With the current Wi-Fi 6 and 6E standards becoming a common sight in users’ homes, TP-Link has decided it’s time to make the switch to Wi-Fi 7 equipment, offering speeds of up to 24Gbps for wirelessly connected devices.
Interestingly, the Wi-Fi 7 specs mention a theoretical maximum speed of 40Gbps, of which the top-of-the-line Archer BE900 would offer just over half. But even so, we’re talking speeds more than double those possible with previous generation Wi-Fi 6E-compatible devices. The only problem would be that there are no Wi-Fi 7-compatible devices, as yet.
So for current devices we’re talking about speeds of up to 6Gbps when connecting over Wi-Fi networks in the 5 Ghz and 6 Ghz band, using the current Wi-Fi 6E standard. As for actual internet connection speeds, the WAN port supports speeds of up to 10 Gbps. However, over the LAN the maximum speeds are 2.5Gbps per device.
Slightly less expensive, the Archer BE800 reduces the speed available over Wi-Fi 7 connections to 19 Gbps, but retains the WAN connection speed of 10 Gbps. The device also includes gaming optimizations, such as a Game Panel an from which good gaming traffic can be prioritized over other download loads. At the same time, speeds of up to 10 Gbps are available over the Internet connection using the 2 dedicated gaming ports.
Positioned even lower, the Archer BE550 comes with a maximum speed of 9.3 Gbps in wireless mode and 2.5 Gbps via Ethernet connection.
Each of the above models supports extending good coverage by connecting with other TP-Link equipment in EasyMesh mode.
The new generation of TP-Link routers will be available from the first part of next year.