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TP-Link Archer BE800 Review: A New and Promising Multi-Gig Wi-Fi 7 Router

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At the retail price of $599.99, the TP-Link Archer BE800 BE19000 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 7 Router is not cheap. But it’s also far from a ripoff, considering it’s definitely better than the once-similarly-priced Archer AXE300.

Among other things, the new router features Wi-Fi 7 and is the first to have six Multi-Gig ports. And in testing—mostly with existing pre-7 Wi-Fi clients—it proves to have the performance to match.

To those with a bad experience with this router: The Archer BE800 ships with shoddy initial firmware. That’s not to mention the fact Wi-Fi 7 is not yet certified.

During my trial, TP-Link released two updates, each delivering noticeable improvements in stability. The performances and general experience mentioned here were based on the router’s latest firmware, version 1.0.2.

The bottom line is this: As a Wi-Fi router, the Archer BE800 is not a must-have—nor is any Wi-Fi 7 broadcaster today. Until computers supporting Wi-Fi 7 become available, in most cases, it has no discernable Wi-Fi advantage over previous high-end routers, including TP-Link’s own Archer AXE300.

But if you’re into Multi-Gig, the Archer BE800 will give you plenty of satisfying options right out of the box. Now consider the Wi-Fi 7 support as the icing on top.

TP-Link Archer BE800 vs. Archer AXE300 Different designs
The TP-Link Archer BE800 has a completely new design. Here it is next to the Archer AXE300 Wi-Fi 6E router.

TP-Link BE800: Representing an all-new Archer approach

The Archer BE800 is totally different from any previous TP-Link router. It’s a massive rectangle box that resembles a compact yet physically disproportionate desktop tower computer.

The new router is a bit too thin for its height and depth. With the center of weight not at the bottom, even at almost 5 pounds (2.4 kg), it can topple fairly easily if you dangle its large and heavy power adapter from a height or use thick network cables with it.

I have double feelings about this bulky shape. The whole package doesn’t feel grounded, yet is practical enough. In any case, this new design will persist in TP-Link’s future standalone routers—there’s already the Archer BE900 with the same design.

The Archer BE800 has no external antennas and seems hollow on the inside, likely to improve airflow since it has no internal fan, which is always a good thing.

There are six Multi-Gig ports on the router’s back, including four 2.5GBASE-T LAN and two 10GBASE-T Multi-Gig WAN/LAN ports. One of the 10Gbps ports is a BASE-T/SFP+ Combo, similar to the case of the Archer AXE300—or TP-Link’s other Wi-Fi 7 broadcaster, the Deco BE85.

The Multi-Gig/SFP+ Como allows the router the flexibility to handle any Internet source, including all Fiber-optic ONT, or end devices, including NAS servers or switches, without an adapter.

Ethernet: BaseT vs. SFP+

BaseT (RJ45) and SFP(+) in brieft

BASE-T (or BaseT) is the standard port type for data communication and refers to the wiring method used inside a network cable and the connectors at its ends, which is 8-position 8-contact (8P8C).

This type is known by a misnomer called Registered Jack 45 or RJ45. So, we’ll keep calling it RJ45.

On the other hand, the SFP or SFP+ (plus) port type is used for telecommunication and data communication, primarily in enterprise applications. SFP stands for small form-factor pluggable and is the technical name for what is often referred to as Fiber Channel or Fiber.

Best among Multi-Gigabit Routers: The Asus RT-AX89X 10GbpsTP-Link Archer AXE300 Ports Multi Gig
BASE-T Multi-Gig vs. SFP+: The two are generally available as separate ports, such as in the Asus RT-AX89X‘s case (left), but can also be part of a combo port in some hardware, such as the TP-Link Archer AXE300.

For data communication, an SFP+ port has speed grades of either 1Gbps or 10Gbps. The older version, SFP, can only do 1Gbps, though it shares the same port type as SFP+. This type of port standard is more strict in compatibility with better reliability and performance.

While physically different, BASE-T and SFP/+ are parts of the Ethernet family, sharing the same networking principles and Ethernet naming convention—Gigabit Ethernet (1Gbps), Multi-Gig Ethernet (2.5GBASE-T, 5GABSE-T), or 10 Gigabit Ethernet (a.k.a 10GE, 10GbE, or 10 GigE).

