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Every year, TP-Link makes a habit of offering new routers to, and this year this crop is featured by a powerful model with motorized and self-adjusting antennas. I’ll be honest here, I really resist the urge to call it a robo-router.
You know what? Screw. TP-Link brought a robot router to CES.
Specifically, this is the TP-Link Archer AXE200 Omni, an AXE11000 router capable of connecting devices on the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands as well as. With more than twice the bandwidth of the 5 GHz band and no interference from previous generation Wi-Fi devices, this 6 GHz band however is positioned as the latest Wi-Fi upgrade. show that the 6 GHz range is more limited than 5 GHz, especially when it comes to downloads. There are also not many Wi-Fi 6E client devices at this point that can use the 6 GHz band.
As for the smart antennas that raise eyebrows, they will rotate and adjust automatically throughout the day based on device location and Wi-Fi usage to ensure the strongest connection possible. . TP-Link has yet to set a price for the AX200 Omni, but 6E Wi-Fi routers typically cost hundreds of dollars at a minimum, even without motorized antennas in play.
As for the specifications, TP-Link lists maximum speeds of up to 4.8 Gbps on the 5 and 6 GHz bands, as well as speeds of up to 1,148 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band. The router also has a super-fast WAN port, capable of handling incoming wired speeds of up to 10 Gbps, as well as an additional Ethernet jack capable of accepting speeds of up to 2.5 Gbps. / s. Combined with Wi-Fi 6E support and self-adjusting antennas, this will be one of the most scalable – and futuristic – routers on the market when it hits shelves later this year.
It’s also just one of many new TP-Link routers slated for 2022. To start with, there’s also the Archer AXE300, a quad-band 6E Wi-Fi router with two separate 5 GHz bands alongside the bands. 2.4 and 6 GHz. Like the AXE200, the AXE300 has a 10 Gbps WAN port and takes it a step further with a second Ethernet socket that also supports speeds of up to 10 Gbps. Don’t expect to run into hard-wired bottlenecks with this one anytime soon.
The Archer range also includes a new 6E tri-band Wi-Fi range extender; a PCle AX5400 Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 adapter; a new high gain Wi-Fi 6 USB adapter; and the Archer AXE75, an AXE5400 tri-band router with Wi-Fi 6E support. While TP-Link is not yet sharing pricing or release dates for any of them, the company expects everything to happen in the first half of the year and signals the Archer AXE75 as the router that will deliver. ” the best performances for “price report” in 2022.
And then there is Deco
With the Archer line of routers, range extenders and network accessories (as well as), there’s also Deco, TP-Link’s line of mesh networking products. You can expect Deco’s numbers to see tremendous growth in 2022, as TP-Link prepares to release a wide variety of Deco variants for different use cases, all of which are capable of working together within one. same network.
Most notable of these is a new water and dust resistant outdoor version of the Deco system, which could be a useful way to expand your network onto a patio or backyard. There is also a new Deco PoE system, short for power over Ethernet. As the name suggests, this model will get its power from an Ethernet connection, which gives you the freedom to run the cable through your walls and mount the router on a wall or ceiling, where the viewpoint higher will help it to function better.
Also of note: the new AX3000 Deco systems with Wi-Fi 6 support, including one capable of passing router traffic to extension cords through an electrical connection that uses your home’s wiring, a useful tip for homes with a lot of power. concrete and other obstacles that can interfere with wireless signals. Another new Deco system will include 5G support for homes with a fixed home wireless internet plan from a provider like Verizon or T-Mobile. TP-Link adds that thesystem with extension cords that double as Alexa speakers are expected to hit the market shortly after a stalled rollout last year.
This all takes us straight back to Wi-Fi 6E and two new high-end Deco systems that are slated to launch in the first half of 2022. The first is the Deco XE200, a tri-band AXE11000 mesh system. which supports speeds of up to 4.8 Gbps on the 5 or 6 GHz bands as well as single gig speeds on the 2.4 GHz band. You can use the 5 or 6 GHz bands as a dedicated multi-Gig backhaul connection between the router and its extenders, and each device includes a 10 Gbps WAN port.
The second is the AXE5400 Deco XE75 tri-band, which halves the maximum speed of each band (574 Mbps on 2.4 GHz, 2.4 Gbps on 5 and 6 GHz) and replaces the 10 Gbps WAN port with a trio single gig Ethernet outlets. Pricing isn’t finalized for either system, but TP-Link positions the XE75 as a budget choice, similar to the well reviewed. Either way, I would expect it to be significantly cheaper than the Deco XE200.
We will be looking forward to testing everything in the coming months, especially after a very good 2021 for TP-Link which saw the brand earn top recommendations on CNET among, and . Time will tell if the new hardware can build on that dynamic – and I’ll be interested to see how TP-Link ends up pricing everything, and whether those self-adjusting antennas turn out to be nifty, noisy, or both. When we have more to share, we will.