TP-Link AX1800 WiFi 6 Router (Archer AX21) – Dual Band Wireless Internet Router

TP-Link AX1800 WiFi 6 Router (Archer AX21) – Dual Band Wireless Internet Router

TP-Link AX1800 WiFi 6 Router (Archer AX21) – Dual Band Wireless Internet Router, Gigabit Router, USB port, Works with Alexa – A Certified for Humans Device

TP-Link AX1800 WiFi 6 Router:

Tp-link wifi 6 router ax1800 smart wifi router – 802.11ax router, gigabit router, dual band, ofdma, parental controls, long range coverage, works with alexa(archer ax21) *works with all internet service providers, such as comcast, charter, at&t, verizon, xfinity, spectrum, rcn, cox, centurylink, frontier, etc.( a modem is required for most internet service providers) industry-leading support tp-link offers 24/7 technical support and 2-year warranty for most home products,1 more year than most networking brands. Buy with confidence founded in 1996, tp-link is a global provider of reliable networking devices and accessories, involved in all aspects of everyday life. With a proven heritage of stability, performance and value, tp-link has curated a portfolio of products that meet the networking needs of all individuals. Now, as the connected lifestyle continues to evolve,the company is expanding today to exceed the demands of tomorrow.

What are tp-link ax1800 wifi 6 router features?

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  • Vpn server and client: archer ax21 supports both vpn server and vpn client (open/pptp/l2tp over ipsec)
  • Certified for humans: smart home made easy for non-experts. Setup with alexa is simple
  • Dual-band wifi 6 internet router: wi-fi 6(802.11ax) technology achieves faster speeds, greater capacity and reduced network congestion compared to the previous generation
  • Next-gen 1.8 gbps speeds: enjoy smoother and more stable streaming, gaming, downloading and more with wifi speeds up to 1.8 gbps (1200 mbps on 5 ghz band and 574 mbps on 2.4 ghz band)
  • Connect more devices: wi-fi 6 technology communicates more data to more devices simultaneously using revolutionary ofdma technology
  • Extensive coverage: achieve the strong, reliable wifi coverage with archer ax1800 as it focuses signal strength to your devices far away using beamforming technology, 4 high-gain antennas and an advanced front-end module (fem) chipset
  • Works with all internet service providers, such as comcast, charter, at&t, verizon, xfinity, spectrum, rcn, cox, centurylink, frontier, etc.( a modem is required for most internet service providers)
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Tp-link ax1800 wifi 6 router details:

Wireless type

‎802.11n, 802.11ax, 802.11b, 802.11ac, 802.11g

Number of usb 2.0 ports





‎archer ax21

Item model number

‎archer ax21

Operating system

‎internet explorer 11+, firefox 12.0+, chrome 20.0+, safari 4.0+, or other javascript-enabled browsercable or dsl modem (if needed)subscription with an internet service provider (for internet access)

Item weight

‎1.1 pounds

Product dimensions

‎10.28 x 5.3 x 1.61 inches

Item dimensions lxwxh

‎10.28 x 5.3 x 1.61 inches



Country of origin


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TP-Link AX1800 WiFi 6 Router (Archer AX21) – Dual Band Wireless Internet Router AMAZON

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Is this router a selectable dual band or simultaneous dual band?

A dual-band wifi router simultaneously broadcasts separate 2.4ghz and 5ghz frequencies (bands), allowing your wifi devices (i.e. Smartphones, computers, tvs, etc.) to connect to one band or the other at any given time, depending on whether each wifi device supports 2.4ghz or 5ghz (or both) connectivity. By default, the router will broadcast both bands simultaneously; however you can disable one, or both if you prefer, within its configuration settings.

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Can this router enable bandwidth restrictions per device? (not just qos) tp-link routers seem to do this, but not sure of specific models?

The archer ax21 offers qos that can be applied globally on or a device priority basis.

Will it work with google assistant?

If by ‘work with’ you mean can google assistant enabled devices (i.e. Google home) that connect via wifi be connected to the router? If so, then yes. However, if you are inquiring whether the router can be directly integrated with and controlled by google assistant, then no – not at this time. That being said, it does support the tp-link router skill via amazon alexa.

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How many devices can this handle? I would like to know the actual number of devices it supports. I have 50 plus with all the smart bulbs and switches.

Over 50 devices should be no issue for the archer ax21.

Differance between ax-20 & ax-21

Both routers have the same primary features and functionality; however, the archer ax21 is equipped with a redesigned chassis/shell for improved ventilation and heat dissipation.

