At the ongoing CES 2020 expo in Las Vegas, US, TP-Link was among various brands that showcased their new Wi-Fi 6 mesh router systems. The company announced several models that cost as low as $190 for a two-piece kit and going as high as $450 for a two-piece kit. TP-Link also announced its Wi-Fi 6 range extenders, Wi-Fi 6 adapters for PCs, and standalone Wi-Fi 6 routers at the show floor.
Let us have a look at the company’s Wi-Fi 6 offerings, including mesh routers, standalone routers, adapters, and range extenders.
TP-Link Deco Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Routers Start At Just $190
TP-Link’s new Deco lineup of mesh routers includes the Deco X20 (AX1800), Deco X60 (AX3000), and Deco X90 (AX6600). The Deco X90 is a two-piece kit and costs $450. It is a tri-band router that uses 2.4GHz band for up to 574Mbps speeds, one 5GHz band for up to 1,201Mbps speeds, and one 5GHz band (dedicated for backhaul connections) for up to 4,804Mbps speeds.
The TP-Link Deco X60 is a dual-band router with up to 574Mbps speeds on the 2.4GHz band and up to 2,402Mbps speeds on the 5GHz band. There’s no dedicated band for backhaul connections between the router and the satellites. This two-piece kit costs $270. The cheapest Wi-Fi 6 mesh router system from TP-Link is the Deco X20, which features a total bandwidth of 1800Mbps (574Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 1,201Mbps on the 5GHz band).
- TP-Link Deco X20 AX1800 Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Router (Dual-Band, Two-Piece Kit): $190, March 2020
- TP-Link Deco X60 AX3000 Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Router (Dual-Band, Two-Piece Kit): $190, March 2020
- TP-Link Deco X90 AX6600 Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Router (Tri-Band, Two-Piece Kit): $190, April 2020
All these Deco mesh Wi-Fi router systems feature 1024 QAM, OFDMA, WPA3 encryption, and MU-MIMO antennas for incoming and outgoing connections. There’s support for a setup process via a smartphone app and compatibility with Amazon’s Alexa (with voice controls via Alexa).
TP-Link Deco X96 Will Come Soon With Wi-Fi 6E
The TP-Link Deco X96 (AX6600) will be the flagship Wi-Fi mesh router from the company, though, featuring the all-new Wi-Fi 6E branding. If you don’t know already, Wi-Fi 6E branding is awarded to only those devices that can use the upcoming 6GHz band (pending clearance from regulators). The Deco X96 will use the 6GHz channel dedicated to backhaul connections, offering two 5GHz channels for users to transmit data.
Other features, including setup and customisation via TP-Link’s app, 1024 QAM, OFDMA, MU-MIMO, and Alexa compatibility remain similar to other Deco X-series mesh Wi-Fi routers.
TP-Link Archer Series Is Getting Two New Wi-Fi 6 Routers
The TP-Link Archer AX90 and the TP-Link Archer GX90 are the two new standalone Wi-Fi 6 routers. These tri-band routers have eight antennas each and can use the Wi-Fi 6 band dedicated for gaming data. They also come with features like device prioritisation and latency log.
The Archer AX90 will cost $300 and will be available in April 2020, while the gaming-focused Archer GX90 will be priced at a $30 premium (priced at $330) and will be available by the end of summer 2020.
The company will also launch a Wi-Fi 6 PCIe adapter, the TP-Link TX3000E, for desktop PCs, and it will cost just $50. It will also feature Bluetooth 5.0 for connecting wireless peripherals like gaming controllers, wireless earphones, keyboards, and mice.