Generally, you can get an adapter, called a “transceiver”, to connect a BASE-T device to an SFP or SFP+ port. Still, in this case, compatibility can be an issue—a particular adapter might only work (well) with the SFP/+ port of certain hardware vendors.

The BASE-T wiring is more popular thanks to its simple design and speed support flexibility. Some routers and switches have an RJ45/SFP+ combo, which includes two physical ports of each type, but you can use one at a time.

The Archer BE800 is the first standalone router with no Gigabit ports anymore—the way the Deco BE85 is among mesh hardware. It won’t be the last.

The TP-Link Archer BE800 BE1900 Tri-band Wi-Fi 7 Router Front LED light
The TP-Link Archer BE800 BE1900 Tri-band Wi-Fi 7 Router Front LED light is more of a gimmick than a useful feature.

On the front, the router has a programmable dot-matrix LED screen. You can display a shape or animation or let a text message scroll horizontally—generally not super useful. It’s a gimmick similar to the RGB lights in gaming routers.

But the BE800 is not designated as a gaming router—the way TP-Link calls the Archer GX90 or the upcoming Archer GE800 unveiled in November last year. Instead, it’s another familiar member of the Archer family. (And you can play games with it just fine.)

The table below shows its hardware specs compared to the previous Wi-Fi 6E Archer AXE300.

TP-Link Archer BE800 vs. AXE300: Hardware specifications and real-world power consumption

TP-Link Archer BE800TP-Link Archer AXE300
ModelArcher BE800Archer AXE300
Dimensions11.9 × 10.3 × 3.8 in
(302 × 262.5 × 96 mm)
9.1 × 9.1 × 2.7 in
(232 × 232 × 68 mm)
Weight?4.78 lbs (2.16 kg)3.75 lbs (1.7 kg)
Processing PowerUndisclosed2.0 GHz Quad-Core CPU,
1GB RAM, 256MB Flash
Wi-Fi BandwidthTri-band BE19000Quad-band AXE16000
1st Band 
(channel width)
4×4 2.4GHz BE: Up to 1376Mbps
(20/40MHz)
4×4 2.4GHz AX: Up to 1148Mbps
(20/40MHz)
2nd Band
(channel width)
4×4 5GHz BE: Up to 5760Mbps (20/40/80/160MHz)4×4 5GHz-1 AX: Up to 4804Mbps
(20/40/80/160MHz)
3rd Band
(channel width)
4×4 6GHz BE: Up to 11520Mbps (20/40/80/160/320MHz)4×4 6GHz AXE: Up to 4804Mbps
(20/40/80/160MHz)
4th Band
(channel width)
None4×4 5GHz-2 AX: Up to 4804Mbps
(20/40/80/160MHz)
Backward Compatibility802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax/axe Wi-Fi802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
Wireless SecurityWPA / WPA2 / WPA3
Web User InterfaceYes
Mobile AppTP-Link Tether (optional)
Operating RolesRouter (default) or Access Point
Mesh-ReadyYes (EasyMesh, formerly OneMesh)
USB Port1x USB 3.0
Gigabit PortNone4x LAN 
Multi-Gig Port4× 2.5 Gbps LAN
1× 10 Gbps WAN/LAN
1× 10 Gbps SFP+/RJ45 Combo WAN/LAN
1x 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig LAN/LAN
1x 10Gbps Multi-Gig LAN/WAN
 1× 10 Gbps Multi-Gig/SFP+ Combo WAN/LAN
Link AggregationLAN only (LAN2 + LAN3) LACP or Static
Dual-WAN SupportNo
Power Intake100-240V
Power Consumption
(per 24 hours)
≈ 565 Wh
(as tested)
≈ 465 Wh
(as tested)
Release DateMay 2023October 2022
Firmware
(at review)
1.0.2 Build 20230509 rel.67343(5553)1.0.3 Build 20220907
US MSRP$599.99$599.99
TP-Link Archer BE800 vs. Arhcer AXE300: Hardware specifications

Multi-Gig ports are almost for the win

As mentioned, the Archer BE800 has six Multi-Gig ports and no Gigabit port. And that’s such a satisfying approach for wired networking fans.

For the first time, you almost won’t need to pick and choose in wired performance. “Almost” because you’d still have to juggle between 2.5GbE and 10GbE.

