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TP-Link Archer A10 Review

The TP-Link Archer A10 is an older, value-priced router with decent range and a few notable features.

Is the TP-Link Archer A10 right for you?

The TP-Link Archer A10 is a three-year-old Wi-Fi 5 router. You don’t get the faster Wi-Fi 6 speeds, and that’s fine if all you need are the basics at a reasonable price. The Archer A10 delivers exactly that.

But we can’t help but wonder if there’s better value elsewhere. TP-Link’s newer Archer AX20 has a few more tricks up its sleeve at a lower price, including faster Wi-Fi 6 speeds. Be sure to shop around before you settle on the Archer A10 if you want more value for your money.


  • Good speeds at long range
  • Free basic parental controls
  • Built-in VPN server


  • No USB connectivity
  • No multi-gig internet support

TP-Link Archer A10 standout features

The TP-Link Archer A10 is a budget router, so don’t expect a trunk full of features to come pouring out. The best it offers is free parental controls and a built-in VPN server. Alexa support is a nice touch too.

The best features at a glance:

  • Great range
  • Free basic parental controls
  • Built-in VPN server
  • Amazon Alexa support

Compare the TP-Link Archer A10 to the competition

ProductWi-Fi versionMax throughputPrice*Order online
TP-Link Archer A10Wi-Fi 52,600Mbps$59.99View on Amazon
Linksys EA8300Wi-Fi 52,200Mbps$79.00View on Amazon
Reyee RG-E5Wi-Fi 63,200Mbps$129.99View on Amazon
NETGEAR R6700AXWi-Fi 61,800Mbps$89.99View on Amazon

The Reyee RG-E5 and NETGEAR R6700AX provide faster speeds than the Archer A10 and Linksys EA8300 because they support Wi-Fi 6. But when we test all four routers using a Wi-Fi 5 device at close range, the Reyee model still comes out on top. The speed difference narrows at 100 feet, with the Reyee model just a smidge faster than the Archer A10.

Of the four on the list, NETGEAR’s router packs the most notable features: a built-in VPN server, a VPN client, and a USB port. TP-Link’s router has a VPN server, but it offers free basic parental controls, whereas NETGEAR’s router requires a subscription.

See our full coverage of the best long-range routers.

Our TP-Link Archer A10 scoring breakdown

Category Score* Summary
Performance 4 Has decent Wi-Fi speeds even at 120 feet.
Features 3 Lacks a VPN client but includes free parental controls.
Design 3 Lacks a USB port and link aggregation.
Setup 3 Needs a more streamlined process for faster setups.
Ease of use 4 Offers a clean, easy-to-use web interface and app.

* out of 5 points



Wi-Fi configuration:

  • 2.4 GHz band: 800 Mbps (4 x 200 Mbps)
  • 5 GHz band: 1,733 Mbps (4 x 433 Mbps)

The TP-Link Archer A10 did fairly well in our tests. We recorded a 657Mbps average at close range, which is decent for Wi-Fi 5. It fell slightly behind the Linksys EA8300 (675Mbps), the NETGEAR R6700AX (689Mbps), and the Reyee RG-E5 (695Mbps) in Wi-Fi 5 speeds.

But if you want a cheap router with a long range, the A10 is a good choice. We recorded a 146Mbps average at 120 feet, far better than the Linksys EA8300 (57Mbps) and the NETGEAR R6700AX (91Mbps).



Notable features:

  • Built-in VPN server
  • Free basic parental controls
  • Amazon Alexa support

The TP-Link Archer A10 has a built-in VPN server you can use anywhere to anonymously surf the World Wide Web. Enter the router’s VPN credentials on your device, and your traffic goes through the router first before it arrives at its destination.

The free parental controls are basic but get the job done. You can create profiles, block specific sites, set downtime and nighttime schedules, and add devices to your network. Amazon Alexa is a nice bonus, but it’s not enough to increase the score.

What we wish the TP-Link Archer A10 did better

  • USB connectivity
  • Built-in VPN client

TP-Link’s newer Archer AX20 model includes a USB port and a built-in VPN client at a lower price. That’s not the case here.

A USB port enables network-wide file sharing, at the least. Some models also include media server capabilities and maybe even printer sharing if you’re lucky.

A VPN client is ideal if you subscribe to a VPN service and want to protect devices like game consoles and smart TVs.




  • Power button (back)
  • Reset recessed button (left)
  • Wi-Fi on/off button (left)
  • WPS button (left)


  • 4 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports (back)
  • 1 Gigabit Ethernet WAN port (back)

The TP-Link Archer A10 is a basic router with a basic design. It has a low-end processor, low memory, and the typical lineup of Gigabit Ethernet ports. There’s no USB port, so you can’t share files, media, or a printer without a wired device.

