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Archer AXE200 Omni: TP-Link’s Latest 6E Router Gets Auto-Adjusting Antennas

If you’re wondering the whereabouts of those Wi-Fi 6E solutions TP-Link promised back in January; your guess is as good as mine.

And today, the company announced one more impressive-sounding router to its long list of so-far-vaporware Wi-Fi 6E hardware, the Archer AXE200 Omni.

The detail of the new router is still sketchy — likely because it’s not made yet — but it supposedly has one novelty: the mechanically auto-adjusting antennas.

TP Link Archer AXE200 Omni Top
The new TP-Link Archer AXE200 Omni Wi-Fi 6E router with its antennas fully open.

TP-Link Archer AXE200 Omni: A Wi-Fi 6E router of a few firsts

The networking vendor says the new design removes “the need for manual antennas adjustment, automatically optimizing to deliver best WiFi connections to all devices.”

The effectiveness of this novelty feature is to be determined. Right off the bat, though, it seems more like a gimmick.

That’s because, in my experience, the antennas’ positions have little to do with a home router’s coverage or performance. And TP-Link has made flagship routers of which the antennas can’t be adjusted at all, like the Archer GX90 or Archer AX11000.

Not to nitpick, but the new router’s name, “Omni,” seems a bit counterintuitive with the idea of antenna adjustment.

And the detail of the new router’s new feature is also unclear, such as the mechanism for adjustment or the conditions that would automatically trigger the change of antennas’ positions.

TP Link Archer AXE200 Omni Antennas Closing
The TP-Link Archer AXE200 Omni with its antennas being closed halfway.

Or maybe you have to do that manually via a button on the app/web user interface. Judging from the photos, though, it seems the antennas can only be opened up or collapsed on the router’s top — indeed a gimmick. But we’ll have to wait and see.

For now, there are a few things that you can count on this router — that is, if it indeed materializes.

First, this is another Wi-Fi 6E machine, and it features a dual Multi-Gig port, including one 10Gbps LAN port and one 2.5Gbps WAN/LAN port.

These ports alone are enough to make those looking to go beyond Gigabit happy. So far, this is the first announced Wi-Fi 6E router that has two Multi-Gig ports.

In terms of Wi-Fi, this is an AXE11000 router with the same bandwidth as the Asus GT-AXE11000 or the Netgear RAXE500 via its three 4×4 bands (2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz).

On top of that, you can expect the new router to have a similar web interface, mobile, and networking settings/features as existing routers in TP-Link’s Archer family.

According to the networking vendors, the new Archer AXE200 Omni will support its OneMesh feature right out of the box and also comes with HomeShield for online protection and Parental Controls.

Availability and pricing

TP-Link says it will be showcasing the new Archer AXE200 Omni at CES 2022 as an Innovation Awards Honoree and ship it “in 2022” for a suggested retail cost of $499.99.

TP Link Archer AXE200 Omni Antennas Closed
The TP-Link Archer AXE200 Omni with its antennas entirely collapsed.

Considering the other TP-Link Wi-Fi 6E hardware that hasn’t materialized, I wouldn’t hold my breath for this new router, but do check back next year for more. I’m happy to be proven wrong.

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8 thoughts on “Archer AXE200 Omni: TP-Link’s Latest 6E Router Gets Auto-Adjusting Antennas”

  1. Hey Richard thanks for the info. Glad to know I wasn’t going crazy. I guess I will wait for the ax204. I am very curious to see how it runs. I never had a tp link router but right now I’ve been having tp link 10 gig switches everywhere in my house with cat6a wiringnin the walls which worked amazingly beautiful with the two ax89x getting 10 gig wired backhaul. I ended up returning them to Amazon. Figured i might as well furure proof for 6e if i am upgrading 🙂.

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    • No prob Sev. 🙂 Think we’re on the same page as I’m also waiting for a Wifi 6E router with 10Gbe ports LAN/WAN ports. I bought the RT-AX89X as it was one of the more ‘reasonably affordable’ all-in-one routers in the market with a 10Gbe SFP+ port particularly with the price drop on Amazon a month ago. Am going down the optical fiber cabling route for the home network. I was tempted to get another unit to try out 10G wired backhaul but decided to hold off as more multi gig Wifi 6E routers come to market in 2022. Really interested to see what TP Link’s upcoming AX206 and/or hopefully a Wifi 6E version of the RT-AX89X can bring to the table in terms of 10Gbe networking.

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  2. What I am waiting for is the archer ax206. That at least on paper looks promising with the dual 10 gig ports and wifi 6e which is exactly what I am looking for to use with my tp link 10 gig switches. Hopefully we won’t have to wait another year.

    I tried the ax89x but my galaxy s21 ultra always kept connecting at super low speeds anytime I used 160 mhz which that router just didn’t work well with and kept connecting at 216mbps. Went back to my trusty gt-ax11000 and back to 160mhz channels at 2.4gbps with no issues. Really think i got two bad ax89x units from amazon which I returned.

    Pretty strange no matter what setting i tried it just didn’t like my phone. My home is wired everywhere for 10 gig speeds so I hope I can take advantage of it. Do also think the gt-ax11000 seems to be more stable than the ax89x which got me a few dropped calls on wifi calling on latest firmware and resetting it back to factory defaults still didnt solve my slow connected rate. Not sure I want to have another just wifi 6 router again.

    Really want that wifi6e without dfs channels to avoid nearby weather towers and fire station interference + future proof. We’ll see if tp link will deliver.

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    • I’ve the same issue with my S21 Ultra connecting at 216 Mbps to the RT-AX89X. Have 10Gbps fiber broadband in the home as well. However, it may just be a detection error as I’m seeing 1.2Gbps-1.4Gbps wireless download speeds on the Ookla App for the phone as well as my Windows PC (Wifi 6). Agree that there are still some wifi stability issues with the RT-AX89X and that’s why I’ve stuck to my two GT-AXE11000s in Ai Mesh mode to provide home wifi coverage on a separate broadband network. Where the RT-AX89X performs really well IMHO is in multigig/10Gbe wired networking, which is what I’m currently using it for.

      TP Link released a Wifi 6E router for its home market, mainland China for pre-order at end-October. The TL-XTR10890 (AX11000) has a 10G SFP+ port and 10G Base-T RJ45 port as well as four 1G ports. It also has Mesh support and what looks like the same Qualcomm chipset as the RT-AX89X but strangely no firewall function (Google-translated). Maybe it’s one of those market specific restrictions. And of course, it’s now out of stock…

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  3. After getting burnt with ax3000 which they initially said was on the list for onemesh, however later backtracking… Never again tp link for me

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  4. ship it “in 2020” … actually expected to ship in 2022? I am a big fan of TP-Link routers and am very curious to see the final specs on this!

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