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TP-Link Archer GX-90 Review

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TP-Link’s Archer GX-90 is a decent gaming router, offering decent Wi-Fi 6 performance, low latency, an intuitive web console, and a gamer-friendly 2.5 GbE port. However, its Wi-Fi range is not good, and its speed is below average.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The TP-Link Archer GX-90 is a mid-range Wi-Fi 6 gaming router released in 2022, promising multi-gig connectivity for gamers and streamers. Featuring tri-band technology, this device sits among the highest-rated routers. Its wide 160 MHz channels provide plenty of bandwidth, and the device boasts eight antennas.

Security protocols like WPA2 and WPA3 ensure that data is safe at all times, and this device also has MU-MIMO, beamforming tech, and other smart features. A 2.5 GbE multi-gig Ethernet WAN/LAN port will appeal to gamers and streaming enthusiasts. Continue reading our TP-Link Archer GX-90 review below, and also explore our 5GHz WiFi vs Ethernet gaming comparison in our detailed post.

Best For

  • Gaming

  • Streaming

  • Tp Link

  • Voip

Consensus

our Verdict

The TP-Link Archer GX-90 is a good router for web browsing. Although its 279.6 Mbps 5 GHz download speed and 75.4 Mbps 2.4GHz download speeds are below average, they are adequate for home use. Like its Archer cousin discussed in our TP-Link Archer AXE75 review, the GX-90 features a low latency of just 20 ms, which ranks in the top 10% for its category and will please streamers.

With a vast range of connectivity options, including a dedicated gaming multi-gig LAN/WAN port, two USB interfaces, and four LAN connectors, this Wi-Fi 6 device is suitable for large homes and workplaces. A web console simplifies managing parental controls and security settings, including a guest network.

That said, this 802.11ax model has no inherent backhaul support and has a limited range measured at just 12.2 m, and if you need a longer-range Wi-Fi 6 router, check out our TP-Link Deco X2 review.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Ease of use
    • The TP-Link Archer GX-90 Wireless Router has a web console, with parental controls and lifetime network security software, so it is easy to use.

Reason to Avoid

  • Below average Wi-Fi speeds
    • The TP-Link Archer GX-90 AX6600 Tri-band Wi-Fi 6 Gaming Router is suitable for gaming and streaming, clocking in at 75.4 Mbps in 2.4 GHz download, ranking below average for its category.

    • It clocks in at 279.6 Mbps in 5 GHz download speeds. It ranks below average for its category.

  • Middling Wi-Fi range
    • With a router range of just 12.2 m, the TP-Link Archer GX-90 Tri-band 802.11ax router has a limited reach and ranks the worst in its category. See our TP-Link Deco XE75 review for a router with a better range.

TP-Link Archer GX-90 Specs

# of LAN Ports# of LAN Ports3
# of Phone Ports# of Phone Portsn/a
# of WAN Ports# of WAN Ports2
App CompatibleApp CompatibleYes
Available StorageAvailable Storagen/a
Band TechnologyBand TechnologyTri
Battery Charge TimeBattery Charge Time
Data Encryption TypeData Encryption TypeWPA3
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star Certifiedn/a
Frequency BandsFrequency Bands2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz, 6.0 GHz
Integrated ModemIntegrated ModemNo
LAN PortsLAN Ports
MU-MIMO SupportMU-MIMO SupportYes
Mesh SystemMesh SystemYes
Number of AntennasNumber of Antennas8
Parental ControlsParental ControlsAvailable
Processor CoresProcessor CoresTriple
Processor SpeedProcessor Speed1.7GHz
Quality of Service PrioritizationQuality of Service PrioritizationYes
WiFi RangeWiFi Range2500 sq.ft
WiFi SpeedWiFi Speed6.6 Gb
Wired SpeedWired SpeedUnknown
Wireless StandardWireless StandardAC, AX, N

All Specs

Test Results

2.4 GHz Download speed (Mbits/s)75.386
2.4 GHz Upload speed (Mbits/s)44.1667
5 GHz Download speed (Mbits/s)279.624
5 GHz Upload speed (Mbits/s)162.68
Router Range (ft)40
Latency (ms)20
6 Ghz Download speed (Mbits/s)0
6 Ghz Upload speed (Mbits/s)0

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Market Context

The TP-Link Archer GX-90 is a mid-range Wi-Fi 6 gaming router released in 2022, promising multi-gig connectivity for gamers and streamers. Featuring tri-band technology, this…

The TP-Link Archer GX-90 is a mid-range Wi-Fi 6 gaming router released in 2022, promising multi-gig connectivity for gamers and streamers. Featuring tri-band technology, this device sits among the highest-rated routers. Its wide 160 MHz channels provide plenty of bandwidth, and the device boasts eight antennas.

