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Deco PX50 vs Asus XP4 Powerline Which One is Better

Tp-link adds another model of mesh wifi powerline system, tplink deco px50. It is a mesh ax3000 wifi 6 system with 1.5Gbps powerline backhaul. How good it is compared with asus xp4?

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What this Deco PX50 Does

When the structure of your house is built with many rooms and two or three floors with sturdy thick concrete walls, it is likely that your wifi network cannot penetrate all the rooms solidly. For that reason you may consider a mesh wifi system with powerline backhaul. TP-link introduces deco px50, another model of mesh wifi powerline products with wifi 6 technology.  

Why powerline backhaul

Typically with mesh wifi system, communications between wifi router node and satellite nodes use wifi as backhaul link between the nodes. Few models of mesh wifi products share bandwidth @5ghz radio band between the backhaul and connected devices; and few models use dedicated band as backhaul. Wifi backhaul is prone to signal interference with others, therefore most mesh wifi products offer optional wired backhaul using ethernet connection. Wired ethernet backhaul is reliable connection between the nodes.  

TP-Link Deco PX50 AX3000 Powerline
TP-Link Deco PX50 AX3000 Powerline

The drawback with wired ethernet backhaul is that you need to run UTP network cable between the nodes, and if the location of each router and satellite nodes separated by thick wall you need to drill or run the cable onto the ceiling.

It is therefore Deco px50 s designed with powerline backhaul. Powerline backhaul uses existing electrical wiring in home as the backhaul connection between the nodes. One thing to note when you use powerline backhaul is that all the router node and satellite nodes must be in the same electrical circuit breaker.

The other think you may also consider in case you need to extend the coverage to the other building that has different electric circuit breaker, powerline cannot do that. So, considering wired backhaul is still good solution. Or you may consider new release of TP-link Deco X50 POE ax3000 mesh system that supports POE for supplying both data and power in one UTP network cable.

Deco PX50 ax3000 is the latest model in addition of the previous one deco p9 which is still based on legacy wifi- 5. So what is the difference between these two deco powerline models?

Deco P9 vs PX50

The apparent difference is indeed the difference of wifi technology applied to each of the model. Deco px50 is designed using the latest wifi 6 technology, while deco p9 is still based on legacy wifi5. Take a look at the following table 1 below that represents spec comparison table between deco p9 and PX50. And then later I’d compare this deco powerline with similar product offered by asus, the asus zenwifi xp4.

Powerline backhaul

The powerline speed difference between deco p9 and px50 is around 50% faster. That makes sense since total bandwidth for p9 is only 40% that of px50, it means that more connected devices to px50 than p9.

When you connect each of the nodes using ethernet ports, the system will use the best available link between wired ethernet and powerline. All the other two radio bands are used for connected devices, as well as the other ethernet ports. Moreover, tplink adds one more gigabit ethernet port on px50 instead of only two like on deco p9.    

Table 1 TP-link Deco P9 vs PX50

TP-Link Mesh PowerlineDeco PX50Deco P9
Wifi technologyDual band ax3000Dual band ac1200
Signal rates574 Mbps @2.4GHz;
2402 Mbps @5GHz
300 Mbps @2.4GHz;
867 Mbps @ 5GHz
Powerline Speed1.5Gbps Powerline1,000 Mbps
BackhaulPowerline backhaul 1.5Gbps;
Ethernet backhaul option
Powerline backhaul 1.0 Gbps;
Ethernet backhaul option
Ethernet Ports1x Gigabit auto sensing wan port;
2x Gigabit LAN ports
1x Gigabit auto sensing wan port;
1x Gigabit LAN ports

So in a nutshell, tp-link deco px50 is like a tri-band mesh wifi6 ax4500 product with dedicated backhaul link @1,500mbps in the form of powerline link. Normally a tri-band ax4200 mesh wifi6 product comes with dedicated backhaul @5ghz and left the other two bands used for connected devices.  

Deco XP50 vs Asus Zenwifi XP4

Currently asus introduces similar product, asus zenwifi xp4 with powerline backhaul. How this product is compared to deco px50?

The apparent difference between these two products is technically different in network segment, deco with ax3000 network segment versus asus zenwifi xp4 with ax1800 network segment. When you combine total aggregated bandwidth, you will find px50 is around 4,500 Mbps (3,000 + 1,500 powerline). On the other hand, asus xp4 is around 3,100 Mbps (1,800 + 1,300 powerline).

asus zenwifi xp4
Asus XP4 Powerline
Ports

Both deco px50 and asus xp4 give you the same number of Gigabit ethernet ports, one for wan port connecting to the modem when it work as the router node, while at the same time when the other nodes work as the satellite node, this port #1 works as lan port for total of three gigabit lan ports. Unlike Orbi mesh wifi series which distinguishes router node and satellite, both asus zenwifi series and deco can work either as router node or satellite, moreover the number of ethernet port is also the same. Port #1 can either be used as wan or lan port with auto sensing feature.   

The other difference is that asus xp4 comes with one usb port you can use as disk storage when you connect a usb hard disk to share across the network, but deco px50 doesn’t. The inclusion of this usb port is one of features that make this asus xp4 tagged with higher price than deco.

Network protection

Most recent asus products come with built-in asus aiprotection network protection software either classic version or pro one. You don’t need to subscribe in yearly basis or monthly, it’s free lifetime service. Another security feature app when it comes to require secure vpn connection into the public internet, asus provides you peace of mind with its asus instant guard you can download free.     

On the other hand deco px50 comes with Homeshield kit you can opt to get the free version or the paid version with its Homeshield Pro.

Take a look at the following spec comparison table between deco px50 ax3000 and asus xp4 powerline hybrid ax1800.

Table 2 TP-link Deco PX50 vs Asus XP4

Powerline modelTP-Link Deco PX50Asus Zenwifi XP4
Wifi segmentDual band ax3000 with AI-driven meshDual band ax1800 mesh wifi 6
with AiMesh technology
Signal rates574 Mbps @2.4GHz;
2402 Mbps @5GHz
1201Mbps @5GHz; 
574Mbps @2.4GHz
Antennas2x dual band internal antennas4x internal antennas
Powerline Speed1.5Gbps PowerlineAV2 MIMO @1300 Mbps
BackhaulPowerline backhaul 1.5Gbps;
Ethernet backhaul option
WiFi;   Powerline, and Ethernet
CoverageUp to 6,500 sq ft / 3-packUp to 5,500 sq ft / 2-pack –
each unit adds up to 2,750 sq ft
Ethernet Ports1x Gigabit auto sensing wan port;
2x Gigabit LAN ports
1x Gigabit WAN port; 
2x Gigabit LAN ports
USB PortN/AUSB 3.2 Gen 1 x 1
ProcessorUnspecified1.2 GHz quad-core 64bit processor
Memory: 256 MB Flash & 512 MB RAM
Security ProtectionHomeshield network protection and parental controlAsus instant guard ;
Free lifetime commercial grade security
AiProtection Pro and advanced parental control
Price$269.99 / 3-pack$329.99 / 2-pack

So far this deco px50 has been released to the market and the price is around $300 / 3-pack. And I believe this product will probably beat asus zenwifi xp4 that is tagged with higher price.

Related products

For large home with multi-gig internet requirement, you may consider premium model of tplink deco xe200 mesh wifi 6e axe11000 and see comparison of this product with asus zenwifi et12 axe11000.

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