Wi-Fi 6 products, based on the latest 802.11ax standard, are just now starting to hit the market, and TP-Link is getting in early with a new family of routers debuting at CES 2019. Covering everything from traditional budget and gaming routers to a fresh whole-home mesh networking option, TP-Link has a little something for everyone with its latest lineup.
The star of the show in TP-Link's Wi-Fi 6 family is the Deco X10, a mesh router system that aims to bring the speeds and improvements for handling a large number of connected devices to your whole home. With a mesh network spread across multiple Deco X10 units, TP-Link says that you'll be able to use the Deco X10's backhaul of up to 1.95Gbps to get a consistently speedy connection in every corner of your home.
Along with the Deco X10, TP-Link is introducing a number of new standard routers in its Archer series. The Archer AX11000 is a unit aimed directly at gamers, with aggressive styling and combined tri-band speeds of up to 10756Mbps. The standard array of QoS settings are tagging along here as well, helping to prioritize gaming traffic and kill latency.
The Archer AX6000, meanwhile, ratchets things down a bit with speeds of up to 1148Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 4804Mbps on the 5GHz band. The AX6000 also aims to maintain your connection in busy Wi-Fi areas by intelligently ignoring interference from your neighbors' wireless routers.
Rounding out the family is the Archer AX1800, which offers Wi-Fi 6, without any extra bells or whistles, at a budget price.
The Deco X10 is expected to launch in Q3 2019 at a cost of $350 for a two-pack. Meanwhile, the Archer AX11000 and AX6000 launch this month at $450 and $350, respectively. Finally, the Archer AX1800 is set to launch in Q3 2019 for $130.
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