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TP-Link ARCHER AX80 is a Wifi 6 Router with 2.5gbps WAN port. Powered by 2.0ghz quad core processor this router also has usb 3.0 inbuilt and 4 gigabits port. This Archer AX80 has 8 antenna with spider like looks.

Tp-Link Archer AX80 Wifi Router Specifications:
AX6000 Wifi 6 Router
1X 2.5gbps WAN Port
3GBPS wifi speed 160mhz channel
4x 1gbps LAN port
802.11ax 802.11ac 802.11N support
1X USB 3.0 Port
2ghz quad core processor
OFDMA and MU-MIMO support
One Mesh support
Homeshield antivirus and anti-malware protection
Full Parental control

I’m hoping this Archer AX80 is as reliable as my old Tp-Link. I have high hopes.

Setup was a bit tricky at first. I could not get it to connect to the internet after several reboots. The indicator light remained solid red when it should have turned solid blue. This turned out to be user error. I did not read the part in the instructions informing me to power down my cable modem before turning this bad boy on. Cycling my cable modem resolved my issue.

The configuration was simple using the setup wizard. I was a bit confused as to why I didn’t see 2 networks (one for 2.4ghz and one for 5ghz) when I first when to test the Wifi connection. It turns out that a feature of the router called Smart Connect is enabled by default. Smart Connect allows each of the router’s wireless bands to use the same wireless settings. The router can balance network demand and assign devices to the optimum band. For my purposes I would rather see both bands broadcast separately and decided which one I want to connect to for my needs. As a result, I disabled this feature within Advanced > Wireless > Wireless Settings

With this being a new router to the market, I was surprised to see that there was already a firmware update. I was able to install it without issue.

For what it’s worth, I utilized the 1 Gbps port for my purposes as I only get 800Mbps into my home. I can’t speak to the faster 2.5 Gbps port.

Regarding signal strength and speed. I live in a 3,500 square foot home that is “newer construction” – about 20 years old (just to give you a sense of the materials). The router is located 6 feet off the ground in my basement (where my home office is). Using my iPhone + SpeedTest as my tester I did multiple tests throughout my home on the 5Ghz band. Within a few feet of the router I get about 700Mbps which is on-par with what I was getting on my old router. The further place from the router (2nd floor master bedroom) I’m getting between 90-100Mbps. All other places are 100Mbps+. I’m very happy with these results over the vertical / horizontal distances.

If my experience with this router (better or worse) changes in any significant way, I will be sure to come back here and update this review.

From a Satisfied user….

We rate AX80 router 4.5 star out of 5 as it is future ready though it lacks 6ghz band aka wifi-6E. However with AX6000 speeds it got enough wireless bandwidth to fully achieve 2.5gbps port speed if you have client with ax6000 wifi speed support. USB 3.0 with quad core processor gives you compatibility and processing power for all nas/print and server support. With Tp-link one mesh support you can buy any tp-link wifi-6 repeater for full mesh router capabilities to extend the wifi network.