TP-Link RE505X: No 802.11ax when used as access point?

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I decided to purchase a TP-Link RE505X. It's a WiFi 6 repeater, that also allows to be used as an access point. And that's just what I wanted. But, to my surprise, when I use it that way, it doesn't give any option to use the 802.11ax protocol.

In the 2.4 GHz band, it shows these options:
  • 802.11n only
  • 802.11b/g mixed
  • 802.11b/g/n mixed

In the 5 GHz band, only these:
  • 802.11ac only
  • 802.11n/ac mixed
  • 802.11a/n/ac mixed
Since I've no other 802.11ax AP, I can't try it as repeater, to check if it's able to repeat an AX signal or not. But it should. Otherwise, it wouldn't be a WiFi6 device.

I'm using the latest firmware version: 1.0.7 Build 20200604 Rel. 130850 (6985). I've asked in the community forums, but no one seems to know the reason.

I'm really shocked. Do you know if it's a hardware limitation?

Thank you.


Mr. Easy
Staff member
Did you load latest firmware?
What link rate do you see with an AX device?


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Did you load latest firmware?

Yes, it's the latest firmware. It came with the version 1.0.5 and then I decided to upgrade it.

What link rate do you see with an AX device?

Unfortunately, I can't test that because I still have not received my Intel AX200 card :-/ .

In the TP-Link community forum there are at least other 2 users with the same problem. Yesterday, a thread opened by one of them vanished mysteriously. In it, a member of TP-Link said that it was a bug in the GUI... But it's weird that such a small bug, with so critical consequences, hasn't been fixed yet.


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Finally, I returned the RE505X and purchased a refurbished Netgear EAX80. I didn't get an answer, in time, from the support team. So I had to do that.

Despite that, when they answered, I explained my problem to them, with the hope of knowing what happened. But I'm still waiting for an answer again...

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