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tp-link archer ax11000 tri-band wifi6 router, $299 at costco $299.99

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The previously front page deal is back again, normally $399 at costco ($429 at newegg), costco members can get $100 off to final price of $299. For comparison all ax11000 tier routers (e.g. asus, netgear, etc.) are all hovering at $400-450+ for a wifi6 triband router rated at ~11000Mbps (combined).

Offer valid till 8/30:
https://www.costco.com/.product.1385146.html

Specs:
Wireless Standards - Wi-Fi 6 (11ax) and below
Processor - 1.8 GHz Quad-Core and 3 co-processors
Flash - 512 MB
Memory - 1 GB
Wi-Fi Frequency & Signal Rate - 2.4 GHz: 1,148 Mbps, 5 GHz_1: 4804 Mbps, 5 GHz_2: 4804 Mbps
Antennas & Transmit Power - 8 antennas
USB Port - 1x USB 3.0 Type A, 1x USB 3.0 Type C
WAN Port - 1x 2.5Gbps
LAN Port - 8x 1Gbps, port 2 & 3 supports link aggregation.

some reviews:
https://www.hardwarezone.com.sg/f...er-ax11000
https://dongknows.com/tp-link-arc...000-review
https://www.t3.com/us/reviews/tp-...g-packages
https://play3r.net/reviews/networ...er-review/


tl:dr - great speed, reliable, wifi6 triband router, and cheapest flagship tier consumer grade router at this price currently. Just ignore the "gaming" moniker, that part is pointless.
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should we all just wait for routers that support 6e?
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should we all just wait for routers that support 6e?
Some discount is in this given here as 6e is coming. 6e is much better in a Urban setting.
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Just remember that 6e will not do you much good unless you have *all* new devices. 6e uses new wireless frequencies and will require new radios in your devices to see the biggest gains.You will need a 6e capable router as well as new devices capable of 6e.

The wifi 6 routers like this AX11000 will be useful for several more years. I bought this device during one of the recent deals. It has been very stable and very fast.
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So why do you say ignore the gaming moniker? Is that just a gimmick or is this router not really a gaming router but they do exist? I'm looking to lower ping ( whatever that is) for the young gamers in my household and thought a new router might do it. Pc's are wired into an Apple AirPort Extreme. Would something like this benefit a gamer if upgraded from the Apple AirPort Extreme. I have never once had an issue with my Apple router in the last 4-5 years.
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Just a heads up , Ive owned this for a 4 months and the download speeds are spot on but the upload is definitely not good at all. I have a 1000 upload speed and I def don't expect anything near that but I'm getting on a good day 180 too 200 Mbps . On the old router before it which was 4 years old I was getting a solid 500 on most days. If you Google this problem you will see it's very common with this model and frustrating. If anyone has figured out a fix please let me know. I am also on a fiber optic connection. Other competitors do let you set up other routers as extenders as well while this top end model dosent which is also a bummer. The latter is not a deal breaker but the upload is a major major issue. Some will say omg 200 is a lot which it is but if you're paying for more and even paying 300 bucks for a router, you expect everything to hit on all cylinders and trust me uploading is more important than ever these days even more than downloads.
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This router is garbage returned it back.
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This router is garbage returned it back.
A bit more information please?
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Yes please do elaborate, would like to hear your experience.

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A bit more information please?
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I got this router on last deal. Its a great router setup quickly with an app. I have been using AT&T 1gib fiber. No issues so far.
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So why do you say ignore the gaming moniker? Is that just a gimmick or is this router not really a gaming router but they do exist? I'm looking to lower ping ( whatever that is) for the young gamers in my household and thought a new router might do it. Pc's are wired into an Apple AirPort Extreme. Would something like this benefit a gamer if upgraded from the Apple AirPort Extreme. I have never once had an issue with my Apple router in the last 4-5 years.
Warning: Long reply ahead:

Basically the "gaming" centric features, on this router at least vs the asus/netgear offering, are more-or-less gimmicky marketing and does not necessarily improve any real-world experience for gamers any more than other reliable routers, e.g. latency monitoring, and just relabeling other standard tp-link features as "gaming."

In comparison, the asus/netgear flagships (and even some of their less-high-end, non-flagships models) offer some features that actually improve gaming experience, such as bandwidth allocation based on type of traffic, in this case, if the router determined that the traffic is game related, it prioritizes them (same can usually be set for other services too, such as streaming vids for example), they call this QoS - quality of service protocol. Or in Asus's AX11000's case, they also provide a free VPN account for you to utilize that provides supposedly can provide a faster connection to dedicated game servers accessible via that VPN.

So yah, the specs and performance of the tp-link, at least from reviews and average user consensus based on say amazon/bestbuy/newegg/etc, are spectacular, but it's spectacular in its standard router features, not "gaming" features.

You can read up on these all in the reviews I'd listed.

Also "ping" means how fast is your connection talking to the server, the lower the number the better, and that is dependent on all path of connection quality, i.e PC endpiont <> router <> modem <> ISP <> game server side. In your case if you wanna improve your children's gaming experience, you simply have to take in consideration of two factors: how reliable are the old/new routers, and their speed rating compared to each other.

I assume you have the latest 6th gen airport, meaning it should be rated at dual band 1300Mbps/450Mbps over 5Ghz/2.4Ghz wifi, vs this router this router at tri-band 4804Mbps/4804Mbps/1148Mbps, so wifi for sure will be an upgrade, however since your children's computer is hardwired by cat cable, both the airport and this ax11000 have the same 1000Mbps rated wired connection, so that part will be the same. Meaning in short, you dont HAVE to upgrade if you dont want to if it's just for his hardwired gaming pc's purpose, but it doesn't hurt to for overall better wifi experience. Also something to consider is if you already have any wifi6 gadgets that would utilize this new standard, such as certain latest high end laptops, iphone 11's, samsung note 10 and above, etc. for better connection.
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Just remember that 6e will not do you much good unless you have *all* new devices. 6e uses new wireless frequencies and will require new radios in your devices to see the biggest gains.You will need a 6e capable router as well as new devices capable of 6e.

The wifi 6 routers like this AX11000 will be useful for several more years. I bought this device during one of the recent deals. It has been very stable and very fast.
Howz the Wifi Signal? Do you recommend it over the Google Nest mesh Wifi System?
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Needs more antennas.
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I got this router on last deal. Its a great router setup quickly with an app. I have been using AT&T 1gib fiber. No issues so far.
Do you mind sharing what your upload speeds and what device are you testing it on.
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Just remember that 6e will not do you much good unless you have *all* new devices. 6e uses new wireless frequencies and will require new radios in your devices to see the biggest gains.You will need a 6e capable router as well as new devices capable of 6e.

The wifi 6 routers like this AX11000 will be useful for several more years. I bought this device during one of the recent deals. It has been very stable and very fast.
But your internet needs to be faster too right? if you are only getting 200 mbps then it is not worth it
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