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TP-Link Archer AX10 WiFi 6 Review

TP-Link Archer AX10 is a brand new router launched by TP-Link with the next generation WiFi 6 technology. WiFi 6 will not only make your WiFi faster, it will also make it more realiable especially when there more more devices connected to your network.

The Archer AX10 is now available in Malaysia at a super affordable pricing of RM349. It is a dual-band WiFi 6 or Wireless AX router and it can support AX1800 or a maximum throughput of up to 1775Mbps.

This is a really good price for the performance level of this router. It has the latest technology and it will outperform many old Wireless AC routers that cost much more expensive than the Archer AX10. This makes the Archer AX10 a really great choice if you are shopoing for a new affordable and really good performance router now.

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If you always wonder why your phone WiFi speed can hardly exceed 600Mbps, that’s becase Wireless AC peaks at around 500Mbps for most devices. However, with WiFi 6, it will bring the peak speed up to 800Mbps on the best conditions provided you have a WiFi 6 router and device.

Wireless AC often struggles when there are more WiFi devices on the network. This is not optimal considering on average, every household has at least 20 devices connected to the WiFi network. OFDMA technology on WiFi 6 routers will provide a faster network when more devices are connecting. This will benefit your existing Wireless AC devices as well.

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Hardware and Specs

Wireless 2.4GhzWireless AX up to 300Mbps (2X2 40Mhz)
Wireless 5GhzWireless AX up to 1201Mbps (2X2 80Mhz)
Wireless FeaturesRangeBoost, OFDMA, MU-MIMO, Beamforming
CPUBroadcom BCM6750 1.5Ghz Triple-Core CPU
RAM256MB
Ports4 x Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports + 1 x Gigabit Ethernet WAN Port

TP-Link Archer AX10 is powered by Broadcom BCM6750 1.5Ghz Triple-Core CPU, similar to the one in ASUS RT-AX3000 which cost more than twice as much. There’s also a row of LED indicators in the front of the router to show current status of the network.

On the back, you will find all the ports on the Archer AX10. It has 4 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports and a single Gigabit Ethernet WAN port. It doesn’t come with any USB port. It is powered by a 12V power adapter.

You can view the full specs of this router on TP-Link website here.

Archer AX10 Setup Process

The setup process of TP-Link Archer AX10 is very simple. Just remove your old wireless router and connect it to this new Archer AX10. Then, you will need to use a computer to perform the initial setup process of this wireless router.

If you are from Malaysia, this means using the PPPOE mode and getting the PPPOE username and password from your Internet service provider. For Maxis and Unifi users, you will need to click additional ISP settings and select the respective profile.

The Archer AX10 is also able to support the Unifi TV box. For more information, you can refer to my TP-Link Unifi setup guide I did previously here.

WiFi Performance

The Archer AX10 we tested is a really fast wireless router. It is much faster than we have imagined and it performs really well in a real world testing. I am testing it with my Samsung Galaxy S10 with WiFi 6 capability and a desktop PC with an Intel AX200 WiFi adapter.

On my desktop, it has no problem maxing our my 1Gbps Internet connection on a short distance test. 

The Galaxy S10 is a bit slower than my desktop as expected as the phone comes with a much smaller antenna with weaker reception. The phone will show a Wi-Fi 6 logo when I am connected to a Wi-Fi 6 network.

On the next test, we run the speedtest at multiple points to see how the router performs after several walls using the Galaxy S10. Like all routers, the speed dropped as I moved further from the router. However, the performance remain solid and is always above the 100Mbps mark.

I recommend enabling the Smart Connect feature which combine both 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz band under a Wi-Fi name. It works really well as the router will automatically steer your devices to the best band based on a number of preset parameters. 

Firmware and Features

TP-Link Archer AX10 comes with an updated firmware with a new user interface. The new user interface is much faster and easier to navigate around. The network map have been simplified to only show critical information. TP-Link moved the more technical settings such as port forwarding and DDNS into the Advanced tab for the enthusiasts.

The firmware can see all the connected devices and their current real-time speed used by the device. This will be great to see if any users is hogging a ton of bandwidth. TP-Link also added a feature to determine the current Tx/Rx Wi-Fi link speed of the device.

In addition to all the typical features on a wireless router, you will find a parental control feature. It can block website based on keywords and setup time restriction for selected devices. However, as this is not TP-Link Homecare, it does not work on HTTPS website.

There’s also a VPN feature if you wish to setup a remote connection back to your home. I doubt many users will use this but it remains on the firmware for the enthusiasts.

Closing Thoughts

I highly recommend the Archer AX10 if you are looking for a new budget router today. At RM349, it beats many old Wireless AC router that cost even twice as much. It’s really a no brainer to buy this Archer AX10, it offers really good performance and very stable. 

TP-Link Archer AX10

8.6

Tubi Rating

Good Stuff

  • Affordable Wi-Fi 6 Router
  • Easy to setup
  • Good Wi-Fi performance

Bad Stuff

  • No USB Port
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Mikael Flygare

Hi.
Have a AX6000 and wonder if I can use the smaller AX10 as mesh units with the AX6000? Thinking os buying 3 AX10´s for this purpose only?
So, works? and works great?

Gan

Hi, I just bought and installed the AX10, internet is working but my unifi plus box won’t connect using the ethernet cable even though it’s connected to LAN 1, router was set up according to your guide on TP-LINK routers for unifi. In the end, I had to connect the unifi plus box to the WiFi, then it worked. Any idea why or is something wrong with the LAN 1 port?

bon

Hi, I’m trying to decide between the tp-link archer ax10 and tp-link archer ax50. An important aspect for me is performance and reliability. I saw some reviews online that the x50 ran hot sometimes. Which router would you recommend?

Dan

Is there a phone connection !

Jack

Hello! Thx for the review. Need you expert advice. I live in single storey, 700 sqft. The current router is Tp-Link 1043ND. Due to limitation, the router sits at one end of the house. Two living rooms are at the opposite side/end. There are two walls in between. The current signal is fair to bad.   I just do simple web browsing, 480p video streaming and no gaming. Just want better signal, better coverage and high stability. I don’t want mesh system, because of space limitation.   I am looking at Tp-link A9 and AX10. Which one or something else… Read more »

Izzy

Hi, thanks for this review. I’m looking to upgrade my router to either this Archer AX10 or Deco M5. I have Time 500mbps in a single storey condo 1400sqft. Thanks!

Jhc

For unifi 300mbps at normal double storey house, TP Link Deco M5 or AX10 is better?

Ryon0002

Would this be enough for a double storey terrace house? Currently on 500mbps but speed test just 1 wall away from router is around 100mbps using the Unifi stock router.

Bala

Mine is double storey house. My router Dlink dir-842 supplied by unifi is downstairs. Upstairs signal is BAD. Downstairs while using IPhone pro 11 , Iphone 7 , Huawei Mate 30 and Samsung note 10 plus reception BAD. Can Archer AX 10 help ? Any better suggestion ?

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