TP-Link Archer AX11000 Review: Round-Up
The TP-Link Archer AX11000 is a behemoth Wi-Fi 6 router targeted straight at gamers and enthusiasts. As soon as I found out the AX11000 was on the way, I got super excited! It’s been 3 years since we’ve seen a TP-Link product on the site! Time really does fly…
Speaking of fly, the router is the best performer we’ve tested on the channel, which was to be expected. The hardware is top of its class, tri-band radios, adding a third channel for gaming consoles and the like, but really this is thanks to the DFS technology pushing users to vacant lanes to keep speeds high. Something I found when adding phones and a second gaming PC to the network. I was impressed when I concluded that the Archer AX1000 could easily provide throughput and range for a high demand household, especially with content consumption, with the likes of Netflix and others really booming in recent years.
The thorn in the crown is that TP-Link has followed suit with the AC5400X and called it a gaming router. Actual gaming routers run game-orientated firmware that, among other things, detects a game being launched and adjusts settings on the fly. No such thing here.
For example, there’s a new section in the interface called “Game Center.” Within it, the “Game Protector” includes the Antivirus and Parental Control. Now, we saw QoS earlier in software walkthrough so we know it’s here. It’s just not here, it’s hiding in the Advanced menu. Why? I have no idea…
Now that doesn’t mean QoS isn’t a gaming feature. It is, but the problem with QoS is it detects for all devices on the network so the type of traffic that your QoS setting is set to look for will take priority over the whole network and the more you have the more they will conflict for the priority. Though, being fair, Wi-Fi 6 technology will help alleviate most of these issues.
My recommendation is that you use the custom setting in the advanced menu to create custom priorities for certain types of internet traffic. This had the best outcome for me overall.
Similarly, the support for Alexa voice command is now “Game Assistant,” though it has nothing to do with gaming whatsoever. The “Game Diagnostic” is nothing more than a general ping test and standard traceroute tool. Nothing game related.
Randomly, the Archer AX11000 has a new “Game Accelerator” setting supposedly reduces lag when you turn it on, but that applies it to the whole network, instead of individual clients, so why is it even a thing?
This setting should not need a slider: it’s not like there is ever a situation where high latency is ever a good thing, right?
Regardless, “Game Accelerator” was turned off by default. But when activated I noticed zero change in gaming, I still had my high latency moments, but that is also thanks to the 4G internet I’m currently forced to use.
I guess overall I’m just bothered by the gamer settings that don’t actually have a gaming impact or benefit. All routers are capable of gaming; it’s just that when you put gaming on the box it should have features that actually improve gaming performance and not just be marketing material.
TP-Link Archer AX11000: Specifications:
PHYSICAL Dimensions (W×D×H) 11.3 × 11.3 × 7.2 in
(288 × 288 × 184 mm)
Package Contents Wi-Fi Router Archer AX11000
RJ45 Ethernet Cable
Quick Installation Guide
HARDWARE Processor 1.8 GHz 64 Bit Quad-Core CPU Ethernet Ports 1× 2.5 Gbps WAN Port
8× Gigabit LAN PortsLink Aggregation (802.3ad) available with 2× LAN ports
USB Support 1× USB-C 3.0 Port
1× USB-A 3.0 PortSupported Partition Formats:
NTFS, exFAT, HFS+, FAT32Supported Functions:
Apple Time Machine
Buttons Wi-Fi On/Off Button
Power On/Off Button
LED On/Off Button
Power 12 V ⎓ 5 A WIRELESS Standards Wi-Fi 6
IEEE 802.11ax/ac/n/a 5 GHz
IEEE 802.11ax/n/b/g 2.4 GHz
WiFi Speeds AX11000
5 GHz: 4804 Mbps (802.11ax)
5 GHz: 4804 Mbps (802.11ax)
2.4 GHz: 1148 Mbps (802.11ax)
WiFi Range 4 Bedroom Houses
8× Detachable High-Performance Antennas
Multiple antennas form a signal-boosting array to cover more directions and large areas
Concentrates wireless signal strength towards clients to expand WiFi range
Improves transmission power to strengthen signal coverage
WiFi Capacity Very High
Allocate devices to different bands for optimal performance
Simultaneously communicates with multiple MU-MIMO clients
Simultaneously communicates with multiple Wi-Fi 6 clients
Improves network efficiency by limiting excessive occupation
Access an extra band to reduce congestion
Connect your devices to more bandwidth
Working Modes Router Mode
Access Point Mode