The router’s four 2.5Gbps ports are all LANs—you can’t turn any of them into a WAN port. But you can combine two into a Link Aggregation connection to deliver a 5Gbps link. That’s a nice touch though I’m unaware of any current 2.5Gbps switch or devices supporting the same feature.

Of the two 10Gbps ports, the Multi-Gig/SFP+ combo is the default WAN port—keep that in mind for the setup process—but you can switch that function via the web interface to the other in case you need the SFP+ on the LAN side. Only one of the 10Gbps ports can work as the WAN at a time—you can not use both for a Dual-WAN setup.

TP-Link Archer BE800 BE19000 Tri band Wi-Fi 7 Router Combo Port
A closeup of the TP-Link Archer BE800’s network ports. Note the RJ45/SFP+ Combo.

Overall, the Archer’s Multi-Gig support is excellent—the best so far in home routers—but it could be better if it had all 10Gbps ports or allowed turning one of the 2.5Gbps into the WAN, leaving the 10Gbps ones as LAN.

As is, you’ll need to add a 10Gbps switch, such as the Zyxel XS1930-12HP, TP-Link’s own TL-SX1008, or TRENDnet TEG-S750, to have a top-notch wired network.

By the way, the Archer BE800’s Multi-Gig wired performance proved to be better than that of the Deco BE85 in my testing. Still, don’t expect true 10Gbps from its 10GBASE-T ports, but that’s the case for all home routers.

TP-Link Archer BE800: Detail photos

TP-Link Archer BE800 BE19000 Tri band Wi-Fi 7 Router Retail BoxTP-Link Archer BE800 BE19000 Tri band Wi-Fi 7 Router Out of Box
The TP-Link Archer BE800 comes in fancy packaging.

TP-Link Archer BE800 BE19000 Tri band Wi-Fi 7 Router Box Content
The router includes a large power adapter, a CAT6a cable, and a reset tool.

TP-Link Archer BE800 BE19000 Tri band Wi-Fi 7 Router is Massive
The TP-Link Archer BE800 is massive yet relatively light for its bulky shape.

TP-Link Archer BE800 BE19000 Tri band Wi-Fi 7 Router FrontTP-Link Archer BE800 BE19000 Tri band Wi-Fi 7 Router Back Side
The front and back of the TP-Link Archer BE800. Note how it’s a bit too thin for its other dimensions.

TP-Link Archer BE800 BE19000 Tri band Wi-Fi 7 Router SideTP-Link Archer BE800 BE19000 Tri band Wi-Fi 7 Router Lay Down
Here are the side and bottom angles of the router. It looks more like a desktop computer than a router.

TP-Link Archer BE800 BE19000 Tri band Wi-Fi 7 Router Top Angle
And here’s the router from the top. Note the ventilation holes.

A typical TP-Link Archer router at heart

Despite the Wi-Fi 7, Multi-Gig, and tower design novelties, the TP-Link BE800 remains a typical Archer router on the inside.

It comes with a standard web user interface—accessible via the 192.168.0.1 default IP address or tplinkwifi.net—and can be set up the way you do any standard home router.

The interface offers all the good stuff in home network customizability. The router features can work as a built-in VPN server (or client), the support for Dynamic DNS (with a free TP-Link-based server included, though you’d need a TP-Link login account), port forwarding, remote web-based management, and much more.

TP-Link Archer BE800 Web Interface SystemTP-Link Archer BE800 Web Interface DHCP Server
The TP-Link BE1900 router has a standard set of network settings and features. You can also use the Tether app with it. The app is required for some features, including the customization of the router’s front LED.

As for features, the router comes with simple QoS, Parental Controls, and some basic online protection. Like the case of other Archer routers, if you want a higher level of security, you’ll need to opt for HomeShield Pro, which requires the TP-Link Tether app and a subscription.

I didn’t test HomeShield Pro for this review and don’t plan on trying it in the future.

The app requires a TP-Link login account, like the case of the Deco app for TP-Link’s Deco product line, and is the only way to customize the Archer BE800’s front dot-matrix LED lights mentioned above.

TP-Link and your privacy

Having to sign in with an account generally means your hardware connects to the vendor at all times, which translates into inherent privacy risks. On this matter, the Chinese networking company, among other things, insists that it is based in Hong Kong and offers this assurance:

“TP-Link takes privacy seriously and complies with U.S. policies to protect consumers.”

