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Target price of $129 less the 10% coupon is $116. Coupon Expires 10/31

#1 Rated by the New York Times.
https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutte...fi-router/

You can get the AX3000 (Archer AX 50) for $116 at TARGET (see below)
https://www.target.com/p/tp-link-...A-79847621

HOW TO GET IT FOR $116 AT TARGET (2 WAYS)
New price is $129 and then apply the 10% off one electronic item (Target circle coupon). Total came to $116 and change. If you are a target Redcard member get additional 5% Redcard discount[/QUOTE]

10% coupon can be found here (Expires October 31):
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At Walmart, you can get the $99 AX1800 (Archer AX 20) model. Note that "PeteyTheStriker" who is very knowledgeable on routers has commented extensively on this thread has recommended the upgrade from the AX20 to AX50 if you can afford it. Through Target (see above, you can get the AX 3000 for $116)

WALMART
$99 AX1800 (Archer AX 20)
https://www.walmart.com/ip/TP-Lin.../210201077

FOR ONLY $17 More (Target), you can upgrade from the Archer AX20 (AX1800) to the TP-LINK Archer AX50, i.e., AX 3000,
https://www.target.com/p/tp-link-...A-79847621

COMPARISON OF AX20 ($99) VS AX50 ($129) [ Thanks - zpeedster_m ]; Note that "PeteyTheStriker" who is very knowledgeable on routers has commented extensively on this thread has recommended the upgrade from the AX20 to AX50 if you can afford it.
https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutte...fi-router/

TP-Link Archer AX50
The best Wi-Fi router
In our tests the TP-Link Archer AX50 created a speedy, responsive network even from across a medium house. You have to spend a lot more on a router—or a mesh kit if you have a very large home—to get anything even a little better. It's our first WI-Fi 6 (802.11ax) router pick.

The TP-Link Archer AX50 is reasonably priced, yet it can handle a growing selection of laptops and smart devices while surpassing the performance of routers that cost twice as much. It's generally speedy and able to reach long range, it has little lag even when the network is busy, and it's a great choice if you have a high-performance internet service plan. It's compatible with Wi-Fi 6, the latest wireless standard, and it comes with built-in security in the form of a lifetime subscription to updates.

TP-Link Archer AX20
If our main pick is unavailable
The Archer AX20 offers fewer features than our pick for a slightly lower price, but in most cases it can keep up in throughput, responsiveness, and ease of setup.

If our pick is out of stock or its price is more than $30 higher, you should consider the TP-Link Archer AX20 instead. The AX20 looks like the AX50 and offers a strong, responsive network that's nearly as good, especially if your house isn't larger than our 2,300-square-foot-test home. But it's not quite as fast at longer ranges, and TP-Link sacrifices a few advanced features and settings in its administration interface to meet the lower price

REVIEWS (Thanks "PeteyTheStriker")
https://play3r.net/reviews/networ...er-review/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXVGRKgaxYo

https://www.blacktubi.com/review/...cher-ax50/

https://techprojournal.com/tp-lin...ink_AX3000

Overall if you want a entry level to medium end router, you cant go wrong.[/QUOTE]

OTHER THINGS TO NOTE:

1. Donknows has a review on the AX3000 (Archer AX 50) this has thoroughly been discredited on this thread.

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As was mentioned by me and a few others, that DONGKNOWS review is poorly done. It is not an apples to apples comparison, he used a router with a brand new firmware comparing to an identical router with firmware over 6 months old which had major problems just like any other router around that time. It takes time to work out the bugs and TP-Link, Netgear, Asus to name a few all put out routers with bugged performance with their first set of Wifi 6 routers. So yeah..... Important to make apples to apples instead of reading something without understanding the testing. If he did it the correct way he would have had both side by side on the same firmware.The routers are identical outside USB 3.0 port and Homecare included on one, so you will get identical performance results with the same firmware.

2. CAT7, a CAT 6 or CAT5e cable is needed for gigabit Ethernet. Most cables made for the last 10 years are already 5e, so just saying that cables are usually never a bottleneck.
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The naming conventions of these TP-Link routers are the worst. AX1800 is the same as an AX20 unless you buy it from Walmart where the AX1800 is different. Who's the marketing genius?
What's the difference in the AX1800 from Amazon and Walmart?
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While the AC1750 TPlink is a great router, its just so late in the wifi 5 game that its hard to recommend. The AX1800 for a standard house hold where the router can be centralized will have good coverage and provide speeds with proper clients far exceeding the speeds of the AC1750.

