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TP-Link Archer AXE75 Review: Solid Wi-Fi 6E Meets Affordability

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TP-Link's first standalone Wi-Fi 6E router, the Archer AXE75, errs on the affordability side, costing just $199.

That's the good news.

The not-so-good: it's also low hardware on the Wi-Fi 6E totem pole. The new Tri-band router has the same total Wi-Fi bandwidth—among its all three bands (2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz)—as the Dual-band Wi-Fi 6 router, the Archer AX73, which is 5400Mbps.

And if the whole thing about AXE75 and AX73 makes your head spin, things get more confusing. Together with the AXE75, TP-Link also announced the availability of the Archer AX75, a Tri-band Wi-Fi 6 router with the same total bandwidth.

You'll learn more about these confusingly named routers in this review, but to cut to the chase, the new Archer AXE75 is the only noteworthy one.

Most importantly, the new router is worth the reasonable price, all things considered, and will make an excellent choice for those looking to enter the world of Wi-Fi 6E without digging a hole in their wallet.

Dong's note: I first published this piece on July 21, 2022, as a preview and updated it to an in-depth review on July 26 after thorough hands-on testing.

The TP-Link Archer AXE75 shares the same design as the Archer AX73
The TP-Link Archer AXE75 shares the same design as the Archer AX73

TP-Link Archer AXE75: Wi-Fi 6E on the cheap

Since Wi-Fi 6E became commercially available in early 2021, TP-Link has been the company with many announcements about this new standard.

During CES 2022, it touted a list of new broadcasters, including the top-tier Archer AXE200, the Quad-band  Archer AXE300, and the super-cool AXE200 Omni.

Now, in the 2nd part of 2022, we've seen only the entry-level Deco XE75 and now the Archer AXE75; both have middling hardware specs and are relatively mundane in design. The AXE75 looks just like the AX73, physically.

But TP-Link has kept some of its promises, an improvement compared to the hardware it announced in early 2021, which all became vaporware. There's hope that the company will ship more products before the end of the year.

And while the new Archer AXE75's hardware is somewhat entry-level, that might be all most home users would need, and the router beat my expectations in testing—more below. So its low cost can only mean better, more widespread Wi-Fi 6 adaption.

With that, let's check out its specs.

Hardware specifications: TP-Link Archer AXE75 vs. Archer AX73 vs. Archer AX75

The Archer AXE75, Archer AX73, and Archer AX75 all share the same hardware design. It looks like a typical router with four antennas sticking up from the back, where the ports are, and two from each side.

ModelArcher AXE75Archer AX73Archer AX75
Dimensions10.7 × 5.8 × 1.9 in
(272.5 × 147.2 × 49.2 mm)
10.2 × 5.3 × 1.5 in 
(260.2 x 135.0 x 38.6 mm)
Weight1.61 lbs (734 g)xx)1.24 lbs (560 g)
Processor1.7 GHz Quad-Core CPU1.5 GHz Triple-Core CPU,
512MB RAM, 16MB Flash
Intel AnyWAN GRX350 SoC,
256MB RAM, 16MB Flash
Wi-Fi TechnologyTri-band
Dual-band AX5400Tri-Band
1st Band 
(channel width)
2x2 2.4GHz AX Up to 574Mbps
2nd Band
(channel width)
2x2 5GHz AX
Up to 2402Mbps
4x4 5GHz AX
Up to 4804Mbps
2x2 5GHz AX
Up to 2402Mbps
3rd Band
(channel width)
2x2 6GHz AXE
Up to 2402Mbps
None2x2 5GHz AX
Up to 2402Mbps
Backward Compatibility802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
Wireless SecurityWPA / WPA2 / WPA3
Web User InterfaceYes
Bridge ModeNo
AP ModeYes
Mesh-ReadyYes (OneMesh)
USB Port1x USB 3.0
Gigabit Port4x LAN, 
1x WAN
Multi-Gig PortNone
Link AggregationNoneYes (LAN1+LAN2)No
Dual-WAN SupportNo
Firmware Version
(at review)
1.0.5 Build 20220405 rel.80113(5553)not availablenot reviewed
Power Intake100-240V
Power Consumption
(over 24 hours)
≈ 170 Whnot testednot tested
U.S MSRP$199.99$199.99$199.99
TP-Link Archer AXE75 vs. Archer AX73 vs. Archer AX75: Hardware specifications