TP-Link’s Privacy Policy page.

Managing your home network via a third party is never a good idea. Privacy is a matter of degree. Data collection and handling vary vendor by vendor.

TP-Link Archer BE800 Tether AppTP-Link Archer BE800 Tether App is required for HomeShield Pro
The Tether mobile app is required for some features of the Archer BE800.

Notes on Wi-Fi configuration

Like all other Archer routers, the BE800 allows for deep Wi-Fi customization. Specifically, you can set up all three bands as a single SSID (Smart Connect) or name them separately—as different names or the same one.

Additionally, like the case of the Deco BE85 (and presumably any future Wi-Fi 7 routers), there’s an option to create an MLO SSID where Wi-Fi 7 devices can connect using two bands simultaneously. You can also name this SSID to your liking, with or without the “MLO” suffix.

The MLO network generally only works with Wi-Fi 6/6E and 7 clients—the former only connects to one band at a time. This SSID will not work with Wi-Fi 5 or older devices—it requires WPA3.

The 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands also offer three optional SSIDs for Guest networks (one for each band) and two IoT networks (basically more isolated Guest networks).

You can pick the channel, channel width, Wi-Fi standard, etc., and customize each main SSID’se security and Wi-Fi standarD.

TP-Link Archer BE800 Wi-Fi Settings TopTP-Link Archer BE800 Wi-Fi Settings Bottom
As a Wi-Fi 7 router, the TP-Link Archer BE800 has lots of customization for its three Wi-Fi bands.

All of these options generally are a good thing. However, over-customizing or under-customizing can lead to performance issues.

For example, in my trial, when Smart Connect is used, Wi-Fi 6 and older clients often connect to the 2.4GHz, instead of the 5GHz, causing slow real-world speed.

My standard advice. for now, is to name the bands as separate SSIDs and use the MLO SSID exclusively for Wi-Fi 7 devices.

The transition to EasyMesh

Like previous Archer routers, the BE800 is supposedly mesh-ready. TP-Links says it supports Wi-Fi EasyMesh, the new approach the company has slowly transformed its OneMesh into.

Wi-Fi EasyMesh in a nutshell

Wi-Fi EasyMesh is Wi-Fi Alliance’s certification program, first announced in early 2020, that aims to simplify the building of mesh systems.

The idea is that any Wi-Fi EasyMesh-certified hardware from any vendor will work together to form a seamless Wi-Fi system.

The program hasn’t caught on since first announced. By mid-2023, only Netgear has supposedly Wi-Fi EasyMesh-compliant mesh systems—part of its Nighthawk product line. In August 2022, TP-Link said it would join the cause by transitioning its OneMesh over.

Generally, we need the supported hardware of at least two vendors to know the idea of Wi-Fi EasyMesh as a universal mesh approach is real. But even then, things can get complicated in terms of liability or tech support.

Specifically, if a mixed hardware Wi-Fi EasyMesh system is not working as expected, it’s hard to know which hardware vendor is at fault, and consumers might be stuck between two networking companies pointing fingers at each other.

For more reasons than one, users tend to use mesh hardware from the same vendor, and Wi-Fi EasyMesh has so far been a nice idea with little impact. But the concept has no downside—it doesn’t prevent users from keeping hardware of the same vendor—and its adoption might increase over time.

I detailed OneMesh in this post, but the idea is that you can add any mesh-enabled extender or access point to a supported router to build a mesh system. Consequently, you can start with a standalone router and then scale up the Wi-Fi coverage when need be—similar to Asus’s AiMesh or Synology’s mesh feature.

While being mesh-ready is always a bonus, OneMesh/EasyMesh has limited hardware options so far, with none supporting Wi-Fi 7 yet. Hopefully, this will change soon.

TP-Link Archer BE800 EasyMesh
With the Archer BE800, TP-Link’s OneMesh is transitioning into EasyMesh.

TP-Link Archer BE800: Excellent overall performance

I tested the Archer BE800 for an extended time using its initial firmware (1.0.0) as well as version 1.0.1 and the latest 1.0.2.

The newest firmware proved to be much more reliable than the previous two. With it, the router passed my stress test with no disconnection and delivered excellent performance.

It’s worth noting that, as you’ll note in the charts, I tested the router using mostly Wi-Fi 6E and older clients. But like the Deco BE85, I used the One Plus 11 5G with it for anecdotal real-world experience—I don’t use phones for standard Wi-Fi testing.

