TPLink Archer AX73 WiFi Router (AX5400)

A Cheap Package of The Best Features:

TPLink Archer AX73 supports WiFi 6 and has 2 frequency bands ( 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz) which serve the speed set of 5400Mbps totally. This router has 6 external antennas along with 4 LAN ports and one WAN port with a speed of 1Gbps.

Tp-Link company has used 2 of its own proprietary features in this router:

  1. HomeShield: is actually the exclusive security kit and solves all security concerns in a WiFi network connected to the Internet.
  2. OneMesh: is a proprietary MESH technology that can expand the wireless network and eliminate all blind spots by connecting equipment (Wirelessly) compatible with this technology (including wireless routers, extenders, access points, etc.).

$199.00

Frequency Bands:

TPLink Archer AX73 has 2 separate frequency bands . The 2.4Ghz frequency band with a speed of 575Mbps , The 5Ghz frequency band with a speed of 4804Mbps .

It allows you to manage various communications in the WiFi network. To have a better service, you can connect clients that need higher bandwidth to the 5Ghz frequency band (such as smart TVs and game consoles) and connect the rest of the users to the 2.4Ghz frequency band.

TPLink Archer AX73 WiFi  Range :

One of the main factors in choosing a suitable router is its coverage strength. Users try to choose a router that has more coverage. But technically, the coverage of a router depends on several factors, each of which increases the strength or quality of the signal.

  • Number and type of antennas:
    • This router has 6 High-Power external omni-directional antennas to cover more areas.
  • Use a signal booster
    • An signal-boosting array that increases the router’s antennas power.
  • Number of MU-MIMO streams
    • The 4*4 MU-MIMO that can send and receive 4 streams at the same time. Technically, the higher the number of streams, the router can serve more clients at the same time and also provide more bandwidth to them. (Currently, the number of streams in different routers is 2- 4-8 or 12)
  • The Beam-forming technology
    • This technology dramatically increases the coverage power and signal quality by focusing the signal on the users.

This Router is a VPN Server …!

One of the interesting features of this router is the existence of a VPN Server service. It’s good to mention that usually WiFi routers only have vpn service capability and can connect to a VPN Server as a VPN Client, but this router itself can work as a VPN Server.

As you know, In many cases we need to make servers or programs (e.g. Home or Office file server , VOIP or CCTV systems) within the network accessible from the Internet. (also known as Server Publishing). Which can be done in several ways.

The cybersecurity engineers recommend to use a VPN server on the internal network to handle this issue. But since setting up this server may be a bit complicated , it is usually not used.

 TPLink Archer AX73 has VPN Server capability. You can set up this server easily and with the least complexity possible. In this method it no longer requires to publish internal servers and programs directly on the Internet. Authorized Internet users who want to access the internal servers , can first connect to the router as VPN Client and then use them safely as an internal user.

Gigabit Ports:

All network ports on this router (including WAN, LAN) have speeds of 1Gbps, enabling the router to connect to the ISP at such an amazing speed and bring this great bandwidth into your home network.

Fantastic Security and Parental Control:

The “HomeShield” is a kit of security features include Antivirus,Parental control and QoS. This system protects your network and even IoT devices from all security risks and neutralizes them before they reach your network.

Read More: Who is On My WiFi Network?

At the other hand , one of the most useful features of a home WiFi router is parental control. This feature helps you control your children’s internet usage. The HomeShield provides you with appropriate management and control features, including:

  • Determining sites and content that are not allowed for children.
  • Allowed internet usage time for family members.
  • Determining the sleep time and off time (Internet is not available at this times).
  • Weekly/Monthly internet usage reports.

Expand Your WiFi Network Easily By OneMesh Technology:

There are several ways to expand your home or office WiFi network. The first solution that comes to your mind is to add a new router to the network and connect it to the first router with a network cable , or using a WiFi range extender. These solutions are applicable, but they reduce the quality of your communication to a great extent.

Mesh technology has been implemented to solve this problem, but not all routers support it. This technology is able to connect multiple routers Wirelessly and increase the coverage area of ​​your WiFi network without losing network quality.

TPLink company has a proprietary mesh technology called OneMesh, this technology is present on some router models of this company. (Same as this model). You can expand your WiFi network without any worries, just by buying a new router of the same model (or models compatible with this technology) and placing it in the network.