Will it work with comcast?

This will work with any modem that i have seen so far. As long as you have an ethernet out from the comcast equipment, you’ll be able to use this.

Can i change the ssid and password to match my previous router so i don’t have to reconfigure all my devices?

I’ve done this with other routers. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work with this one.

Would this router cover corner to corner in 1/2 acre lot? How about 1 acre lot?

Wifi coverage will depend on numerous variables including, but not limited to:
– placement of the router (central location is typically ideal)
– physical obstructions between the router and your devices (e.g. Walls, etc.)
– distance between the router and your devices
– which wifi band you are connecting to (2.4ghz vs. 5ghz)

Funciona para venezuela?


Is the wps/wifi button for turning off wifi while keep router working?

Yes – depending on how long you hold the button down, it will either toggle the wps feature, or turn the wifi on/off.

Is it compatible with at&t?

Yes, however you will need an existing internet source (i.e., a modem) that can supply internet connectivity to the router via ethernet.

Somehow it seems i lost my dc power adapter it was 12v 1.5a , is it safe to use the same size connection that is 12v 3.5a?

We would recommend contacting our official tp-link support team to initiate a part replacement request. Your tp-link wifi router comes with free lifetime technical support. Please contact the official tp-link support team using the support contact page on our official website and they will gladly assist you.

Router is 802.11ax (wifi6) but wifi protocol on laptop 802.11ac (wifi 5). Protocol ipv6 is checked. Do i need to change settings?

Ipv6 and wifi 6 are not the same protocol. Ipv6 is a network addressing protocol, whereas wifi 6 is a wireless transmission protocol. What will ultimately determine whether your laptop supports wifi 6 is if its wifi adapter hardware is wifi 6 (802.11ax) capable. Please consult the documentation or manufacturer support for your laptop for more information.

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Would this work with a motorola 7540?


My apartment building having round cable plug. What should i do?

That sounds like a coaxial cable – commonly used with cable internet service types. We recommend reaching out to your internet service provider to confirm which modems are compatible with your service, then you can use the modem in conjunction with the archer ax21.

So, you must have a wifi 6 device in order to take advantage of mu-mimo, correct?

Hi! No, mu-mimo was first introduced in wi-fi 5, so as long as you have a wi-fi 5 (or later) device that supports mu-mimo, it should be able to utilize the feature.

Does it support poe (802.3af) out of the box?

No. This is not a poe device.

Do i need to set up an internet service provider in order to use the router for wi-fi to stream ?

For internet access and connectivity, you will need an internet source/provider that is connected to the router directly via ethernet cable.

Can i connect the router straight to my pc with a ethernet cable?

Yes, you can connect your pc directly to any of the router’s available lan ports via ethernet cable. However, the existing network/internet source must be connected via ethernet to the archer ax21’s internet port.

Does this router have an option for captive portal ?

Yes it works for the alexa

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5Expert Score
Archer a7/ax21 2.4g speed for iphone 11 from 300m verizon fios

Archer a7/ax21 2.4g speed for iphone 11 from 300m verizon fios

5* review for successfully resolved my low 2.4g speed problem, excellent support from tp link and fast 5g speed that exceeds verizon fios max speed of 300mbps.

The purpose of this review is to compare the 2.4g and 5g speeds of the tp link archer a7(ac1700) wifi 5 router and ax21(ax1800) wifi 6 router using an iphone 11 which supports wifi 6. The highest speed i can test is 300mbps limited by my verizon internet plan. Measurement results using show that using the wifi 5 router, the 2.4g speed is 60m/80m (ul/dl) and the 5g speed is 307m/330m, whereas using the wifi 6 router, the 2.4g speed is 110m/120m and the 5g speed is about same.

Newer routers’ real life 5g speed is very high and normally is not a problem, but real life 2.4g speed could be slow. It is not entirely sure which part of the wireless link is limiting the 2.4g speed. Below examines the speed limit of the wifi standards involved, the router and iphone 11. The routers are tp link’s archer a7(ac1700) and ax21(ax1800). Measured speeds at 2.4g and 5g will also be given.

Router (tp link) specs and supported wifi standards
1) archer a7(ac1700) has has 3 antennas is a wifi 5 router
2.4g : 450mbps
5g: 1300m bps
supported standards: ax21(ax1800) : 802.11ac(wi-fi 5), 802.11b, 802.11ax(wi-fi 6), 802.11n(wi-fi 4), 802.11g

802.11n, 802.11ac, 802.11ax are also called wi-fi 4, wifi 5 and wifi 6 respectively.

