TP-Link Archer AX3000 Review

TP-Link Archer AX3000 is a Wi-Fi 6 router first introduced in 2019. It comes at a price that will leave your jaws dropping in awe. Nevertheless, it is packed with features like other more expensive Wi-Fi 6 routers.

The performance and throughput are incredible, delivering speeds that will satisfy your network demands. TP-Link Archer AX3000 is even more expensive than some Wi-Fi 5 routers.

In 2020, this dual-band router won the award for the highest in customer satisfaction for wireless routers. This is a clear indication that you will get more than your money’s worth if you decide to invest in TP-Link AX3000.

TP-Link Archer AX3000 looks like the traditional routers with four external antennas. However, it is smaller and has a sleek design. Moreso, it comes with specs that ensure it performs beyond expectations.

There are four LAN ports and one WAN port, but it comes with a 2.0 USB port. It lacks a link aggregation feature and a multi-gig port.

Furthermore, this router can deliver up to 574 Mbps on the 2.4GHz frequency and 2.4Gbps on the 5GHz frequency. Although the speed on TP-Link AX3000 is lesser than in other Wi-Fi 6 routers, you should remember it is a 2 x 2 Wi-Fi 6 model.

Connectivity TechnologyWi-Fi Built In
Frequency Band ClassDual-Band
BrandTP-Link
Wireless Type802.11n, 802.11ax, 802.11ac
Number of Ports5
Control MethodApp
Controller TypeAmazon Alexa, IOS, Android

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Item weight: 557.9 grams
  • Item dimension: 31 x 7.5 x 24.5 cm
  • Wireless connection type: 802.11 ax
  • Frequency class: Dual-band
  • Ports: Four LAN Gigabit Ethernet ports, one WAN Gigabit port, and one 2.0 USB port
  • Speed: about 2402 Mbps for 5GHz and 574 Mbps for 2.4GHz, producing a combined speed of 3000Mbps.
  • Antennas: Four external antennas.

PERFORMANCE

TP-Link AX3000 is a reliable Wi-Fi 6 router that can cover up to 1800 square feet. It offers a high-speed Wi-Fi signal without the risk of disconnection.

The performance is better than Wi-Fi 5 routers despite being less expensive. However, using the Wi-Fi 6, the promised 2.4Gps was not achieved.

Rather, the speed was about 1.2Gps, making it one of the lower-performance Wi-Fi 6 routers.

FEATURES

Wi-Fi 6 Technology

As the world is evolving, more devices that use the internet are coming to light. Different people may be gaming, downloading files, or streaming HD videos simultaneously while connected to one network in a building.

Increased workload on the router may cause lag and disconnection in the network. However, the Wi-Fi 6 technology ensures your router’s efficiency does not decline with increasing workload.

This technology allows your router to serve more devices while increasing speed and reducing congestion. Wi-Fi 6 is a next-gen technology that takes your online experience to a greater height.

Next-gen Wi-Fi Speeds

TP-Link AX3000 offers a combined speed of 3000 Mbps. It delivers high-speed dual-band speeds that top previous models.

It offers the perfect speed for gaming and eliminates congestion to take your gaming experience a notch higher. You can also use it for 8K/4K streaming and any other demanding online activities.

OFDMA Technology

The Wi-Fi 6 allows more devices and reduces congestion on the network. However, OFDMA increases the router’s capacity to serve more devices at the same time without interference and disconnection.

You can enjoy efficient gaming while others are watching Netflix or surfing the internet on various devices without the risk of network congestion.

Parental Control

The parental control feature is especially important in homes where kids have devices that can access the internet. Suppose you send your child to bed, and they stay awake to watch funny videos online.

They get little sleep and have limited energy for the day. You can put a stop to all of these by using the parental feature on the TP-Link app. Parental control allows you to:

  • Suspend Wi-Fi to kids’ devices when you need them off the internet
  • You can monitor the sites the kids visit, how often they visit, and how long they spend on the site.
  • Set a limit for each of your kids’ devices to control the time they spend online.
  • Block sites that are not suitable for your child’s age.
  • Create a customized profile for kids in the home and set it as you want.
  • Beamforming Technology

    TP-Link AX3000 comes with four high-performance adjustable external antennas. The antennas are responsible for increasing network coverage in the home.

