Tenda Nova MW12 vs Deco M9 vs Meshfofrce M7

The competition for low-middle class wifi mesh products with AC2100 network segment is very tight, many small to large network vendors have released this low to middle class products including Tenda with Nova series, Meshforce with M7 series and big vendor TP-link with Deco series. Most small to medium class mesh products are tagged under $300 for two or three packs per kit.

Tenda Nova Series

Tenda is one of the medium class vendors that releases few series of mesh wifi products at economical prices as well as the newcomer Meshforce with the Meshforce m3 series and the latest series is Meshforce M7. These two vendors will compete with similar products from major vendors such as TP link with Deco series, particularly Deco M9 Plus series.

Nova MW6 and MW12

Tenda released couples of mesh wifi series, including the Mw6 series, which was quite successful in the market at a cheap price, followed by the new Mw5c and Mw12 series. Nova Mw5 is still dual band like Mw6 but for the Nova mw12 series there are major differences. What are the main differences between the nova mw6 and nova mw12 can be seen in the following table 1 below.

Tenda Nova MW12 AC2100
Tenda Nova MW12 AC2100


The main difference between the nova mw6 and mw12 is the dual band on mw6 as opposed to three-band on nova mw12. Does the addition of one radio band mean a lot, of course because this @ 5GHz radio band addition serves as a dedicated backhaul and also becomes an additional band in turbo backhaul mode where the three radio bands become dynamic backhaul to ensure optimal traffic between connected devices and backhaul link communication between nodes.

Despite the major difference in tri-band, the addition of an Ethernet port from two to three ports is also advantageous when you still need more wired connection for Ethernet-based devices.

Pay attention to the following table details for nova mw6 vs nova mw12.

Table 1 Nova mw6 vs mw12

Nova seriesTenda Nova MW6Tenda Nova MW12
Wifi technologySimultaneous Dual band ac1200  with 2×2 MU-MIMO wave 2 (up to 9 Nova mw6  nodes)Simultaneous tri- band ac2100  with 2×2 MU-MIMO wave 2 (up to 12 Nova mw12  nodes)
Wifi speeds867Mbps @5GHz; 300Mbps @2.4GHz867Mbps @5GHz; 867Mbps @5GHz 300Mbps @2.4GHz
AntennasInternal antennas (no detail specified)4x internal antennas
Ethernet Ports2x Gigabit Ethernet Ports WAN and LAN on mesh router; 2x LAN on satellite mesh points3x Gigabit Ethernet Ports 1x WAN and 2x LAN on mesh router; 3x LAN on satellite mesh points
Backhaul linkShared bandwidthDynamic three radio band backhaul  
Technical coverage6,000 sq ft /3-pack6,000 sq ft /3-pack
ProcessorUnspecifiedDual-core 900MHz CPU, 256M DDR3 memory

Compared to the nova mw6 series which only has two radio bands and 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports, the nova mw12 with three radio bands and more Ethernet ports is more promising to provide better performance and more advantage.

Nova mw12 vs Deco M9 vs Meshforce M7

How this Nova mw12 will compete with other products particularly compared with Meshforce M7 as new comer vendor and Deco M9 as one of featured products introduced by big vendor TP Link? See also wifi-6 mesh products offered by TP Link, Deco x68 ax3600 vs Orbi.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of this nova mw12 compared to tp link deco m9 and meshforce m7? To find out the differences between the three products that work in the same network segment, here we present two comparison tables of the three products.

Table 2 presents a spec comparison between nova mw12 and deco m9 plus, while table 3 is a spec comparison table between nova mw12 and mehforce m7.

TP-link Deco M9 AC2200 Three band
TP-link Deco M9 AC2200 Three band

Wifi technology

These three products are designed with the same simultaneous three radio bands, each @5ghz band is the same and only slightly different on 2.4Ghz band on the deco m9.

Tenda nova mw12 and deco m9 have similarities in their approach to backhaul links between nodes with dynamic backhaul, although both leave one @5ghz band as a dedicated backhaul and when the demand for bandwidth between nodes increases, the other two bands take on the role of providing bandwidth for backhaul needs in addition of dedicated backhaul @5GHz band. For deco m9, dynamic backhaul is limited up to 1,500Mbps only (867 + 50% of 867 + 50% of 400). There is no information for nova whether there is a dynamic backhaul limitation or not.

Unlike the deco and nova with dynamic backhaul, the Meshforce m7 uses a dedicated @ 5GHz backhaul as well as a wired backhaul option.