In terms of Wi-Fi, here's the breakdown:

  • All three share the same mid-range 2x2 Wi-Fi 6 specs on the 2.4GHz band, which caps at 574Mbps.
  • On the 5GHz (Wi-Fi 6):
    • Archer AX73: One top-tier (4x4) 5GHz band—4804Mbps.
    • Archer AX75: Two mid-tier (2x2) 5GHz bands—2402Mbps (each band).
    • Archer AXE75: One mid-tier (2x2) 5Ghz band—2402Mbps.
  • On the 6GHz (Wi-Fi 6E):
    • Archer AXE75: One mid-tier (2x2) 6GHz band - 2402Mbps.

When all their bands are added together, each router has a total bandwidth of 5400Mbps. In terms of Wi-Fi speed, each can be as fast as its fastest band since a Wi-Fi connection takes place on a single band simultaneously.

Since we only have 2x2 Wi-Fi 6 and 6E clients, chances are you'll get the same real-world speed from any of them in real-world usage.

Theoretically, the AX73 can use all of its 5GHz bandwidth (4804Mbps) on a single connection, but you won't experience that until 4x4 clients are available, if ever.

None of these routers has a Multi-Gig port. Consequently, they generally cap at 1Gbps—the speed of their Gigabit port.

Interestingly, all three share the same suggested retail price of $199, making the AXE75 the most affordable Wi-Fi 6E router yet.

TP-Link Archer AXE75: Detail photos

TP-Link Archer AXE75 Wi-Fi 6E Router out of the Box
The TP-Link Archer AXE75 Wi-Fi 6E router includes a power adapter and a network cable.

TP-Link Archer AXE75 Wi-Fi 6E Router Plastic Wrapping
Like other TP-Link routers, the Archer AXE75 has lots of unnecessary plastic wrappings.

TP-Link Archer AXE75 Wi-Fi 6E Router Front
The Archer AXE75 looks like a typical router with a shiny top, inheriting the design of the Archer AX73.

TP-Link Archer AXE75 Wi-Fi 6E Router Antennas
You can swivel the Archer AXE75's antennas half a sphere around.

TP-Link Archer AXE75 Wi-Fi 6E Router USB Port
The router has a USB 3.0 port on one side to host a storage device for its network storage features.

TP-Link Archer AXE75 Wi-Fi 6E Router Underside
Here's the underside of the TP-Link Archer AXE75. Note how it's wall mountable.

TP-Link Archer AXE75 Wi-Fi 6E Router Ports
The TP-Link Archer AXE75 has the usual four Gigabit LAN ports and one Gigabit WAN port. It has no Multi-Gig port.

TP-Link Archer AXE75 Wi-Fi 6E Router Retail box
The TP-Link Archer AXE75's retail box

Familiar firmware: TP-Link’s common features, network settings, and setup process

The Archer AXE75 shares the same Linux-based firmware as the rest of the Archer family. Consequently, you can set it up the way you do any router with a standard web user interface.

TP-Link Archer AXE75 Wi-Fi SettingsTP-Link Archer AXE75 Advanced Settings
The TP-Link Archer XE75 allows for lots of settings on its web interface. For Wi-Fi settings, it favors compatibility over performance, however.

Specifically, hook a computer to its LAN port and navigate a browser to the router's default IP address ( or, log in with the default password (admin), and the rest is self-explanatory.

