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2023 Amazon Black Friday and Cyber Monday (November 24-27): Worthy Wi-Fi and Storage Deals

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Amazon’s 2023 end-of-year sale event runs from November’s last Friday till its last Monday, the 27. It includes Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

These days are when you’ll find, well, great deals on stuff you want to buy. I don’t know about other things, but you’ll find deals on Wi-Fi and storage devices you’ve been looking for in this post — those I’ve tested and would use for myself.

With that, let’s make the most out of your hard-earned money!

Dong’s note: In case you’re not aware, I may earn Amazon affiliate commissions from permanent purchases originating from links in this article or any posts within this website, for that matter, all at no additional cost to you.

Amazon Black Friday 2023 Epic Deals
The 2023 Amazon Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale event runs from November 24 to 27.

Amazon Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals: Tips on how to make the most out of them

To take advantage of these Amazon Deals, you need three things:

A. Get a Prime Membership

If you’re not already a Prime user, click here to sign up.

An Amazon membership offers a lot more than just free 2-day shipping. It includes streaming (Prime Video and Amazon Music), Amazon storage with unlimited photos and 5TB of video, discounts on groceries (Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods), and much more.

You have a couple of options:

  • The standard plan costs $14.99/month or $139/year with a 30-day free trial.
  • The Prime Student plan costs $7.49/month or $69/year with a 6-month free trial.
  • If you’re qualified for government assistance, you can get a discounted plan of $6.99/month with a 30-day free trial.

As noted, all of these options come with a free trial. You won’t be charged during this time or judged if you cancel the membership before the trial ends. In this case, all the benefits you’ve enjoyed during the trial remain yours to keep.

But since the membership has a lot to offer, you might want to keep it anyway.

B. Get loaded and be responsible

The Prime membership is only the first step. You’ll still need to pay for the stuff you need. And that’s the key. Make sure that’s what you need and not something you buy simply because it’s a “deal”. A deal is only a deal when you have a legitimate use for it.

When to place a router? The answer might surprise you!

And then get loaded — set aside some cash. Don’t spend the money you don’t have. But you already know that.

C. The safe lists of Wi-Fi and storage devices to take home during Amazon Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale event

And this is the hardest part. There are so many options.

Generally, it’s best to get them all, but that’d violate the #2 above. Plus, we all have limited space at home. The more stuff you have, the less room you’ll have for yourself and your loved ones, while the mortgage or rent remains the same — that’s definitely a bad deal.

This is where the lists below come into play. They include what I’d consider for myself if I needed something in networking and digital storage today. Need to make a quick decision? The Table of Contents will help.

1. Amazon Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals on standalone Wi-Fi routers and extenders

The table below lists these devices side by side for easy comparison – you’ll need to scroll horizontally.

TP Link Archer AX6000 Router TP Link Archer AX11000 Router 18 TP Link Archer AX73 Wi Fi 6 Routers front TP Link Archer BE9300 BE550 Linksys MR7500 AXE6600 Hydra Pro 6E Routers Feature Photo Synology RT2600ac 6 Asus RT AX88U Pro Router TP Link AXE300 Wi Fi 6E Quad band Router other retail TP Link RE715X Wi Fi 6 Range Extender mounted ARRIS W6B SURFboard THRUSTER Gaming Acceleration Kit Front Netgear RAX120 Router
NameTP-Link Archer AX6000’s RatingTP-Link Archer AX11000’s RatingTP-Link Archer AX73’s Rating TP-Link Archer BE550/Archer BE9300’s RatingLinksys MR7500 AXE6600 Hydra Pro’s RatingSynology RT2600ac’s RatingAsus RT-AX88U Pro’s Rating TP-Link Archer AXE300’s RatingTP-Link RE715’s RatingARRIS W6B Surfboard Thruster Wi-Fi 6E Kit’s RatingNetgear Nighthawk RAX120’s Rating
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TP-Link Archer AX6000: 31% off at $151

TP-Link Archer AX6000's Rating

8.1 out of 10
TP Link Archer 6000 Box
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
8 out of 10
Design and Setup
7.5 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

Fast and reliable Wi-Fi performance

2.5 Gbps WAN port with eight Gigabit LAN ports

160 MHz channel bandwidth support

Excellent QoS and Parental Control features

Robust web user interface, helpful mobile app

USB-C ready, wall-mountable

Cons

No multi-gig LAN port

Bulky design

Not mesh-ready

Certain functions of the interface could use some improvement

Mobile app requires a login account


TP-Link RE715X OneMesh Range Extender: 13% off at $104.99

TP-Link RE715's Rating

7.6 out of 10
TP Link RE715X Wi Fi 6 Range Extender mounted
Performance
7.5 out of 10
Features
7 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
8 out of 10

Pros

Versatile and easy to use; can work as an extender, an access point, or a OneMesh satellite

160MHz support, reliable performance with decent data rates and coverage

Convenient design, full web interface

Cons

No wired backhauling as a OneMesh satellite

Super-bulky, no pass-through socket

Slow performance as a standard extender with virtual MAC address issue.