TP-Link Archer BE800 via One Plus 11 5G
In this anecdotal speedtest, the One Plus 11 5G connected to the TP-Link Archer BE800 at around 3.5Gbps and sustained over 2Gbps out of a 10Gbps Fiber-optic connection.

On a good day and at an ideal location, the phone connected to the router at a higher speed—at around 3.5Gbps—than it did the Deco BE85 and, once in a while, sustained over 2Gbps out of a 10Gbps Fiber-optic as shown in the screenshots above.

When tested via a 10GbE wired connection, the Archer BE800 could pull close to 6Gbps of sustained download/upload speeds out of the broadband connection, but that might have been the speed of the Internet itself at the time. There’s no guarantee you’ll always get full 10Gbps out of a 10GbE Internet.

The Archer BE800 proved that a Wi-Fi device could move from the Gig+ realm into multi-Gigabit for the first time. The future of Wi-Fi 7 is bright! Still, until computer-based clients are available, it’s impossible to know how fast a Wi-Fi 7 broadcaster can be.

TP-Link Archer BE800 Long Range Wi-Fi PerformanceTP-Link Archer BE800 Close Range Wi-Fi Performance
The TP-Link Archer BE800’s Wi-Fi performance when hosting Wi-Fi 6E and older clients.

However, the Archer BE800 worked well with legacy clients. In my testing, most could easily get Gig+ sustained Wi-Fi rates, just like the case of high-end Wi-Fi 6 or 6E routers.

And the coverage was excellent, too. The router proved to have a longer range than the AXE300 and could handle a home of around 2500 ft2 – 3000 ft2 (232 m2 – 279 m2) when placed in the middle. But depending on your home’s layout and material, your mileage will vary.

Despite having no internal fan, (I did not open the case to verify,) the Archer BE800 remains relatively cool—much less warm than the Deco BE85—likely thanks to its bulky and hollow design.

Closer to true 10Gbps wired performance

Like all Multi-Gig routers I’ve tested, the Archer BE800’s wired performance wasn’t near the ceiling of its 10Gbps, but closer compared to others, including the Deco BE85.

TP-Link Archer BE800 Multi Gig Wired Performance
The TP-Link Archer BE800’s Multi-Gig ports’ sustained rates.

In fact, it was the fastest among a handful of home routers with these top-tier ports. And its 2.5Gbps performance was also within the expectation for the port grade.

Home router and 10Gbps grade

A router needs more than just a couple of 10Gbps Ethernet network ports to deliver (close to) true 10Gbps. It also requires high processing power and applicable firmware to handle this bandwidth.

Generally, consumer-grade Multi-Gig routers and switches do not deliver true 10Gbps (10,000Mbps) throughputs. After “overhead”, they sustain between 6.5Gbps (Wi-Fi 6 hardware) to 8.5Gbps (Wi-Fi 7 hardware), give or take. Often, a router’s traffic-related features, such as QoS, security, etc. when turned on can impact its bandwdith.

Many home Wi-Fi routers support the entry-level Multi-Gig, which is 2.5Gbps and can deliver close to 2,500Mbps in real-world speeds.

USB port’s NAS performance could be a bit faster

The Archer BE800 didn’t do as well as the Deco BE85 when hosting a portable SSD. Tested with a WD My Passport SSD via Multi-Gig wired connections, it sustained between 125MB/s and 150MB/s for writing and reading.

TP-Link Archer BE800 NAS Write PerformanceTP-Link Archer BE800 NAS Read Performance

But it wasn’t exactly slow, either, compared with others. At these rates, the router can do light network data sharing or Time Machine backup.

However, considering its many Multi-Gig ports, getting a real NAS server with a 10GbE port is better if you’re serious about network storage.

TP-Link Archer BE800's Rating

8 out of 10
TP-Link Archer BE800 BE19000 Tri band Wi-Fi 7 Router Side Angle
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
8 out of 10
Design and Setup
7.5 out of 10
Value
8 out of 10

Pros

Wi-Fi 7 support; plenty of Multi-Gig ports with two supporting 10Gbps; excellent overall performance; competitively priced

Robust web user interface with a good set of network and Wi-Fi settings

Useful (optional) mobile app; EasyMesh-ready

Cons

No option for 2.5Gbps WAN or Dual-WAN; EasyMesh is limited

Bulky design; HomeShield Pro costs extra and requires a login account; gimmicky LED lights

Conclusion

For now, the TP-Link Archer BE800 is more significant as a true Multi-Gig router than a BE19000 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 7 one. You won’t need to choose—it’s both. And that makes the current $600 retail price friendly. I’ll even call it a good deal.