2) ax21(ax1800) has 4 antennas is a wifi 6 router
2.4g: 574m bps
5g: 1200m bps.
Supported standards: ax7 (ac1700) 802.11b, 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11ac

a7 (ax1800) is a low cost ($60) popular (listed as “amazon choice”) wifi 5 router which supports 802.11 ac whereas ax 21 is a low cost ($90) wifi 6 router which supports 802.11 ax. Wifi 6 (max speed 9.6g) not only has higher speed than wifi 5 (max speed 3.5g) but also can support more devices using orthogonal frequency division multiple access. The main differences are given in picture 1.
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comparing the specs of these two routers, one has a higher 2.4g speed while the other has a higher 5g speed. But in real life, according to my measurements, at 2.4g, the wifi 6 router has almost twice the speed than the wifi 5 router. I don’t have a high enough wireless speed plan to test the 5g speed. In my house both routers have the same speed of 310m, limited by the max speed allowed by verizon fios 300m.

Speeds specified by the wifi standards are speeds the router manufacturers trying to meet and they are not the limit, but speeds advertised by the router are the speeds that customers want the router to be able to reach. They become upset if they are unable to get the speeds advertised by the router.

Routers often do not specified under what link conditions these seemingly advertised high speeds could be realized. For example what is the required bandwidth, the number of antennas (the so called mimo) and how pure the signal has to be (the signal to noise ratio). Is the bandwidth 20, 40, 80 or 160m? Is the signal to noise ratio has to be greater than 10db?

In real life, link speed depends on how far from the router (the signal strength) and radio interference which falls in band (the signal to noise ratio). The former can be solved by doing the speed test right next to the router, where the transmit signal from the router is at maximum. But for the latter, unless one has a so called faraday cage, there is no way to block in-band interference especially at 2.4g, which are used by microwave ovens, bluetooth and many household devices. Interference is hard to quantify without using a spectrum analyzer and could become an excuse if one calls the router support line complaining low speed.

Another limit is the device itself, and in this case iphone 11. It’s specs are given below.

Wi-fi specifications for iphone 11
802.11 standard, name, frequency maximum phy data rate maximum channel bandwidth maximum mcs index maximum spatial streams
ax@5 ghz 1200 mbps 80 mhz 11 (he) 2/mimo
ac@5 ghz 866 mbps 80 mhz 9 (vht) 2/mimo
a/n@5 ghz 300 mbps 40 mhz 7 (ht) 2/mimo
ax@2.4 ghz 195 mbps 20 mhz 9 (he) 2/mimo
b/g/n@2.4 ghz 144 mbps 20 mhz 7 (ht) 2/mimo
(from: gives more details about how the speed on each band is affected by modulation scheme, number of antennas, bandwidth and wifi standards used, not only for iphones but for routers as well.

From the iphone 11 specs, only “n” and “ax” support 2.4ghz if we ignore the older standards “b” and “g”. At 2.4g, the maximum speeds for “n” is 144m whereas for “ax” is 195m. The max bandwidth for both is 20mhz which needs to be set in the router. Setting the bandwidth to 40mhz could lower the speed as the noise power will be doubled.

However, at 5ghz the speed for ac (wifi 5) is 866m with 80m max bandwidth whereas for ax (wifi 6) is 1200m also with 80m max bandwidth. These bandwidths should also be specified in the router. Setting the bandwidth too high or too low could lower the speed.

From the iphone 11 max speeds, it is clear that the wireless link’s speed is not limited by both the a7 and ax21 routers and the standards, but by the iphone 11 at 2.4g and by verizon fios at 5g.

I have verizon fios 300m download and upload. Initially, i used an a7, thinking that at 2.4ghz, the router speed is 450m which is higher than iphone’s 144m(“n”) and 195m(“ax), surely shouldn’t be a problem. But speed test showed that i got only 60m download and 80m upload from the best channel and 20m bandwidth (i tested all the channels and bandwidth combinations).

60m is too slow for me because i have several devices (such as security cameras) using 2.4g. So i called tp link support line to see what i had done wrong. Most customer supports didn’t know what the problem was the and finally i was connected to a high level support. She said that in real life, i had to multiply the speed by 30-50% and guided me through the various specs of the wireless link. I don’t know where the 30-50% comes from, perhaps it was her empirical experience. If i use the average of 40% and assume that applies to the lower speed of the router and the iphone, which is 144mhz. 40%x144m is 57m. This was about what i got at 2.4g using the a7 router.