TP-Link Archer AXE300: 26% off at $444.80

TP-Link Archer AXE300's Rating

8.5 out of 10
TP Link AXE300 Wi Fi 6E Quad band Router other retail box
Performance
9 out of 10
Features
8 out of 10
Design and Setup
8 out of 10
Value
9 out of 10

Pros

Top-tier hardware with excellent performance; three flexible Multi-Gig ports and LAN Link Aggregation support

Robust web user interface; lots of network and Wi-Fi settings and a handful of valuable features for home users

Comparatively cheaper than competitors

Wall-mountable; useful optional mobile app; OneMesh-ready

Cons

No option for Gigabit WAN, Dual-WAN, or fast mesh with wired backhauling

HomeShield Pro requires a subscription, mobile app, and login account

Bulky design, the USB port's performance could be better


ASUS RT-AX88U Pro: 23% off at $229.99

Asus RT-AX88U Pro's Rating

8.8 out of 10
Asus RT AX88U Pro Router
Performance
9 out of 10
Features
10 out of 10
Design and Setup
8 out of 10
Value
8 out of 10

Pros

Excellent Wi-Fi, wired, and network storage performance

Tons of useful features, including AiMesh 2.0 and Pro-only Guest Network Pro and VLAN

Two 2.5GbE Multi-Gig ports with Dual-WAN and Link Aggregation support

Universal setting backup and restoration

Merlin firmware support

Cons

Pro-enabled features are still in the Beta

Only 6 network ports (instead of 9 in the previous variant)

No Wi-Fi 6E, not wall-mount-ready


TP-Link Archer AX73: 20% off at $159.97

TP-Link Archer AX73's Rating

8 out of 10
TP Link Archer AX73 Wi Fi 6 Routers front
Performance
8 out of 10
Features
7.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

Fast Wi-Fi with an excellent range

160MHz Channel width support

Comparatively affordable

Standard web interface with lots of useful settings

Wall-mountable

Cons

Fluctuating Wi-Fi speeds

Mobile app and login account required for advanced features

Mobile app not reliable

Write performance for network storage when hosting a portable drive could be better


ARRIS Surfboard W6B: 32% off at $209.30 

ARRIS W6B Surfboard Thruster Wi-Fi 6E Kit's Rating

6.8 out of 10
ARRIS W6B SURFboard THRUSTER Gaming Acceleration Kit Front
Performance
8 out of 10
Features
4 out of 10
Ease of Use
9 out of 10
Value
6 out of 10

Pros

Reliable and relatively fast 6GHz performance

Quickly connect a wired device to a network when wiring is not possible

2.5Gbps Multi-Gig port, compact design; completely pug-and-play

Cons

No support for Wi-Fi clients, zero customization

Expensive

No 5Gbps or faster port; performance could be better


TP-Link Archer BE550: 10% off at $269.99

TP-Link Archer BE550/Archer BE9300's Rating

8 out of 10
TP-Link Archer BE9300 BE550
Performance
8 out of 10
Features
7.5 out of 10
Design and Setup
8 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

Wi-Fi 7 and Multi-Gig support; competitively priced

Robust web user interface; lots of network and Wi-Fi settings

Useful (optional) mobile app; EasyMesh-ready; compact and practical design

Cons

No 10Gbps ports or Dual-WAN; Ethernet discrepancy in Archer BE9300 model; limited EasyMesh hardware

Online protection and advanced parental controls require a HomeShield Pro subscription

Wi-Fi performance for legacy devices and overall range could be better; internal fan

Unnecessary variants with incorrect product descriptions


Linksys Hydra Pro MR7500: 29% off at $199.99

Linksys MR7500 AXE6600 Hydra Pro's Rating

7.3 out of 10
Linksys MR7500 AXE6600 Hydra Pro 6E Routers Feature Photo
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
7.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
5 out of 10

Pros

Wi-Fi 6E-ready

Simple design with 5Gbps WAN port

Robust web interface, helpful (optional) mobile app

Wall-mountable

Cons

Hugely overpriced

6GHz band requires Gig+ or faster Internet to be useful

Slow 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands

Limited Wi-Fi settings, mobile app coercion

No Multi-Gig LAN port, Dual-WAN or Link Aggregation

Buggy and slow NAS performance when hosting a storage device


TP-Link Archer AX11000: 31% off at $239.99

TP-Link Archer AX11000's Rating

8.4 out of 10
TP Link Archer AX11000 Router 18
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
8 out of 10
Design and Setup
9 out of 10
Value
8 out of 10

