TP Link Archer TX3000E Review

TP Link Archer TX3000E Review

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Wi-Fi 6, otherwise known as 802.11ax, is the new Wi-Fi standard in town. But while Wi-Fi 6 routers are slowly starting to appear, client devices that can connect to them are few and far between.

Enter the first PC Wi-Fi 6 adaptor that we’ve encountered, the TP-Link Archer TX3000E. It’s a 4x PCI-E card, so sadly, it can’t serve double duty as an adaptor for a laptop, unlike a USB adaptor.

Otherwise, though, it’s an easy enough device to install thanks to the card itself being very small. You also get a low-profile expansion bracket in the box, so you can mount the card in low-profile cases.

Its two gold-plated aerial sockets sprout from the back of the card, and they attach to the 1m cable that runs to the aerials themselves.

These aerials are mounted onto a weighty and magnetized base-plate. But you can remove them from the plate and adjust their angles in order to fine tune performance.

The base is reassuringly solid too. Having a heavy, magnetised base with a grippy foam underside ensures that it has the best possible chance of not toppling over, or being pulled off your desk or PC by the weight of the cables.

Once the card and antennae have been attached, you’ll need to install the driver. This can be downloaded from TP-Link’s website or you can use the included CD.

Intriguingly, the drivers for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are kept separate (the card also provides Bluetooth 5 support), so you can choose to only install one or the other.

A surprisingly affordable way to equip your PC with the fastest Wi-Fi connection currently possible.

The driver doesn’t install a taskbar-based app,but instead provides a host of configuration options for the adaptor properties’ right-click menu.

Some of the options include the ability to choose the type of connection mode to use (a/b/g/ac/ax), the channel width and MIMO power saving.

Almost none of these settings will ever need touching in most instances. To test the adaptor, we installed it in a PC alongside an Asus PCE-AC68 Wi-Fi 5 adaptor.

This is an eerily similar-looking dual-band, 2×2 802.11ac adapter that can reach a theoretical peak speed of 1.3Gb/sec on its 5GHz channel and 600Mb/sec on its 2.4GHz channel.

In comparison, TP-Link claims the TX3000E can hit a theoretical maximum of 2402Mb/sec ( 5GHz) or 574Mb/sec ( 2.4GHz).

We then connected, alternately, both wireless adaptors to our pick of the best Wi-Fi 6 routers from this month’s Labs test – the TP-Link Archer AX6000 (see p57) – and tested its Wi-Fi speed and range.

We weren’t able to test the peak speed of either adaptor, as doing so would require an Ethernet connection faster than Gigabit.

However, we still saw consistently high results from both adaptors, with close-range speeds hitting 450Mb/sec.

Moreover, we saw a consistent, if modest lead for the TP-Link AX adaptor, with it delivering 189Mb/sec compared to the Asus adaptor’s 123Mb/sec on the 2.4GHz channel and 254Mb/sec compared to 219Mb/sec on the 5GHz channel, in our longest-range test.

Of course, the improvements with Wi-Fi 6 aren’t primarily about raw speed, and the performance differences aren’t huge. It’s not really worth upgrading from the Asus Wi-Fi 5 adaptor to the TP-Link Wi-Fi 6 one, but it’s worth buying the latter if you’re starting out from scratch.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a powerful, high-speed Wi-Fi connection for your PC, the TP-Link TX3000E is a great option. It doesn’t offer a huge leap in speed over the fastest Wi-Fi 5 adapters, but there’s a small boost, and it’s surprisingly affordable too.

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