TP-Link has kicked off CES with an array of new Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E routers including the sci-fi Archer AXE200 Omni with mechanical antennas that adjust to offer the best connection possible. TP-Link is also showing off a new quad-band AXE16000 router with the AXE300 as well as some new Deco models.
If your Wi-Fi is slow, you've got a problem. Whether you have thick concrete walls or just a large house, TP-Link's Deco mesh routers have a packages that can solve the problem with faster speeds and better coverage.
The TP-Link Archer GX90 takes the best features of routers like the AX90 and reduces them to the most important elements. TP-Link created a fast tri-band Wi-Fi 6 router with software to keep your game pings in check even when you have to share the internet with your family.
The Netgear R6700AX and the TP-Link AX21 are both AX1800 dual-band Wi-Fi 6 routers under $100 with plenty of features for most people with easy app setup and plenty of speed. The TP-Link includes OneMesh support for coverage expansion but the Netgear comes with better parental controls and security options.
The Eero 6 and the Archer AX50 are excellent routers, but the Archer ends up much cheaper unless you can get away with just a single Eero. While the AX50's speed advantage is great, an Eero mesh could provide more consistent speeds all over the home when properly deployed.
The TP-Link Archer AX50 is a faster router with an AX3000 connection than the AX21's AX1800 connection, though most people will never notice the difference in speed. However, the AX50 does come with some other great extras like HomeCare, which makes it a better fit for families.
The TP-Link Deco X68 is a fast router with AX3600 speed and a tri-band connection. The third Wi-Fi band allows the X68 to keep speeds higher than the Deco X20 since it doesn't need to share the 5GHz band between devices and the mesh link.
TP-Link's Deco X20 is one of the cheapest Wi-Fi 6 mesh systems you can get with an AX1800 connection and 5,800-square feet of coverage. However, it still falls short of the Meshforce M7's potential tri-band AX2100 speeds with even greater 6,000-square feet of coverage. With software and expansion, the best one for your home comes down to your specific needs.
The TP-Link Archer AX21 is faster than the Archer AX10 though for most people, the difference speed may go unnoticed. Still when it comes to a home network with a lot of device, especially smart home devices, the extra 2.4GHz speed on the AX21 could go a long way.
The TP-Link Deco X20 router is a solid AX1800 WI-Fi 6 option with enough coverage for an apartment or even a small house. You can even add more Decos to expand your coverage if you find the need later on.
This fast tri-band Wi-Fi 6 mesh system has AX6600 speeds with and AI-optimized mesh connections. If you need a ton of coverage with great multi-gig speeds, the Deco X90 is one of a handful of systems with the power to keep up.
The TP-Link Deco M9 Plus is a fast mesh router that can create a strong mesh network from scratch or add on to an existing Deco mesh. The Deco M5 is a great value but it lags behind in overall speed and coverage.
The TP-Link Deco X68 is a well-balanced mesh system with plenty of speed and coverage for most homes. The dedicated Wi-Fi 6 backhaul enabled by the third Wi-Fi band helps this mesh deliver gigabit speeds all over the house up to 5,500 square feet.
The TP-Link Archer AX21 isn't the fastest Wi-Fi 6 router by any stretch of the imagination but it does manage to deliver more than enough speed most people with an AX1800 connection and enough coverage for a three-bedroom home. The Archer AX21 also comes with easy-to-use software and basic parental controls.
The TP-Link Archer AX90 is an incredibly fast tri-band Wi-Fi 6 router with multi-gig Ethernet and a somewhat ostentatious design. If you need to connect a lot of devices and need the extra speed of 160MHz Wi-Fi on DFS without upgrading to Wi-Fi 6E, this is a great choice.