Wi-Fi 6, technically 802.11ax WiFi, is the next step in WiFi technology. Its design works to improve the speed at home, increase the efficiency of your connection, and reduce the congestion from your connected devices. The only drawback for consumers at the early stage in Wi-Fi 6 hardware development is the staggering price that accompanies the current stock of routers. Devices from TP-Link, ASUS, and Netgear cost $300 or more depending on the model. That’s an impediment for many potential buyers.
TP-Link, though, has introduced two new routers in their Archer line which promise Wi-Fi 6 technology at an affordable price. At $69 and $129 respectively, the Archer AX1500 and the Archer AX3000 will offer features that will overhaul your router setup and update your WiFi to the next generation.
Here are the features available on the Archer AX3000:
Wi-Fi 6 Technology Featuring Intel: Wi-Fi 6 technology achieves up to 3x faster speeds, higher capacity and lower latency compared to the previous generation of Wi-Fi 5 while the power of Intel's dual-core CPU ensures your experience is smooth and buffer-free.
Next-Gen 3 Gbps Speeds: Reaches incredible speeds up to 3 Gbps (2402 Mbps on 5 GHz band and 574 Mbps on 2.4 GHz band) for faster streaming and gaming like you have never experienced before.
Connect More Devices: Simultaneously communicate more data to more devices using revolutionary OFDMA technology.
Minimize Lag for All Devices and Applications: Experience ultra-smooth entertainment whether you are streaming 4K videos, gaming online, or even video chatting with up to 75% reduced lag.
More Coverage with Less Interference: Achieve the strongest, most reliable WiFi coverage with Archer AX3000 as it focuses signal strength to your devices using Beamforming technology and color codes your data communications, eliminating interference from neighboring routers using innovative BSS Color.
Increased Battery Life for Devices: Target Wake Time technology reduces your devices' power consumption to extend their battery life.
Easy Setup: Set up your router in minutes with the powerful TP-Link Tether App
Backward Compatible: Archer AX3000 supports all previous 802.11 standards and all WiFi devices
The Archer AX1500 guarantees similar specifications, but it’s not as robust. You may not mind, however, given the under-$100 price tag with the cheaper model.
TP-Link is the only one that has next-gen hardware at this price, though. If you’re looking to upgrade to Wi-Fi 6, then these two new Archer routers might be what you’re looking for.