Meshforce M7 Tri-Band Mesh vs Deco X60 vs Google Nest
Meshforce releases another series of mesh wifi, the Meshforce M7 Tri-band AC2100 mesh wifi. How this product is compared, Meshforce m7 vs Deco X60 and Meshforce m7 vs Google Nest?
Following its success with its debut products Meshforce M1 and Meshforce M3 which have received very good response in the market due to their good performance with affordable prices, now Meshforce released new lines of mesh wifi product Meshforce M7.
Meshforce M3 vs M7
Unlike the design of the predecessor models Meshforce m1 and m3 with cube model but with slightly narrower on top, now the Meshforce m7 is designed with round cylinder model as in the design products on Google Nest and also the Deco X60, although they are different styles.
Meshforce m1 and m3 differ in Ethernet ports where m3 is equipped with Gigabit Ethernet ports both WAN / LAN ports while m1 is still 10 / 100Mbps Ethernet Ports, and m7 is now equipped with 1x Gigabit WAN port and 2x Gigabit LAN Ethernet ports. With Gigabit WAN port you may try high speed of DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem – see Arris Surfboard s33 DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem.
The main difference between Meshforce M3 and M7 is the wifi technology applied to each product which Meshforce M7 is designed with simultaneous tri-band ac2100 wave 2 technology, while its predecessors both m1 and m3 still use dual band ac1200 wifi technology.
And of course with three bands mesh wifi, as in general with three-band mesh products one of the @ 5ghz radio bands is used as dedicated backhaul link between nodes, so is Meshforce m7 uses dedicated @ 5Ghz band as the backhaul link. In the previous m1 and m3 series, both series use the share bandwidth @ 5GHz approach, sharing with connected devices.
The following table 1 shows you spec differences between Meshforce m3 and m7.
Table 1 Meshforce m3 vs m7
|Model series||Meshforce M3||Meshforce M7|
|Wifi technology||Simultaneous dual band AC1200||Simultaneous tri-band AC2100 wave 2 with 2×2 MU-MIMO|
|Wifi speeds||867Mbps @5GHz 300Mbps @2.4GHz||867Mbps @5GHz band 1 867Mbps @5GHz band 2 300Mbps @2.4GHz|
|Ethernet Port||2x Gigabit WAN/LAN ports||2x Gigabit LAN ports 1x Gigabit WAN port|
|Coverage||Up to 1,500 sq ft / unit||2,000 sq ft / unit|
|Works with Alexa||No||Yes|
Will this new series of Meshforce m7 be successful in the market? We’ll see how this product compete with other products in the market, see that this m7 is still based on wifi-5 technology while today you can find lots of mesh wifi products are based on latest wifi-6 technology such as Deco X60 and newer model of eero-6 mesh wifi.
Meshforce m7 vs Deco vs Google Nest
Now we will compare Meshforce M7 with Google Nest and Deco X60 which are widely available in the market. Google Nest is still based on the same wifi-5 AC2200 technology as m7, while Deco X60 is already based on latest wifi-6 technology.
Google Nest comes with two types, the main unit is the Nest router that you can combine with one or more other Nest routers, or you can combine with one or more Nest satellite with built-in 360 degree stereo microphone and speaker which also function as Google assistant. In this comparison we compare m7 with three units of Nest routers.
We’ll see how m7 is compared with latest wifi-6 product as you can see on TP-link Deco X60, when your devices at home are still based on wifi-5 standards.
Meshforce m7 is designed with AC2100 simultaneous tri-band wave 2 technology, while the other two competing products are dual band products. See that even though Google Nest comes with AC2200, this product is a dual band mesh router while m7 with AC2100 is a three radio band products.
Like Nest, Deco x60 is also a dual band router, but the wifi technology is different. Deco x60 is based on wifi-6 ax3000, one step higher level of wifi technology than m7 and Nest which are based on wifi-5 (wireless ac) technology.