This router is an easy recommendation if you have super-fast Internet, including the venerable 10Gbps broadband, and only need a single broadcaster. And that’s true whether or not you care about Wi-Fi 7.

And its availability also means price reductions of TP-Link’s previous routers. For example, the 10Gbps-ready Archer AXE300 can now be had for $100 less than its original price!

Overall, TP-Link’s BE800 is a welcome new member of the Archer family, or the Multi-Gig home router community as a whole, by being an exciting option or making other proven excellent options more affordable.

It’s safe to get this Archer BE800 today, but you can also wait until Wi-Fi 7 is fully available. This router will likely get even better via updates, and I imagine its price will only get lower over time.

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62 thoughts on “TP-Link Archer BE800 Review: A New and Promising Multi-Gig Wi-Fi 7 Router”

  1. It would be great to see the benchmark table updated one day to include BE 5GHz / BE 6GHz speeds which will make it much easier to compare it to Deco BE85 in a fair way.

    A stretch request is to also measure two of these in EasyMesh configuration. I understand that BE800 is “primarily” standalone router, and BE85 is “primarily” mesh, but would it make sense to set up a mesh network based on BE800 units for those who don’t care about going through a more complex/involved setup process?

    Thanks!

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    • Not that I know, Kelly. Unfortunately, my basement was flooded during a recent storm, damaging this router and a few others. I’m not sure when or if I can revisit it.

      Reply
      • Wow! I’m really sorry to hear that, Dong. I hope you and your family are okay. No worries. I’ll reach out to TP-Link for an update and post their response here. Best wishes for a speedy insurance settlement and a quick return to normalcy.

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          • As promised, I chatted with TP-Link tech support today via chat. According to the tech rep, the BE800, which uses OneMesh, currently doesn’t support wired backhaul. He didn’t know if or when it will.

            If you need this feature, he advised going with a BE900 instead, which supports wired backhaul via the EasyMesh Network technology.

      • Thought it worth updating as I’m not the only one interested in this feature.

        Now, a few months later, both BE800 and BE900 got firmware update that officially enables wired backhaul.

        Reply
  2. Wonder will the multi-wan feature help me with the stupid 1GB + 1GB plan my telco sold me? Will you be able to do WAN balancing?

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  3. This router, although expensive, looked promising. I want to make sure I understand the WAN con comment. Is a 10Gbps WAN port downward compatible with other multi-gig WAN speeds, like 2.5 or even 1 Gbps?

    Reply
      • So, why this comment under cons in your review if the BE 800 router has a 10Gbps WAN port that’s backward compatible? What am I missing?

        “No option for 2.5Gbps WAN or Dual-WAN”

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        • That means you can’t use one of the 2.5Gbps ports as the WAN port — you’re supposed to read the *entire* review, not just the rating area and then ask questions. Literally, you missed EVERYTHING. 😞

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          • No, I actually did. I just didn’t grasp the concept that some LAN ports could be used for WAN. Sorry. I’m still learning.

  4. For anyone who owns this switch, I recommend some experimentation to try to zero in on the best performing options for your situation.

    I’ve been testing out DNS performance (router’s DNS vs setting client DNS in DHCP settings) and found that the BE800 DNS isn’t bad most of the time, but does sometimes yield lookup times that feel out of line (as in 10x the previous query to the same FQDN, with the router pointed to CloudFlare or Google or UltraDNS).

    The option I’m having the best overall results with, though, is flow control. Disabling Flow Control (PAUSE frames) at the WAN and LAN sides has definitely improved perceived performance for me. YMMV, of course.

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      • Yeah, I know – I was reading about whether or not to try disabling it, and all the articles I was reading mentioned managed switches (which made sense)… when I started writing this comment I guess I still had switches on the brain.

        Thanks for the callout!

