TP-Link Archer AX73 Review: Strong signal and solid performance

It’s 2021 and the pandemic is still here. This means we’re still working from home until things get better. Having a reliable and fast WiFi connection is crucial for work productivity. Thus, that brings us to the new TP-Link Archer AX73, a high-performance AX5400 wireless router now available in Malaysia.

The Archer AX73 is a high-performance WiFi 6 router. It can support total WiFi link speed up to 5400Mbps with dual-band configuration. In fact, the router supported the 160Mhz mode which means the 5Ghz WiFi network can get really fast if you have a 160Mhz supported WiFi adapter.

What’s so good about the Archer AX73 is the price. It is available for sale at just RM399 in Malaysia with a 3 years one-to-one exchange hardware warranty and after sales support from TP-Link Malaysia.

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The first thing that you’ll notice from the Archer AX73 is the 6 antennas. These antennas are real and not just for show. We’ve taken apart router and identified that 4 antennas are used for the 5Ghz network and 2 antennas are used for the 2.4Ghz network.

The reason why there are 6 antennas is because the Archer AX73 uses an individual antenna for each transmit channel rather than combining both the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz into a single antenna. Rather than using a dual-band antenna, each antennas on the router are optimized for their desired frequency, resulting in better performance without compromises. 

The Archer AX73 also runs really cool and stable in our test. It’s because TP-Link used a much larger heatsink and added more ventilation. This is why the Archer AX73 is so big and heavy! In fact, it barely heats up even on prolonged stress test and certainly much cooler than the infamous Archer AX50.

Hardware and Specs

Wireless 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi 6 up to 574Mbps (40Mhz 2X2)
Wireless 5Ghz Wi-Fi 6 up to 4804Mbps (160Mhz 4X4)
WiFi Features OFDMA, MU-MIMO, Beamforming, WPA3, OneMesh
CPU Broadcom BCM6750 1.5Ghz Triple-Core
Ethernet Ports 1x Gigabit WAN port + 4x Gigabit LAN port
USB 1x USB 3.0 port

The Archer AX73 is powered by a fast Broadcom 1.5Ghz Triple-Core CPU and comes with 512MB RAM. TP-Link says this router can actually support up to 200 devices connected simultaneously. While I don’t have 200 devices to test, the router do work realiably in my home with close to 50 devices connected to it.

Connectivity wise, the router comes with 4 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports and a single Gigabit Ethernet WAN port. It also comes with a USB 3.0 port which can be used for file sharing and printer sharing to devices connected to the wireless router. The LED status indicator on the router can be disabled if needed.

Unboxing Archer AX73

The box of Archer AX73 for Malaysia market comes labeled with support for TM Unifi, Maxis Fibre and TIME Fibre.

Each antenna on router and accessories are individually wrapped. The cardboard box also provide sufficient protection during shipping. It comes with a CAT5E Gigabit Ethernet LAN cable and a 12V power adapter.

It is possible to wall-mount the wireless router with 2 mounting holes behind the product. The default WiFi name and password is also labeled on the back of the router. Similar to the top, the entire bottom of the product is full of ventilation holes for enhanced cooling performance.

Quick Teardown

I also did a simple teardown for the Archer AX73. Since I am not a hardware enginee, I won’t comment much about this. WiFi related components are shielded and there’s a decent sized heatsink to cool down the router. This explains why this router barely heats up.

Wi-Fi Performance

With the beefy specifications, let’s see if that actually transfer into actual performance in our benchmark test. I will be using a laptop with the Intel AX200 wireless adapter and an iPhone to test the 5Ghz Wi-Fi 6 performance of TP-Link Archer AX73. I will be skipping the 2.4Ghz result as it is probably irrelevant these days given how congested is the 2.4Ghz channel.

At short distance to the router, my iPhone can achieve over 800Mbps on the 5Ghz Wi-Fi network. This is not surprising considering most Wi-Fi 6 routers, even the budget models like Archer AX10 can deliver such performance. What we really want to know is the long range signal coverage and performance. 

