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TP-Link Archer AX20 AX1800 Dual Band Wi-Fi 6 Router $119 Delivered @ Harris Technology via Amazon AU

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AX1800 Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Router SPEED: 574 Mbps at 2.4 GHz + 1201 Mbps at 5 GHz SPEC: 4× Antennas, Broadcom 1.5 GHz Quad-Core CPU, 1× Gigabit WAN Port + 4× Gigabit LAN Ports, USB 2.0 Port, 1024-QAM, OFDMA FEATURE: Tether App, WPA3, Access Point Mode, IPv6 Supported, IPTV, Beamforming, Smart Connect, Airtime Fairness, VPN Server, Cloud Support

Pretty good price it was cheaper at $108 last week.

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  • What's the difference between this router and the standard one that comes with TPG (TP Link AC1600)?

    • +1

      This is AX which is wifi 6 new technology

      • Thanks, haha… but what does that mean in practice?

        Would it mean a more stable or quicker speed… currently with FTTB with TPG…

        • More stable Wi-Fi. No increase in FTTB download/upload speed.

    • +3

      One is a modem/router the other is a router.

    • the AC1600 is a cheap ISP provided modem/router that is functional but has a very average spec/components and wifi isn't great

  • Not very network savvy so I'll try explain this best I can..

    I'm on opticomm. I have a wifi 5 router. If I turn off the WiFi on my current router connected to the OPT, and essentially have that router providing internet to the Ethernet ports around my house..

    Can I then setup this router at an ethernet port and have this as my main WiFi router? Would be in a much better position in the house.

    Ty

    • +1

      Yes you can

      • Do I have to plug into wan or Lan?

        • +1

          ONT to AX20 router = WAN.
          Wi-Fi 5 router acting as a switch = LAN.

  • +2

    I have the AX50, just got it like 3 days ago, excellent WIFI, you can connect it to an existing router and just use WIFI if you want, I have done this and works well.

  • Does anyone have experience with the interface for these TP-Link routers?

    I have an ASUS router and the app is fantastic for quickly blocking and unblocking users on the network as well as parental controls. I can even make the changes I need remotely.

    Looking for a replacement since the current one seems to be having some performance issues and the controls are excellent for managing internet access

  • +1

    is this the cheapest AX router out there?

    • XIAOMI MI AIOT ROUTER AX1800 is $59.95 at PC Byte (CC)

      • thanks mate, I found it at Ebay and probably it will be chaper with next ebay plus deal

        https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/164695367668

        • +1

          no probs, I bought mine with ebay plus or about $50 or so(working fine, easy to manage from mobile)

          • @Csonty: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/114271901257

            do you have any idea on this ? while it is an AC router, it got a sim slot and bit cheaper

            • +1

              @bazingaa: So sorry, I haven't tried it, I'm not with Telstra and we the mobile reception is really bad here. The only reason I bought the Xiaomi was the WIFI6, as some of my new devices supported it, I had AC1750 TP-Link , worked fine, but for $50 I wanted to try the WIFI6 and kept it as it worked well with Xiaomi mobiles, etc

  • -3

    its a cheap router for wifi 6 but you pay for what you get though. I wouldn't expect amazing performance out of this thing but if you have just a single device or 2 or 3 on your network then this will work.

    • +1

      AX20 has a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, 256MB RAM and can do around 830/500 over Wi-Fi. It's not slow.

      • -1

        its not fast either you look at 400 to 800 dollar routers with wifi 6, and you will see the difference its night and day.

        • Yep those routers can do over Gigabit with Wi-Fi, faster CPUs and have more RAM.

          nbn Gigabit caps out around 960Mbps and the AX20 will suit most for the price.

      • Is it capable of handling around 40+ devices though?

        I have around 15 wired devices, 15 on the 5.0GHz wifi and 10 on the 2.4GHz band. My current modem/router (Netcomm Nf18ACV) supplied by Aussie Broadband just locks up every couple of days and needs a reboot to get working again (a bit of a pain). On 100/40 HFC so don’t think I need a modem just a router with the NTD plugged into it.

        The other thing with this one is what hardware version is it?
        V1, V1.2 or V2? Apparently v1.2 has improved wireless and v2.0 has a newer chipset. I called Harris Technology but they couldn’t find any info on the box and assumed it’s a v1.0. Just wondering if anyone’s bought this router and has any info/feedback on version number & performance.