Read More : How To Extend WiFi Range

Easy Installation:

Setting up and managing TPLink Archer AX73 is very easy. As you know, this company has a dedicated app (called Tether) to install and manage some models of its WiFi routers. Fortunately, the tether App supports this router, allowing you to install and manage the router in the easiest way possible.

Conclusion:

Our experts have performed different tests on this Tplink WiFi router, including the bandwidth test, the capacity of the number of active clients, penetration test and etc. Finally, a price comparison was made with other WiFi 6 router. We give this router a score of 9 out of 10. This router is really worth buying.

Wireless Specifications
Wireless Standard 802.11ax (a/b/g/n/ac)
Bands Dual Band
Overal Speed 5400Mbps
Range Large House
Concurrent Clients 40 Clients
Antenna 6 External
Software Capabilities
Security Level (1 to 10 ) 9
Parental Control Capabilities (1 to 10) 8.5
Traffic Control Capabilities (1 to 10) 9
Guest Network Yes
Physical Ports
WAN Ports 1 (1Gbps)
LAN Ports 4 (1Gbps)
USB Ports 1× USB 3.0
Special Capabilities
Beamforming Technology Yes
MU-MIMO Technology Yes
Mesh Support Yes
Repeater Mode No
Vendor-Specific Technology Tp-Link OneMesh and HomeShield technologies
Hardware Specifications
Processor 1.5 GHz Quad-Core CPU
Memory 512MB RAM
Dimension 10.7 × 5.8 × 1.9 in (272.5 × 147.2 × 49.2 mm)
Weight 1.61lb

How to Setup by Web Browser

To set up TP Link Archer AX73 WiFi router , you should use the configuration web page, which is designed to be completely user friendly and simple.

  1. Connect Your Router to Modem
    • If your internet connection is through an Ethernet cable, connect the cable to the router’s Internet port. And if your internet connection uses a modem, Connect the modem to your router’s Internet port with an Ethernet cable.

TP-Link archer AX73 Installation

  1. Find the default SSID (Network Name) and Password printed on the label at the bottom of the router and connect to it.

TP-Link archer AX73 connect

  1. Log In to Your Router by typing http://tplinkwifi.net or 192.168.0.1 in your web browser’s ( Google Chrome/Firefox/Safari/Edge,…) address bar. Then you should create a password (for router’s management purposes) and click Let’s Get Started to log in.

TP-Link archer AX73 Login

    • Set up the TCP/IP Protocol in Obtain an IP address automatically mode on your computer.
    • Please note that most TP-Link devices (Routers and Modems) use 192.168.0.1 as default IP address and may conflict with each other. In such a situation, you can’t communicate with the router and you have to change the IP address of one of these devices.

 

  1. Go to Basic > Internet from the left panel and select your internet connection type from the drop-down list, Enter the required information and then click save.
    • There are 5 internet connection types Dynamic IP, Static IP, PPPOE , L2tp and PPTP. Most common model for internet connection, is the PPPOE connection , which requires a username and password from your ISP.

TP-Link archer AX73 PPPOE Connection

  1. Click the Network Map option from the left panel to check whether the internet is connected or not.

TP-Link archer AX73 Connection Status

  1. Click the Wireless Settings and enter your desired Network Name (SSID) and Password for your WiFi network.

TP-Link archer AX73 SSID Change

Read User’s Guide from the Useful Resources tab to learn how to configure the rest of the router’s functionality

How to Setup by Mobile App

TP-Link company has introduced a very practical App called “TP-Link Tether App”  for setting up and configuring some models of WiFi routers, including TP-Link Archer AX73.

This app allows you to manage all of your router’s management tasks in the simplest possible way. you can change the network name and password, router’s login password , update router’s firmware, etc.

  1. Download the app from Useful Resources tab.
  2. Connect to your router’s WiFi network .
    • Your router’s WiFi network name (SSID) and network key (password) are on the router
  3. Execute the Tether app on your mobile device. The dashboard displays.

  4. Tap a feature on the dashboard to view or change the settings.

Useful Resources

TP-Link Archer AX73 App and documents:

TP-Link Tether App download:

Documents :

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