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  5. I just returned my RT-AXE7800 and picked up a BE800 to replace it. The RT-AXE7800 wasn’t bad – rather that, if now is the time for to get a new router (and it is for me, leaving an ISP with rented equipment), I’d rather not upgrade it again in a couple of years when more devices support WiFi 7. My wife will also appreciate the device in our living room not resembling an inverted spider.

    The multiple multi-gig ports is anothe reason for the upgrade – I am likely to wire backhaul up into our office and bedroom, and this saves me the need for a dedicated multi-gig switch. This, in turn, justifies part of the cost.

    Performance-wise, I am not in a position to do the sort of testing you do, but anecdotally, I’m noticing slightly better download speeds, and consistently higher upload speeds (from the same WiFi 6E devices, in the same relative location).

    I think I will be happy with this choice – thanks very much for the wealth of useful info in this space!

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  6. I’ve read both of the Wi-Fi 7 router articles now. I know you’re a big proponent for having wired ethernet throughout the house. But let’s say you’re moving into a 2700 sq. ft. home with three stories, and ripping into the walls threat Cat6e cables isn’t an option.

    With that scenario, do you think going into WiFi 7 is the right move, considering that the over-the-air backhaul would have higher bandwidth? Or does it just not matter and getting a solie 6e is the better way to go?

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    • The 6GHz band is the WORST for wireless backhauling so Wi-Fi 6E is not good in your case, Kevin. Wi-Fi 7 might help. That’s remains to be seen. Make sure you read my explainers on the Wi-Fi standards. You can start with Wi-Fi 7. Also, play attention to the details, and not the hype.

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  7. Hey, have you heard anything, or reviewed any Wi-Fi 7 Companion Devices (LAN Dongles, etc.)? Would obviously need one of those to work with the AP…

    Also, any idea if there is a way to enable Telnet on these APs (Netgear one as well)?

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  8. “limited EasyMesh hardware” as a con.

    What are your thoughts about using the BE800 as the base router and adding the two-pack, Deco BE95?

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      • I read the cited ‘article’ but wasn’t sure what I was suppose to garner from that.

        Let me ask in another way:

        What about using another cheaper TP-Link model in AP Mode to serve as a “satellite” across the home, to facilitate some wired connections – and ‘paired’ to the BE800?

        Since asking you my OQ, I’ve since learned that the Deco ‘cylinders’ aren’t OneMesh intended…

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        • You should wait before using Quad-band Wi-Fi 7 hardware. You can use any AP, not necessarily one from TP-Link. OneMesh doesn’t support wired backhauling so only extenders for now.

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  9. hi.
    in terms of performance, for Google fiber 5Gb service, is this the top dog over any of the competition?
    My needs are one 10Gb for my main wired gaming pc. The house is about 3300sq
    If a cheaper router can do almost as good, I don’t mind saving money 🙂

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  10. Hello Dong,
    Do you know which chipset vendor that is powering this router, e.g. Mediatek, Qualcomm or Broadcom?
    Best regards,
    Pelle

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    • TP-Link doesn’t want to disclose that, for now, Pelle. I’ll update the specs table post when that’s available.

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  11. I have been running BE800 router for a week and a half and it has been running without a hitch. Being a Single person and not having 100 current internet devices saving the $100 over BE900 was a better value. Any new devices I purchase moving forward will have WIFI 6E or 7, so having two 5ghz radios was not important to me. Also having touch panels on a front of a router that once I have the router setup on a shelf I am not going to be hitting the panel front of the router anyway. The router is fast and when I use my Pixel phone and my Google Chromebook with WIFI 6e it is fast fast. Also the 10gbs to my gaming rig is amazingly fast for gaming. So I am ready for at least the next 6 years for Internet speeds to grow. I would recommend it.

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    • Nice! Hope you’re not advocating for “being single” as the way of life, though. For many of us, that’s kinda too late. 🙂

      Seriously, glad you liked it. And thanks for the input, Jim!

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      • The router is running great! be glad when they get the final WIFI 7 ieee firmware updates installed for the router. Should be interesting, I am going to do a preorder on a Google Pixel 8 phone that looks to have WIFI 7 will let you know how it works. WIFI 6e has been working good on my old Pixel 6 phone FYI.

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        • Wi-Fi 7 works similarly, James. On a phone, it makes little or no difference, as mentioned, not worth getting a new phone, just for it.