But she also said something about wifi 6 router and got me thinking perhaps a wifi 6 router could improve the speed. (i must say that i got excellent support from tp link, i had gotten calls twice from the specialist unsolicited and many followup emails. All trying to help me solve the low speed problem.)

i then change the a7(ac1700) to an ax21(ax1800), which does support wifi 6 “ax”.

The main advantage of using ax21 is that it raised the iphone 11 max speed at 2.4g from 144m to 195m, a gain of 51m. And as a result, in real life, the 2.4g link speed seemed to have increased by about the same amount. Speed test showed that at 2.4g, i now got ~90-110m(download, previously 60m when using a7) and 100-120m(upload) with the channel and bandwidth set on auto. Though the download speed is still less than 195m, the link speed has increased by changing to a router that supports ax and has 4 antennas. Have no idea if a more expensive router will further increase the 2.4g speed.

However, at 5ghz, both routers give 307m download and 330m upload, limited by verizon fios max speed of 300m.

When doing speed test, i shut off all 2.4g emitters. I live in a rural area and i suspect there is little interference.

A7 has 3 antennas whereas ax21 has four. Is the speed improvement at 2.4g due to the additional antenna or the support of wifi 6 or both?

5Expert Score
Great for oculus quest 2

Long review but hopefully helpful:

bought this to replace an aged airport extreme and give my oculus quest 2 a better wifi connection. So far so good.

Set up was okay but i had some trouble getting the ethernet light to go green despite all the others being green and i was unable to get online via wired or wireless connection. If you reboot your modem and this device, go make coffee or something when it is starting back up because the router takes a while to restart. The light finally went green but it did feel like it took an inordinate amount of time.

I understand the frustration that comes with setting up these new things and the rage factor sometimes enters the picture. If it does: unplug the cable modem and the router, leave everything unplugged for 5 minutes, plug in the cable modem and wait until it is fully booted up, plug in this router and walk away for a bit. Give it 5-10 minutes and hopefully you’ll be good to go.

The interface looks a bit dated and clonky but most do. Seems the least priority is given to creating a clean, attractive interface for all these things, but coming from an airport extreme where you have essentially no features to work with, this is a dream. The ability to edit the names of the clients is something i was never able to do before and it really makes a difference.

I wanted something with the ability to kick clients off the network while i am using the quest to ensure it has no bandwidth competition with devices that are not in use at the time the quest is being used, but then put them back on without having to jump through hoops, re-entering passwords and such. I have a lot of devices on my network and while they may not be in use, they are still hovering around and eating up some bandwidth even while idling.

This router allows that in an easy peasy way but the icons used are confusing. First, if you go to the network map, clients section, you will see a list of all the clients on your network. You can click the pencil next to the name of the device and change it to make life easier. On the right side, if you click block, that client gets blacklisted and cannot connect to the network. If you click view blacklist, you will see all of the blocked clients and there is a garbage can icon on the right. This is a confusing and poor icon choice because most people would think that this will remove the client entirely. It doesn’t. It simply puts the client back on the whitelist. It’s a great thing to have, for example:

let’s say you have a zoom meeting and want to ensure that there’s as little connection issues as possible. You can block all other clients on the network that are not needed and have all the bandwidth to yourself for your meeting and when it’s over, just click the garbage can on each device in the blacklist and poof! They are all able to connect again.

I am not really understanding the point of the qos feature on this device because in the past when i’ve set up qos in a work environment, you are able to directly allocate bandwidth to devices. Ideally, this would be what you would use if you had a zoom call rather than kicking clients off for a time. With this router’s qos, you have two choices: on or off. Each device listed has a priority switch that is turned on or off. You can turn on the priority switch for one, some or all devices, but there’s nothing else, so you have no idea how bandwidth allocation is implemented here.

Under the on/off switch for qos, there is a bandwidth allocation box for both upload and download with each set at 1000. You can change this number, but again, it doesn’t tell you how it will divvy out that bandwidth to the clients. If you only have one device with the priority turned on, you are left to wonder what that client is getting as opposed to other devices on the network. That’s kind of a shame because you can prioritize a device for always or for a couple of hours. Would seem the perfect set up for a zoom meeting as you can give priority to your device for a set amount of time and the router will release that restriction at the end of the hour or two or whatever you chose without you having to interact with the admin page at all. Unfortunately, you cannot enter times: i.e,. Priority from 10 a.m. To noon. You can choose always, 1 hour, 2 hours, or 4 hours.

