Installation and Performance
The TP-Link Archer AX11000 is fairly simple to install using the Tether mobile app or with its web interface. Both methods are simple and painless. We connected the router to our modem and then to our test workstation, powered it up, and typed http://tplinkwifi.net in our web browser’s URL bar. We then made an administrator password, set the time zone, selected Dynamic IP for our connection type, and personalized each band. As a final step, we ran a connection test, upgraded the firmware, created a TP-Link Cloud account, and the installation was complete.
The TP-Link Archer AX11000 got high marks on our throughput tests. It’s score of 133 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz close proximity (same room) test was quicker than the Linksys MR9600 and the Netgear Nighthawk AX12 RAX120 but not very a speedy as our other Wi-Fi 6 router Editors’ Choice, the Asus RT-AX88U. However, it showed good range performance with a leading score of 67 Mbps on the 30 foot test.
Performance on the 5GHz band was as well very good. The Archer AX11000’s score of 831 Mbps on the close proximity test was right there with the MR9600 and RAX120 and was 6 percent faster than the RT-AX88U. At 30 feet, the AX11000’s score of 328 Mbps was quicker than the MR9600 and the RT-AX88U but couldn’t catch the RAX120, which led with a score of 417 Mbps.
We measure file transfer performance by moving a 1.5 GB folder containing photos, video, music, and office document files back and forth between a USB 3.0 drive that’s connected to the router and a desktop PC just to test write and read speeds. The TP-Link Archer AX11000’s write score of 68 MBps was faster than the RT-AX88U and nearly identical to the RAX120. The MR9600 led with a score of 73 MBps, while on the read test the AX11000 led the field with a score of 85 MBps.
To test the router’s signal strength we use an Ekahau Sidekick Wi-Fi diagnostic device and Ekahau’s Survey mobile app. We conduct a site survey that generates heat maps showing the TP-Link Archer AX11000 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz signal strength throughout our test home. The white circle represents the location of the router and the colors represent signal strength (as per the scale on the right). Darker greens indicate the strongest signal, yellows are weaker, and grays indicate no signal reception. With this case, the Archer AX11000’s 2.4 GHz signal is strong across most of the house but gets weaker at the far end of the house (approximately 75 feet from the router). The TP-Link Archer AX11000’s 5 GHz signal was also thin in the far corner of the house and had trouble maintaining a strong signal in the garage but it did cover a good portion of the house.