So if I had to pick one, it would be the more future proof AX1800.
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While the AC1750 TPlink is a great router, its just so late in the wifi 5 game that its hard to recommend. The AX1800 for a standard house hold where the router can be centralized will have good coverage and provide speeds with proper clients far exceeding the speeds of the AC1750.

So if I had to pick one, it would be the more future proof AX1800.
how does it compare to this one at $129.99

https://www.costco.com/tp-link-ar...18449.html
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how does it compare to this one at $129.99

https://www.costco.com/tp-link-ar...18449.html
The Costco one is better because it has MU-MIMO, this is needed if you plan to have a lot of devices on the router (Wifi Home automations). I have the Walmart edition and currently it's a bit struggling with 33 devices (28 on 2.4 Ghz and 5 on 5 GHz)
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The Costco one is better because it has MU-MIMO, this is needed if you plan to have a lot of devices on the router (Wifi Home automations). I have the Walmart edition and currently it's a bit struggling with 33 devices (28 on 2.4 Ghz and 5 on 5 GHz)
How can you tell if your router is struggling?
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how does it compare to this one at $129.99

https://www.costco.com/tp-link-ar...18449.html
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The Costco one is better because it has MU-MIMO, this is needed if you plan to have a lot of devices on the router (Wifi Home automations). I have the Walmart edition and currently it's a bit struggling with 33 devices (28 on 2.4 Ghz and 5 on 5 GHz)

This is a tough one cause the C4000 was and is a great wifi 5 router, and yes it does have MU-MIMO but more importantly its triband, which gives it an edge just cause of that alone.

Unfortunately the AX20 is better in a couple other ways, one its a quad core processor. The better the CPU the more capable the router is, and the C4000 is a dual core. The other thing the AX20 has going for it is OFDMA which is a technology which is actually what is great and needed for when you have tons of low band width devices such as IOT devices using bandwidth at home. At least thats the marketing hype, but still getting worked out.

Also you mentioned the AX20 as not having MU-MIMO that would be incorrect it does have it, MU-MIMO is a standard technology introduced with the AX wifi 6 standard. I am not sure why its not listed on the product pages on some retailers, but its clearly listed on the TP-Link website. Linking it below:

https://www.tp-link.com/sg/home-n...cher-ax20/

Overall I still would pick the AX20-AX1800 cause its more future proof as the technology matures further.
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The Costco one is better because it has MU-MIMO, this is needed if you plan to have a lot of devices on the router (Wifi Home automations). I have the Walmart edition and currently it's a bit struggling with 33 devices (28 on 2.4 Ghz and 5 on 5 GHz)
In other words you're saying mid-high end WiFi 5 > lowest end WiFi 6 router
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How can you tell if your router is struggling?
It drops devices and sometime reboot the whole 2.4 GHz band. Frankly, my next upgrade will be a mesh wifi-6 . I am waiting for the black friday deal for them. Another thing to note for the wifi-home-automators, if you don't want your love ones to pull their hair from wifi dropping, make sure they are using the 5 GHz Smilie.
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It drops devices and sometime reboot the whole 2.4 GHz band. Frankly, my next upgrade will be a mesh wifi-6 . I am waiting for the black friday deal for them. Another thing to note for the wifi-home-automators, if you don't want your love ones to pull their hair from wifi dropping, make sure they are using the 5 GHz Smilie.
do you think prices on Black Friday will be lower than the one on this thread and for this one:
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This is a tough one cause the C4000 was and is a great wifi 5 router, and yes it does have MU-MIMO but more importantly its triband, which gives it an edge just cause of that alone.

Unfortunately the AX20 is better in a couple other ways, one its a quad core processor. The better the CPU the more capable the router is, and the C4000 is a dual core. The other thing the AX20 has going for it is OFDMA which is a technology which is actually what is great and needed for when you have tons of low band width devices such as IOT devices using bandwidth at home. At least thats the marketing hype, but still getting worked out.

Also you mentioned the AX20 as not having MU-MIMO that would be incorrect it does have it, MU-MIMO is a standard technology introduced with the AX wifi 6 standard. I am not sure why its not listed on the product pages on some retailers, but its clearly listed on the TP-Link website. Linking it below:

https://www.tp-link.com/sg/home-n...cher-ax20/

Overall I still would pick the AX20-AX1800 cause its more future proof as the technology matures further.
Do the AX20 and C4000 have bands other than 2.3 GHz?
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Is this like a modem? I have a modem that can go up to 500mbps. Do I need this? Thanks 👍
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Is this like a modem? I have a modem that can go up to 500mbps. Do I need this? Thanks 👍
This connects to your modem so you can have wireless internet
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