With WiFi becoming a necessity in all walks of life, the requirement of a high-performance WiFi router has increased. Today, homes consist of a plethora of different electronic gadgets, most of which require a stable WiFi connection to operate. While individually, these gadgets will not tear through your bandwidth, the cumulative impact will definitely raise a few eyebrows.
Once this happens the network traffic will increase and get congested. The redesign of routers has been initiated to counter this very same network congestion. While there are many brands out there who deal with routers of varying features and capabilities, the best of the lot is TP-Link. In this review, we will be looking at the newest offering in the router market – TP-link Archer AX6000.
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Build and design
The TP-link Archer Ax6000 is actually quite bulky and also fairly large for a WiFi router. It measures around 10 x 12 x 4 inches, the majority of which is formed by the antennas. However, this router does have a very distinctive style and one cannot deny the UFO-like appearance of the same. The routered edge is home to 8 smart stream antennas facing upwards. This also gives the router an appearance of the fortress.
This design language is becoming more and more popular among the routers because this design allows the inclusion of several antennas. However, the idea of having more than 8 antennas is not just about getting the best bandwidth, it is also about improving data transfer tasks.
Because these 8 streams allow the TP-link Archer ax6000 to interact with large batches of different devices simultaneously, challenges like high bandwidth traffic,UHD streaming are a piece of cake.
The difference between AC routers and AX routers is like the difference between a drinking straw and a garden hose, where one definitely has certain advantages over the other, but you cannot use anyone for all applications. That is, you may not always be able to use the added bandwidth, but your network will be ready for the future.
The AX6000 is built around a 1.8 GHz and 64bit quadcore processor, which is further connected to 3 coprocessors. This allows the router to handle high bandwidth multitasking with ease. The efficiency of the AX 6000 is actually comparable to professional industrial equipment.
Also, the AX6000 features 1Gb RAM to support faster transmission speeds, especially in situations where several devices and applications are making simultaneous demands of the network. Coming to the software the AX6000 supports current generation DOCSIS 3.1 technologies which help provide the fastest speeds available in the network.
On the rear of the AX6000, there is a 2.5 Gbps WAN port. This allows users to make use of a 2-gigabit connection without a hassle. This router also supports 4K abs 8K streaming, while out us equally suitable to download huge files.
Although the MU-MIMO is not necessarily a gaming feature, its inclusion shows that the AX6000 is built specifically for homes that have a large number of differently active gadgets.
The AX6000 ID capable of predicting and handling high network traffic which further allows for a flawless gaming experience. While there are no features explicitly made for gamers there are plenty of features that gamers will love. This comes in the wake of a new revolution of Online Multiplayer games, which require a consistently high-speed data connection, and the Archer AX6000 can provide the same without a problem.
Security features are not traditionally added to the routers. It is easy for a brand like TP-link to provide stand-alone protection without having to rely on implementing the same in their routers. The AX6000 fires feature a basic suite of security features but are highly recommended to invest in a more in-depth or comprehensive security package for long term benefits. Features such as high-performance VPN is not present as an inbuilt package and this topi will have to be added on from an external source.
Ease of use
Routers have become very easy to install over the past few years to the point where the AX6000 is purely a plug and play device.
Maintenance of the network is also quite simple. Thanks to the TP-link graphical control interface. This interface also allows for configuring the router without the hassle of desired technical know-how.
Things are even simpler thanks to the TP-link networking app which allows users to monitor the network via their mobile phone. There is no special add ons however but TP-link can always introduce new features via an app update.
All in all, TP-Link has got it absolutely right with the Archer AX6000 router. Homes today are getting smarter and the reliance on web connectivity is everything these days, which is why, routers like the AX6000 are the routers you need powering your homes for that nice, seamless and top-notch web connectivity and performance.