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Archer GX90 vs Netgear Gaming Router Which One is Better

In the middle class ax6000 router, tp-link has released three models of wifi 6 routers, however the one specifically designed for mid-range gaming router is the Archer GX90.

In this article;

Tp-link Archer GX90 

This product is technically almost the same as the previous tp-link product, archer ax90, except for the gaming features. At first glance, the physical body is almost the same as the Archer ax11000 product with 8pcs big external antennas, while the price of the Archer ax11000 has now dropped up to $288. Compared to when it was first released the price was around $398.00. At the same time the new price of the gx90 is around $249.99, the total bandwidth is only halve of archer ax11000. You may like archer ax11000 to consider.

Archer AX11000 vs GX90

Since the physical appearance between gx90 and previous model archer ax11000, many folks are wondering what the specification differences between these two archer series are? There are couples of spec differences between the two product series, and table 1 below indicates spec differences between archer gx90 and ax11000.

Ports

Physically you can notice the appearance is almost the same with the same 8x detachable external antennas and even the same body color and style. However, you can notice that the number of ethernet ports is different. See that archer ax11000 is equipped with 9x rj45 Ethernet ports, but archer gx90 is only 5.

The good thing is that both come with multi-gig wan port for fast internet plan up to 2.5Gbps. Actually for gx90 there is still technical difference for the wan port. You can select which wan port to select either multi-gig 2.5Gbps or 1Gbps to function as wan port. The default is 2.5gbps as the wan port, however if you require internet speed only up to 1Gbps, you can configure the 2.5Gbps as the lan port for multi-gig wired connection to high speed nas device for example.

Other features

Both gx90 and archer ax11000 supports few QoS features including QoS by device; QoS by game accelerator QoS; and QoS by application. And both also feature gaming features including game statistic, game accelerator and game protector.    

The other thing is also Onemesh technology support, this allows you to join other onemesh compliant devices to form whole home network. See the spec differences between the two products.

Table 0 TP-Link Archer gx90 vs ax11000

TP-Link RouterTP-link Archer GX90TP-Link Archer ax11000
Wifi technologyTri-band ax6600 wifi 6 gaming router with 8 streams and Onemesh supportsTri-band ax11000  with 12 streams and Onemesh supports
Signal rates:   4804Mbps @5GHz;
1201Mbps @5GHz;
574Mbps @2.4GHz
4804Mbps @5GHz;
4804Mbps @5GHz; 1
200Mbps @2.4GHz
Processor1.5GHz Quad core CPU1.8 GHz 64-bit Quad-Core CPU
Ethernet Ports1x 2.5Gbps WAN / LAN port;
1x Gigabit WAN / LAN port;
3x Gigabit LAN ports  
1x 2.5 Gbps WAN Port
8x 1 Gbps LAN Ports
USB ports1x USB 3.0;
1x USB 2.0
1x USB-C 3.0 Port
1x USB-A 3.0 Port
Dimension8.3 in x 8.3 in x 2.0 in (212 mm x 212 mm x 51.8 mm)             11.3 in x 11.3 in x 7.2 in / (288 × 288 × 184 mm)
Price$249.99 $215.00

Now back to discuss gx90 and archer ax90 that work on the same ax6600 network segment, however these two router models differ both physically and in special features.

TP-link Archer GX90 vs AX90

As a reference, take a look at the following spec comparison table between the two models (table 1). Both models come with the same ax6600 network segment design with 8 data streams and three radio bands. See that all the technical hardware specs are the same, total number of Ethernet and USB ports are the same.

TP-Link Archer Gx90
Configure WAN port

Both come with multi-gig 2.5Gbps you may configure either as WAN or LAN port. If your internet plan is under 1Gbps you may consider 1.0Gbps LAN/WAN to work as WAN port and you have multi-gig 2.5Gbps port as high speed LAN port for connecting to NAS with multi-gig port.

 The default setting is 2.5Gbps as WAN port; you can manually switch this port as LAN port and select the 1.0Gbps LAN/WAN port as WAN port. Use your web browser and type http://tplinkwifi.net and manually configure the internet setting.

You can go to Internet menu and select which WAN port to use, the default is 2.5Gbps as WAN port. You don’t need to configure this multi-gig port if you don’t require this 2.5Gbps as LAN port, because the default setting of this port is as WAN port.

Game center

What makes this archer gx90 is different with archer ax90 is the gaming center feature. Tp-link archer ax90 is not designed specifically for gaming but archer gx90 is.

If you are a gamer in mind, of course your router should have special gaming features like this gx90 which is equipped with game center that consists of three kinds of game features, game accelerator, game statistics and game protection.

With game accelerator, you can reduce game latency during gaming and of course make your router boost game speed. On the menu select Game center => select Game accelerator and enable this feature.

The fun of you and your children playing games can forget about time, and you can see statistics for how long you have spent playing the game, and from which device you play games can always be monitored via game statistics.

And you as a parent can control your kids by restricting them from accessing inappropriate content that is not suitable for children who are not supposed to access that content. You can take control through their devices, limiting their quota of accessing the internet for how many hours per day. You can control everything through parental control. Both archer gx90 and archer ax90 feature this parental control.

Take a look at the following table below for spec and features comparison between the two models, archer gx90 vs archer ax90.

