TP-Link Archer GE800 Wi-Fi 7 gaming router promises scorching performance, 10 Gbps ports, and thankfully eschews arachnid-style antennas

TP-Link Archer GE800
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If you're looking for a high-end Wi-Fi 7 gaming router but don't like the aesthetics of spider-style routers from companies like Asus, TP-Link wants your attention. The new Archer GE800 is the company's latest Wi-Fi 7 router, aiming to deliver performance and plenty of physical ports to also cater to all your wired networking needs.

Unlike routers like the Asus ROG Rapture GT-BE98 Pro and RT-BE96U, the Archer GE800 looks more mundane in comparison, and that's a good thing. Instead of eight poseable antennas, you get twin vertical blades that are much more elegant. Sure, you get RGB lighting effects to liven things up a bit, but it's by no means an "in your face" design like the competition.

This is a tri-band router, supporting up to 1,376 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band, 5,764 Mbps on the 5 GHz band, and 11,528 Mbps on the 6 GHz band (19 Gbps aggregate). If you need a refresher, Wi-Fi 7 doubles the 6 GHz channel width compared to 5 GHz, which helps to improve performance significantly. In addition, multi-link operation (another Wi-Fi 7 addition) allows for lower latency and greater reliability with dozens of wireless devices on your network.

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You also won't be left wanting when it comes to physical ports; the Archer GE800 features four 2.5 Gbps LAN ports and two 10 Gbps LAN ports, putting it on equal footing with the ROG Rapture GT-BE98 Pro. Both 10 Gbps ports can be used for WAN, which will be a boon for those lucky enough to have multi-gigabit fiber connections to your home. One of the 10 Gbps ports also supports the high-speed SFP+ interface.

On the user interface side, TP-Link provides plenty of features to protect your router and connected devices, including real-time protection for IoT devices, a home network scanner (to identify and quarantine infected devices), and a malicious site blocker (among other enhancements). There are also gaming-specific features, which allow you to dedicate a single band for your gaming devices and provide network acceleration for specific games. You can also set up an FTP, media, or Samba server using the single USB 3.0 ports on the back of the router.

Given the performance and features provided by the Archer GE800, it shouldn't be a surprise that it's pricey. The router has an MSRP of $599, which undercuts the RT-BE96U and ROG Rapture GT-BE98 Pro by $100 and $200, respectively. $599 is still a hefty price for a router, especially when you can find decent Wi-Fi 6E routers for under $300 or less. But for those who want to be on the bleeding edge, the TP-Link Archer GE800 is available now for preorder from Amazon. There's even a $100 instant discount currently available to sweeten the deal, taking the price to $499 if you're in the market for a router upgrade.

Brandon Hill

Brandon Hill is a senior editor at Tom's Hardware. He has written about PC and Mac tech since the late 1990s with bylines at AnandTech, DailyTech, and Hot Hardware. When he is not consuming copious amounts of tech news, he can be found enjoying the NC mountains or the beach with his wife and two sons.

  • Amdlova
    I'am the only one think this is a starwars ship clone?
  • peachpuff
    Until all ports are 10gbps, pc networking is still in the stone age. Why lan has the least innovation/speed increases is beyond me.
  • PlutoDelic
    Nice touch with the SFP+. Still a gimmick device.
  • milleron
    I'd like to know what less expensive TP-Link units can be Ethernet-connected to this router to make a home mesh network that's Wi-Fi 7 throughout the residence. I'd not fancy paying $600 each for a couple more routers to be used with this one for that purpose.
  • Ogotai
    i picked up an 8 port 10g switch for i think around 500 Cdn last november i think it was..

    even the 2.5g switches are still pretty pricey compared to gigabit... until those drop in price, gigabit will be the norm for a while yet....