        I was looking at the AX6000, but think it may be overkill (and is considerably more expensive), but if it means better performance/stability, it might be worth it.

        • There was a batch of NF18ACV that suffers from weak Wi-Fi. The modem for HFC is the nbn NTD and yes you only need to source a router.

          I don't know if the AX20 can handle 40+ clients or the hardware revision.

          Maybe wait for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.

          • +1

            @Twix: Thanks for the post. I guess it can wait til Black Friday, but there’s just so many options along with good/bad reviews for each one which makes it really confusing as to which is best. I don’t mind paying a bit more for a better product.

            The Netcomm’s WiFi’s strength isn’t bad. We have cat6 Ethernet cabling/ports in some rooms (I’m using a cheap D-Link switch) and also have a Ubiquiti UAP Pro at the rear of the house (but anything connected to that appears as a wired connection on the Netcomm).

            Officeworks has this AX20/AX1800 for $129 and their description claims it can handle 50 devices, but then TP-Link’s official site just says “it can handle dozens of devices”… no exact number.

            :o/

            • +1

              @Graffin: All routers have their pros and cons. Do you want to slowly move everything to Unifi? Does the UAP Pro cover the whole house with Wi-Fi?

              • +1

                @Twix: Sadly no, the Unifi doesn't - it covers about half of the house, but is superb at what it does, giving Ethernet (full speed) to wireless devices. We were on 250/25 for 6 months and we were getting 259/21.

                We've got one of those blocks/houses that's long and slim, so it's a fair distance from the front of the house to the back. The smart thing would've been to build the study in the middle somewhere and have the router there, but instead we went with putting all the ports/cables/devices in the garage in an enclosure to keep things neat.

                The Netcomm's only failing is when it drops out (whether it's a scheduled NBN outage, or just a random event), it just won't reconnect. All the lights are on, but no activity. We've had the NTD replaced and also got a replacement Netcomm from Aussie (which turned out to be one of those "faulty" batches where the 2.4 wireless wouldn't work). My guess is it just can't juggle so many devices and gives up, needing me to go in the garage, unlock the enclosure and powercycle it. Everything comes back online and works properly again within 3-5 minutes.

                The only other modem i've got is the Technicolor/iiNet branded one when I had ADSL2 with them, I also used that while we were with Uniti Wireless - seemed to work flawlessly, but then we had far fewer smart devices then.

                When I tell people I have 40-47 devices connected at any one time they look at me funny. Yeah, it's a lot, but everything connects to the internet these days… Fronius Inverter, Tesla Battery, some smart lights (have HUE for a majority of that setup), smart plugs, Echo Shows, Nest Hubs, Doorbell, Consoles, TV's, Phones, Tablets, it soon adds up.

                The reason I was looking at the TP-Link AX range is that you can set them to reboot themselves. I don't think I can achieve that with a smart plug… it'll turn off, but without the internet, won't turn itself back on. I could get an old-school timer that shuts the power off/on so it gets a "fresh start" each day, but ideally just want a Router that works.

                This one would still fit in garage enclosure (just), but wouldn't have a hell of a lot of ventilation. If I get something bulkier like the AX6000 i'd have to have it inside and re-route the cabling a bit.

                I've seen a lot of posts on OzBargain about the Dream Machine, but oddly it doesn't get mentioned much in tech reviews… or at least not the ones i've Googled.

                Cheers for the advice Twix!

                • @Graffin: Rebooting routers can be done with smart plugs. I've never used them for that purpose.

                  Dream Machine tech reviews came out late 2019. I'm not sure how it will go in the garage enclosure. Generally Wi-Fi in enclosures doesn't work out that well.

                  What about one of the Ubiquiti EdgeRouters or TP-Link Archer AX20 (Wi-Fi off) + another Unifi AP?

  • +3

    I'm using this router with about 20 devices including many smart lights, sensors etc EDIT: Plus a NAS hanging off ethernet. I haven't noticed many issues really. Any problems that have arisen were easily fixed by rebooting NBN and TPlink modem. You can use the tether app to control 75% of the router functions. Signal goes into the street and to the far end of the backyard and neighbours house.

    It's not a premium router but it's decent enough.

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