TP-Link Archer A8 Review

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The TP-Link Archer A8 router is the company’s most recent model, which was released lately. With Wireless AC1900, speeds of up to 1300Mbps in the 5GHz band and 600Mbps in the 2.4GHz band are possible, according to the manufacturer. Taking a look at this incredibly budget router today, I’ll examine how well a router at this price point performs in terms of reliability and performance.

The Archer A8 is being designed to replace the Archer A7 or C7, which are both reaching the end of their useful lives. As a result, it appears to be a carbon copy of the Archer A7 that it is intended to replace. It has a glossy plastic design and comes with three non-removable external antennas, which are not included.

TP-Link AC1900 Smart WiFi Router (Archer A8) -High Speed MU-MIMO Wireless Router, Dual Band Router for Wireless Internet, Gigabit, Supports Guest WiFi

TP-Link AC1900 Smart WiFi Router (Archer A8)...

$79.99

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Last updated on September 16, 2021 12:50 am

In 2020, the TP-Link Archer A8 (A8) router will be released. It is powered by a MediaTek TP1900BN chipset running at 1.2 GHz, 64 MB of RAM, and 4 MB of flash memory. IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standards are supported, and the highest speed that you can achieve with Archer A8 is 600 + 1300 Mbps. The AC1900 router is compatible with IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac standards.

The Guest network function of the Archer A8 router is a convenient tool that allows you to create a separate network for visitors.

The Archer A8 router features one WAN port that supports 10/100/1000 Mbps and four LAN ports that support 10/100/1000 Mbps.

Hardware 

One thing to keep in mind is that the Archer A8 includes MU-MIMO technology. When a greater number of devices are connected to the Wi-Fi network, the MU-MIMO technology will allow for improved performance. A simultaneous connection of Multi User, Multiple Input Multiple Output will allow the router to achieve higher speeds as a result of this feature.

As an added bonus, TP-Link has included support for Wireless AC beamforming technology, which should assist to improve the Wi-Fi coverage of this router when used in conjunction with Wireless AC devices. Wireless RF beam steering will be possible thanks to the router, which will increase signal reception for devices linked to the 5GHz network.

Performance 

When testing the speed using a laptop equipped with an AC1200 wireless adapter, the performance is satisfactory. If we utilize an AC1900 wireless adapter, such as the TP-Link Archer T9UH, we anticipate that the speed will be improved. It’s important to remember that the WiFi speed is also dependent on the wireless adapter in your device.

In close proximity to the router, or against a nearby wall, we can easily achieve speeds of over 500Mbps without difficulty. This performance is superior to that of the majority of Wireless AC routers available on the market in the same price range.

When the range between the wireless router and the client is increased to two walls, the speed drops to 285Mbps. This is to be expected because the Wi-Fi speed is highly dependent on the intensity of the wireless signal. This demonstrates that the Archer A8 is only marginally slower than the Archer C80, which we previously evaluated.

Because of its outstanding Wi-Fi performance, the Archer A8 could be a viable candidate for use as a wireless access point when the built-in access point mode is activated on the device. TP-Link should include a repeater mode so that this router may be used as a high-performance wireless repeater, which can be handy in some cases, however, this isn’t the case.

When connected directly to the router via an Ethernet LAN cable and our Gigabit Internet connection, the Archer A8 can achieve a maximum speed of 914Mbps.