Are those dual or three radio bands are used for connected devices?
Not all available radio bands are used for users or connected devices. In mesh wifi system that consists of two or more mesh nodes, communication between mesh router and satellite nodes use certain backhaul wifi link either dedicated radio band or share bandwidth of one radio band or dynamic backhaul link from two or three radio bands.
Dedicated backhaul link is typically used in three radio bands mesh wifi with one radio band is used dedicated for backhaul and leaves the other two bands are for connected devices. While in two band mesh wifi the backhaul link uses share bandwidth with connected devices.
Table 2 below shows you spec comparison table between Meshforce m7 and Google Nest.
Table 2 Meshforce m7 vs Google Nest
|Mesh model||Meshforce M7||Google Nest (3-pack)|
|Wifi technology||Simultaneous tri-band ac2100 wave 2 with 2×2 MU-MIMO||Simultaneous dual band AC2200 with MU-MIMO|
|Wifi speeds||867Mbps @5GHz band 1 867Mbps @5GHz band 2 300Mbps @2.4GHz||1,900Mbps @5GHz 4×4 MU-MIMO 300Mbps @2.4GHz 2×2|
|Backhaul link||Dedicated backhaul @5GHz 867Mbps and optional wired Ethernet (not recommended)||Share bandwidth with other connected devices @5GHz Optional wired Ethernet backhaul|
|Antennas||4x internal antennas||Internal antennas|
|Ethernet ports||1x Gigabit WAN port 2x Gigabit LAN ports||1x Gigabit WAN port 1x Gigabit LAN port|
|Range Coverage||6,000 sq ft /3-unit||6,600 sq ft (3-pack)|
|Processor||Dual core 900Mhz CPU with 256MB RAM DDR3||Quad-core 64-bit ARM CPU 1.4 GHz with 1 GB RAM; 4 GB Flash|
|Other features||Works with Alexa||Works with Alexa and Google Assistant Bluetooth® Low Energy (BLE) WPA3 ready Auto firmware update|
|Price (Feb 2021 in Amazon)||$259.00 /3-pack||$465.00 (3-pack routers)|
Table 3 below shows you spec comparison table between Meshforce m7 and TP-link Deco x60.
See that with Meshforce m7, you have two radio bands with aggregated bandwidth of up to 1200Mbps for connected devices while the third radio band is used as dedicated backhaul. With Deco x60, the backhaul link uses share bandwidth with connected devices.
Suppose that the total backhaul link takes half of @5GHz radio band around 1200Mbps, and the other half bandwidth (1200Mbps) is used for connected devices plus up to 600Mbps @2.4GHz radio band (1200 + 600).
Table 3 Meshforce m7 vs Deco x60
|Mesh model||Meshforce M7||TP-link Deco X60 (3-pack)|
|Wifi technology||Simultaneous tri-band ac2100 wave 2 with 2×2 MU-MIMO||Simultaneous dual band AX3000 with 6 streams|
|Wifi speeds||867Mbps @5GHz band 1 867Mbps @5GHz band 2 300Mbps @2.4GHz||Up to 2,402Mbps @5GHz Up to 574Mbps @2.4GHz|
|Backhaul link||Dedicated backhaul @5GHz 867Mbps and optional wired Ethernet (not recommended)||wifi and Optional wired Ethernet backhaul|
|Antennas||4x internal antennas||4xInternal antennas|
|Ethernet ports||1x Gigabit WAN port 2x Gigabit LAN ports||1x Gigabit WAN port 2x Gigabit LAN ports|
|Range Coverage||6,000 sq ft /3-unit||7,000 sq ft /3-pack|
|Processor||Dual core 900Mhz CPU with 256MB RAM DDR3||Quad core processor|
|Other features||Works with Alexa||Home Care antivirus WPA3 ready Bluetooth version 4.2|
|Price (Feb 2021 in Amazon)||$259.00 /3-pack||$325.00 /3-pack|
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