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TP-Link Wi-Fi 7 Portfolio Gets Gaming, PoE, Outdoor Hardware, Adapters, and Tiered HomeShield Pro

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There's no doubt that the TP-Link Wi-Fi 7 hardware collection is already the biggest on the market. And that's about to get even more extensive.

At CES 2024, the networking company unveiled a long list of additional Wi-Fi 7 devices to complete its portfolio, including a gaming router, more affordable and flexible Deco sets, and PCie- and USB-based add-on Wi-Fi 7 adapters for those wanting to add the new standard to their computers.

GE800 Front
New TP-Link Wi-Fi 7 hardware: The new TP-Link Archer GE800 Tri-band gaming router

TP-Link Wi-Fi 7: A big-time adopter

So far, the networking vendor has introduced the most Wi-Fi 7 broadcasters. Among those, I've worked on two Deco sets, the BE85 and BE95, and three standalone (EasyMesh-ready) routers, Archer BE900, BE800, and BE550. There are also other variants made for specific retailers or markets.

But the company hasn't had products in all market sections until those announced today. Let's start with its first Wi-Fi 7 gaming router.

TP-Link Wi-Fi 7 Archer GE800: An impressive gaming router

The Archer GE800 is arguably the most impressive Wi-Fi machine among the TP-Link family. The new router takes the shape of the Upsilon-class command shuttle in Start Wars with two wings on the sides, each equipped with programmable "dynamic RGB lighting" underneath.

On the inside, this is a Tri-band BE19000 router—similar to the case of the Asus RT-BE96U or the Archer BE800—with top-tier Wi-Fi specs on each band. Additionally, per TP-Link, it comes with a ton of game-enhancing features. Specifically, unlike its predecessors, namely the Archer AX11000 or GX90, the Archer GE800 seems to be the first TP-Link Wi-Fi machine with actual gaming features, including:

  • Accelerate Game Applications with QoS
  • Accelerate Game Devices with Gaming Port
  • Game Servers Acceleration by WTFast GPN
  • Accelerate Mobile Games
  • Game Detector
  • Preset Profile for Games' Ports
  • Real-time Game Statistics (Network Traffic, Network PING, Game Radar, One-click Game Acceleration Button)
  • Devices and Apps Traffic Monitor
  • Dedicated Gaming Band

On the wired networking front, like the case of the Archer BE800, the TP-Link Archer GE800 has two 10Gbps Multi-Gig ports—one is a BASE-T/SFP+ combo—and four 2.5Gbps LAN ports instead of Gigabit, enough to turn most home network into full multi-Gigabit by itself.

GE800 Hero
The Archer GE800 comes with cool RBG lighting and a host of gaming-related features.

TP-Link says the new Archer GE800 will start shipping in the second quarter of the year with the suggested retail price of $600. The table below shows its full hardware specs.

Hardware specifications: Archer GE800 vs. Archer BE800 vs. Archer AXE300

GE800 thumbTP-Link Archer BE800TP-Link Archer AXE300
ModelArcher GE800 Archer BE800Archer AXE300
DimensionsTBD11.9 × 10.3 × 3.8 in
(302 × 262.5 × 96 mm)
9.1 × 9.1 × 2.7 in
(232 × 232 × 68 mm)
WeightTBD‎4.78 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)
4x4 2.4GHz BE: Up to 1376Mbps
(20/40MHz)
4x4 2.4GHz AX: Up to 1148Mbps
(20/40MHz)
2nd Band
(channel width)
4x4 5GHz BE: Up to 5760Mbps (20/40/80/160MHz)4x4 5GHz-1 AX: Up to 4804Mbps
(20/40/80/160MHz)
3rd Band
(channel width)
4x4 6GHz BE: Up to 11520Mbps (20/40/80/160/320MHz)4x4 6GHz AXE: Up to 4804Mbps
(20/40/80/160MHz)
4th Band
(channel width)
None4x4 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)
Gaming-related FeaturesYesNo
Operating RolesRouter (default) or Access Point
Mesh-ReadyYes
(EasyMesh)
USB Port1x USB 3.0
1x USB 2.0
1x 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)
TBD≈ 565 Wh
(as tested)
≈ 465 Wh
(as tested)
Release DateQ2 2024May 2023October 2022
Firmware
(at review)
(not yet reviewed)1.0.2 Build 20230509 rel.67343(5553)1.0.3 Build 20220907
US MSRP$599.99$599.99$599.99
TP-Link Archer GE800 vs. Arhcer AXE300: Hardware specifications
Deco BE25 OutdoorDeco BE65 5G
New TP-Link Wi-Fi 7 hardware: The Deco BE25-Outdoor vs. Deco BE65-5G mesh router.

More affordable Deco with outdoor and PoE options

In addition to the GT800, TP-Link also unveiled at CES 2024 a few more Deco mesh sets, including the Deco BE75, Deco BE65, and Deco BE25. As the names suggest, these have lesser hardware specs compared to the Deco BE85 while sharing the same feature sets and apps. They use Mult-Gig ports as the norm.

