TP-Link Archer AX90 AX6600 vs Netgear Rax70 vs Asus Rt-ax89u

TP-link launched other series of wifi6 routers, the Archer ax90 ax6600, Archer ax3200 and Archer ax73 ax5400. I’ll focus on Archer ax90 ax6600 wifi-6 router and compare it with Netgear rax70 and Asus rt-ax89u?

Archer new series

Before we discuss Archer ax90, it is better if we examine differences from these three Archer series.  These three series differ in the wifi technology that is applied to each product, pay attention to the ‘wifi’ row in the comparison table for the three products below. With different wifi designs, different antenna designs from each series are also different.

Ethernet and USB Ports

Besides the difference in wifi, the interface ports are also different. The Archer ax90 and Archer ax3200 are equipped with the same Ethernet and USB port interfaces, while the Archer ax73 is slightly different

Look at the comparison table for the three product series below.

Table 1

 Archer ax90Archer AX3200Archer ax73
WifiSimultaneous tri-band ax6600 (4,800 + 1,200 + 574); 8 streamsSimultaneous tri-band ax3200 (1,440 + 1,200 + 574); 7-streamsSimultaneous dual band ax5400 (4,800 + 574); 6-streams
Antennas8x fixed antennas 4T4R / 4×4 MU-MIMO7x fixed antennas  3T3R / 3×3 MU-MIMO6x fixed antennas  4T4R – / 4×4 MU-MIMO
Processor1.5 GHz Quad-Core CPU1.5 GHz Quad-Core CPU1.5 GHz Triple-Core CPU
Ethernet Ports1x 2.5 Gbps WAN/LAN Port; 1x 1 Gbps WAN/LAN Port; 3x 1 Gbps LAN Ports1x 2.5 Gbps WAN/LAN Port; 1x 1 Gbps WAN/LAN Port; 3x 1 Gbps LAN Ports            1x Gigabit WAN Port; 4x Gigabit LAN Ports;   Static Link Aggregation (LAG) available with 2x LAN ports
USB Ports1x USB 3.0 port; 1x USB 2.0 port1x USB 3.0 port; 1x USB 2.0 port1x USB 3.0 port
WPA 3 readyYesYesYes
Network securityHomeShieldN/AHomeShield

Archer ax90

Previously, TP-link had released the archer ax6000 which becomes the main competitor of the popular products released by netgear, the Netgear rax80 and also Asus rt-ax88u. See also the article comparison between Archer ax6000 vs Netgear ax6000 wifi6 router.

Besides the existing archer ax6000, TP-link adds two other series that work at higher and lower series of ax6000, the Archer Ax90 that works at the ax6600 network segment and the ax73 archer at the ax5400. What are the main differences between the previous archer ax6000 and the new archer ax90 ax6600 series?

Archer ax6000 vs Archer ax90

Physically, the design of these two products is different in style, even though they both use the same eight external antennas. The Archer ax6000 is symmetrically designed with two antennas on each corners of the body. While the archer ax90 antenna design is not positioned symmetrically like the archer ax6000 but four antennas at the rear body while the other four located at the right and left side of the body.

TP-link Archer ax90 ax6600
TP-link Archer ax90 ax6600

Please refer to table 1 below, see that the main different is the dual band vs tri-band technology applied to each of the series and of course the corresponding wifi speeds each radio band is also different.

Port interfaces

Note that the 2.5Gbps port on Archer ax90 can be used either as a wan port if your ISP provides services up to 2gbps, or it can be used as a LAN port if you need a multi-gig wired connection, such as for high speed NAS connection with 2.5Gbps port. On the other hand, the Archer ax6000 also has 2.5gbps port, but only designed as a WAN port.

Table 1 Archer ax90 vs archer ax6000

Wifi 6 RouterTP-Link Archer AX90TP-link Archer AX6000
Wifi technologySimultaneous tri-band ax6600 with 4×4 MU-MIMO and OFDMA with 8-streamsSimultaneous dual band ax6000 with 4×4 MU-MIMO and OFDMA with 8 streams
Wifi speeds5 GHz: 4804 Mbps (802.11ax, HE160) 5 GHz: 1201 Mbps (802.11ax) 2.4 GHz: 574 Mbps (802.11ax)Up to 4,804Mbps @5GHz Up to 1148Mbps @2.4GHz
Antennas8x High power Fixed High-Performance Antennas 8x Fixed High gain High-Performance Antennas
Ethernet ports 1x 2.5 Gbps WAN/LAN Port 1x 1 Gbps WAN/LAN Port 3x 1 Gbps LAN Ports1x 2.5Gbps WAN port, 8x 1.0Gigabit LAN ports, Static Link Aggregation (LAG) available with 2× LAN ports
USB ports1x USB 3.0 Port 1x USB 2.0 Port2x USB 3.0 in Type A and Type C
Processor1.5 GHz Quad-Core CPU1.8 GHz 64-bit Quad-Core CPU and 2 co-processors with 8GB RAM
SecurityWPA WPA2 WPA3 WPA/WPA2-Enterprise (802.1x) HomeShield SecurityWPA WPA2 WPA3 A free lifetime subscription of TP-Link HomeCareTM
ModesRouter Mode Access Point ModeRouter Mode Access Point Mode
Price $329.99$269.99

In addition, archer ax6000 has more four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports with total of 9 ports as opposed to only 5 ports.

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How will this new series of Archer ax90 ax6600 wifi-6 router compete with other two competing products new series of Netgear rax70 ax6600 and Asus rt-ax89u wifi-6 router?

