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Question Affordable TP-Link AX1500 and AX3000 routers.

VirtualLarry

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I just saw these, on Walmart.com. Apparently, they've been out since Oct., and debuted on Walmart.com. They're pretty-much the cheapest Wifi 6 / 802.11ax routers that I've seen. The AX1500 has 1.5Gbit/sec of wifi bandwidth, and a 1.5Ghz triple-core CPU (no USB ports), Gigabit WAN and 4x LAN, for only $69.99! And the AX3000, has 3Gbit/sec of wifi bandwidth, also Gigabit WAN and 4x LAN, and that one has 4x4 MU-MIMO with an Intel chipset with a dual-core CPU. (x86/x64-compatible? Some sort of Atom derivative? I don't know!)

Looking at some YouTube reviews, there were several people that were very impressed by the range and performance of the AX3000.

The AX3000 is $129.99 at Walmart.com, and $149.99 at Amazon.com.

I'm looking for an AX / Wifi 6 router, and these look like they fit the bill. Price is right, compared to Asus and Netgear Wifi 6 routers.

A little unsure what chipsets are actually used, and if they will support 3rd-party firmware in the future. TP-Link themselves are a bit weak when it comes to continued firmware support for their networking devices. Asus is bettter there. (Just got a firmware upgrade last month for my AC68U-family routers.)

Is it worth switching from a reliable AC68U-family router to one of these TP-Link AX1500 or AX3000 routers? I don't yet have any Wifi 6 clients.
 

mxnerd

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TP-Link AX3000 (AX50)


CPU - Intel GRX350 (was Lantiq GRX350. Intel acquired Lantiq later). MIPS architecture.


Don't know if TP-Link still support 3rd party firmwares. You need to check DD-WRT & OpenWRT (LEDE) forums yourself.
 

VirtualLarry

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Hmm, once you drill-down on the reviews on Amazon, to the actual models, both of these models don't have very good reviews at all. Sounds like some severe firmware immaturity, and TP-Link isn't known for great ongoing firmware support.
 

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