Pros

Fast and reliable Wi-Fi performance

2.5 Gbps WAN port with eight Gigabit LAN ports

160 MHz channel bandwidth support

Excellent, Antivirus, QoS, and Parental Control features

Robust full web user interface, helpful mobile app

Eye-catching and convenient hardware design

USB-C ready, wall-mountable

Cons

Misleading gaming veneer, no actual gaming-specific features

No multi-gig LAN port, bulky design

Not mesh-ready (at launch)

Artificial" "Game" items make the interface unnecessarily confusing

Mobile app requires a login account


Netgear RAX120 Wi-Fi 6 Router: 56% off at $199.99

Netgear Nighthawk RAX120's Rating

8.1 out of 10
Netgear RAX120 Router
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
7.5 out of 10
Design and Setup
9 out of 10
Value
7.5 out of 10

Pros

Powerful hardware, fast performance

Beautiful design

Multi-Gig network port (5Gbps)

Well-organized web user interface

Ultra-fast network storage performance

Cons

Expensive

No online protection, gaming, or mesh features

A bit bulky


Synology RT2600ac: 30% off at $119.99

Synology RT2600ac's Rating

8.7 out of 10
Synology RT2600ac 6
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
9.9 out of 10
Design and Setup
8 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

Advanced firmware with a vast amount of network settings and features

Fast and reliable Wi-Fi performance

Ability to host a robust mesh system

Can turn one of its LAN ports into a second WAN port

Powerful online protection features

Cons

Can't work as a mesh satellite

Slow network storage speed when hosting an external drive

No link aggregation


2. Amazon Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals on Wi-Fi mesh systems

SURFboard mAX 6E Mesh System out of Linksys MX5 Underside 1 ROG Rapture GT6 front and side Orbi RBK752 Label TP Link Deco X55 Pro WiFi6 Mesh System Asus ZenWiFi Pro ET12 2 TP Link Deco XE200 AXE11000 Whole Home Mesh Wi Fi 6E System 2 Pack Asus ZenWiFi AX Hybrid XP4 is quite large 1 TP Link Deco XE75 AXE5400 Tri Band Mesh Wi Fi 6E System 10
Name ARRIS SURFboard mAX 6E AX6600’s RatingLinksys MX10 Velop AX’s RatingAsus ROG Rapture GT6’s Rating Netgear Orbi RBK750 Series’ RatingTP-Link Deco X55 Pro’s RatingAsus ZenWiFi Pro ET12’s RatingTP-Link Deco XE200’s RatingAsus ZenWiFi AX Hybrid XP4’s RatingTP-Link Deco XE75’s Rating
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ARRIS Surfboard mAX 6E W161: 30% off at  $349.99

ARRIS SURFboard mAX 6E AX6600's Rating

6 out of 10
SURFboard mAX 6E Mesh System out of Box
Performance
7 out of 10
Features
4 out of 10
Design and Setup
6 out of 10
Value
7 out of 10

Pros

Support Wi-Fi 6E and 2.5Gbps WAN; decent performance and Wi-Fi coverage

Compact, fan-less, practical design

Cons

The SURFboard Central app is a disaster; no web user interface

Fluctuating performance; limited settings and features; no wired backhauling

Only two network ports per unit; single Multi-Gig port


TP-Link Deco X55 Pro: 20% off at $239.99

TP-Link Deco X55 Pro's Rating

8.3 out of 10
TP Link Deco X55 Pro WiFi6 Mesh System
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
7.5 out of 10
Design and Setup
8 out of 10
Value
9 out of 10

Pros

Reliable Wi-Fi coverage; top mid-tier performer via wired backhauling; dual 2.5GBASE-T ports

Ease to use; helpful mobile app with a standard set of network settings and feature

Simple, practical design

Cons

Middling Wi-Fi specs with modest performance via wireless backhauling

Requires an account with TP-Link to work; limited Wi-Fi and network customization

No USB; not wall-mountable


Linksys MX12600: 12% off at $379.99

Linksys Velop MX12600's Rating

8.3 out of 10
Linksys Velop MX4200 Mesh Router 11
Performance
8 out of 10
Features
8 out of 10
Ease of Use
8.5 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

Reliable Wi-Fi with excellent coverage

Helpful mobile app, full web interface

Fast NAS speeds when hosting external drives

Comparatively affordable

Cons

No support for 160MHz channel bandwidth

Mobile app (and login account) required for initial mesh setup

Spartan Wi-Fi settings, modest feature set

No multi-gig network ports, Dual-WAN, or Link Aggregation

No setting backup/restore


ASUS ZenWiFi Pro ET12: 13% off at $699.99 (2-pack) or 16% off at $359.99 (single unit)

