TP-Link’s new 6E WiFi Router uses motorized antennas that automatically adjust as devices move around your home

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There are countless factors that can affect the performance of a home’s Wi-Fi network, from materials of construction, to devices running, to where devices attempt to connect to it. TP-Link’s solution to the latter problem is a new 6E Wi-Fi router with four motorized antennas that move and rotate independently to automatically deliver the strongest possible signal to devices as they move around your home.

The easiest way to ensure your home’s wireless network access is always fast and reliable in every room and on every floor these days is to use a mesh network where multiple nodes spaced around a big house work together to extend the range of wireless signals. However, multiple nodes mean multiple pieces of hardware, and that can get expensive, especially if you’re looking to upgrade to the latest Wi-Fi standard, Wi-Fi 6E. A three-node mesh Wi-Fi 6E system from Linksys will cost you US$1,200 ($1,670), for example. Ouch.

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A more affordable solution to an inconsistent wireless network is to opt for a single wireless router with large external antennas. These can be strategically positioned and angled to direct wireless signals to specific areas of your home, but most consumers don’t realize how these antennas actually work, nor do they know the best way to take advantage of the ability to adjust them, so TP-Link lets its new Archer AXE200 Omni make those adjustments on its own.

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The tri-band router works on the new 6 GHz band as well as the older 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz bands, so it will still be compatible with older wifi devices. Only devices that support Wi-Fi 6E can access the new band. Wi-Fi 6E promises to achieve the theoretical maximum speed of Wi-Fi 6 with more consistency and reliability through the use of 59 non-overlapping channels that simultaneously provide multiple devices with their own private high-speed path over the network. information highway.

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Powered by a 2.0 GHz quad-core processor, the Archer AXE200 Omni also includes a 10G and 2.5G Ethernet port for connecting gaming PCs and video game consoles to the Internet, but the biggest innovation is the four antennas external ones that mechanically rotate and adjust independently. their angles to ensure signals are sent where they are needed most in a home. If most of the devices accessing the internet are located upstairs while people are watching TV or browsing social media in bed at the end of the day, the router will target that area of ​​the house.

It’s a smart idea, but it remains to be seen what these upgrades will add to the cost of the Archer AXE200 Omni – pricing has yet to be revealed. Standalone Wi-Fi 6E routers will still set you back around US$500 ($696), and if the Archer AXE200 Omni ends up being steeper than that, it might be worth upgrading to a mesh solution instead.

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