It’s not a leap to suggest that a significant proportion of people don’t pay much consideration to their router when they’re using it. After all, it is essentially simply a box that broadcasts a Wi-Fi signal in certain ways. While not for everyone, TP-Link recommends the Archer AX11000 Next-Gen Tri-Band Gaming Router for those who are knowledgeable about wireless technology and/or dedicated gamers who would like to guarantee they’re receiving the best connection possible when playing games online. From here on out, we’ll talk about it as the TP-Link AX11000 with no qualification.
Despite the fact that the TP-Link Archer AX11000 is a follow-up model to the Archer C5400X, which utilized 802.11 ac (Wi-Fi 5), it has a similar appearance to the newer, Wi-Fi 6-equipped router we’ll be looking at here in this review. The TP-Link Archer AX11000 is intended to offer a top-of-the-stack router that is geared specifically at the gaming industry, and it comes with a price tag to match that goal.
Despite this, the Archer AX11000 is still cheaper than flagship routers from companies like Netgear and Asus, with prices ranging between $405 and $430. And, because of its strong design, it certainly seems like it belongs in this company. Let’s take a closer look to see if this model is a good value for the money.
It should come as no surprise that the TP-Link Archer AX11000 is housed in a big chassis because the amount of power it provides. This is a horizontally oriented router made of an almost matte-black plastic that, due to its square form, takes up a significant amount of desktop space on the desktop. On top of that, it features a big brick of a power supply that takes up even more room, as well as a total of eight antennae, all of which are painted in the same color as the chassis.
Compared to other rivals and even inferior routers, all of the antennas are locked in place and can not be fine-tuned by moving them about. Together with a huge number of holes on the top, there is an LED in the center position on the top of the router that is, luckily, controllable by turning it off.
The TP-Link Archer AX11000, with its black textured cabinet and red highlighted antennae, screams gaming router to me, and it’s easy to see why. With dimensions of 7.2 by 11.3 by 11.3 inches (HWD), it is significantly larger than the Asus RT-AC5300 gaming router (2.6 by 9.6 by 9.6 inches) and will demand a significant amount of dedicated desktop space.
TP-Link Archer AX11000 is geared up with eight non-adjustable high-performance detachable antennas and an LED indication that illuminates solid white when everything is operating well, solid red when the router loses Internet access and solid orange when Wi-Fi is deactivated. Overall, it has a pleasing appearance, but if there is one drawback to this wireless router, it is that it will take up a substantial amount of space wherever it is placed.
A plethora of I/O ports may be found on the back panel. There are eight gigabit LAN ports, a 2.5 Gb WAN port, a reset button, a power jack, and a power switch located on this side of the case. The Type A USB 3.0 port and the Type C USB 3.0 port are located on the right side of the router. A 1.8 GHz quad-core processor, 1 gigabit (GB) of RAM, and 512 megabytes (MB) of flash memory are housed within the device’s chassis.
The TP-Link Archer AX11000 is a tri-band router with 12 streams that can achieve (theoretical) data rates of as high as 1,148 megabits per second (Mbps) on the 2.4 GHz band and as high as 4,804 Mbps on each of the two 5 GHz bands. The AX11000 has a total of 12 streams and is capable of reaching data rates of as high as 1,148 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band and up to 4,804 Mbps on each of the two 5 GHz Aside from that, it uses the most up-to-date 802.11 ax Wi-Fi 6 technology, which provides OFDMA (Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiple Access), 1024 QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation), Target Wake Time, WPA3 encryption, 4X4 MU-MIMO data streaming, beamforming, DFS (Dynamic Frequency Selection), and support for 160MHz channel bandwidth.