Asus ZenWiFi Pro ET12's Rating

8.4 out of 10
Asus ZenWiFi Pro ET12
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
10 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
7 out of 10

Pros

Wi-Fi 6E-ready, extensive Wi-Fi coverage with top performance in specific setups with possible fas Wi-Fi performance in certain setups

Dual Multi-Gig ports with multi-Gigabit wired backhauling, flexible port configurations

Excellent performance and coverage as a standalone router

Tons of useful features and settings, flexible Wi-Fi customization

Helpful mobile app, no login account required

Cool design

Cons

Bulky, no USB, only four network ports

Fluctuating performance as a fully wireless mesh due to the lack of a dedicated backhaul band

Short 6GHz range

Expensive, not wall-mountable


Asus Rog Rapture GT6: 10% off at $429.99 (2-pack) or 12% off at $219.99 (single unit)

Asus ROG Rapture GT6's Rating

8.3 out of 10
ROG Rapture GT6 front and side
Performance
8 out of 10
Features
9 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
8 out of 10

Pros

Excellent Wi-Fi performance and coverage, UNII-4 support

Tons of useful features and settings, including built-in gaming features

AiMesh 2.0 full support, helpful mobile app, no login account required

Compact and good looking, USB port

Cons

Single 2.5Gbps WAN-only port

Buggy (initial release) firmware

Slow network storage performance when hosting a USB portable drive; not wall-mountable


TP-Link Deco XE200: 38% off at $499.99

TP-Link Deco XE200's Rating

8.1 out of 10
TP Link Deco XE200 AXE11000 Whole Home Mesh Wi Fi 6E System 2 Pack
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
6.5 out of 10
Design and Setup
9 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

10Gbps port, 6GHz support, top-tier Wi-Fi, reliable Wi-Fi performance with extensive coverage

Easy to use; comparatively affordable

Good-looking

Cons

Single Multi-Gig port, spartan Wi-Fi, and network customization

Fluctuating Wi-Fi speeds, Mobile app, and login account required; HomeShield Pro costs money

No USB port, impractical design


ASUS ZenWiFi AX XP4 Hybrid: 22% off at $179.99 (2-pack) or 17% off at $99.99 (single unit)

Asus ZenWiFi AX Hybrid XP4's Rating

7.8 out of 10
Asus ZenWiFi AX Hybrid XP4 is quite large 1
Performance
7 out of 10
Features
8.5 out of 10
Design and Setup
7.5 out of 10
Value
8 out of 10

Pros

Reliable performance via wireless and wired backhaul

Excellent set of features, including full AiMesh 2.0, built-in Powerline support, pre-synced hardware

Relatively affordable

Cons

Temperamental and slow Powerline connection, no 160MHz channel width support

No Multi-Gig port or Link Aggregation

Only three network ports per router, not wall-mountable, a bit bulky


TP-Link Deco AXE5400 (a.k.a Deco XE75): 29% off at $319.99

TP-Link Deco XE75's Rating

8 out of 10
The TP-Link Deco XE75 AXE5400 Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi 6E System
Performance
8 out of 10
Features
6.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8.5 out of 10
Value
9 out of 10

Pros

Wi-Fi 6E-ready with reliable and extensive coverage

Affordable

Easy to use

Cons

No Multi-Gig port, Link Aggregation, or Dual-WAN

TP-Link login account and mobile app required

No real, local web-based management

Only three network ports on each unit


Netgear CBK752: 38% off at $399.99

Netgear Orbi RBK750 Series' Rating

8.5 out of 10
Orbi RBK752 Label
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
8 out of 10
Ease of Use
8.5 out of 10
Value
9 out of 10

Pros

Reliable Wi-Fi with extensive coverage

Relatively affordable

Practical, well-designed mobile app

Support WAN 2Gbps Link Aggregation

Full web interface with all standard settings and features

Cons

No 160MHz channel support, limited Wi-Fi customization

Incompatible with Wi-Fi 5 Orbi hardware

Few LAN ports; No Multi-Gig, Dual-WAN, LAN Link Aggregation, or USB port

The fast 5GHz band only works as backhaul, even in a wired setup


3. Amazon Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals on solid-state drives

The table below lists these devices side by side for easy comparison – you’ll need to scroll horizontally.

WD Red SA500 Hand Micron Crucial X10 Pro in Hand Micron Crucial T700 PCIe 5.0 NVMe SSDs WD BLACK SN850X 1 2 SanDisk Extreme 2020 4 SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD 10 Synology BeeDrive in hand
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