Scores (out of 10)
|Coverage and Range
Our Score: 9 out of 10
As an experienced technical reviewer, I’ve thoroughly tested the TP-Link Archer AX90 WiFi Router (AX6600), and I’m impressed by its exceptional performance and comprehensive features. This tri-band router effortlessly handles the demands of even the most bandwidth-intensive households, ensuring a seamless and stable connection for all your devices.
Upon removing the TPLink Archer AX90 WiFi Router from its packaging, you’ll be greeted by a sleek and stylish device with a modern and understated aesthetic. The router features a black, angular chassis with eight high-gain antennas that subtly blend into the design. The front panel is adorned with a subtle TP-Link logo, while the back houses various ports and connectivity options.
The Archer AX90’s remarkable long-range capabilities were evident from the moment I set it up. Its eight powerful antennas, combined with beamforming technology and a dedicated signal booster, effectively blanketed my two-story house with a strong and consistent Wi-Fi signal. Even in the farthest reaches of my home, I experienced no signal drops or performance degradation.
Dedicated Signal Booster
To further amplify its coverage capabilities, the TP-Link Archer AX90 features a dedicated signal booster. This innovative feature helps to penetrate walls and obstacles, ensuring that even the most remote corners of your home receive strong Wi-Fi signals. This was particularly evident in my testing, where I found that the dedicated signal booster significantly improved Wi-Fi connectivity in areas that were previously weak or unreliable.
The TPLink Archer AX90’s eight high-gain antennas work in synergy to deliver a powerful and uniform Wi-Fi signal throughout your home. These antennas, positioned strategically to cover different areas, effectively combat signal attenuation and ensure that every corner of your home receives the strength it needs.
I’ve had the privilege of testing a wide range of home network security technologies. However, the TP-Link HomeShield security suite stands out as a truly exceptional offering, revolutionizing home network protection with its comprehensive four-pronged approach: Network Security, Parental Controls, QoS, and Comprehensive Reporting.
HomeShield’s network security component is a formidable fortress that shields your home network from a myriad of online threats. This includes real-time threat detection, which utilizes cutting-edge technology to identify and neutralize malicious websites, applications, and data packets before they can wreak havoc on your devices or network.
Many IoT devices lack native antivirus protection, making them vulnerable to intrusion and data breaches. HomeShield’s IoT security feature proactively scans your network for vulnerable IoT devices and provides recommendations for strengthening their security, ensuring that your connected ecosystem remains protected.
Parental control empowers you to establish time limits, filter websites, and block specific apps, fostering responsible and safe internet usage for your young ones. This comprehensive approach ensures that your children can explore the online world while staying within the boundaries of parental guidance.
Prioritizes devices and applications, ensuring that those that require high bandwidth, such as gaming or video streaming, receive the necessary resources without compromising the performance of others.
Its comprehensive reporting module generates detailed reports that analyze device connections, traffic usage, and potential security vulnerabilities. This data-driven approach empowers you to identify and address network issues promptly, maintaining optimal performance and security.
The TP-Link Archer AX90 (AX6600) is a high-performance router that promises to deliver blazing-fast speeds and comprehensive coverage throughout your home. To evaluate these claims, I conducted a comprehensive testing of the router using iperf, speedtest.net, and InSSIDer.
Testing Methodology for iperf
iperf is a network performance measurement tool that can be used to test the maximum achievable throughput between two devices. In this test, I used two laptops running Windows 10 to test the maximum throughput between the laptops using the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. The laptops were connected to TP-Link AX6600 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands, respectively. The test was conducted at three different locations in my home: the basement, the first floor, and the second floor.
|2.4 GHz (Mbps)
|5 GHz (Mbps)
|Basement to Basement
|Basement to First Floor
|Basement to Second Floor
As you can see, the router is capable of delivering consistent speeds of over 800 Mbps even in areas with thick walls or obstructions. I would highly recommend this router to anyone looking for a router that can provide blazing-fast Wi-Fi speeds throughout their home.
Testing Methodology for speedtest.net
Speedtest.net is a website that can be used to test the download, upload, and latency of your internet connection. In this test, I used my laptop to connect to the TP-Link Archer AX90 Wi-Fi Router (AX6600) and then opened the speedtest.net website to run a test. The test was conducted at three different locations in my home: the basement, the first floor, and the second floor.
|Download Speed (Mbps)
|Upload Speed (Mbps)
The 5GHz band is significantly faster than the 2.4GHz band, as it has more bandwidth available. This means that you can expect to get the best speeds for demanding applications, such as gaming and streaming video, by using the 5GHz band.
Testing Methodology for InSSIDer
InSSIDer is a software tool that can be used to monitor Wi-Fi signal strength and identify nearby Wi-Fi networks. In this test, I used my laptop to connect to the InSSIDer software and then scanned for Wi-Fi networks in my home. I recorded the RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indicator) for the TP-Link Archer AX6600 at three different locations in my home: the basement, the first floor, and the second floor.
The InSSIDer testing results show that the TP-Link Archer AX90 provides consistently strong Wi-Fi signal strength throughout the home. The router’s average RSSI is -58 dBm for the 5GHz band and -55 dBm for the 2.4GHz band. This means that the router’s signal is strong enough to penetrate walls and other obstacles, providing reliable Wi-Fi coverage even in areas with limited signal strength.
The TP-Link Archer AX90 Wi-Fi Router (AX6600) is a powerful and versatile router that provides exceptional long-range and speed performance. The router’s tri-band architecture allows for dedicated bands for high-bandwidth applications, making it ideal for streaming 4K video, gaming, and other demanding tasks. The router’s strong Wi-Fi signal strength ensures reliable coverage throughout homes with multiple devices and thick walls. I would highly recommend this router to anyone looking for a high-performance Wi-Fi network that can handle even the most demanding activities.
|Very Large Houses
|Security Level (1 to 10 )
|Parental Control Capabilities (1 to 10)
|Traffic Control Capabilities (1 to 10)
|2 (USB 3 and USB 2)
|OneMesh™,HomeShield, TP-Link DDNS
|1.5 GHz Quad-Core CPU
|12.2 × 8.1 × 6.8 in (311 × 207 × 174 mm)