I’m not sure what people are talking about regarding monthly fees for parent controls. I don’t have kids, but opened it up and you can add a child’s computer as a device, block certain keywords from being searched online and limit the days/times that your child can get online. I didn’t see anything about fees or payment for those features.

I have noticed more zip in my quest 2 since setting up this router and am quite pleased with it so far. I set up a 5ghz network set to ax only for the quest’s exclusive use, a 2.4ghz guest network for all the echos, kindles, switches for lights, etc., and a 2.4ghz network for laptops, ipads, etc.

5Expert Score
It works and is secure!

I wanted a more secure wifi router while also saving money on the rental from my cable provider, so i was suggested to purchase this by a very experienced tech and cyber security wiz. Now, i personally don’t feel that i know much about anything technical these days, but i have really enjoyed this so far. Performance wise, but more than anything i really love the security of the back-office type of controls the tp-link gives you.

now, my current home is 1500 sq ft and a split level home, so most of the areas i use wifi at home are never too far from the router. I placed the router right on the tv stand underneath the tv so that certainly is as close as it gets. When i’m upstairs (technically 1.5 levels up from the router) i still seem to get fine enough wifi when i’m browsing on my phone. I will say that the wifi randomly cuts out for me, but, this is definitely an issue i had with my previous equipment so i don’t blame the router itself, it is my provider. Or the wiring outside my house.. Not really sure. I have noticed however that when the service does go out, ever since changing to the tp-link, the service returns much faster and i never have to reset it. With my old provider-provided router, it would be out for hours and i always seemed to have to manually reset the equipment. So in summary, the service and performance for me has been exemplary!

the primary reason i got this was to make sure nobody could hack into my wifi. With other routers, i am not sure if the same service is available, but this was the first i’ve ever seen it. Yes… We all know that wifi is password protected. But. Someone can easily hack into it, right? Well not with the tp-link! You can access the router security through the routers ip address, and you set a password for that as well. The user interface is pretty simple for even a dolt like myself to understand. You can control who can access your wifi by using a blacklist or a whitelist. A blacklist means that all who have the login details *except* for specific ip addresses you’ve blocked can access. A whitelist means that only the ip addresses you have added to your list can access the wifi. I am using the whitelist, since i do not want anyone random or unwanted accessing my service. Let me tell you, it works perfectly! Sometimes i forget that i have this setup, and i have tried many times with many different devices to try and access the wifi… Heck, even the guest network, that i thought was specifically setup for this, doesn’t seem to let random users access it. It also shows you who is currently accessing it, although i find that feature doesn’t seem to be totally accurate sometimes. I give the software 5 stars for the simple fact that it is so easy to control access through it.

overall i am very happy with this purchase. It does what i want it to do, very securely. Setup was a little confusing because if i recall correctly, nobody could access it until we were able to get into the back-office software and setup password first. Other than that i really have had no issues and enjoy using it. When i need to change a setting it is super easy to get in and make any adjustments.

5Expert Score
Solid router for the money

I recently helped a family member cut cable tv out of her life and set her up with fibre internet. I bought this router to help her avoid paying monthly equipment rental fees for the router the provider would supply. I’m also not a fan of the out-of-the-box features/performance of ‘supplied’ routers.

I had read great reviews on this router so i thought i’d give it a chance with her setup. I couldn’t believe this router had a quad core processor in it at this price point. I’m expecting wifi performance to be excellent when all of her grandkids are in town trying to use the internet. Being a wifi 6 router, mu-mimo is a feature of this router which should greatly improve the experiences of simultaneous wifi users.

Edit:. This router is not equipped with a quad core processor. It’s only a dual core which means it won’t handle multiple simultaneous users as well. I found this out after opening the admin page through the web and watching the cpu activity. It appears the v3 revision of this model was reduced to a dual core cpu. I suspect it could be related to overheating problems with older quad core versions. Be aware.

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setting up the router was done by simply setting up a tplink id on their website and then using the tplink tether app to setup the router. This was easy and no pc or ethernet cable was needed. The app itself offers access to the most basic functions of the router including client bandwidth monitoring. For the more advanced features, you’ll need to access the router’s admin page via a web browser. I’m a little disappointed in the limited function of the tether app and would expect it to offer a similar suite of controls as the admin page does.

