[Updated on July 12 at 3:05 PM ET with latest deals and price checks]
Waiting for sales is a smart move if you're in the market for a new router, and the best deals on Amazon Prime Day 2023 include some hot picks. It's an unusual category for those who aren't into the joys of home networking and assigning IP addresses, with a flurry of confusing terminology and complex acronyms. Don't worry. Testing routers is part of my job; I'm here to help.
Whether you need a standard, no-frills Wi-Fi router to supply your wireless devices with connectivity around the home, or the best Wi-Fi 6E equivalent loaded with the latest tech, I'm looking for the savings that matter. I'll split my choices into sensible categories, keeping typical routers separate from mesh Wi-Fi systems that can help cover a wider area.
Today's best Prime Day Wi-Fi router deals
TP-Link Archer AXE75: was
$199.99 now $159.99 at Amazon
I already praised this AXE5400 router in my TP-Link Archer AXE75 Wi-Fi 6E review for its excellent coverage in a 2-3 bedroom home with the ultra-modern Wi-Fi 6E standard at an affordable price, and I can't find any reason not to recommend it now there's a Prime Day discount. Ridiculously good value for a tri-band solution supporting the latest wireless devices; I just wish it had multi-Gig Ethernet ports or support for link aggregation.
Price check: TP-Link $179.99
✅ Pros: Lowest ever price, super-strength Wi-Fi 6E signal.
❌ Cons: No multi-Gig Ethernet and fragile antennas.
TP-Link Archer AX21: was
$99.99 now $64.99 at Amazon
A minor step down from its more expensive Wi-Fi 6E siblings that I've reviewed in the same category, but this dual-band Wi-Fi 6 variant is an absolute steal. It'll cover a 2 to 3-bedroom house with a combined 1.8Gbps bandwidth wirelessly or via Gigabit LAN ports. This is your best bet if you don't need the latest wireless standard for specific devices, and the TP-Link Tether app makes for a simple setup.
Price check: Walmart $102.86
✅ Pros: Easy to set up, with a strong signal for a single unit.
❌ Cons: The price has dropped lower in previous sales, down to $69.99.
TP-Link Archer AX10000: was
$349.99 now $249.99 at Amazon
A router made explicitly for gamers might seem like a pointless gimmick at first, but underneath the sci-fi aesthetic is a host of traffic-shaping tools and live diagnostic info to help reduce lag during online multiplayer matches. This tri-band Wi-Fi 6 model includes an automatic 'Game Accelerator' mode, or you can tweak which devices on your network receive priority for the 10Gbps of combined bandwidth. It's unnecessary for everyday users but a fantastic deal for competitive gamers.
✅ Pros: Automatically optimizes data for games, keeping your ping low and reducing latency.
❌ Cons: Complex interface will be overwhelming for most besides tech-savvy gamers.
Today's best Prime Day mesh Wi-Fi deals
TP-Link Deco X55: was
$229.99 now $179.99 at Amazon
The easiest recommendation I could ever make. I haven't stopped using them since writing my Deco X55 review. Flawless dual-band Wi-Fi 6 covers my entire house, including my LAN-only desktop PC in the furthest-reaching room, which usually suffers Wi-Fi dead spots. TP-Link has since released models supporting faster overall bandwidth and more modern wireless standards, but I've never had a single issue with this triple pack. The only mesh Wi-Fi to reliably provide a strong signal throughout the thick walls of my home; I can't fault it at all.
Price check: TP-Link $199.99
✅Pros: Three Gigabit LAN ports on each unit, with simple setup and management via mobile apps.
❌Cons: AC power cables are short, with only one Ethernet cable included.
Prime Day 2023: Dates and important information
Amazon Prime Day has almost always happened in July, rescheduled to October 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and closer to summer in June 2021. The specific days vary, and 2023 sees Tuesday and Wednesday chosen for the 48-hour sales bonanza.
Discounts don't necessarily wait for the official start date on Amazon, so some deals are already live across the store, but Prime Day officially closes at midnight on the last day in your region.
Not just anyone can take advantage of the savings, so make sure you're ready by signing up for Amazon Prime with a 30-day trial if it's your first-ever subscription.
When did Amazon Prime Day happen?
This year, Prime Day ran between 00.01 on July 11 and 23.59 on July 12 for '48 hours of great savings across all categories on everything they need for summer and beyond,' detailed in an official Amazon press release.
Could anyone take advantage of Prime Day?
To have qualified for Prime Day savings, you needed an active Amazon Prime subscription. You could either pay $14.99 a month or $139 annually, although if you were signing up for the first time, you'd be eligible for a 30-day Amazon Prime free trial which could be used during Prime Day and cancelled afterward.
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Ben is the channel editor for all things tech-related at Windows Central. That includes PCs, the components inside, and any accessory you can connect to a Windows desktop or Xbox console. Not restricted to one platform, he also has a keen interest in Valve's Steam Deck handheld and the Linux-based operating system inside. Fueling this career with coffee since 2021, you can usually find him behind one screen or another. Find him on Mastodon @firstname.lastname@example.org to ask questions or share opinions.