TP-Link Deco X60 Wifi 6 Mesh vs Orbi vs Velop

TP-link introduces Deco X60 wifi mesh system based on wifi 6 technology following two competitors from Linksys with its Velop mx10 and Netgear with its Orbi wifi 6 mesh system, as well as other vendors such as Asus who have released their products to the market.

TP-link Deco X60

What’s the great thing about Deco x60 compared to Linksys Velop MX10 and Orbi RBK824? We will discuss in technical comparisons approach to make it easier for us to compare the three wifi 6 mesh wifi system products.

TP-Link Deco X60 AX3000 mesh wifi system
TP-Link Deco X60 AX3000 mesh wifi system

Firstly we need to discuss this deco x60 product briefly and for details spec and manufacturer’s description you can read via the product link below later.

Dual band wifi 6 mesh system

TP-link with Deco x60 is being introduced based on dual band wifi 6 (wifi ax) technology compared to its competitors Velop and Orbi which are designed with three band mesh wifi-6 technology. The TP-link strategy by only introducing the two band wifi 6 mesh system is exactly the same as when the two big vendors (Linksys and Netgear) introduced the first mesh wifi ac products with the three band wifi ac technology at the first time, while TP-link released Deco M5 dual band which proved to be successful in the market.

Orbi wifi 6 mesh wifi system
Orbi wifi 6 mesh wifi system

If you compare with Linksys Velop MX10 and also the Orbi RBK824, we find that the two products of the mesh wifi 6 systems are designed with a tri-band and one of the bands @ 5GHz band is used as a dedicated backhaul on Orbi. While Linksys uses other methods for backhaul needs that are designed with dynamic tri-band backhaul approached.

Wifi speeds

TP-link with Deco x60 is designed with dual band 6 streams, with speeds up to 2,400Mbps @ 5GHz band plus 574Mbps @ 2.4GHz band. Compare with the two competitors who designed their wifi 6 mesh system with 12 streams which of course the bandwidth is doubled.

So it appears that the main difference is the wifi 6 technology that is applied, Deco with dual band 6 streams while Orbi and Velop tri-band and 12 streams technology.

Coverage

For technical coverage Deco is broader considering that in 3 Deco units configuration provides larger coverage compared to the coverage provided by two units of Orbi or Velop. If these two products consist of three units of Orbi or Velop, of course the coverage is even wider.

Backhaul

The TP-link Deco X60 can be configured as a mesh access point besides the main mode as a mesh wifi 6 router system. Deco does not apply backhaul for communication between the mesh router and satellite specifically, but if it is configured as an access point then the link between the router and satellite uses wired Ethernet as a backhaul.

On the other hand, Orbi uses a dedicated @5GHz band for backhaul needs, while Velop uses tri-band dynamic backhaul technology; the three bands share dynamic backhaul in addition to client connection needs.

Look carefully at the two comparison tables below, the first table comparing Deco X60 vs Orbi while the second table comparing Deco vs Velop.

Table 1 Deco X60 vs Orbi

Model TP Link Deco X60 (3 packs) Orbi RBK824 (2 pack)
Wifi technology Dual band AX3000 whole home system 6 streams Tri-band AX6000 whole home system 12 streams
Wifi speeds Up to 2402Mbps @ 5GHz Up to 574Mbps @ 2.4GHz Up to 2400Mbps @ 5GHz band 1 Up to 2400Mbps @ 5GHz band 2 Up to 1,200Mbps @ 2.4GHz
Antennas 4x internal antennas each unit 8x high powered amplifiers internal antennas
Range coverage 7,000 sq ft 5,000 sq ft
Ethernet Port 2 LAN/WAN Gigabit Ethernet Ports 2.5Gbps WAN port and 4x Gigabit LAN ports
Backhaul Optional backhaul Up to 2,400Mbps @5GHz dedicated link between router to satellite
Wifi features MU-MIMO, Auto path selection, self-healing, AP steering, Band steering, Beamforming Implicit & Explicit Beamforming for 2.4GHz & 5GHz bands, MU-MIMO,
Modes Mesh router / Access Point modes Mesh router
Processor Quad core processor Powerful quad core 2.2GHz processor with 512MB Flash and 1GB RAM
security Support WPA3, HomeCare antivirus WPA2, next firmware to support WPA3
Price Released soon $699.99

Table 2 Deco X60 vs Velop

Model TP Link Deco X60 Linksys Velop mx10 (2 pack)
Wifi technology Dual band AX3000 whole home system 6 streams Tri-band AX5300 MU-MIMO mesh wifi system with 12 streams  
Wifi speeds Up to 2402Mbps @ 5GHz Up to 574Mbps @ 2.4GHz Up to 2402Mbps @ 5GHz band 1 Up to 1733Mbps @ 5GHz band 2 Up to 1,147Mbps @ 2.4GHz
Antennas 4x internal antennas each unit Internal antennas
Range coverage 7,000 sq ft 6,000 sq ft
Ethernet Port 2 LAN/WAN Gigabit Ethernet Ports 1x Gigabit WAN port; 4x Gigabit Ethernet port + 1x USB 3.0 port (shared storage)
Backhaul Optional backhaul Tri-band dynamic backhaul
Wifi features MU-MIMO, Auto path selection, self-healing, AP steering, Band steering, Beamforming MU-MIMO, up to 50 guests,
Modes Mesh router / Access Point modes Mesh router
Processor Quad core processor Powerful quad core 2.2GHz processor with 512MB Flash and 1GB RAM
security Support WPA3, HomeCare antivirus WPA2/WPA3 mixed mode
Price Released soon $699.99

The price for Deco x60 is still not released up to Jan 2020, while the price of the other two competing Orbi and Velop each is tagged with the same price around $700, still costly.  

To learn more spec and manufacturer’s description as well as link to shop in Amazon, click each of the product links below.

Related products

For homes with multiple rooms from basement to attic you may consider affordable mesh wifi system when you need to upgrade your aging wifi router to mesh whole system, try Meshforce M3s or eero mesh wifi system or Nokia Beacon 3 wifi system.

To taste how fast the wifi 6 technology you may consider the low end models of wifi 6 routers – consider Vanin RX4-1500 or Archer AX10 routers which come with wifi ax1500 technology, and for ax3000 routers try this TP-link Archer AX50 ax3000 router.

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