TP-Link Archer AXE75 Router
The TP-Link Archer AXE75 – AXE5400 router is their first standalone Wi-Fi 6E router. On the plus side, the AXE5400 offers greater Wi-Fi speed. On the minus side, as an entry-level 6E router, the price vs. features scales skew towards the price. Still, you can enter the WiFi 6E realm for a reasonable price of around $230 Canadian. This makes it the cheapest 6E Wi-Fi router on the market.
My experience with the TP-Link range of routers has been excellent. You can view previous impressions here for the AC5400 and AX6000; the first a 5 GHz router and the second a 6 GHz router. These reviews not only cover the strengths of both routers, but also include information about TP-Link. Plus, check out our impressions for the AX11000 which also explains what Wi-Fi 6 is.
The AX5400 stylistically carries the same aesthetic as the AX6000 in a smaller form factor. It is completely black deco style with a corner of piano black plastic laid diagonally on top. I remember marveling at how light the AX6000 was compared to the AC5400. My astonishment was deepened with the featherweight of the AXE5400, even taking into account the small size of the device and the fact that it is an entry-level model.
Although the AXE5400 is smaller than its previously mentioned siblings, it is a capable router, bolstered by the latest technological advancements. The great feature is that Wi-Fi 6E makes a whole spectrum of frequencies available. The 2.4 and 5.0 GHz bands are increasingly crowded. The 6E band has only been available for a few years, so you won’t be competing with your neighbors for a while.
Yeah Wi-Fi 6E!!!!!!
Wi-Fi 6E also increases the ability to handle many other devices without a significant loss in performance. Other benefits include lower latency due to wider spectrum and higher throughput. In real terms, I can attest to that. With the AX6000, I couldn’t fully test its 6G functionality because I didn’t own any 6G-capable device at the time. This time I do. Two, in fact: a PS5 and a Quest 2 VR headset.
Using the Quest 2 as my main Wi-Fi 6 test device, I was able to test the 6 GHz bands for the AX6000 and AXE5400. I saw a nice 30% increase in Wi-Fi 6 speed from 866 bps to 1200 bps. The only downside is that the range of 6GHz Wi-Fi is much shorter, so the speed boost is just a line of sight. Leaving the room where the router is located results in a sharp drop in speed. Still, for those looking to maximize their wireless VR headsets, the Wi-Fi 6 and 6E routers are the way to go.
Setting up a TP-Link router is getting easier and easier. It’s almost become a plug’n play experience. I had the router up and running in less than 15 minutes. TP-Link also provides a mobile app for Android and iOS devices that allows you to control the router from your smartphone. The Tether app lets you connect to the router remotely via the cloud. You can see how many devices/clients are connected to the router and further control is allowed. You can prioritize each customer. So, for example, my wife’s heavily used iPad on the top floor takes priority in internet bandwidth over other devices.
The Tether app also comes with a suite of HomeCare apps that allows internet content to be personalized based on a user’s profile. Parents can invoke parental controls so that their children cannot access material deemed inappropriate. Virus protection is also available, which can be turned on or off.
Lots of customization features
Then there is the QOS – Quality of Service. From this nifty utility, you customize how the TP-Link AXE5400 handles internet usage. You can prioritize usage categories of gaming, streaming, surfing, downloading, or chatting. Each Wi-Fi category can be assigned a priority: low, normal or high. Very easy to use and very practical.
There’s even built-in Amazon Alexa compatibility. You no longer need to access the web browser of a device connected to your network to configure the router. There’s also a full suite of tools where you can even limit the hours a network user will have access to Wi-Fi. Parents rejoice!
The first cost-cutting move comes with Wi-Fi throughput allocation with tri-band allocation. In total, you can get 5400 bps on all three bands. The 5 and 6 GHz bands are mid-tier and capped at 2042 bps. We can see price savings here with the number and speed of ports. They limit Ethernet ports to 1 Gigabit, so if you’re hoping for higher Wi-Fi speeds, you’ll have to look elsewhere.
Another cost saving measure is the virtual move of Homeshield services from the router to a web-based subscription service. This means that they will host all your security settings on TP-Link servers. Something to remember, in case you don’t want to share such information. This includes things like QoS (Quality of Service), Parental Controls, and Online Protection. It’s important to note that the company’s headquarters are in China, which has different standards for online security and privacy.
Good Wi-Fi coverage for the price
It will provide adequate coverage for a 2000 square foot home. The signal drop begins at about 40 feet. So your experience will vary depending on the layout of your home. Once I got the unit setup and let it run for a few days it was rock solid. Like other TP-Link routers, I did not experience any downtime or service interruptions.
The TP-Link Archer AXE75 is an entry-level 6E Wi-Fi router that is a good choice for most consumers and those using sub-1 Gigabit broadband streams. Power users, such as gamers and creatives, should consider more powerful and more expensive choices.
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