Honest Review: Tp Link Archer A6

Hello there! I write articles every day about product reviews and fixing things. Today I am reviewing routers. The model is the Tplink Archer A6 (Indian version). I have been using this router for two months (bought in April 2021).

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Why I Buy Tplink Archer A6

I'm using a Tplink w9970 router, and I'm not at all satisfied with the Wi-Fi range. I also have a problem with Bluetooth interference. So, I'm thinking of buying a dual-band router so that it can solve my problem quickly.

In case you don't know, 5 GHz Wi-Fi resolves Bluetooth and Wi-Fi interference quickly, so I decided to go with this router. I also had a small issue with latency with the W9970.

Specifications of Tplink Archer A6

  • Dual-band Wi-Fi with four antennas with one internal antenna
  • MU-MIMO technology (unusable in my case)
  • Gigabit LAN and WAN ports
  • 5 GHz Max speed: 870 Mbps and 2 GHz max speed is 300 Mbps
  • Great router configuration page
  • One Mesh (untested, will update here)
  • Smart connect (share the same SSID, fastest connected device)
  • Five LEDs on the front end (power, 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi, 5 GHz Wi-Fi, internet, LAN)
  • Qualcomm Chipset
  • Support WPA3

Is there a difference between latency and speed?

If I tell the truth, yes. There is a slight difference in latency compared to the W9970 router. If I say correctly, there is a 2ms lower latency than the W9970. My ISP plan is 40 Mbps, so there is no noticeable speed difference.

Overall, all larger packets can now be transferred smoothly with slightly better connection stability.

What About Wi-Fi Coverage?

Wi-Fi coverage has increased significantly. If I compare it to the W9970, the overall Wi-Fi coverage has increased by about 10% percent. The 5 GHz range is relatively lower than the 2.4 GHz radio.

Overall coverage is good.

Router Configuration Page

Well, I was impressed with the router settings page. This is a good upgrade from the W9970. Same page performance but with more features. Let's see. Before looking into it, I'm just showing you the new stuff I found in it. I won't describe the features the W9970 already has here because it's too old.

You will see a page like the image below when logging in. So, what I like is that you can now log in with your TP-link ID too.

The home page of the router configuration page is impressive. It has a nice visualization of what's going on inside the router. You can see the image below about the front page of the page.

On the status page, you can see CPU load and memory usage.

Now, let's take a look at the features I like are access point mode and router mode. You can use the router as an access point or as a router. But I use it as a router.

Pint mode access is useful if you have another router and want to extend wireless coverage. You can use it if you only have a modem.

Smart Connection

Smart Connect is an excellent feature that I like the most. What it does is it creates the same SSID of 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi. So, what will your device do which will automatically connect/switch to the fastest network. You know that 5 GHz has a lower range.

When you are in a closer router area, your device will automatically connect to the 5 GHz network for better speed.

Parental supervision

I like the parental control feature. You can now control the internet on the desired IP. It keeps track of what websites are used the most. You can also block websites and block internet access too.

QoS

Well, TP-link has destroyed bandwidth control. They added the QoS thing. In QoS feature, you can prioritize devices for better speed.

It has a VPN server feature where you can create your VPN server with OpenVPN.

It has a smart life assistant feature which is supported with Alexa. (Untested)

Excellent traffic monitor. You can see in the image that it tracks all the devices on the network and shows the exact data consumed. You can also view real-time data consumption.

All other features are not that great, in my perception.

Last words

If you're using an older router (5 years older), this router is a great upgrade; otherwise there is no point in buying it. If you do not have budget problems, then it is worth using other high-end models.

Comment below, which router do you have.

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