With its most recent series of routers, TP-Link is moving immediately to Wi-Fi 7.

The company’s newest lineup of routers includes the newly created Archer BE900 quad-band router, priced at $700, and the GE800 gaming router, which will be released soon.

TP-Link is releasing a plethora of new “world’s first” Wi-Fi 7 routers based on the future IEEE specification before you can even grow sick of hearing about Wi-Fi 6 and 6E. Including its primary Archer router series, home mesh Deco products, and even its corporate products, the company is redesigning its whole product portfolio.

The future Wi-Fi 7 standard, also known as 802.11BE, will replace Wi-Fi 6 and 6E with features like faster speeds and lower latency. Multi-Link Operation will also allow devices to connect to two spectrums (5 GHz and 6 GHz simultaneously) (MLO). It will support backward compatibility for Wi-Fi 6, 5, and older devices, same like previous versions, but you must buy new ones to use Wi-Fi 7’s higher-capacity 320MHz channels (Wi-Fi 6E supports channels as wide as 160MHz).

The flagship quad-band Archer BE900, which costs $699.99 and resembles a Western Digital hard drive with LED lights and a touchscreen, is the first of the new TP-Link routers. A grid of LEDs on the front of the device can display various things, such as a winking emoji, in addition to displaying the time, the weather, and wireless statistics. Support for OpenVPN and a personal IoT network for smart devices are further features.

The BE900 can support wireless rates of up to 24Gbps, which is less than the theoretical 40Gbps+ capabilities of Wi-Fi 7 but still more than twice as fast as the previous Archer Wi-Fi 6E router from the same firm. Although Wi-Fi 7 hasn’t been widely adopted yet, the BE900 nevertheless supports any new 6GHz-capable laptop or phone you could have purchased this year.

The Archer’s dual 5GHz bands, which can each support speeds of 6 Gbps, are also useful for older devices. If your ISP supports it, the Archer can also handle 10 Gbps internet service. In addition to a second 10Gb WAN port and a combo 10Gb SFP+Fiber WAN option, the BE900 also has a LAN port. To create a quick wired network, you also get four more 2.5G ethernet ports. Beginning on December 31st, preorders for the BE900 will begin to ship in the first quarter of 2023.

With the new Archer design, TP-Link is also releasing less feature-rich models. The tri-band BE800 with 19Gbps wireless speeds is the first. Although it lacks touchscreen functionality, it still offers 10Gb internet service and has LED lights. Then there is the BE550, which has only 2.5Gbps ethernet ports and reduces the maximum wireless speeds to 9.3Gbps. These models are all EasyMesh-capable and prepared to build a more extensive home network.

A new tri-band Archer GE800 Gaming router with an app-powered Game Panel that can assist prioritize gaming traffic above all else on the network may be more appealing to gamers. It features two 10Gb ethernet connections, two 2.5Gb ethernet ports, and four additional gigabit ethernet ports in addition to supporting up to 19Gbps Wi-Fi 7 rates. All of this comes in a dual-tower antenna design that looks very nexus-like and has LED lights in various colors. The expected release date for pricing is either Q1 or Q2 of 2023.

With the Deco XE75 earlier this year, TP-Link significantly reduced the cost of Wi-Fi 6E. However, with the release of its new Wi-Fi 7 version, the firm is raising the price of entry by $700 for a two-pack. The price for a two-pack of the new Deco BE85 tri-band mesh router system, which features two 10G ports and 22Gbps Wi-Fi 7 speeds, is $999.99. A Deco BE65 with 11Gbps speeds is also planned for release later in Q1 or Q2 2023, but no price has been given yet.

The company states the speed is based on “physical rates derived from IEEE Standard 802.11 specifications” and will not guarantee the speeds, but that won’t stop the company from claiming it has “the industry’s fastest mesh” system as stated in a livestream today. A higher-end quad-band version (BE95) will be available for $1,199.99 and sports up to 33Gbps across four frequencies. The Deco BE95 and BE85, like the new Archer, will go up for preorder on December 31 and delivery in the first quarter of 2023.

With this brand-new lineup, TP-Link is placing a large bet on Wi-Fi 7. The company has even included the upcoming technology in its new enterprise-focused Omada access points and a new cellular 5G router. These devices are coming out before the Wi-Fi 7 specification is finished, so it’s not clear if they will need to be updated. Prior to publishing, we attempted to contact TP-link for comment but received no response. But if you’re a courageous early adopter, you can sample TP-cutting-edge Link’s set as soon as early 2023.


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