TP-Link has carved a notable niche in the WiFi networking space. Their ‘Deco’ series was one of the first routers to recognize that consumers may not want their routers to be massive with large antennas sticking out everywhere. It’s a formula that has served them well, one that even Google has given the nod to with their Nest series our routers. As we head into the age of WiFi 6, TP-Link has launched its latest Deco X60 AX3000 mesh WiFi system. Check out our video below for the hands-on and overview.
The TP-LINK Deco X60 AX3000 Mesh WiFi System is WiFi 6 and strikes the right balance between fashion and function. It looks more like an air freshener than a piece of networking equipment, allowing it to blend effortlessly into your home. The two access point system, as shown, covers up to 5000 sq/ft. If you have a bigger place, you’ll want to get the three access point system, which covers up to 7000 sq/ft. If you need even more coverage, you can more units, allowing you to expand it to your back yard or your driveway, allowing your Tesla to grab its updates.
The beautiful thing about a mesh system, unlike network extenders, is that you’ll get one WiFi network, instead of multiple ones. For some devices to work correctly, they need to be on the same network. Because of the way that mesh systems work, this alleviates those issues, and there is no performance penalty. The TP-Link Deco X60 is designated AX3000 because of its rated 3000Gbps of transfer speeds. It’s also a WiFi 6 system giving your supported devices a boost of performance, but it is also compatible with previous WiFi standards, both 2.4GHz and 5GHz.
The consumer-friendly nature of the TP-Link Deco routers has emphasized useful features such as anti-virus, parental controls, and quality of service or QoS features. They call this HomeCare, and it’s all set and forget, and updated frequently with software. The QoS feature allows the network to prioritize data that is important, like things like games, video, and even those Zoom calls. Powerful processing capabilities will enable you to manage up to 150 connected devices.
Setup is straightforward, thanks to an app that you download for Android or iOS. It will run you through the entire setup process, including network names to the critical creation of strong passwords. You can even connect the Deco X60 to Alexa for additional control and customization, like shutting off WiFi to misbehaving children. The Deco X60 is a system meant for easy deployment with pretty much a hands-off approach to network management. So, if you are looking for a powerful network with advanced controls, this would not be the first choice.
The TP-Link Deco X60 AX3000 mesh system is available in a 3-pack (not shown) for $549 CAD. Also available, and as mentioned in the video, is the TP-Link Deco X20 AX18000 system. By its namesake, you will get less bandwidth at 1800Gbps and less coverage (5800 sq/ft), but it’s still great for covering every nook and cranny with WiFi. It will also come in a 3-pack for around $399 CAD.
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