The router itself needed to cover about a 2000 sq ft house and it does this. I can go anywhere in the house and get a strong signal. The speeds are not limiting at all. The isp itself provides 250mbps down and 135mbps up and those speeds are with wifi 6 supported devices. The more traditional wifi 5 devices come in at around 200mbps at their weakest locations in the house. I’m very happy with the overall performance.

5Expert Score
Painless and fun upgrade to ax1800 rocket ship from spectrum's sagemcom dual band potato

A brand new sagemcom spectrum dual-band wifi 6 router was installed by cable guy two weeks ago. We got nothing but poor performance from that useless, plodding, and decidedly slow-witted thing spectrum calls a wifi router. Most decidedly a useless potato that caused me to issue screaming profanities that melted the paint off my walls. Decided to buy the tp-link ax1800 based on nothing but amazon gold stars and customer reviews. People love this thing. Well, i am a new convert to the ax1800. Installation was a breeze. Did not have to call spectrum (thank goodness) and have them walk me through some useless reboot/firmware upgrade process script (‘did you unplug it?’ duh.). There were hideously bad reviews for the sagemcom. So, my new bundle of technology joy arrived quickly. I disconnected the sagemcom potato and installed the ax1800, followed the quick start guide and was operating in less than 10 minutes. Buy this rocket ship! You won’t be disappointed. I am not receiving any compensation from the tp-link marketing team for this glowing review, but if tp-link is reading this and basking in the afterglow of delivering a fantastic product to market i’d strongly prefer the red bmw and not the blue one….with wifi 6 of course.

5Expert Score
Great replacement for netgear nighthawk

My expensice nighthawk (netgear) router just went into a reboot loop and would not reset, couldn’t telnet to it, and it was basically a doorstop so i decided to buy a different brand this time. I’ve usually opted for netgear but have used tplink devices before and they were solid.

This router is easy to set up and i had it online in minutes using the tether app on my phone. I recommend downloading it before adding the router as it makes it simple to configure even if using a browser should be just as easy. As this is wifi 6 i have seen some improvement in spreading out our home devices on both bands which is nice although wifi5 routers have this capability too. Without any wifi 6 devices it’s hard to truly experience the options but if you need a new router you might as well opt for wifi 6 over wifi 5….i believe wifi 6e will soon be available too and wifi 7 due 2023 0r 2024 so improvements all the time in wifi connections.

Coverage seems quite good too in a medium to large house with several floors/basement.

5Expert Score
Worked well

Easy set up. I increased my internet speed from comcast and didn’t see much improvement. Also, my computer always said ‘no internet’ when i first used it. My old router was limiting my number of devices (5) and speed. I both this router and hooked it up to my old modem/wifi router. Immediately i saw my speeds increase from 60mbs to 240mbs. Also no more dropped connection as this router will support 12 devices. So now i have two connections available with total of 17 devices at once. Install was pretty straight forward. I am very happy now. I have one computer wired with ethernet and the speeds are similar to this new wifi router. Very little signal loss from 50 feet.

5Expert Score
Easy to set up

Verizon started charging me to rent their router for the first time in 9 yrs.,so i ask for a new one. I was told there was nothing wrong with it,so no reason to replace.although it is 300 mbps it always would buffer after an hr.or so of streaming. I’m 73 yrs.old ,i took a shot at switching router’s myself. I read some reviews and choose this one,best investment i’ve made in a long time.follow the instructions,download the app, and you are all set.don’t be in a hurry,take your time.i’ve have zero complaints,no buffering,better range,excellent low cost $12 a month for verizon,it pays for itself in 6 months .

5Expert Score
Tech support

I read the reviews of other routers and found this one to best for today’s technology.
The setup was spot on and i was very proud of my self of doing it alone.
However, i did need help with splitting the internet (something i never heard of) with certain devices within my home. I called tech support and explain the situation for example with one of the product that needed a lower ghz, the ring doorbell but i did need the wifi 6 with the majority of my other devices in order for them to work.
To my surprise he understood exactly what i was trying to say and less than a minute he walked me through the process and showed me how to identify which devices needed the lower ghz and those needing the highest ghz and how to name them on my wifi yea!!!
I felt knowledgeable after conversing with him and a feeling of self worth in my accomplishment of replacing an older router.
It’s rare now a day’s to speak to a live person and this was a plus but to listen and understand what i was trying to convey and get it is really what i consider customer service top notch service.