Standard and useful network settings

The interface allows for standard network settings for any home network, including VPN (client or server), port management (forwarding, triggering, DMZ, etc.), basic access control via MAC address, and the ability to manage the network remotely via Dynamic DNS.

On top of that, like the case of the AX73 and many other ARcher routers, the AXE75 supports OneMesh, where you can add select extenders to form a mesh system, similar, though much less comprehensive, to the case of Asus's AiMesh.

I'm in the process of testing the Wi-Fi 6 OneMesh hardware. Check back for more on the separate post on this topic.

And then, the router can do even more, but not via its web user interface.

TP-Link Archer AXE75 HomeShieldTP-Link Archer AXE75 Remote Management
You can't use the web user interface to manage the Archer AXE75's (or any Archer router for that matter) HomeShield feature—you need the mobile app for that. But other than that feature, you can manage the router completely via the interface, including remote management via Dynamic DNS.

HomeShield requires a login account

Specifically, just like the case of the Deco family, such as the Deco XE75, the Archer AXE75 puts QoS, Parental Control, and online Protection as part of its Homeshield suite.

To use HomeShield, you must opt for the Tether mobile app and link the router with a TP-Link ID via an account with the vendor. After that, you can also manage the router remotely but logging in with the vendor generally translates into privacy risks.

HomeShield is available at the basic level—it's pretty thin. To enjoy it, you must opt for the Pro level, which costs $6/month or $55/year.

I tried the Tether app briefly, and it worked as intended. If you don't like the app or are concerned about privacy, you can unbind the router from the account and use the router strictly with its web user interface.

TP-Link and your privacy

Having to sign in with an account generally means your hardware connects to the vendor at all times, which translates into inherent privacy risks. On this matter, the Chinese networking company, among other things, insists that it is based in Hong Kong and offers this assurance:

"TP-Link takes privacy seriously and complies with U.S. policies to protect consumers."

TP-Link's Privacy Policy page.

Managing your home network via a third party is never a good idea. Privacy is a matter of degree. Data collection and handling vary vendor by vendor.

TP-Link Archer AXE75: Excellent performance (for the specs)

I didn't expect much from the Archer AXE75 due to its middling Wi-Fi specs and the lack of Multi-Gig ports. But considering its specs, the router did well in my testing.

The router had the same coverage as the AX73 on the 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands. You can expect it to blanket a home of roughly 2000 ft² (186 m²) when placed at the center. But your mileage will vary.

On the new 6GHz band, it was about the same as any other Wi-Fi 6E router. This band has a much shorter range than the other two and generally only works well when clients are within a line of sight.

The router passed my three-day stress test with no disconnection. It proved to be reliable.

TP-Link Archer AXE75 Mobile AppTP-Link Archer AXE75 Mobile App Requires Login
By default, the Tether mobile app can work without a login account and includes access to most of the router's settings and features. However, if you want to use HomeShield, a login account via TP-Link ID is required.

Gigabit-class Wi-Fi throughputs

In the way I test the Wi-Fi routers, the Archer AXE75's Wi-Fi speeds are limited by its network ports. Since the router has no Multi-Gig port, there's no way to see faster Wi-Fi speed than what comes into its Gigabit WAN or Gigabit LAN port.

TP-Link Archer AXE75 Wi-Fi Performance Close RangeTP-Link Archer AXE75 Wi-Fi Performance Long Range
The TP-Link Archer AXE75's Wi-Fi performance—close range (left) vs. long range—against other Wi-Fi 6E routers

And in testing, the router's 5GHz and 6GHz bands individually had sustained speeds equivalent to a wired Gigabit connection after overhead at a close range of 10 feet (3m) or closer. The rate degraded slightly at 40 feet (12 meters) out (within a line of sight), as shown on the charts.

As for Internet speed, in the best-case scenario, within 40 feet and a line of sight, I generally got between 500Mbps to 820Mbps on a Wi-Fi 6 laptop. For that anecdotal speed testing, the Archer AXE75 hosted a 10Gbps Fiber-optic broadband connection via its Gigabit WAN port.

