TP-Link Archer 802.11ax WiFi 6 Routers Sell for $350 and Up

After NETGEAR and ASUS 802.11.ax WiFi routers introduction earlier this year, TP-Link has now launched their own WiFi 6 routers with Archer AX6000 and Archer AX11000 models.

The latter will only be available at the end of January 2019, and full details have not been disclosed yet, but Archer AX6000 has already launched (pre-orders only) and specifications, pricing, and other details are known.

TP-Link Archer AX6000 WiFi 6 RouterTP-Link Archer AX6000 specifications:

  • SoC – Broadcom BCM49408 quad core Cortex A53 processor @ up to 1.8 GHz with network packet co-processor
  • WiFi co-processors – 2x Broadcom BCM43684 802.11ax radios
  • System Memory – 1GB RAM
  • Storage – 128MB Flash
  • Networking
    • Wired
      • 8x 1000/100/10Mbps LAN Ports
      • 1x 2500/2000/1000/100Mbps WAN Port
    • WiFi
      • IEEE 802.11ax/ac/n/a 5GHz up to 4804Mbps
      • IEEE 802.11ax/n/b/g 2.4GHz up to 1148 Mbps
      • Wireless Functions – Enable/Disable Wireless Radio, Guest network, DFS, MU-MIMIO, OFDMA
      • Wireless security – 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK encryptions
      • 8x High-Performance External Antennas
  • USB – 1x Type A USB 3.0 Port, 1x Type-C USB 3.0 Port
  • Misc – Wi-Fi On/Off Button, Reset Button, WPS Button, Power On/Off Button, LED on/off Button
  • Power Supply – 12V/4A
  • Dimensions ( W x D x H ) – 261.2×261.2×60.2mm

Archer AX6000 USB Ethernet Ports

The router ships with a power adapter, an RJ45 Ethernet cable, and a quick  installation guide.

Archer AX6000 is now listed for $350 on Amazon US, which means there’s no price war, as similar ASUS and NETGEAR routers are also sold for $350 to $400. The upcoming Archer AX11000 will offer three bands, one 2.4 GHz, and two 5 GHz band for a total bandwidth of 10756 Mbps, and you should expect to pay around $450 once starts selling at the end of next month.

TPLink Archer ax11000 ax6000

Via AnandTech

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“1x 2500/2000/1000/100Mbps WAN Port” …a 2500 Mbps WAN port? What is that? GPON? Or 10GigE limited to 2.5 Gbps?

EDIT: the Amazon page says “1x 2.5Gbps WAN port supports next-gen DOCSIS 3.1” … ?

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Interesting wiki page. Thanks.

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Yes, it’s NBase-T. Non-routing MIMO capable WiFi 6 access points also need an upstream connection to the switch that is faster than GbE otherwise this cable will become the bottleneck.

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8x 100/100/10Mbps

Should be 1000/100/10 I’d say