5Expert Score
Iphone app is the winner!!!

Tp-link routers are serving me well. I used to use cisco routers but they became expensive and didn’t perform well over the long-haul. I tried a tp-link years ago and had to set it up via cat-5 from a laptop. Then had to dig into the router setup to shift it to an ap mode. That router finally died during an electric storm. I upgraded to this router and it used an iphone app for the entire setup, including shifting to an ap mode. Great!! Cut my setup time down to around 20-minutes. I also like the ‘single’ ssid for both bands. Makes setup that much faster. 2270 sq ft single level home shows 4 bars strength throughout – even to the back bathroom with doors shut. Great coverage for the home.

4Expert Score
“plug-n-play” it ain’t

A one-sheet product documentation source was all that was provided for users. And of course the item was a brick with lights out of the box. However, phone support was able to guide me through the faults in the product startup routine. So that was good. It only took 6 hours. Once up and running, it’s a serviceable unit. But i won’t buy another tp-link router. These things should be plug-and-play. And if not, adequate and user-oriented documentation should be provided. Tp-link printed and online documentation is pathetic.

4Expert Score
Good router, works with comcast

I didn’t want to ‘rent’ a router from comcast when i moved to pacific northwest, so i bought this one since it had the speed and was compatible. It’s been a solid workhorse ever since i connected it. Good signal, get the full speed that we’re provided, has plenty of bandwidth. No complaints. There’s nothing stand out about it, but i wouldn’t hesitate to buy it again.

4Expert Score
Provided separate wireless access off an xfinity network!

Our wifi from xfinity leaves a lot to be desired. Doesn’t work good for more than 10 ft away. 75 feet away not usable. This unit extended the signal and provided both 2.4 & 5 ghz bands. Now the tv’s, phones, tablets etc actually function. Plus it keeps guests off the primary wifi and balances the load so the spinning wheel of death hardly visits anymore.

4Expert Score
Great router for newbies

Having waited for the ax standard to mature, i finally pulled the trigger. It was about time since my router was about 6 yrs old but hanging in there. I was getting more frequent drops so that was the sign.

This router is pretty solid. The connection is solid and the distances it reaches are pretty damn good. What more can you ask for? Well, i was using open source tomato on my old router and loved how much control i had. I missed the data usage statistics i get with it. I googled how to get the same with this router and i couldn’t find any way to do it. This model also doesn’t support open source and so it’s pretty much a black box.

I would have given this perfect 5 stars if it had more customization and open source capabilities, but 4 stars is a perfect score if you don’t need that.

4Expert Score
Good product with a great value!

I bought tp-link ax1800 dual-band wi-fi 6 smart router archer ax21 in jan, 2021. The router generated the wifi signal 3 times as that of linksys e1200 with such a bargain price. It worked great till may 2022 when i could not get any network signal either through wireless or wired ethernet connection. I contacted tp-link technical support. They worked with me to solve the problem, but without success. They agreed to send me a replacement since they provided 3 years warranty. I was required to register the product and select the way to receive the replacement (either send back the non-functional router first or get the replacement first – they placed a charge on my credit card until receive the non-functional router). After that and a week’s waiting, i received the refurbished replacement router. For some reasons, i could not get the router to work. I contacted the technical support again. The first tier support person spent over an hour with me to troubleshoot the problem but without success. They escalated the issue to the senior engineer who reached out to me. He was really an expert in network area. After some time of troubleshooting, he identified the problem was caused by a sysco voip phone device which connected to the router. After i unplug that sysco voip phone device, he was able to make the router work. The wifi signal and speed is just as good as the previous one. I am a happy man again!

4Expert Score
That it works well!

It’s better than the actual product that you’re given from the companies because you know what you’re getting. When the company provides their routers there’s usually some kind of niche or way that they can control what you get as far as power in the net work. I’m tired of playing games with the companies i want my own and i want it working well.