What's most noteworthy is the two Deco BE65 variants, the BE65-5G and BE65-PoE, that have built-in cellular modem and support power-over-Ethernet, respectively. Additionally, the BE25-Outdoor is the first Wi-Fi 7 mesh hardware designed with an IP65 rating for dust and water resistance. You can build a mesh system of mixed hardware from these models to meet any home's demand.

According to TP-Link, these mesh options are going to be available during 2024, with their pricing being announced then.

Deco BE65 PoE
New TP-Link Wi-Fi 7 hardware: The 3-pack Deco BE65-PoE mesh system.

Add-on Wi-Fi 7 adapter cards

To enjoy Wi-Fi 7, you need to have a computer that supports the standard. Soon, you can buy new machines with a built-in adapter. Until then, in the past few months, the Intel BE200 has been the only option to add Wi-Fi 7 to an existing Intel-based computer.

That's about to change.

Today at CES 2024, TP-Link announced its first two Wi-Fi 7 network adapters. The first one is the Archer TBE550E, an E9300 adapter with Bluetooth 5.4 that uses a PCIe connection to add Wi-Fi 7 to any desktop computer with an available PCIe slot. It's a top-tier 2x2 adapter with a 320MHz channel with support similar to the case of the Intel BE200. It can deliver up to 5.7Gbps of negotiated theoretical speed.

The second adapter is the Archer TBE400UH BE6500 USB card that features 2x2 160MHz Wi-Fi 7 specs, like the Intel BE202 chips—with up to 2.8Gbps of theoretical speed. In a way, it's the Wi-Fi 7 version of the Netgear A8000 Wi-Fi 6E adapter. As such, it comes with two collapsible antennas and can be plugged directly into a USB-A port, practically turning any existing computer Wi-Fi 7-ready. There's also a detachable base for easy placement.

Unlike the Intel counterparts, these TP-Link cards work with all Windows 11 computers, regardless of their processor. Both come with software drivers via USB storage. TP-Link says they will be available "soon" with the suggested price of around $80 each.

TP-Link Archer TBE400U USB Wi-Fi 7 adapterTP-Link Archer TBE550E Wi-Fi 7 adapter
TP-Link Wi-Fi 7 hardware: Its first add-on adapters. The USB-based Archer TBE400UH BE6500 and PCIe-based Archer TBE550E E9300.

Tiered HomeShield Pro

Together with the new hardware, TP-Link also announced a change in its HomeShield Pro. This add-on package gives users advanced networking features, including QoS, Parental Controls, network security, comprehensive reports, and more.

The network vendor said that while the free version of the add-on, called HomeShield, remains the same, the Pro version is now divided into three tiers, including Security+, Advanced Parental Controls, and the Total Security package, each with its separate pricing to offer users flexible options.

It's currently unclear how much each of these tiers will cost, but the existing HomeShield Pro, which is likely equivalent to the new "Total Security" package, goes for $5.99/month or $55/year.

Breaking down the package can be a welcome change in terms of cost—some users don't need certain features, such as Parental Control. However, overall, charging a premium to use certain features is always controversial. Other networking vendors, such as Asus, Synology, or Ubiquiti, give users all similar features for free.

The takeaway

It's the support from the hardware vendors that's made Wi-Fi 7 the fastest adopted among all Wi-Fi standards to date. And with this announcement from TP-Link alone, it's safe to say 2024 will be a big year for the latest Wi-Fi standard that was officially out of draft yesterday.

I plan to take at least a few of the new products mentioned here out for a spin when they are available. Check back for more. In the meantime, below is the list of current TP-Link Wi-Fi 7 hardware you can purchase today.

ModelNameAvailabilityPrice
(at launch)
Deco BE95 BE33000 Quad-Band Mesh Wi-Fi 7 System May 2023$1799.99 (3-pack)
$1,199.99 (2-pack)
Deco BE85 BE22000 Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi 7 System May 2023$1,499.99 (3-pack)
$999.99 (2-pack)
Deco BE63 BE10000 Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi 7 System November 2023$799.99 (3-pack)
$549.99 (2-pack)
Archer BE900BE24000 Quad-Band Wi-Fi 7 RouterMay 2023$699.99 (single router)
Archer BE800BE19000 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 7 RouterMay 2023$599.99 (single router)
Archer BE550BE9300 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 7 RouterOctober 2023$299.99 (single router)
TP-Link Wi-Fi 7 hardware: The networking vendor's currently available mainstream routers and mesh system
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2 thoughts on “TP-Link Wi-Fi 7 Portfolio Gets Gaming, PoE, Outdoor Hardware, Adapters, and Tiered HomeShield Pro”

  1. Thanks Dong, riveting stuff. It was like watching a favourite TV series with all the twists and turns of the new entrants and now in the season finale cliff hanger, WiFi 7 is out of draft 🙂 But season 2 is already in production 🙂

    Your post on “Dual-band vs Tri-band vs Quad-band” is a good compliment to this article and helped me understand a little more on the differences between Archer AXE300 and the other 2

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