TP-Link has unveiled the world’s first Wi-Fi 7 devices for consumers, businesses and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to further strengthen its leadership position in the WLAN market. These devices will potentially change the way we use the internet and interact with technology and TP-Link is poised to capitalize on its first mover advantage in this segment.
Wi-Fi 7 uses the IEEE 802.11be standard which provides superior speed to support extremely high throughput and low latency. Wi-Fi 7 will meet all the different existing and emerging consumer needs and enterprise sector demands for the number of devices that can connect to a network, higher speeds (MultiGig) and ultra latency. -weak. Wi-Fi 7 operates in three bands (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and 6 GHz) and has an ultra-wide channel of 320 MHz. It uses multi-link operation (MLO) to provide higher performance and more reliability.
TP-Link’s announcement of its Wi-Fi 7 product portfolio is a pioneering move to deliver a true gigabit experience. These new Wi-Fi 7 devices join TP-Link’s popular series of consumer routers, gaming routers, mesh systems and enterprise access points (APs).
Wi-Fi 7 powers the consumer router segment
The need for high-performance broadband customer-premises equipment (CPE) has increased as the COVID-19 pandemic recedes. TP-Link’s new Archer BE router series features next-generation Wi-Fi 7 devices that are intricately designed to look good and perform. The routers have an innovative v-fold design and a metal body. The Archer BE series has 12 antennas that can support over 24 Gbps over 16 streams.
The new 6 GHz band can transmit without overlapping existing bands, making it a congestion-free frequency. Powered by the 4096-QAM modulation scheme, this latest Wi-Fi standard promises the fastest speeds and responses that are faster than human reaction, allowing consumers to enjoy gaming and immersive AR/VR experiences without lag-free and one-click streaming of 4K/ 8K videos without buffering. It allows the user to take full advantage of smart home devices.
In addition to new technological advancements, improvements have also been made to additional features such as compatibility with Alexa and Google Assistant, improved parental controls and private IoT network configuration. The Archer BE900 Router – Quadband Wi-Fi 7 will cost $699.99 in the US and will be available from Q1 2023.
Gamers and the gaming industry have not only played an important role in driving demand for broadband broadband, but have also contributed to many innovations in the broadband industry. TP-Link’s new Wi-Fi 7 gaming router, Archer GE800, tailor-made for new age gamers, will redefine the gaming experience. The router offers true 10G speeds, numerous game acceleration functions and a new gaming panel. The GE800 features a 2.5G LAN gaming port that prioritizes “gaming traffic” and a dedicated gaming band that strives to deliver a wired Internet experience in a wireless setup.
WiFi 7 improves the decorating experience
The increasing use and availability of smart home products has resulted in more devices being connected to a home network. Although higher frequency bands offer higher speeds and increased capacity, their propagation within household premises is lower. Consequently, the popularity of mesh Wi-Fi systems has exploded over the past couple of years. TP-Link’s latest Wi-Fi 7 Deco offering expands the capabilities of network equipment to a different area.
The Deco Series promises gigabit whole-home connectivity and is capable of optimized performance through an AI-driven mesh that enables seamless connectivity to other satellite units and smart home devices. The Deco BE95 – Quadband Mesh System (2 Pack) will cost $1,199.99 while the Deco BE85 – Triband Mesh System (2 Pack) will be priced $999.99 in the US and will be available from Q1 2023.
TP-Link’s efforts to make the mesh experience an otherworldly experience are reflected in the advancements the Deco system has to offer. The devices offer high operational efficiency through wired and wireless linking, and provide whole-home coverage through seamless AI mesh to easily integrate and operate IoT devices. The mesh system facilitates the integration of IoT devices by detecting and configuring Tapo and Kasa devices. Deco’s implementation of matter protocol and provisioning to create a network of threads using a dongle aims to unify the smart home ecosystem.
Minimum Effort, Maximum Benefit: Helping ISPs Enable Wi-Fi 7
TP-Link has launched several Wi-Fi 7 offerings to support Internet Service Providers (ISPs) through its Aginet sub-brand. With Aginet, TP-Link aims to offer more pragmatic and agile solutions that meet the needs of ISPs. The fixed wireless access (FWA) market is growing in 2022, especially after the launch of 5G in key regions such as North America, Europe and the Middle East. TP-Link is the first major OEM to unveil a 5G Wi-Fi 7 enabled FWA device in the market, which is expected to be available early next year.
TP-Link also unveiled an industry-first Wi-Fi 7 GPON device for ISPs looking to deliver a premium experience to customers on high data rate plans. The device is capable of delivering speeds of up to 10Gbps and offers hybrid ports for both fiber and copper internet connections. The company also introduced a Wi-Fi 7 router and a whole-home Wi-Fi 7 mesh solution for ISPs.
For the enterprise market, the company has launched two Wi-Fi 7-based access points, EAP780 and EAP770, which can deliver speeds of up to 22 Gbps and 11 Gbps, respectively. The devices are equipped with the company’s Omada Cloud SDN, which allows remote management of the company’s internet connection.
HomeShield becomes more secure with version 3
TP-Link’s native router management app, HomeShield, has received a comprehensive update in its third iteration. The app now offers more online security, an ad blocker for unwanted apps, and a personal VPN for a safer web experience. The app generates a detailed web browsing history report and also displays the time spent on a website by a user.
The HomeShield app provides comprehensive security for all linked IoT devices connected to the Internet by continuously scanning them for network threats. HomeShield also offers security outside the home premises with Norton 360 support, protecting mobile devices from vulnerabilities on open Internet and mobile connections.
TP-Link also offers enhanced parental controls for child safety. The Kid Shield app helps parents monitor their child’s mobile device usage. It offers geo-tagging and real-time location support to monitor their child’s movements. The application offers restrictions on certain websites, limits the internet usage of certain devices and also prohibits certain downloads.
Key points to remember
- The marked digital shift that modern society has witnessed, supported by work-from-home setups and remote learning, has been complemented by upgrades in networking devices across the architecture, from core to CPE.
- As a result, ISPs and OEMs are scaling their networks to meet greater demand for speed and deploying Wi-Fi 6 and 6E devices to replace Wi-Fi 5 ones.
- Mature broadband markets like North America, Europe, Japan and South Korea have seen increased demand for Wi-Fi 6/6E devices. Meanwhile, Wi-Fi 5 offers are sufficient to meet the needs of emerging markets such as the Middle East and Africa, India and Latin America.
- From a technology perspective, the release of Wi-Fi 7 devices is a welcome move. However, with ISPs and consumers still discovering the full potential of Wi-Fi 6/6E, consumer Wi-Fi 7 deployments will take time. It could grow significantly by the end of 2023.
- Broadband is a price-sensitive and performance-driven market. With the market currently lacking Wi-Fi 7 enabled devices, TP-Link’s new releases may very well spur other OEMs and device makers to deploy products sooner to begin garnering rapid Wi-Fi acceptance. Fi 7.
- The era of Wi-Fi 7 has just begun. The offering at your fingertips is just a glimpse of the true power of this latest release. However, the ecosystem must move forward together. Currently, Wi-Fi 7 devices will only cater to the high-end segment of the broadband industry and early adopters.
- To fully utilize Wi-Fi 7 products, ISPs must consistently deliver MultiGig speeds to their consumers. Currently, high levels of investment are being invested in developing Wi-Fi 7 technology as well as achieving high broadband penetration to bridge the digital divide.