Specifications

WIRELESS
StandardsWi-Fi 5
IEEE 802.11ac/n/a 5 GHz
IEEE 802.11n/b/g 2.4 GHz
WiFi SpeedsAC1900
5 GHz: 1300 Mbps (802.11ac)
2.4 GHz: 600 Mbps (802.11n)
WiFi Range3 Bedroom Houses3× Fixed High-Performance Antennas
Multiple antennas form a signal-boosting array to cover more directions and large areas

Beamforming
Concentrates wireless signal strength towards clients to expand WiFi range
WiFi CapacityMediumDual-Band
Allocate devices to different bands for optimal performance

3×3 MU-MIMO
Simultaneously communicates with multiple MU-MIMO clients

Airtime Fairness
Improves network efficiency by limiting excessive occupation
Working ModesRouter Mode
Access Point Mode
HARDWARE
Processor1.2 GHz Single-Core CPU
Ethernet Ports1× Gigabit WAN Port
4× Gigabit LAN Ports
ButtonsWPS/Wi-Fi Button
Power On/Off Button
Reset Button
PowerUS Version:
12 V ⎓ 1.5 A

EU Version:
12 V ⎓ 1 A
SECURITY
WiFi EncryptionWEP
WPA
WPA2
WPA/WPA2-Enterprise (802.1x)
Network SecuritySPI Firewall
Access Control
IP & MAC Binding
Application Layer Gateway
Guest Network1× 5 GHz Guest Network
1× 2.4 GHz Guest Network
SOFTWARE
ProtocolsIPv4
IPv6
OneMesh™OneMesh™ Supported
Without replacing your existing devices or buying a whole new WiFi ecosystem, OneMesh™ helps you create a more flexible network that covers your entire home with TP-Link OneMesh™ products.
Parental ControlsURL Filtering
Time Controls
WAN TypesDynamic IP
Static IP
PPPoE
PPTP
L2TP
Quality of ServiceQoS by Device
Cloud ServiceOTA Firmware Upgrade
TP-Link ID
DDNS
NAT ForwardingPort Forwarding
Port Triggering
DMZ
UPnP
IPTVIGMP Proxy
IGMP Snooping
Bridge
Tag VLAN
DHCPAddress Reservation
DHCP Client List
Server
DDNSTP-Link
NO-IP
DynDNS
ManagementTether App
Webpage
PHYSICAL
Dimensions (W×D×H)9.6 × 6.4 × 1.3 in
(243 × 160.6 × 32.5 mm)
Package ContentsWi-Fi Router Archer A8
Power Adapter
RJ45 Ethernet Cable
Quick Installation Guide
OTHER
System RequirementsInternet Explorer 11+, Firefox 12.0+, Chrome 20.0+, Safari 4.0+, or other JavaScript-enabled browser

Cable or DSL Modem (if needed)

Subscription with an internet service provider (for internet access)
CertificationsFCC, RoHS
EnvironmentOperating Temperature: 0℃~40℃ (32℉ ~104℉)
Storage Temperature: -40℃~70℃ (-40℉ ~158℉)
Operating Humidity: 10%~90% non-condensing
Storage Humidity: 5%~90% non-condensing
TEST DATA
WiFi Transmission PowerFCC:
<30dBm(2.4 GHz & 5 GHz)
WiFi Reception Sensitivity5 GHz:
11a 6Mbps:-98dBm, 11a 54Mbps:-78dBm
11ac VHT20_MCS0:-98dBm, 11ac VHT20_MCS8:-72dBm
11ac VHT40_MCS0:-92dBm, 11ac VHT40_MCS9:-68dBm
11ac VHT80_MCS0:-89dBm, 11ac VHT80_MCS9:-64dBm

2.4 GHz:
11g 6Mbps:-97dBm, 11a 54Mbps:-77dBm
11n VHT20_MCS0:-97dBm, 11n VHT20_MCS8:-72dBm
11n VHT40_MCS0:-92dBm, 11n VHT40_MCS9:-67dBm

Verdict

The Archer A8 performs admirably in our Wi-Fi speed test, providing fast Wi-Fi speeds as well as adequate Wi-Fi coverage. It is fairly simple to set up, and the performance will be enough even with a slower Internet connection. Those looking for a router that provides up to 500Mbps Internet speed and does not have more than 20 devices connected will find this router to be an excellent choice.

If you don’t mind paying a somewhat greater price for the Archer C80, I would recommend that you do so instead, as it is not significantly more expensive but offers superior performance.

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