    However, the function of the antennas is amplified by beamforming technology. Beamforming technology ensures the signal that the antennas are broadcasting are directed to connected devices to improve signal strength and speed.
  • Reduced power consumption.

    TP-Link AX3000 has a target wake time feature that regulates the frequency of data transfer. It also regulates the sleep time of the router. Suppose the router does not take time to sleep and reboot.

    In that case, the router's efficiency, in general, is affected, and the life of the battery suffers significant damage.

    Security

    TP-Link AX3000 dual-band router comes with security features that ensure all devices on the home network are safe. TP-Link HomeCare is the security system that covers the router and is available throughout its lifetime.

    It comes with additional features like parental control and Qos. Most importantly, TP-Link HomeCare comes with antivirus software that ensures your devices are protected from virus invasion and blocks malicious sites.

    Easy Management and set-up

    TP-Link AX3000 is easy to install via the app or web browser. It is important to note that this router works well with Wi-Fi devices and supports all 802.11 devices.

    You can use the TP-Link Tether app either on your android or apple device to manage the router's settings. You can manipulate advanced settings from the mobile app without launching a web browser.

    PROS

  • Tp-Link AX3000 is lightweight and can be mounted on a wall
  • It is an affordable Wi-Fi 6 router
  • It comes with a link aggregation feature
  • Tp-Link Ax3000 delivers fast and reliable Wi-Fi signal
  • It is easy to install and comes with a friendly user interface
  • It has anti-malware protection
  • There is the parental control feature
  • CONS

  • TP-Link AX3000 does not support the WPA3 security protocol
  • It does not have a multi-gig port
  • It comes with only a USB 2.0 port
  • The Wi-Fi connection speed fluctuates
  • The file transfer speed is not excellent. 
  • HOW TO SET UP 

    In this segment, we shall talk about installing and setting up the TP-Link Archer AX3000. The process is straightforward so, try to follow the instructions methodically to ensure a smooth procedure. 

    After unboxing the router, place it on a surface and unfold the antennas. Adjust the antennas such that they are in a vertical position.

    There are four external antennas in total; ensure you adjust all of them. Now that you are done with this go over to the modem and turn it off. On the modem, plug the Ethernet cable.

    There is a blue WAN port at the rear of the router; here, you will attach the other end of the Ethernet cable. Still, at the rear of the router, there is space to plug in the power adapter besides the power button.

    Plug the power adapter into a socket and then the other end to the router. As mentioned earlier, when all the connections have been successfully established, you can turn on the router and the modem.

    Tp-Link AX3000 comes with LED lights that indicate the status of the connection. If the lights do not come on, check the connections before proceeding to the next step.

    Go to your app store on your smartphone and download the TP-Link app. After downloading the app, launch it. Select your wireless router and follow the instructions that follow.

    Then, go to the settings on your smartphone. Turn on your Wi-Fi to allow your device to search for nearby signals. You will find the default Wi-Fi name and password on the Wi-Fi card of the router.

    Connect to the Wi-Fi by entering the password. After connecting, go back to the TP-Link app and select the connection type provided by your internet service provider.

    It will take a few seconds to load. You can change the default username and password to ensure added security to your network. 

    Finally, click apply at the bottom of the screen. It will take a few minutes for the settings to be integrated. You are now ready to enjoy seamless Wi-Fi coverage without rebooting the router.

    CONCLUSION

    In summary, if you are looking for an affordable Wi-Fi 6 router, TP-Link AX3000 should be at the top of your list. It has a solid performance and comes with several features that give it an edge over the traditional Wi-Fi 5 routers.

    This router was designed to meet customers' needs who are left unsatisfied by the Wi-Fi 5 technology.

    What is the point of creating a Wi-Fi 6 router if the public can enjoy the benefits, hence the conception of TP-Link AX3000? This router does not fit into the competitive category; its sole purpose is to deliver Wi-Fi 6 at an affordable cost.

    It comes with features that make it extremely desirable. The presence of parental control makes it suitable for use in a family house.

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