Keep in mind that although the deco m9 (as well as nova and meshforce) provide the option of wired backhaul using Ethernet, this @5 GHz dedicated backhaul band will be reserved as not used as connected devices. So the total bandwidth for clients is (867+400) Mbps. This dedicated backhaul will serve as a fallback when there is disruption in the Ethernet connection.


Both nova mw12 and meshforce m7 are embedded with the same dual core processor, on the other hand the deco m9 uses a quad core processor. This is understandable considering that deco m9 comes with tp-link homecare software, which of course requires more processing tasks than the two competitors, nova and meshforce.

For Ethernet ports, nova and m7 are equipped with one more port as opposed to deco m9. Sometimes we need more Ethernet ports for wired connections.

Table 2 Nova mw12 vs Deco M9

Mesh modelTenda Nova MW12 (3-pack)Deco M9 Plus (2-pack)
Wifi technologySimultaneous tri- band ac2100  with 2×2 MU-MIMO wave 2Simultaneous tri-band AC2200 mesh 4×4 MU-MIMO and supports Bluetooth 4.2; ZigBee HA 1.2  
Wifi speeds867Mbps @5GHz; 867Mbps @5GHz 300Mbps @2.4GHz867Mbps @5GHz; 867Mbps @5GHz 400Mbps @2.4GHz
Antennas4x internal antennas8x internal antennas
Ethernet Ports3x Gigabit Ethernet Ports 1x WAN and 2x LAN on mesh router; 3x LAN on satellite mesh points2x Gigabit Ethernet WAN/LAN auto sensing
Backhaul linkDynamic three radio band backhaul  with auto turbo backhaul modeDynamic backhaul from dedicated 866Mbps up to 1,500Mbps (tri-band)  and optional wired Ethernet backhaul
Technical coverage6,000 sq ft /3-pack4,500 sq ft / unit
SecurityWPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK(default)WPA / WPA2 A free lifetime subscription to TP-Link HomeCare powered by Trend Micro for Antivirus, Parental Controls and QoS
ProcessorDual-core 900MHz CPU, 256M DDR3 memoryQualcomm 717 MHz Quad-core CPU
Price$214.99$180 /2-pack


Compared to the two competitors, which are only equipped with standard security and parental control, the deco m9 comes with free lifetime TP Link HomeCare software that works as antivirus, parental control and QoS. This is very advantages for the protection of your network security and connected devices against any internet threats.

Meshforce M7
Meshforce M7

Another advantage of the deco m9 is the built-in zigbee smarthub for easy access to smarthub devices in one app.

Table 3 Nova mw12 vs Meshforce m7

Mesh modelTenda Nova MW12 (3-pack)Meshforce M7 (3-pack)
Wifi technologySimultaneous tri- band ac2100  with 2×2 MU-MIMO wave 2Simultaneous tri-band ac2100 wave 2 with 2×2 MU-MIMO
Wifi speeds867Mbps @5GHz; 867Mbps @5GHz 300Mbps @2.4GHz867Mbps @5GHz band 1; 867Mbps @5GHz band 2;  300Mbps @2.4GHz
Antennas4x internal antennas4x internal antennas
Ethernet Ports3x Gigabit Ethernet Ports 1x WAN and 2x LAN on mesh router; 3x LAN on satellite mesh points1x Gigabit WAN port ; 2x Gigabit LAN ports
Backhaul linkDynamic three radio band backhaul  with auto turbo backhaul modeDedicated backhaul @5GHz 867Mbps and optional wired Ethernet
Technical coverage6,000 sq ft /3-pack6,000 sq ft /3-unit
SecurityWPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK(default)WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK (default)
ProcessorDual-core 900MHz CPU, 256M DDR3 memoryDual-core Processor with 256MB DDR3
Price$214.99$249 (3-pack)

Technically, 3-pack nova mw12 and 3-pack meshforce m7 provide the same signal coverage up to 6,000 sq ft as 2-pack deco m9 and the price is also not much different. From technical and feature standpoints, the deco m9 outperforms its competitors nova mw12 and meshforce m7. Click the link below to shop the products on Amazon (#ads).

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TP-Link introduces new deco series @ ax6600, see Deco x90 ax6600 vs Asus xt8 and also Deco x90 ax6600 vs Orbi rbk852.  

Instead of mesh wifi, you may also like new introduction of wifi-6 routers offered by TP-link – Archer ax90 ax6600 wifi-6 router vs Netgear rax70.

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