Archer ax90 vs Netgear vs Asus

Previously, Netgear has also added two new series in addition of Netgear rax80 ax6000 which is the first generation of Netgear products with wifi-6 technology. The two new series are Netgear rax70 ax6600 and Netgear rax78 ax6200.

Table 2 below shows you spec comparison table for TP-link Archer ax90 vs Netgear rax70, both are new series of ax6600 routers. The other product that also needs to compare with Archer ax90 is the Asus rt-ax89x ax6000 wireless gaming router, one of Asus ax6000 routers in addition of rt-ax88u. See also Asus ax6000 vs Netgear ax6000 routers.

Netgear rax70 ax6600 wifi6 router
Netgear rax70 ax6600 wifi6 router

Wifi

Both these new series of Archer ax90 and Netgear rax70 are tri-band wifi-6 routers that work at ax6600 network segment with 8-streams. On the other hand, Asus rt-ax89x is designed with 12-streams, 8-streams @5GHz radio bands and 4-streams @2.4GHz band. Archer and Netgear are designed with 4×4 MU-MIMO only at 4,800Mbps @5GHz band.

What the bandwidth of each radio bands as seen on wifi speeds row on the following tables.

Table 2 Archer ax90 vs Netgear

Wifi 6 RouterTP-Link Archer AX90Netgear rax70 ax6600
Wifi technologySimultaneous tri-band ax6600 with 4×4 MU-MIMO and OFDMA with 8-streamsSimultaneous tri-band ax6600 with 8-streams with 4×4 MU-MIMO
Wifi speeds5 GHz: 4804 Mbps (802.11ax, HE160) 5 GHz: 1201 Mbps (802.11ax) 2.4 GHz: 574 Mbps (802.11ax)600Mbps @2.4GHz  2×2 1,2Gbps @5GHz 2×2 4.8Gbps @5GHz 4×4
Antennas8x High power Fixed High-Performance Antennas  with beamforming4x Internal antennas with beamforming
Ethernet ports 1x 2.5 Gbps WAN/LAN Port 1x 1 Gbps WAN/LAN Port 3x 1 Gbps LAN Ports1xGigabit WAN Port 4xGigabit LAN ports, dual Gigabit Ethernet port aggregation
USB ports1x USB 3.0 Port 1x USB 2.0 Port1x USB 3.0 port
Processor1.5 GHz Quad-Core CPUPowerful Quad-Core 64-bit 1.5GHz Processor   
SecurityWPA WPA2 WPA3 WPA/WPA2-Enterprise (802.1x) HomeShield SecurityNETGEAR Armor Cybersecurity
Price$329.99$296.00

Ethernet Ports

While Netgear rax70 is only equipped with 5x gigabit Ethernet ports, the archer ax90 and asus rt-ax89x are equipped with multi-Gigabit Ethernet ports. Archer ax90 is equipped with a 2.5Gbps port which can be used for either WAN or LAN port. On the other hand, the Asus is equipped with a super fast 10Gbps which can be used as either WAN or LAN port. Is there a need for a 10Gbps port for internet or LAN?

Asus rt-ax89x ax6000 router
Asus rt-ax89x ax6000 router

So far the Surfboard s33 and Netgear cm2000 DOCSIS 3.1 cable modems are equipped with 2.5Gbps port.

Table 3 Archer ax90 vs Asus

Wifi 6 RouterTP-Link Archer AX90Asus rt-ax89x
Wifi technologySimultaneous tri-band ax6600 with 4×4 MU-MIMO and OFDMA with 8-streamsSimultaneous dual band ax6000 MU-MIMO and OFDMA with 12 streams
Wifi speeds5 GHz: 4804 Mbps (802.11ax, HE160) 5 GHz: 1201 Mbps (802.11ax) 2.4 GHz: 574 Mbps (802.11ax)802.11ac : up to 1000 Mbps 802.11ac (5GHz) : up to 4333 Mbps 802.11ax (2.4GHz) :  up to 1300 Mbps 802.11ax (5GHz) : up to 4804 Mbps
Antennas8x High power Fixed High-Performance Antennas  with beamforming8x dual band external antennas 2.4 GHz 4 x 4 5 GHz 8 x 8  
Ethernet ports 1x 2.5 Gbps WAN/LAN Port 1x 1 Gbps WAN/LAN Port 3x 1 Gbps LAN Ports1x RJ45 for 10Gbps BaseT for WAN/LAN 8x RJ45 for 1Gbps BaseT for LAN 1x RJ45 for 1Gbps BaseT for WAN
USB ports1x USB 3.0 Port 1x USB 2.0 Port2x USB 3.1 Gen 1
Processor1.5 GHz Quad-Core CPU2.2GHz quad core processor with 256MB flash and 1GB RAM
SecurityWPA WPA2 WPA3 WPA/WPA2-Enterprise (802.1x) HomeShield SecurityWPA3 AiProtection Pro powered by Trend Micro a commercial grade security protection
Price$329.99$449.99

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You may like all-in-one device – Asus cm-ax6000 cable modem router combo that combines ax6000 wifi-6 router and built-in DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem.

For new latest wifi-6e technology, you may like to see Asus Rog rapture gt-axe11000 wifi-6e router and Netgear raxe500, new generations of wifi 6e technology with 6GHz radio band. And also new adapters that supports 6GHz radio band – various models of wifi 6e tri-band PCIe adapters.

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