What you need to know
- TP-Link has unveiled its upcoming Wi-Fi 7 routers, including Archer routers, a gaming router, Deco mesh routers, and Omada PoE access points.
- The Archer BE900 flagship router has an amazing BE24000 quad-band connection with two 5GHz bands.
- The Deco BE95 has two 6GHz bands with a maximum speed of BE33000 for optimal mesh performance.
- The products will be available to order in December 2022, with estimated availability in Q1 2023.
While Wi-Fi 6E introduced us to 6GHz Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi 7 (802.11be) is set to take it to the next level, and TP-Link has announced a range of routers (opens in a new tab) which will benefit. Wi-Fi 7 will have several advantages over Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E thanks in large part to better utilization of the 6GHz bands.
Wi-Fi 7 will have access to 320MHz channels with 4096QAM as opposed to the 160MHZ and 1024QAM available on Wi-Fi 6 and 6E. Other speed improvements will be available through 16×16 MU-MIMO and backhaul aggregation on the Deco series. Compared to the best Wi-Fi 6E routers, Wi-Fi 7 will have a significant speed advantage.
Starting with the Archer series, TP-Link’s standalone routers, the high-end BE900 has a quad-band BE24000 connection. That’s about 24,000 Mbps on all four bands. Speeds cap off at 1376Mbps on 2.4GHz, two 5GHz bands at 5760Mbps each, and one 11520Mbps band on 6Ghz. This high speed of 6Ghz is due to the wider bands and better data handling. Despite this, most people will still be using 5GHz devices for years to come, so TP-Link has focused on keeping the 5GHz performance high.
You also get a 10GbE (10Gbps Ethernet) network similar to the Archer AXE300 with an RJ45 LAN port and a combination port with RJ45 or SFP+.
That’s a lot of numbers we just threw at you, but basically your Wi-Fi connection is getting better and faster.
The new TP-Link Archer BE900 router (above) has a futuristic design that resembles a gaming console rather than an old router. The 12 antennas are all internal and placed at the top of the router for optimal coverage. On the front, there’s a simple display for showcasing custom graphics just above a full touch screen. The touch screen can show network status and provide some basic controls for those who want to stay on top of their network without searching through an app.
The router will cost $699.99 at launch, making it a match for some of the more expensive routers available today. Two low-end models are also available, with the tri-band BE800 losing one of the 5GHz bands and the BE550 halving speeds on 5GHz and 6GHz. The 2.4GHz band appears to run at Wi-Fi speeds. Fi 6. The BE800 retains two 10GbE ports, while the BE550 has a bigger hit at 2.5GbE. Realistically, most people will be fine with the 2.5GbE ports on the cheaper model.
Next, TP-Link’s GE800 lives up to the BE800 in terms of rough specs with a BE19000 tri-band connection. The main difference with this model comes from its aggressive form factor that looks like something out of science fiction and software. TP-Link has revamped its software to include a new gaming panel to keep you up to date on network performance. It also comes with a dedicated game port and optimized one-click acceleration.
TP-Link’s Deco line also got a few new templates and some software updates to make Deco easier to use and better performing. The high-end Deco BE95 is an absolute beast with BE33000 wireless speeds. Unlike the Archer BE900, this mesh router has two full-speed 6GHz bands, a single 5GHz band and a 2.4GHz band. This allows the mesh network to take full advantage of the 6GHz band to maintain high network link speeds. It can also be set up to use the band as a dedicated mesh backhaul. This mesh kit will come in at $1199.99 with two nodes.
This quad-band setup is a change from mesh Wi-Fi 6E systems such as dual 5GHz bands, as we saw in our Netgear Orbi RBKE963 review.
The cheaper BE85 costs $999.99 and drops the second 6GHz band. This results in a slower BE22000 connection that should keep up with most fiber internet connections. The cheapest Wi-Fi 7 Deco announced is the BE65 with a BE11000 connection which will be the sweet spot for many families looking to save money.
TP-Link has also confirmed some software updates in the works for the Deco. Deco V3 includes a handful of updates to mesh linking by using multiple connections and learning about the conditions in your home. Finally, Deco will include a Matter smart home hub so you can connect all your smart home devices on a single hub. TP-Link has also maintained compatibility across all Deco models (50+), so you have plenty of options to expand your mesh coverage.
Finally, TP-Link has announced a pair of Wi-Fi 7 access points for business users. These include PoE support with a BE22000 and BE11000 ceiling mount option.
You can check out TP-Link’s announcement live stream on YouTube if you want to see all the details for yourself. TP-Link has also updated its Wi-Fi 7 landing page (opens in a new tab) with links to announced products, including current hardware specifications.