AX7800 has four ethernet ports on each router, they are all only 1 Gbps speeds. Despite its shortcomings, the SURFboard Max AX7800 is still as solid router.
It opens to a home screen with a network map that shows the router and the number of connected clients. You can also use the app to configure basic settings for parental controls, QoS, guest networks, and more. One of the most interesting features is AmpliFi Teleport, which can port your mobile web traffic back through your home network from anywhere in the world.
The Archer AX11000 is top of the line in its class with tri-band radio, fast Wi-Fi speeds, excellent range with a reliable signal and decent NAS performance if that takes your fancy. Even in an imperfect setup, the Archer AX5400’s six beamforming antennas are powerful enough to broadcast through most medium-to-large-sized homes.
As for physical connections, the Archer AX5400 has one 1Gps WAN port, four 1Gbps LAN ports, and a USB 3.0 port for use with a NAS device. TP-Link’s Archer AX6000 Next-Gen Wi-Fi Router sits somewhere between a full-tilt gaming router like the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 and basic budget options like TP-Link’s sub-$70 Archer A7 AC1750. The Archer AX6000’s ‘middle of the road’ approach results in a router that’s larger than some, with lots of antennae and gigabit Ethernet ports (8, plus a 2.5GB WAN).
To access 2.4GHz or 5GHz wireless settings, tap the appropriate panel. Between its 2.4GHz and 5GHz band, it can handle up to 20 streaming clients at once without running into congestion.
Tap the AX50 panel to open the home screen, which displays a network map and panels for both Wi-Fi radio bands and the guest network. Here you can enable and disable the band, rename it, change the Wi-Fi password, and enable Smart Connect, which creates a single SSID and password for both radio bands. The hardware is top of its class, tri-band radios, adding a third channel for gaming consoles and the like, but really this is thanks to the DFS technology pushing users to vacant lanes to keep speeds high.
AiMesh allows you to connect other compatible Asus devices to create a mesh network . Combine all of this with customization tools and gaming optimizations, and it’s still one of the best gaming devices we’ve seen in the new breed of Wi-Fi 6 routers.
Wi-Fi 6 offers a genuine upgrade to your home network, offering better wireless speeds and more capable device handling than the older 802.11ac (or, retroactively, Wi-Fi 5) standard it replaces. For this reason, it is set up to become the default wireless standard for almost every new smartphone, laptop, and connected home device going forward.
Netgear claims the Wi-Fi 6 iteration will be fast enough to sustain Gigabit wireless speeds, with top transfer rates of up to 2,400Mbps (2.4Gbps) on the 5GHz band. Most current-gen mesh wireless systems provide top transfer speeds of around 50Mbps to 300Mbps in actual use, so that would be a definite step up as far as top speed is concerned.