Table 1 TP-Link Archer gx90 vs ax90

TP-Link RouterTP-link Archer GX90TP-Link Archer AX90
Wifi technologySimultaneous tri-band ax6600 wifi 6 gaming router with 8 streamsSimultaneous tri-band ax6600 with 4×4 MU-MIMO and OFDMA with 8-streams
Signal rates4804Mbps @5GHz;
1201Mbps @5GHz;
574Mbps @2.4GHz
4804Mbps @5GHz;
1201Mbps @5GHz;
574Mbps @2.4GHz
Antennas8x detachable high performance antennas8x fixed high performance antennas
Processor1.5GHz Quad core CPU1.5 GHz Quad-Core CPU
Ethernet Ports1x 2.5Gbps WAN / LAN port;
1x Gigabit WAN / LAN port;
3x Gigabit LAN ports  
1x 2.5 Gbps WAN/LAN Port
1x 1 Gbps WAN/LAN Port
3x 1 Gbps LAN Ports
USB ports1x USB 3.0;
1x USB 2.0
1x USB 3.0 Port
1x USB 2.0 Port
Game centerGame accelerator ; Game statistic;
Game protector
N/A
QoSQoS by device; Game accelerator QoS; QoS by applicationQoS by Deivce
Service kitHome CareHome Shield
Dimension8.3 in x 8.3 in x 2.0 in (212 mm x 212 mm x 51.8 mm)            12.2 in x 8.1 in x 6.8 in (311 mm x 207 mm x 174 mm)
Price$249.99$299.99

So far the archer gx90 is around $50 cheaper than archer ax90.

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Now, let’s compare this archer gx90 with wireless gaming router from netgear, netgear xr1000 gaming router.

TP-link Archer gx90 vs Netgear xr1000

As a reference in comparing these two products you can use the comparison table 2 below. This netgear rx1000 is the latest netgear’s wireless gaming routers.

# Radio bands

The main technical difference between the two products is the number of radio band designs where the gx90 comes with three radio bands while the xr1000 is only dual band. The Gx90 is superior with the addition of the third radio band @5GHz with an aggregated bandwidth of 1200Mbps wider than the xr1000. Of course, the connected devices capacity is more with a wider bandwidth.

Netgear nighthawk xr1000
Netgear nighthawk xr1000
Ethernet Ports

When you feel that your internet speed needs to be increased then you need a higher internet service plan and gx90 is ready with a 2.5Gbps wan port as we discussed above. And your modem must also support multi-gig internet service. Today you can find few cable modems with multi-gig speed offered by few vendors including Motorola, Arris or Netgear. See also new released Motorola mg8725 with wifi 6.

With xr1000 you are only limited to internet services up to 1.0Gbps considering the wan port is only available at 1.0Gbps speed, there is no aggregated link wan ports like on most high end wifi 6 routers such as Netgear raxe500. Even if your cable modem is upgraded to support speeds of up to 2.5gbps like the Surfboard s33 or cm2000, the xr1000 does not support multi-gig wan.

Game features

I have discussed the game center feature offered by archer gx90 above, what about Netgear xr1000?

Xr1000 is equipped with a gaming dashboard interface to control everything related to optimizing gaming including how you share bandwidth with other applications / devices so that bandwidth for gaming remains optimal. Also you can stabilize ping by providing a fast lane by giving game priority. You can also monitor which devices are consuming large bandwidth and you can make adjustments as needed.

And one more thing that makes archer gx90 superior to the xr1000 in hardware is the processor embedded into the machine board. Note in the following table that the gx90 is powered by a quad core processor, while the xr1000 is only a triple core processor which certainly affects processing speed.

Have a look at the following spec and features comparison table between tp-link archer gx90 and netgear nighthawk xr1000.

Table 2 TP-link Archer Gx90 vs Netgear XR1000

TP-Link RouterTP-link Archer GX90 Gaming Router Netgear XR1000 Gaming Router
Wifi technologySimultaneous tri-band ax6600 wifi 6 gaming router with 8 streamsSimultaneous dual band ax5400 wifi 6 router with 6 streams
Signal rates4804Mbps @5GHz 4×4;
1201Mbps @5GHz 2×2;
574Mbps @2.4GHz 2×2
4804Mbps @5GHz 4×4;
600Mbps @2.4GHz 2×2
Antennas8x detachable high performance antennas4x detachable external antennas
Processor1.5GHz Quad core CPU1.5 GHz Triple Core CPU with 256MB flash and 512MB RAM
Ethernet Ports1x 2.5Gbps WAN / LAN port;
1x Gigabit WAN / LAN port;
3x Gigabit LAN ports  
1x Gigabit WAN port;
4x Gigabit LAN ports
USB ports1x USB 3.0;
1x USB 2.0
1x USB 3.0
Game centerGame accelerator ; Game statistic; Game protectorDuma OS 3.0 Geofencing; Application QoS Ping heatmap 
SecurityHome Care powered by Trend micro; Game protector WPA2 / WPA3 WPA/WPA2-Enterprise (802.1x)Traffic controller; Netgear Armor powered by Bitdefender Cyber security; WPA2/ WPA3 ready
Dimension8.3 in x 8.3 in x 2.0 in (212 mm x 212 mm x 51.8 mm)11.61in  x 7.87 in x 2.51 in (295mm  x 200 mm x 64 mm)
WeightUnspecified1.32lb (600g)
Price$249.99$290.00

Now you have enough insight to be able to determine which of these two products is better for playing online games and other applications with your family. Click the following link to read more details and also the latest prices on Amazon (#ads).

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