TP-Link Deco X20 AX1800 Mesh Wifi vs Netgear Mk62
After it’s success with various Deco series based on wireless ac (802.11ac) ranging from Deco M5 which is the first TP-link Deco series in wifi mesh system, followed by several series including Deco M9, Deco M4, TP-link Deco S4, and still more and the unique one is Deco P9 Powerline wifi mesh system which is a breakthrough mesh wifi system with Powerline backhaul links instead of wifi or Ethernet backhaul, TP-link released 2 mesh wifi system products based on wifi technology 6 – the Deco X60 and Deco X20.
We have discussed Deco X60 ax3000 mesh wifi 6 system and compared it with Orbi and Velop, now we’ll discuss the Deco X20 and then compare it with Netgear Nighthawk mk62.
If we look closely at the Deco X60 and X20, we will see the same physical model – a round cylinder with two Gigabit Ethernet ports for WAN / LAN per Deco unit. Unlike the physical appearance of other Deco series like the Deco P9 Powerline which is also sleek cylindrical shape, the Deco X20 ax1800 is rather fat and short.
Deco X20 vs X60
What are the main differences between Deco X20 and X60? The main difference only lies in the network segment different of wifi-6 technology as shown in the following comparison table (table 1). The processor is the same quad core CPU but different brand.
All other features are the same including the new WPA3 wifi security support, dual mode you can select either as the mesh wifi system or access point mode, MU-MIMO, band steering, beamforming, AP steering, self healing and still more are all the same.
Table 1 Deco X20 vs Deco X60
|Model||Deco X20||Deco X60|
|Wifi technology||Dual band ax1800||Dual band ax3000|
|Wifi speeds||1,200Mbps @5GHz 574Mbps @2.4GHz||2,402Mbps @5GHz 574Mbps @2.4GHz|
|Processor||1GHz quad core CPU||Qualcomm 1GHz quad core CPU|
TP-Link Home Care
There is something different with the feature embedded in Deco X20, which is the built-in TP-link HomeCare. TP-link Home care has different features for each product and is not free but paid services. However, specifically for Deco X20 ax1800 the HomeCare service a free lifetime with three types of features: the Parental controls, Antivirus, and QOS products.
Deco X20 vs Netgear ax1800
There are already bunch of mesh wifi system products with wifi 6 technology in the market including Orbi Rbk852 which is designed on the basis of AX6000, or Asus Zenwifi Xt8 which also provides twinning product with wifi ac based namely Asus Zenwifi CT8, or products from Ubiquiti – Amplifi Alien Wifi 6 mesh wifi and there is also Arris Surfboard MaxPro which mostly target premium classes with bandwidth above 3000Mbps.
Netgear, which has released several premium products with the Orbi series based on wifi 6 technology, this time also released low end products including Orbi Rbk10 AC1200 and also Nighthawk mk62. Probably TP-link releases this Deco X20 ax1800 series to compete with Netgear Nighthawk mk62 ax1800 series by offering similar product with more economical price.
What is the difference? Take a look at the following table 2 that shows you spec comparison table between TP-link Deco X20 ax1800 vs Nighthawk mk62 ax1800. One thing to note is that Mk62 consists of one mesh router with two Gigabit ports and Satellite with one Gigabit LAN port.
Table 2 Deco x20 vs Nighthawk mk62
|Model||Deco X20 (3-pack)||Netgear Nighthawk mk62 (2-pack)|
|Wifi technology||Simultaneous dual band ax1800 MU-MIMO||Simultaneous Dual-band WiFi 6 AX1800|
|Wifi speeds||1,200Mbps @5GHz 574Mbps @2.4GHz||1,200Mbps @5GHz 600Mbps @2.4GHz|
|Antennas||4x internal antennas / Deco unit||4x high performance internal antenna|
|Ethernet Ports||2 LAN/WAN Gigabit Ethernet Ports||(1) WAN Gigabit Ethernet port (1) LAN Gigabit Ethernet port (only one Gigabit Ethernet port for satellite)|
|Coverage||Up to 5,800 sq ft||3,000 sq ft|
|Backhaul||Shared wifi and optional wired backhaul||Shared wifi|
|Processor||1GHz quad core CPU||Powerful Quad-Core 1.5GHz processor|
|Price||$270.00 (3-pack)||$199.99 (2-pack)|
Pay attention from the technical side of the two products which are almost the same, but the price offered by Deco x20 is cheaper considering that Nighthawk is only two units for which you need to add add-on Nighthawk ms30 ($130) to increase the range of 1,500 sq ft. So Deco X20 with three units for $ 270 is cheaper than the Nighthawk mk62 with additional add-on unit for total of 3 units to cover up to 4,500 sq ft.
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For easy to deploy – three in one product you may consider Arris Surfboard Sbg8300 cable modem wireless router – wifi router with built-in DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem.
For businesses, and can also be for homes, you may consider Unifi UAP-Flex HD and Omada wireless ac access point with network controller software.