Tri-Band or Dual-Band WiFi 6 Router for Large Home?

TP-Link AX5400 Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi 6 Router $280

TP-Link Archer C4000 AC4000 Tri-Band $180

Hi All,

Looking at purchasing a new router which should handle about 10 or so active devices at a time. This is for a family household and the property is about 400 square metre and double brick. I am at the back of the house but I'm currently using Powerline Adaptor. I play alot of games and because the bandwidth is at capacity I am unable to play without packet loss. Any suggestions are accepted.

Thank you!

Poll Options

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    TP-Link Archer C4000 AC4000 Tri-Band $180
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    TP-Link AX5400 Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi 6 Router $280

Comments

  • +5

    Neither. This is the one time I would suggest two/three nodes mesh system because of the large area coverage

  • +4

    If you have a large property sprawled out, you may actually be better off with a mesh network like Google Nest Wifi, TP-Link Deco M5, or other similar options which can provide larger coverage with multiple access points.

    Keep in mind that your wifi performance is determined by so many factors like the devices connected and how fast your line speed is to begin with. The two routers you have chosen aren't actually going to meaningfully improve range imo. Wifi 6 is just designed to not slow down as much when you connect lots of devices to one access point, such as in a workplace; the roughly 10 devices you want to connect won't even break a sweat for modern routers.

    Of the two though, unless you have gigabit internet or the NBN 250mbps plans, the cheaper Tri-Band router will do fine. Just keep it mind it might not fix your range issues. The BEST alternative is of course to wire your PC up via ethernet, but that's sadly not always feasible.

  • If you got NBN, there needs to be a consideration of your provider needing certain providers using vlan and if you need a home phone you gotta use their router.

  • Mesh seems to be the way to go to extend your range and go through brick walls. If you got 10 screens streaming 4k at the same time, might need to consider upgrading internet plan before anything else.

  • A single wireless router won't cut it. You'll need either mesh system or upgrade to a system (e.g. UniFi) with multiple wireless access points.

  • As per others suggestions a single router ain't goin to cut it for a house of that size plus it is double bricked.

    As a few Ozbargainers suggested a wifi Mesh system is best for coverage:
    - Asus Zenwifi AX wifi mesh
    - Google Nest
    - Netgear Orbi AX

  • I have a similar house - tv lounge area and study are in diff parts of the house and had poor wifi.

    I spent $300 getting cabling done from the backroom where the router was and then put two WIFI mesh units at each location (and put the study ahem gaming computer as well as the media stuff on the cat6 cabling rather than wifi to free up bandwidth).

  • Double brick, 400sqm and a single router? Good luck.

    I'm double brick (two story), and not 400sqm, and without 3 mesh units, I'd be stuffed with deadspots everywhere due to internal double brick. Eg. I couldnt get more than 10mbps in my office due to internal brick. On HFC Cable (not NBN), it now maxes out the line at 600mbps.

    Go mesh. You'll be kicking yourself if you dont.

  • Mesh system with multiple nodes, get rid of the powerline. I was in the same situation. I chose 3 node TP-link Deco M5 18 months ago, I would choose modern version of same product again. Double brick, large property, internet comes in at one end, whole property and down the road covered.

  • a new router which should handle about 10 or so active devices at a time.

    Look for the router throughput. this will vastly determine how much bandwidth for each device when there are concurrent connections.