In late 2019, we praised tp-link for the release of the AX6000 Wi-Fi 6 Router for its speed, stability and future proofing, bringing the next generation of Wi-Fi into homes around the world. What can be considered the big brother to that device in a lot of ways is the Archer AX11000, a router that claims to be the fastest Wi-Fi 6 enabled gaming device on the market; delivering unparalleled speed and performance and after using it this past 3 months, we would have to agree! It is pretty special.
The router looks unlike anything else we have seen before with an intimidating matte black and red design complete with 8 high gain external antennas capable of outputting 12 streams of powerful triband Wi-Fi with speeds capable of reaching (connection dependent) a mammoth 10 Gbps: 4804 Mbps (5 GHz Gaming) + 4804 Mbps (5 GHz) + 1148 Mbps (2.4 GHz). Not to mention the capacity for a hardwired connection with its impressive 2.5 Gbps WAN port and massive eight Gigabit LAN ports. Thrown in 2 USB 3.0 in Type A and Type C to have one of the most versatile and extensively connected devices available on the market currently.
The power to output these numbers is thanks to the inclusion of a powerful 1.8GHz 64-bit quad-core processor with three distinct co-processors and 1GB of RAM, that allows the router to support multiple high demand connections at any given time. It also features revolutionary OFDMA technology that demolishes latency and increases range, making it the perfect networking hub for your high-bandwidth applications. There is also support for 8×8 downlink and uplink MU-MIMO, beamforming, Range-boost and even BSS Color technology which eliminates signal interference. All of this combines to produce a solid, reliable and vast Wi-Fi signal to father places in your home and/or office. The true cherry on top of this impressive package is what tp-link call their Homecare service which not only delivers some powerful parental controls, QOS and even reassuring network and game playing safety thanks to regularly updated antivirus and intrusion protection from industry leaders Trend Micro.
With the latest Wi-Fi 6 (ax 160Hz) and WPA3 support, it means that devices that support this connectivity protocol can expect output up to 4804Mbps with the ax11000, but most will be playing catch up in 2020 as most currently on the market only reach half this. However, this also means that your router will be suitable for some time to come, which is reassuring. As this is primarily a gaming router, you also get a clever Game Accelerator feature that can automatically optimize the connection for your game by giving it a higher connection priority and thanks to the OFDMA technology embedded, you have incredibly low latency when playing graphic intensive networked games. The Game Statics option also shows the real-time latency, game duration and system utilization at a glance and DFS expands available channel automatically, get on the more vacant lane and boost the game.
To sum up, as we head into 2020 the Archer AX11000 is the absolute best next generation Wi-Fi modem you can buy today. It has been superbly stable, ultra-fast with no downtime and gaming is now a dream if that matters to you. Tp-Link have beaten their competitors at their own game with this one and it is the modem we would recommend to true power users and speed demons!