The good news is you can disable Wi-Fi with the press of a button—ideal for shutting Wi-Fi down for the night and saving power. The four streams per band mean less congestion, but you still experience speed slowdowns when you add more than two devices per band.



Inside the box:

  • Router
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • Ethernet cable
  • Power adapter

We used the web interface to set up this router, and the process could be more streamlined. Your mom probably doesn’t know what MAC cloning is all about, so she may need to pause to look it up—which could be a problem since the Wi-Fi isn’t set up yet. Plus, you manually select the time zone, which other brands detect and set automatically. It’s nitpicking, we know, but setup should be nothing more than naming networks and setting passwords, so you’re online in minutes.

Web interface of TP-Link Archer A10

Ease of use


Router interface:

The web interface does a good job of keeping things simple for novice users. Each feature provides on-screen instructions, so you understand how each section affects the home network. But it could be better. There’s no option to modify device settings on the network map outside of changing its name, for example.

The mobile app is even easier to use, and most of the advanced tools you need fall under the Tools tab. However, you must use the web interface to change some advanced settings like NAT forwarding and DHCP server adjustments.

Are there any additional costs?

No, there are no additional costs to you.

Our TP-Link Archer A10 review: The verdict

The TP-Link Archer A10 isn’t a bad router—it’s just outdated now that Wi-Fi 6E is here. It’s as basic as you can get, so if you want a ton of features packed into a value-priced router, this isn’t it.

Still, the Archer A10 has a few tricks up its sleeve: free basic parental controls, a built-in VPN server, and Amazon Alexa support. The four bands per stream make it better equipped to handle multiple devices than other routers at this price. The long range is decent too.

So, should you get it? That’s a hard question to answer. Shop around before you invest in the Archer A10—you may find a better, more modern deal elsewhere. But for what it is, the A10 covers your networking basics.

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We test router speed by setting up each router in an office and connecting it to a local test server. Then, we transmit test data between our wireless devices and the server, taking numerous measurements to account for fluctuations in Wi-Fi speeds.

The first tests occur close to the router, without obstructions—so the Wi-Fi is as strong and fast as it’s gonna get. We repeat the process straight out at 10, 20, and 30 feet, with only a glass door obstructing our view of the router. The same glass door and an exterior door blocks our path when we test outside at 40 and 50 feet.

We also run tests in a hallway to the left of the TV room and office—where there’s a glass door, three walls, and an air handler unit blocking our view of the router. The dining room, another testing point, sits to the right of the kitchen, TV room, and office—two walls and a glass door block the path in this test.

To test video streaming, we connect a fast storage device to the router and stream a 4K video to six wireless devices simultaneously—two phones, three tablets, and a laptop—connected to the same wireless band.

Client devices used in testing

iPhone 12 Pro MaxGoogle Pixel 3
Wi-Fi versionWi-Fi 6Wi-Fi 5
Stream configuration2 x 22 x 2
Max channel width80 MHz80 MHz
Max 5 GHz speed (AX)1,200Mbps
Max 5 GHz speed (AC)866Mbps866Mbps
Max 2.4 GHz speed (AX)195Mbps
Max 2.4 GHz speed (AC)195Mbps144Mbps

TP-Link Archer A10 benchmarks (5 GHz only)

iPhone 12 Pro Max*Google Pixel 3*
2 feet657655
10 feet633622
20 feet597575
30 feet523515
40 feet (porch)483436
120 feet (across street)146144

Disclaimer Prices as of 6/23/23 17:35 MST. Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. utilizes paid Amazon links.


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Kevin Parrish has more than a decade of experience working as a writer, editor, and product tester. He began writing about computer hardware and soon branched out to other devices and services such as networking equipment, phones and tablets, game consoles, and other internet-connected devices. His work has appeared in Tom’s Hardware, Tom's Guide, Maximum PC, Digital Trends, Android Authority, How-To Geek, Lifewire, and others. At, he focuses on network equipment testing and review.

Editor - Rebecca Lee Armstrong

Rebecca Lee Armstrong has more than six years of experience writing about tech and the internet, with a specialty in hands-on testing. She started writing tech product and service reviews while finishing her BFA in creative writing at the University of Evansville and has found her niche writing about home networking, routers, and internet access at Her work has also been featured on Top Ten Reviews, MacSources, Windows Central, Android Central, Best Company, TechnoFAQ, and iMore.