TP-link Deco P9 vs Orbi vs Velop

One of the mesh wifi systems that differ in the way connecting between the mesh router and satellite, or commonly called backhaul link is the Deco P9 series introduced by TP-link. This Deco P9 is dual band but works like a three band mesh wifi with dedicated backhaul like Orbi. How good Deco P9 is compared with Orbi Rbk-10 mesh wifi system and also Linksys Velop AC1300?

Deco P9

We note that the last few models of Deco series are designed with cylindrical tower models, and most are designed with dual band AC1200 or AC1300. What something unique is offered by Deco P9 series, not physically different, but backhaul link technology is no longer wifi or wired Ethernet but Powerline backhaul. With powerline backhaul links, the link between router and satellite / node uses the existing electricity network in your home.

TP-Link Deco P9 powerline hybrid mesh system
TP-Link Deco P9 powerline hybrid mesh system

Nothing is so different from the previous Deco series like Deco M4 AC1200 or Deco S4 AC1200 mesh wifi systems. Deco P9 is also designed with simultaneous dual band ac1200 (867Mbps @ 5GHz + 300Mbps @ 2.4GHz band) plus AV1000 as backhaul link between nodes instead of wifi or wired Ethernet backhaul.

Highlights

  • Intelligent AC1200 MU-MMO mesh wifi system with single wifi name and password with seamless roaming
  • Unique Powerline AV1000 backhaul link between Decos with speed up to 1,000Mbps via existing electricity wiring, optional Ethernet backhaul is also available
  • You can add other Deco series and forms a single hybrid backhaul between Deco P9 and other Decos
  • Covers up to 6,000 sq ft (2,000 sq ft / deco) with solid wifi signal
  • 2x Gigabit Ethernet ports (WAN/LAN with auto sensing)
  •  2x dual band Internal antennas
  • Works with Amazon Alexa

With the same three Deco P9 units, all the three decos use the same Powerline backhaul link so that the other two bands are specifically for client connections so that more clients are connected up to 6,000 sq ft within your large home. You can add more decos any model when larger area need coverage.

Netgear Orbi Rbk-13 AC1200 mesh wifi system
Netgear Orbi Rbk-13 AC1200 mesh wifi system

Deco P9 vs Orbi vs Velop

The previous article has brief discussed about Deco P9 compared with Amazon eero, click the following link to learn the Deco P9 vs Amazon eero, now we discuss how good technical detail about this product when compared with Netgear Orbi rbk-13 and Linksys Velop AC1300.

Orbi rbk-10 is a new model, see that the previous Orbi series are all three band model.

Wifi

All the three model, Deco P9, Orbi rbk-10 and Velop AC1300 are designed with simultaneous dual band model with the same wifi speed @5GHz band and slightly different speed @2.4Ghz band for Velop. How the performance of wifi connection to the clients you can read user’s testimonials in Amazon or other online stores who have used the products.

linksys velop ac3600
Linksys Velop two band mesh wifi system

Backhaul

The main difference is in the backhaul link between nodes which the backhaul link between nodes in mesh network in general is the wifi @ 5Ghz band share with the connected clients. Linksys Velop and Orbi use share backhaul @5GHz band with connected clcients. But Deco P9 uses hybrid backhaul, if the connection between P9s, backhaul uses Powerline with 1,000Mbps speed. However, when combined with other Deco models use combination of wifi and Powerline.

Other features are not so much different, take the two tables below as reference to help you make up your mind which one is suitable to meet your business.

Table 1 Deco P9 vs Orbi

ModelDeco P9 (3-pack)Orbi Rbk-13 (3-pack Orbi rbk10)
Wifi technologyDual band AC1200 mesh hybrid powerline wifi systemSimultaneous dual band AC1200 with MU-MIMO
Wifi speeds867Mbps @5GHz 300Mbps @2.4GHz400Mbps @2.4GHz 866Mbps @5GHz
Antennas2 internal dual-band antennas per Deco unit2x high performance internal antennas
Coverage6000 sq ft / (2,000 sq ft /unit)4,500sq ft (1,500 sq ft /unit)
Backhaul link1,000Mbps Powerline backhaul Optional Ethernet backhaulWifi share @5GHz
Ethernet ports2 Gigabit Ethernet Ports (WAN/LAN auto-sensing) per Deco unit1x Gigabit WAN port 1x Gigabit LAN port
Alexa supportYesYes
ProcessorQualcomm processor (not detail specified)Powerful quad core 710MHz processor 256MB Flash and 512MB RAM
Price (Jun 2020)$229.99$173.99

Table 2 Deco P9 vs Velop

ModelDeco P9 (3-pack)Linksys Velop AC1300
Wifi technologyDual band AC1200 mesh hybrid powerline wifi systemDual band AC1300 mesh wifi system
Wifi speeds867Mbps @5GHz 300Mbps @2.4GHz867Mbps @5GHz 400Mbps @2.4GHz
Antennas2 internal dual-band antennas per Deco unit3x internal antennas and high powered amplifiers
Coverage6000 sq ft / (2,000 sq ft /unit)4,500 sq ft (1,500 sq ft / unit)
Backhaul link1,000Mbps Powerline backhaul Optional Ethernet backhaulWifi and optional Ethernet backhaul
Ethernet ports2 Gigabit Ethernet Ports (WAN/LAN auto-sensing) per Deco unit2x Gigabit Ethernet Ports (WAN/LAN)
Alexa supportYesYes
ProcessorQualcomm processor (not detail specified)Processor: 716 MHz Quad Core Memory: 256 MB NAND Flash and 256 MB DDR3
Price (Jun 2020)$229.99$179.99

Click the product link below to learn more spec and manufacturer’s description and link to SHOP the product in Amazon.

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For affordable mesh wifi system – take a look at the new comer products – the KingSignal AC1200 wifi system and Wavlink AC2100 mesh wifi system.

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