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TP-Link Archer AX10 Review

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The TP-Link Archer AX10 is a great budget buy for users who prioritize support for the newest wireless standard. However, it doesn’t have any USB ports or anti-malware tools.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The TP-Link Archer AX10 is an entry-level dual-band router introduced in late 2019. The router promises speeds of up to 1.5 Gbps, and it is powered by a tri-core processor that makes it adept at handling bandwidth-intensive activities. Like many of the best routers on the market, the AX10 supports WiFi 6, and its use of Beamforming technologies plus four external antennas gives it a good range of up to 80-90ft, which is great for a small house or apartment. Regarding outputs, the AX10 offers four LAN ports and one WAN port, and the router can also be easily managed through TP Link’s Tether mobile app.

Consensus

our Verdict

The TP-Link Archer AX10 is ideal for individuals who want to use a basic dual-band router that supports WiFi 6 at home. Designed with four non-removable external antennas, the AX10 has a decent port selection, consisting of four Gigabit LAN ports and a WAN port. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have any USB ports. The AX10 averages download speeds of up to 67.89 Mbps and 423.985 Mbps on its 2.4 GHz and 5GHz networks, making it an above-average pick compared to other routers in its category. Its upload speeds are also decent, at 150.45  GHz and 286.78 GHz on both networks. This gives it a top 40% ranking.

The router’s web console/mobile app comes with a VPN client pre-installed and also has a Quality of Service setting for adjusting bandwidth limits. There are also basic parental controls but no Anti-malware tools or security provisions.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Good connectivity speed
    • The TP-Link Archer AX10 has good download speeds, averaging 67.8 Mbps (2.4 GHz) and 423.985 MBps (5GHz). This makes it an above-average pick compared to other routers in its category.

  • Good range and coverage
    • The AX10 is designed to offer good enough coverage of up to 90ft, which is good enough for a two or three-bedroom apartment.

  • Easy to set up and use
    • The AX10 is very easy to install and can be managed through TP-Link’s Tether mobile app, which is available for Android and iOS.

Reason to Avoid

  • Limited wired connectivity
    • While the AX10 has three LAN and one WAN port, it doesn’t have any USB ports.

TP-Link Archer AX10 Specs

# of LAN Ports# of LAN Ports4
# of Phone Ports# of Phone Portsn/a
# of WAN Ports# of WAN Ports1
App CompatibleApp CompatibleYes
Available StorageAvailable Storage
Band TechnologyBand TechnologyDual
Data Encryption TypeData Encryption TypeWPA, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedNo
Frequency BandsFrequency Bands2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz
Integrated ModemIntegrated ModemNo
LAN PortsLAN Ports4 Gb Ethernet
MU-MIMO SupportMU-MIMO SupportYes
Mesh SystemMesh System
Number of AntennasNumber of Antennas4
Parental ControlsParental ControlsYes
Processor CoresProcessor CoresTriple
Processor SpeedProcessor Speed1.5 GHz
Quality of Service PrioritizationQuality of Service PrioritizationYes
WiFi RangeWiFi Range2000 sq. ft
WiFi SpeedWiFi Speed1.2 Gb
Wired SpeedWired Speed1000 Mb
Wireless StandardWireless StandardAC, AX, N

All Specs

Test Results

2.4 GHz Download speed (Mbits/s)67.89
2.4 GHz Upload speed (Mbits/s)150.45
5 GHz Download speed (Mbits/s)423.985
5 GHz Upload speed (Mbits/s)286.775
Router Range (ft)0
Latency (ms)0
6 Ghz Download speed (Mbits/s)0
6 Ghz Upload speed (Mbits/s)0

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Product Comparison

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Market Context

The TP-Link Archer AX10 is an entry-level dual-band router introduced in late 2019. The router promises speeds of up to 1.5 Gbps, and it is…

The TP-Link Archer AX10 is an entry-level dual-band router introduced in late 2019. The router promises speeds of up to 1.5 Gbps, and it is powered by a tri-core processor that makes it adept at handling bandwidth-intensive activities. Like many of the best routers on the market, the AX10 supports WiFi 6, and its use of Beamforming technologies plus four external antennas gives it a good range of up to 80-90ft, which is great for a small house or apartment. Regarding outputs, the AX10 offers four LAN ports and one WAN port, and the router can also be easily managed through TP Link’s Tether mobile app.

As far as speed goes, the TP-Link Archer AX10 can hit download speeds of up to 67.89 Mbps and 423.985 Mbps on its 2.4GHz and…

As far as speed goes, the TP-Link Archer AX10 can hit download speeds of up to 67.89 Mbps and 423.985 Mbps on its 2.4GHz and 5 GHz networks, which is a lot faster than the TP-Link Archer AX11000, rated at 65.5 Mbps and 459.8 Mbps on both networks. Additionally, the TP-Link Archer AX10 is a dual-band router, while the TP-Link Archer AX11000 is a tri-band router, and while the AX10 has four external antennas, the AX11000 has eight. The AX11000 also boasts 8 LAN ports, while the AX10 only has 4, and while the AX11000 has two USB ports, the AX10 doesn’t have any. To find out what else the AX11000 has to offer, feel free to go through our TP-Link AX11000 review.

The TP-Link AX10 offers download speeds of up to 67.89 Mbps and 423.985 Mbps on its 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks. This makes it…

The TP-Link AX10 offers download speeds of up to 67.89 Mbps and 423.985 Mbps on its 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks. This makes it much faster than the TP-Link AX21, which offers speeds of up to 40 Mbps and 309 Mbps on its networks, respectively. However, the AX21 has one USB port as opposed to none on the AX10. Check out our TP-Link Archer AX21 review for more details on what else it has in store.

The TP-Link AX10 router doesn’t offer download speeds that are as fast as the Synology RT2600AC, as it averages up to 67.89 Mbps and 423.985…

The TP-Link AX10 router doesn’t offer download speeds that are as fast as the Synology RT2600AC, as it averages up to 67.89 Mbps and 423.985 Mbps on its 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks, while the Synology RT2600AC hits speeds of up to 137.622 Mbps and 425.388 Mbps respectively. The TP-Link Archer AX10 router supports WiFi 6, which the Synology RT2600AC does not, and it also has a Quality of Service setting, which is missing on the RT2600AC. However, the RT2600AC has two USB ports, while the AX10 has none. In this regard, the AX10 is similar to the TP-Link Archer A6.

# of LAN Ports

4

8

4

# of Phone Ports

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n/a

n/a

# of WAN Ports

1

1

1

App Compatible

Yes

Yes

Yes

Available Storage

512MB

n/a

Band Technology

Dual

Tri

Dual

Data Encryption Type

WPA, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK

WPA, WPA-PSK, WPA2, WPA2-PSK

WEP, WPA, WPA-Enterprise, WPA-Personal

Energy Star Certified

No

No

n/a

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  • PC Mag
    85.3

    Category Trust Rating

    70
    The TP-Link Archer AX10 (AX1500) is a barebones $80 Wi-Fi 6 router that delivers solid… Read More

    By:

    John R. Delaney
  • Digital Trends
    79.48

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    TP-Link Archer AX10 (AX1500) is not perfect, but it doesn’t try to be. This wireless… Read More

    By:

    Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • Expert Reviews UK
    71.18

    Category Trust Rating

    60
    The AX10 does a lot for a low price. Unfortunately for TP-Link, it’s up against… Read More

    By:

    Darien Graham-Smith
  • Choice
    62.9

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