The 5Ghz signal on the Archer AX73 is really strong! The 5Ghz coverage and performance is faster and stronger than every single AX3000 wireless router that we’ve tested on this site. The performance is also stable and consistently replicable througout our review.

Security wise, it can support the latest WPA3 security right out of the box. However, I do not recommend using WPA3 as older WiFi devices may face compatibility issues. Considering a router last many years, you can consider enabling it few more years in the future as older devices are phased out from your home.

Firmware and Features

TP-Link maintain their philosophy of not overly bloating the firmware with features and I think it works here. Reliability is the keyword here as I find the Archer AX73 firmware is very well optimized. During my test, I do not face any issues with the router. The firmware always responded fast consistently.

The web interface is simple to operate and certainly very easy to setup the router. It can support TM Unifi, Maxis Fibre and all ISPs in Malaysia. For most users, it will involve connecting the router to the modem and use the setup wizard on the interface. The VLAN profile must be selected for TM Unifi or Maxis Fibre users in Malaysia.

TP-Link Tether app offers a quick overview of your home network condition such as connected devices and network speed. The app is well designed and really responsive in our test. It is securely linked to TP-Link cloud and authenticated with your personal TP-Link account. TP-Link HomeShield security feature is only accessible on the app as well.

TP-Link HomeShield Security

TP-Link HomeShield is their new commercial grade firewall replacing the previous HomeCare feature. It can protect your devices from accessing a malicious website containing a virus or malware with an advanced antivirus firewall. This feature is now powered by Avira Antivirus database.

It also added protection for smart home and IoT devices. Considering these devices rarely receive firmware updates, having extra protection is certainly helpful. TP-Link claims it can protect an insecure device from being used as a loophole to launch attacks on your home network. We have no way of verifying these claims.

HomeShield Parental Control

TP-Link new HomeShield parental control is also much smarter than before.  It can perform content filtering by category and usage time limitation. The categories are more comprehensive covering more websites than before. Based on our testing on some known sites, it is certainly more effective than HomeCare and other similar systems that we have tested on other brands.

What’s so great about the new parental control is the ability to display usage charts and web history. It will show the top browsed website and attempts to access a blocked website by each user. If a page is blocked by the parental control feature, the user can request for access in which the admin can approve it via the TP-Link Tether app.

However, the upgraded HomeShield feature is not fully free. The Free tier only comes with the basic firewall without the advanced malicious content filtering feature. It also does not provide the comprehensive reporting of the parental control feature. More details available on TP-Link website here.

TP-Link HomeShield feature is a really robust parental control. While TP-Link provide a 30 days free trial of the Pro tier, it will cost RM24.90 per month after the trial has ended. I am fine with a subscription based business model but I find the price is too much.

OneMesh Capability

For those staying in a bigger home, it’s possible to link the Archer AX73 with a OneMesh extender. The OneMesh extender will then work together with the Archer AX73 resulting in a stronger WiFi coverage with true mesh WiFi features like seamless roaming and band steering unlike a traditional WiFi extender. 

For the Archer AX73, I will only recommend linking it with a WiFi 6 OneMesh extender such as the RE505X and RE605X. Unfortunately, TP-Link does not allow router to router OneMesh currently. You also cannot link the Archer AX73 to a Deco Mesh WiFi system directly as they are based on a different technology.

Closing Thoughts

At RM399, the Archer AX73 offers really good performance even when comparing to some other routers that cost twice as much. It offers really good 5Ghz WiFi coverage and very fast WiFi speed on the 5Ghz channel with 160Mhz. Coupled with a fast 1.5Ghz Triple-Core CPU, it is a really good product from TP-Link.

TP-Link software is also smarter than before with a robust class-leading parental control feature. TP-Link is committed to provide more security to smart home and IoT devices with the new HomeSuite security suite. WPA3 security is also supported right out of the box.