Security protocols like WPA2 and WPA3 ensure that data is safe at all times, and this device also has MU-MIMO, beamforming tech, and other smart features. A 2.5 GbE multi-gig Ethernet WAN/LAN port will appeal to gamers and streaming enthusiasts. Continue reading our TP-Link Archer GX-90 review below, and also explore our 5GHz WiFi vs Ethernet gaming comparison in our detailed post.

The TP-Link AX11000 is better for bigger homes, thanks to its range of 45.2 m, which is much better than the 12.2 m of the…

The TP-Link AX11000 is better for bigger homes, thanks to its range of 45.2 m, which is much better than the 12.2 m of the TP-Link Archer GX90 tri-band router. However, the GX-90 has lower 20ms latency, so it’s better for gaming than the AX1100 Wi-Fi router, which clocks in at 235 ms. The tri-band GX-90 is the faster router. (Featuring 5GHz download speeds that average 459.8 Mbps, the TP-Link AX11000 wireless router provides faster Wi-Fi than the TP-Link Archer GX-90, which only manages 279.6 Mbps.) See our TP-Link AX11000 review.

With a range of 41.3 m, the TP-Link Archer C7 Wireless Dual-Band router has better reach than the Archer GX-90 Gaming router, which is limited…

With a range of 41.3 m, the TP-Link Archer C7 Wireless Dual-Band router has better reach than the Archer GX-90 Gaming router, which is limited to 12.2 m. However, the GX-90 clocks in at 20 ms in latency tests, so it’s slightly better for gaming than the 25 ms of the C7. Find details about the C7 in our TP-Link Archer C7 review.

The ASUS RT-AX86S is more suited to gaming because at 15 ms, it scores slightly better in latency testing than the TP-Link Archer GX-90 802.11ax…

The ASUS RT-AX86S is more suited to gaming because at 15 ms, it scores slightly better in latency testing than the TP-Link Archer GX-90 802.11ax router, which returns around 20 ms. It’s also the better option for bigger homes, thanks to its range of 45.7 m, which is better than the 12.2 m of the TP-Link router. Additionally, the ASUS router is much faster. (Clocking in at up to 563 Mbps in 5 GHz download speed tests, the ASUS RT-AX86S is much faster than the TP-Link GX-90, which reaches speeds of 279.6 Mbps.)

# of LAN Ports

3

8

4

4

# of Phone Ports

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

# of WAN Ports

2

1

1

1

App Compatible

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Available Storage

n/a

512MB

128 MB

256MB

Band Technology

Tri

Tri

Dual

Dual

Battery Charge Time

Data Encryption Type

WPA3

WPA, WPA-PSK, WPA2, WPA2-PSK

WEP, WPA, WPA-PSK, WPA2, WPA2-PSK

WPA, WPA-Enterprise, WPA2, WPA2-Enterprise, WPA3, WPA3-Enterprise, WPS

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Score Card

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Expert Score

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • PC Mag
    85.3

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    TP-Link’s Archer GX-90 is a powerful tri-band Wi-Fi 6 gaming router that delivers impressive performance… Read More

    By:

    John R. Delaney
  • PCWorld
    82.12

    Category Trust Rating

    90
    The TP-Link GX90 is a somewhat plain experience in all ways but one: When it… Read More

    By:

    Wes Davis
  • Techradar
    74.71

    Category Trust Rating

    100
    It’s big, bulky and expensive – but the Archer GX90 provides high-speed, reliable Wi-Fi 6… Read More

    By:

    Cliff Joseph
  • Best Buy Blog
    65.33

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    With the popularity of online gaming, it’s no wonder that TP-Link is introducing a Wi-Fi… Read More

    By:

    Andy Baryer
  • Digital Citizen
    69.22

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    TP-Link Archer GX90 sells itself as a powerful Wi-Fi 6 gaming router with excellent security… Read More

    By:

    Ciprian Adrian Rusen
  • Windows Central
    79.33

    Category Trust Rating

    60
    The TP-Link Archer GX90 is a niche choice for people with really specific gaming needs,… Read More

    By:

    Tyler Colp