TP-Link Archer AXE75 Internet Speed
TP-Link Archer AXE75's best-case scenario Internet speed via Wi-Fi when hosting a 10Gbps broadband connection

Clearly, without a Multi-Gig port, you can only expect the ARcher AXE75 to deliver sub-Gigabit connection speeds at best.

OK NAS performance (when hosting a portable SSD)

The Archer AXE75 did OK in my testing as a mini NAS server. When hosting a portable SSD, the WD My Passport, it delivered a read speed close to 100MB/s and a write speed over 50MB/s via a Gigabit wired connection.

The TP-Link Archer AXE75's network attached storage performance when hosting a portable SSD.
The TP-Link Archer AXE75's network attached storage performance when hosting a portable SSD.

These numbers were similar to the Archer AX73 and fast enough for casual network file sharing. Like other Archer routers, the AXE75 can work as the backup destination for Time Machine. In this case, it's only fast enough for one Mac at a time.

TP-Link Archer AXE75's Rating

8 out of 10
TP-Link Archer AXE75 Wi-Fi 6E Router Box
8 out of 10
8 out of 10
Ease of Use
7 out of 10
9 out of 10


Fast Wi-Fi performance; good range, affordable

Wi-Fi 6E support, 160MHz channel width on both 5GHz and 6GHz bands

Standard web interface with lots of useful settings, including Dynamic DNS-based remote management

Support Time Machine backup vis USB storage, wall-mountable, OneMesh-ready


Middling Wi-Fi specs, no Multi-Gig port

Mobile app and login account required for Parental Control, QoS, and online protection

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


The TP-Link Archer AXE75 AXE5400 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6E router doesn't have anything new to offer. For the most part, it's an entry-level router now with the support for Wi-Fi 6E, joining the pool of about a dozen others.

But it's the first that comes with a sub-$200 price tag (before taxes.) That plus the relative performance make it an excellent buy for those needing a new standalone router to host their modest sub-Gigabit broadband.

If you're among that crowd, get one today. If not, check out this list for more Wi-Fi 6E options.

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40 thoughts on “TP-Link Archer AXE75 Review: Solid Wi-Fi 6E Meets Affordability”

  1. Hi Mr. Ngo,

    I bought this router to use for PC game streaming to a Meta Quest 3. I am connecting it to my PC with a MSI X570 Tomahawk motherboard which has a Realtek 8125B 2.5Gbps LAN controller.

    Did I make the right choice? Is there a better option? (I can still return this one)

    Thank you very much!

      • Thank you for the reply.
        Would 2.5Gbps benefit the Quest PC streaming or just upload/downloads from the internet? My internet connection is only 300 Mbps.
        Also from what I have found, the maximum bitrate supported by the Quest software and hardware is 960Mbps. So the benefit for Quest PC streaming from a Wi-Fi 6e connection seems to primarily be for the sake of overcoming congested 5Ghz wireless signal environments. Would that be an accurate assessment?

  2. Hello. First time poster here so I apologize for any ignorance. I am having trouble deciding if I should go with the Archer Axe75 with a Re815xe extender or to go with the Deco Xe75/xe75 pro. Any help would be appreciated.
    Thank you.

      • Sorry I didn’t clarify correctly. I was wondering what would he better performance since they are similar in price. A pairing of Archer Axe75 and the Re815xe or a 2 pack of Deco xe75. If the performance is the same would it be worth it to go with Archer for the more in depth settings? Thank you for the fast reply and apologies.

        • In a wireless setup, they are similar if not the same, so I’d go with OneMesh to take advantage of the settings. If your place is wired, the Deco is the only option for wired backhauling. Read the reviews for more, you’d have better questions afterwards, too, if any.

