TP-Link launches the world's first Wi-Fi 7 router--BE900

While Wi-Fi 6/6E routers have not yet been fully popularized, TP-Link recently launched the "world's first" Wi-Fi 7 router-BE900 based on the upcoming IEEE specification. The price is $699.99 (about 4970 yuan). And the company is actively expanding its Wi-Fi 7 product line, including the flagship Archer router series, Deco products for whole-home coverage, and many other products for the business environment.

Wi-Fi 7 is technically called 802.11BE, and as the successor of Wi-Fi 6/6E, it provides faster transmission speed and lower latency. Through multi-link operation (MLO), Wi-Fi 7 allows devices to connect to both 5Ghz and 6Ghz spectrums at the same time.

Like previous generations, it will support backward compatibility with Wi-Fi 6, 5, and older devices, but will require you to purchase new devices to take advantage of Wi-Fi 7's higher-capacity 320MHz channels (Wi-Fi 6E supports up to 160MHz channels).

TP-Link's first Wi-Fi 7 router is the flagship quad-band Archer BE900, priced at $699.99, which looks a bit like a Western Digital hard drive, with LED lights and a touch screen. The front can be swiped to reveal the clock, weather, and wireless stats. In addition, there is a grid of LED lights that can display emojis such as winking. Other features include support for OpenVPN and a private IoT network for smart devices.

Under the premise provided by the ISP operator, the Archer router can realize 10Gbps Internet service. The BE900 offers a 10Gb SFP + Fiber WAN combo option plus an additional 10Gb WAN port which can also be used as a LAN. You also get four more 2.5G Ethernet ports to set yourself up for a fast wired network. The BE900 will be available for pre-order starting December 31 and will ship in the first quarter of 2023.

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