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    • Hey Dong, wanted to give you a update if people have a issue with the 10gbps ethernet connection. I was a Cisco CCIE and should have thought of it sooner. I was getting disconnects from my 10gb Marvell AQtion 10Gbit Network Adapter on my gaming computer when I was downloading large files like from steam. Like a large game file. Then I remember I would have the same issue years ago on my big Cisco switches. Instead of having the Ethernet Speed and Duplex in Windows 11 set to Auto Negotiate. I set it for 10gb full duplex and have been running for weeks, downloading large files and no disconnects. So if you see other on the Internet talking about disconnects on the 10gb ethernet have them set the interface to 10gb full duplex not auto. Thanks for the great reviews Jim.

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      • Thanks for the tip, Jim. I haven’t experienced disconnections as you described but it’s good to know in case that happens with another device.

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  12. This looks good, but I want the quad band goodness of the BE900, of course only if it gets the Dong approval.

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      • For 5ghz heavy usage and stability, Would you recommend this over the mighty asus axe 16000 or tp link axe 16000? I currently have a Netgear rax200 which stresses out often on those bands. I was hell bent on the quad band routers but you have shown me the light!

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      • 👌🏿👍🏿 but nowadays better to get a cat 8 cable as considered quite decent price as compared to older standards

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        • CAT7 and higher is best run behind the wall and not convenient to connect devices. The cables are too thick and stiff and don’t provide any immediately added benefit. For testing, we need to move stuff around a lot. Sometimes less is more.

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  13. I have the BE800 and I concur with everything in this review. For my purposes it has been flawless, fast and has excellent range. I recommend enabling OFDMA for Wi-Fi 6 clients- for improved performance. Also for security disable upnp and WPS.

    As far as the exterior- the antenna design contributes to superior range and the interior space probably helps as a heat synch.

    Finally, at Best Buy- if you turn in your old router or modem- you’ll get 15% off- bringing the price very close to the AXE300.

    I am not sure this device will support a Wi-Fi 7 backhaul. I do not believe it does currently.

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  14. “It’s a gimmick similar to the RGB lights in gaming routers.”
    stop the old grandpa attitude! RGB is not a gimmick, its a simple decoration. Seriously.

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      • I’d say it has these functional benefits:

        1. Tied to Accuweather and displays outdoor temperature
        2. Shows time
        3. The LEDs do give a good indication of the router status, such as Wifi not connected.

        The emoji’s are perhaps “cute” but non functional. You can create your own-but cannot associate them with particular router events. You can also effect their timing- how frequently they change.

        Given where the router is positioned, 1-3 are useful to me. However, I could certainly live without it.

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        • Very true, Lowell. I didn’t say it was completely useless. Not sure if it’s worth getting hooked to the vendor via the required app though.

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          • I understand. Honestly- the state of online security is scary to me. There were two instances where HomeShield Pro detected “intrusion”- one was a wifi extender, that isn’t really needed and had scanned the router’s IP address- so I considered it innocous. I am not sure how effective it is against phishing attacks and malicious sites and I use specific DNS providers to partially address this concern. I am not sure that Homeshield parental controls at the router level will trump those at the DNS level. If it does, that is also helpful. If not, then a change in a browser’s DNS settings would effectively nullify it. Overall router security is dependent on factors that in many cases I have little control over such as the router’s OS, effectiveness of firmware updates, etc. Home router’s don’t have the best track record as far as security either. Of course, aspects of router security are in the control of the owner- such as the selection of the wifi security algorithm, passwords, use of a good VPN provider, etc.

  15. At this point I’m going to wait a bit- the BE900 looks interesting and is not much more expensive. For my setup a couple of BE85/BE95s seem more reasonable but I don’t like the fact it’s not as configurable as the BE800/900s. I’d also like to see what ASUS has to offer in the WiFi7 realm.

    I really dislike the fact that more manufacturers don’t give us the option to swap LAN/WAN ports- I only have 1G internet, there’s no reason for me to waste a 10G port. Being that I have more than a single 10G device, I’d still have to use a 10G switch anyways.

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    • I don’t see the benefit of splitting the 6GHz band into two bands (the way Tri-band in Wi-Fi 5 is) in the Archer EB900 or Deco BE95. That’s especially true right now when there’s no Wi-Fi 7 client yet and the standard is not even certified. That’s why I didn’t pick them to review… We’ll see how it goes.

      But your assessment is correct.

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