          • Your reply has helped me a lot. I think I will go with the Deco. Although I do have a question I can’t seem to get confirmed from my research. Would I be able to connect 2.5gig to 2.5gig port on two Decos in Access point mode then ethernet backhaul on a 1gig port for each?
            Kevin C

          • Don’t search to confirm, Kevin. Search to understand. Looking to confirm will get you confirmation bias information and you’ll always be confused — more here. I honestly have no idea what you’re asking. Maybe you should read the review again and follow related links.

            Or start with this post. You’re at a no-nonsense zone and I can’t be responsible for stuff you’ve read/consumed elsewhere.

  3. Hi Dong – i need one wifi 6e router but also wanted to futureproof for expansion or relocation to a different home (3-level). How do i choose between Archer AXE75 vs Deco XE75 Pro? Both are now similarly priced in Amazon. I use it mostly wireless. Thanks!

  4. Great review! Helped me a lot, I currently have the AX73 and thought about “upgrading” to AXE75, but now I know for sure it isn’t really necessary

  5. Great write up as always. Price removed, would you switch to the AXE75 from an AX6000? I use the word switch in leu of upgrade as besides the 6ghz band, I’m not sure it’s an upgrade. Thoughts? Thank you!

  6. Looking at the AX73 or the AXE75 – is the AX73 faster in terms of WiFi performance (if I am only going to use the 2.4 + 5ghz bands) as it has 1x top tier 5ghz band vs 2 mid tier on the AXE75?

  7. Hi dong, need help.
    would this router be okay with a 1gb dl connection? I’m looking at this vs the rx82u..

    or would you recommend something else entirely to maximize the plan that i have?


    • Neither of those you mentioned is, Johnson. You need one with a Multi-Gig WAN port — a Gigabit port will not be able to deliver full Gigabit. So, I’d recommend the RT-AX86U or one of these.

      But if you don’t care about getting the full Gigabit then either you mentioned will do fine though the RT-AX82U is much more satisfying. Good luck!

  8. I recently bought the TP-Link AXE95 which is somewhat similar to the AXE75.

    On 5ghz there is no way to set the 40MHz channel width by itself. The only option has multiple channel width combined. Like 20/40 or 20/40/80. Is this how TP-Link routers are? Does it automatically choose the higher channel even if 20/40/80 are selected?

  9. Does this router support 5.9 Ghz? I did read pro/con list where you said it supports 160 mhz, but I want to make sure explicitly.

  10. Interestingly, TP-Link has a whole separate series of routers for its home market in mainland China, and another set for the rest of the world, namely the Archer series. It’s already launched and selling online two tri-band, mesh-capable Wifi 6E routers there since October 2021, an AXE7800-class and AXE11000-class. Both have SFP+ and 10GBase-T ports and use the same Qualcomm IPQ8072A 2.2Ghz Quad-core chipset as the Asus RT-AX89X. However, as the 6Ghz band hasn’t been approved for public use by authorities there, the routers are being marketed as ‘Super Wifi 6’ and ‘Wifi 6E-ready’ only. As per TP-Link’s products, pricing is quite attractive at less than 400 dollars and 800 dollars based on the exchange rate I Googled. However, the simple web GUI and dearth of firmware updates, again like most TP-Link’s consumer-grade networking gear, leave much to be desired.

      • Thanks Dong, I was actually wondering why TP-Link would only release/sell the Archer-series of routers in the US and the rest of the world while keeping a wider range of routers just for its own home market. Those two I mentioned above aren’t for sale anywhere else but mainland China. Agree with your view on broadcasting power and privacy. North America is the region with the highest maximum Wifi transmission power allowed by regulation at 1000mW I think, whereas mainland China’s is just 100mW. I remember reading on another forum that networking enthusiasts there tend to switch the country code on their routers to Australia’s to get stronger Wifi transmission power at 200mW. As for privacy, it seems that most routers sold in the mainland Chinese market aren’t allowed to have Firewall functions, perhaps not to disrupt the ‘Great Firewall’ set up by the authorities.


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