In a world of working from home, online schooling, and lockdowns, chances are your phone, tablet, and gaming, and streaming services have been on fire lately and there is nothing more frustrating than poor connectivity and slow connection speeds when you pay for more. The folks at TP-Link have the solution with their brilliant new GX90 Tri-band Wi-Fi 6 gaming router.
The spiritual successor to the Archer AX11000 our favorite router last year that delivered on its promise of unparalleled speed and connectivity, the GX90 brings much of the same performance with some upgraded hardware that promises to take your online experience, especially when it comes to gaming, to a whole other level.
Taking much of the same design cues as the previous iteration, the router looks stealthy and fast with its intimidating matte black and red design cues complete with 8 high gain external antennas capable of outputting 8 streams of powerful tri-band Wi-Fi capable of reaching (connection dependent) a mammoth 6579 Mbps on the 5 GHz: 4804 Mbps (802.11ax, HE160); 5 GHz: 1201 Mbps (802.11ax) and 2.4 GHz: 574 Mbps (802.11ax) channels. Not to mention, users also can use a hardwired connection with its impressive 2.5 Gbps WAN port and four very capable gigabit LAN ports. Thrown in are also 1 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0 ports to complete one of the most comprehensive connected devices on the market today.
The GX90 is powered by a formidable 1.5 GHz Quad-Core CPU with three distinct co-processors and 1GB of RAM, that allows the router to support multiple high-demand connections at any given time. It also features revolutionary OFDMA technology that demolishes latency and increases range plus a powerful array of connectivity features such as 4×4 MU-MIMO, beamforming, range-boost, and even high-power FEM – that enhances transmission power for strengthening signal coverage plus 4T4R that allows multiple streams in the same band to strengthen the fault tolerance in transmission. All these very futureproof features produce solid, reliable, and fast Wi-Fi signals throughout your entire home and/or office.
As this is toted as a gaming router, you also get some brilliant gaming features such as a Game Accelerator that can automatically optimize the connection for your game by giving it a higher connection priority, and thanks to the OFDMA technology, there is incredibly low latency when playing graphic-intensive networked games. We particularly love the Game Statistics option which shows the real-time latency, game duration, and system utilization and the addition of DFS expands available channels automatically so you can access the more vacant lane and boost gameplay even further. Lastly, included with the router is TP-Link’s Homecare service which not only delivers some powerful parental controls, QoS, and even reassuring network safety but also a helpful Game Protector that thanks to regularly updated anti-virus and intrusion protection from industry leaders Trend Micro will check for malicious sites, provide port intrusion prevention, and even infected device isolation while you game.
We are big fans of what TP-Link do, the AX11000 from last year powers everything we do in our office and it has not once failed us in providing superior connectivity and reliable Wi-Fi in our office. The GX90 continues this long-standing tradition by improving where it matters most and is our new recommendation for the best router you can buy in 2021.