4Expert Score
Tp-link archer ax21 (ax1800)

–nice design and good price on recent sale
–redesigned housing has lots of ventilation slots on top and bottom so overheating should not be an issue. However, i did elevate mine off the shelf a few inches using a modified metal bin. After one week, cool to the touch, no overheating issues others have mentioned with the ax20 unit.
–the four external high-gain antennae help hardware at the rear of my house maintain a stable wifi signal. Internet service plan is 500/500 up/down, i’m currently getting 520-585mbps. Not everyone should expect an increase in speeds and i’m not certain mine with continue, but you will notice stronger and more stable connections further from the router
–i only have internet service with router, stream tv service with roku ultra/slingtv combo, no modem. If you can’t get the ax21 to operate as your main router, it works equally well as an access point to connect multiple pieces of hardware. Remain flexible, try different configurations if necessary and don’t write a very negative review the ax21 is junk because it isn’t
–the tp-link tether app was an easy install but it initially had issues until i figured out how to finally configure the ax21, so i cannot comment on what a first, smooth installation looks like.
In the end, it’s configured, easy to use and seems stable. Won’t know until later how the “remote reboot” works.
–firmware updates. Tp-link site offers download of firmware version 1.2; ax21 arrived with v1.26; tether app updated it further to v1.31 released may 21, 2021 (with numerous bug fixes), so make certain you update the firmware, the entire process is an automated download and installation–click “firmware update” nothing intimidating about it.
–both video doorbells went from 80% wifi signal using frontier router to 100% with ax21
–upgraded to wifi 6 router because i’m building new pc with motherboard and cpu supporting wifi 6 and upgrading ethernet pcie card with wifi 6. Contrary to what some say, i future proofed rj45 cables from cat 5e to cat 7 and 8 even though 5e might be usable.
–would definitely purchased this same router again but so impressed, seriously thinking of upgrading to the recently released tp-link ax55 router.

–during initial setup, connected to the frontier router as an access point, then connected all hardware (cell phone, two video doorbells, two roku players, tablet, laptop and desktop–they all quickly recognized the archer ax21. Most items are connecting on the 5ghz band while others only compatible at 2.4ghz also connect–none of my hardware refused to communicate with ax21. Next, notified frontier i purchased my own router for their approval. However, when i finally moved the rj45 cat8 cable from the original router’s wan port to the tp-link, this device did not connect to the internet. Tried multiple troubleshooting trips, still nothing. I’m using the ax21 as an access point, still connects to dual bands, stronger signals/more bars and excellent versus good signal strength. In the end, did not get rid of frontier router, it’s still the main routing device for the internet signal handing off to ax21, but will continue trying to understand whether i missed something small but important. In the end, i’m pleased and can live with current configuration.

4Expert Score
Good signal and cost effective

Happy with this product. We have a 2600 sq foot home and signal is strong throughout except for in our bedroom which is furthest from it and down a hallway. Still works, just a bit more spotty.

4Expert Score
Good simple router

Good and simple router. Really good gigabit ethernet and some range. But thing is this wireless is not true ax/ac speed, it can only handle 200 mbps, even on local wireless network, it goes lower if two device download from one nas.

4Expert Score
Best bang for my buck

I like this router, it’s the best bang for my buck, not as good the the high end be works very well for my use

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Maximum wireless transmission rates are the physical rates derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications. Range and coverage specifications are based upon test results under normal usage conditions. Actual wireless transmission rate and wireless coverage are not guaranteed, and will vary as a result of 1) environmental factors, including building materials, physical objects and obstacles, 2) network conditions, including local interference, volume and density of traffic, product location, network complexity, and network overhead and 3) client limitations, including rated performance, location, connection quality, and client condition. 2. Claims about 802.11ax Wi-Fi technology are based on comparisons of the expected maximum theoretical data rates for one spatial stream using 802.11ax at 160 MHz (1201 Mbps) as opposed to one spatial stream using 802.11ac at 80 MHz (433 Mbps) as documented in IEEE 802.11ax draft 3.0 spec and IEEE 802.11-2016 wireless standard specifications, and require the use of similarly configured 802.11ax wireless network routers. Use of 802.11ax Wi-Fi standard requires clients to also support the 802.11ax Wi-Fi standard. 3. Use of MU-MIMO, DL/UL OFDMA, TWT, WPA3 and 1024QAM requires clients to also support those functions. 4. Capacity refers to overall average throughput. This amendment defines standardized modifications to both the IEEE 802.11 physical layers (PHY) and the IEEE 802.11 Medium Access Control layer (MAC) that enable at least one mode of operation capable of supporting at least four times improvement in the average throughput per station (measured at the MAC data service access point) in a dense deployment scenario, while maintaining or improving the power efficiency per station. 5.Saving clients’ battery power requires clients to also support the 802.11ax Wi-Fi standard. Actual power reduction may vary as a result of network conditions, client limitations, and environmental factors. 6. This router may not support all the mandatory features as ratified in Draft 3.0 of IEEE 802.11AX specification.

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