TP-Link Deco X60 Wifi 6 Mesh vs Orbi vs Velop
After the success of Deco M5 series based on wireless ac, with the emergence of wifi-6 technology TP-link released the Deco x20 ax1800 and Deco x60 ax3000. How deco x60 will compete with the Netgear Orbi and Linksys Velop.
TP Link Deco X60
This X60 is the second product after tp-link was successful with deco x20 which is the first wifi mesh product based on wifi-6 technology. The X20 works on ax1800 network segment which successfully competes with similar products in the market such as Netgear mk62. On the other hand, Deco x60 works at ax3000 network segment, almost twice as wide bandwidth as deco x20.
When the deco x60 was released to the market, there were already few popular mesh wifi models including the Netgear Orbi rbk850 and Linksys Velop mx5. However, these two products are not match for the deco x60 which works on the ax3000 network segment, while Orbi rbk850 works on the ax6000 and Velop mx5 on the ax5300 network segment. The last two products are not comparable with Deco x60, and the price differences are also much.
If some friends ask me how good the deco x60 is compared to the Orbi and Velop, of course the x60 is not comparable to Orbi rbk850 and Velop Mx5 but it is closer to the Orbi rbk750 and Velop ax4200.
Deco X60 vs Orbi Rbk750 vs Velop ax4200
Although the Orbi rbk750 and Velop ax4200 do not work on the same network segment as the deco x60, the network segment differences can be a consideration for you to choose which product suits your needs whether dual band ax3000 is sufficient or three band with a dedicated backhaul like the one in Orbi is suitable.
Consider the two comparison tables below for the three products as references. Table 1 shows the comparison between deco x60 and Orbi while table 2 is for the comparison between x60 and Velop.
Unlike the Deco x60 which was designed with dual radio bands, both of its competitors Orbi and Velop were designed with simultaneous three radio bands. With mesh wifi, of course there must be a need for bandwidth allocation for connection between the mesh router and the satellite nodes, whether it’s dedicated or shared with clients what we call it backhaul link. Of course, the allocation of connected devices will decrease with the wifi backhaul, except when you configure wired Ethernet as the backhaul.
The TP-link Deco X60 can be configured either as mesh access point or as mesh router (the main mode).
Deco doesn’t specifically specify which radio band is used as the wifi backhaul link between nodes, however TP-link uses APS (Adaptive Path Selection) which means that the connection between these nodes adapts to the needs via which radio band is best when it comes to connecting between nodes, which radio band is used and which path should be taken for best backhaul link.
Tp-link also offers optional wired backhaul using Ethernet connection between nodes to free up both radio bands for connected wifi devices. You can also configure Deco X60 as the mesh wifi access point by connecting each of the WAN port to your wired network switch.
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 connected devices needs.
Table 1 Deco X60 vs Orbi AX4200
|Model||TP Link Deco X60 (2 packs)||Orbi RBK752 (2 pack)|
|Wifi technology||Dual band AX3000 whole home system 6 streams||Tri-band AX4200 whole home system|
|Wifi speeds||Up to 2402Mbps @ 5GHz Up to 574Mbps @ 2.4GHz||Up to 2400Mbps @ 5GHz band 1 Up to 1200Mbps @ 5GHz band 2 Up to 1,200Mbps @ 2.4GHz|
|Antennas||4x internal antennas each unit||Six (6) high performance internal antennas with high-powered ampliﬁers|
|Range coverage||5,000 sq ft||5,000 sq ft|
|Ethernet Port||2 LAN/WAN Gigabit Ethernet Ports||1x 1 Gigabit WAN port Link aggregation using WAN port and a Gigabit Ethernet port (2Gbps) + 3x Gigabit LAN ports For satellite: 2x Gigabit LAN ports|
|Backhaul||wifi and Optional wired Ethernet 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||Quad core 1.4GHz CPU with 512MB NAND Flash and 1GB RAM|
|security||Support WPA3, HomeCare antivirus||Netgear Armor and Bitdefender Total Security service plan WPA2|
One more thing that may be important to consider is the need for Ethernet ports. The X60 only has two Ethernet ports for WAN and LAN. Meanwhile the two competitors have a different number of Ethernet ports. On the other hand, Orbi rbk750 has one 2.5Gbps port. If multi-gigabit bandwidth requirement exists then you are very lucky with this port for example for high speed NAS connection needs with 2.5Gbps port.
Table 2 Deco X60 vs Velop AX4200
|Model||TP Link Deco X60||Linksys Velop AX4200 (3 pack)|
|Wifi technology||Dual band AX3000 whole home system 6 streams||Simultaneous tri-band ax4200 mesh wifi-6|
|Wifi speeds||Up to 2402Mbps @ 5GHz Up to 574Mbps @ 2.4GHz||Up to 2402Mbps @ 5GHz band 1 Up to 1200Mbps @ 5GHz band 2 Up to 600Mbps @ 2.4GHz|
|Antennas||4x internal antennas each unit||Internal antennas|
|Range coverage||5,000 sq ft||8,100 sq ft /3 pack|
|Ethernet Port||2 LAN/WAN Gigabit Ethernet Ports||1x Gigabit WAN port and 3x Gigabit LAN ports|
|Backhaul||wifi and Optional wired Ethernet backhaul||Tri-band dynamic backhaul; optional wired Ethernet backhaul|
|Wifi features||MU-MIMO, Auto path selection, self-healing, AP steering, Band steering, Beamforming|
|Modes||Mesh router / Access Point modes||Mesh router|
|Processor||Quad core processor||Powerful quad core 1.4GHz processor with 512MB Flash and 512MB RAM|
|security||Support WPA3, HomeCare antivirus||WPA2; WPA3; WPA2 / WPA3 Mixed Mode|
The price for Deco x60 has been released around $320 and you may find the price dropped around $240, while the price for the other two competing Orbi rbk752 and Velop mx8400 each is tagged with higher price. Remember that the prices are fluctuating by time, click the link below to see current price and shop on Amazon (#ads).
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Please note that TP-Link releases new product Deco X90 AX6600 mesh wifi, see how this product compare with Orbi and Velop.
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.