TP-Link Archer AX73


Tubi Rating


  • Premium performance at affordable price
  • Robust HomeShield parental control solution
  • Stable and reliable software
  • Good security


  • Advanced HomeShield features require a subscription
  • Limited OneMesh support 
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Hi Blacktubi. Based on your experience, which one do you recommend, Asus TUF AX5400 or TPLink AX73? Thanks.

Hi. I really appreciate if you can give me some advice. My setup currently is tm stock Ac 1200 router with their latest huawei modem and am on unifi 800mbps..I have a double story 3000 sq ft house. Currently router connected to 1 Deco m5 mesh and another node in the room upstairs. On wired i get 800mbps direct from modem. On wifi it maxes out at 300 mbps.. On m5 next to router i get 400 mbps and node upstairs only 100 mbps. 1. Will switching to Ax 73 improve my wifi performance from router and my deco m5?… Read more »

Good reads. Currently I only have 30Mbps plan, 10 devices, and only one device (laptop) that support Wi-Fi 6. Is buying this router too much for me or I should buy AX50 instead?

I’m looking for Wi-Fi 6 router because my USB C Hub is interference my laptop connection to wi-fi.

Hi, nice review there. Before I purchase this router, is the USB port/HDD using Samba working good?

Hi, I’m currently upgraded to time 500 Mbps. Staying in 1141 sqft condo. The current Huawei HG8145X6 with WA8021V5 in fact doesn’t convinced me due to the mesh speed and lower Mbps even at living hall (due to mesh system). I’m thinking should I change Huawei X6 to bridge mode and AX73 as router, match with onemesh RE605X better ?

Ok thanks for the info, I’m opt to ax73 + 705X mesh. So far quite good.

I’m on Unifi 800mbps plan.
Installed AX73, wifi speed is still around 400mbps.
Any suggestions?

I test with Oppo reno 6 Pro.
This phone support wifi 6 based on spec sheet

Speedtest is done with Oppo reno 6 pro.

Hey, How would this compare with the Xiaomi AX6000? What would you suggest and pick bweteen the 2?

I have the Xiaomi AX3600 and the range is really terrible compared to the TP-link or Asus. The Xiaomi, amplifier of the 5GHz radio are limited to 64mw because of Chine regulation. Which is pretty bad compared to TP-link that output the full 250mw (24db) There is a Chinese site that did the teardown and chip review: From a translation: “WIFI6 mode+18dBm=64mW. (MCS11 is 1024-QAM) Can’t read this low; probably not the reason for the data at -35dB. WIFI5 mode +23dBm=200mW. (MCS9 is 256-QAM) ASUS AX89X has the same amplifier chip. However, if the Xiaomi AX3600 complies with the… Read more »

Hi, I live in a small place with 100mbps but with thick walls and a bad router so I only have reliable wifi in the room of the router. Would you suggest AX55 or the AX72 (price difference about 22USD)? I think I just need something that can either pass through wall or the door.

Thank you! Yea, I guess its difficult as the wifi can’t really curve around the corner

Hi. I keep losing internet connection every 5 mins and having to wait for another 3 mins to get connection back.

I suspect it’s my router (Archer A9). Which router should I get? I have at least 15 users in my household. My budget is 500 max.


Hi currently thinking of upgrading my Archer c7. Currently am using a 100mbps Unifi. Should I get this, the newer WiFi 6e axe75 (I have a s22u) or a ax90? Will the ax90 have bigger WiFi range than the other 2? Thanks.

Also, whats the difference between the ax90 and ax73? Is it worth the price difference?

Thanks for the reply, btw will a better router improve wireless Lan transfer speed? EG from my laptop to my NAS.

I have Archer Ax73 and i just realize that i order laptop with same WiFi adapter like yours (intel AX200)
Do you think enabling the 160MHz mode will be better in my case or it will start to make problems? I was wondering because at some of your reviews you was mentioning that there are routers where enabling the 160MHz mode start to make signal drops and problems

Hi, is it possible to use astro fibre with this modem? What is the config for it? Thank you.

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