TP-Link Deco X90 vs Orbi vs Velop

Since Netgear and Linksys have released their mesh wifi products that work on the ax6000 network segment, even though Tp-link has displayed its similar product Deco x90 on its website the Deco x90 was just released to the market on April 2021. How will this TP Link Deco x90 compete with Orbi and Linksys Velop?

Deco X90

TP-Link previously released two Deco series with wifi-6 technology, Deco X20 ax1800 and Deco x60 ax3000 which were quite successful in the market with more affordable prices and good performance compared to competitors in the same network segment. Both series use shared wifi backhaul link with connected clients, and they also have wired backhaul option. When compared to Orbi, Orbi doesn’t provide a wired backhaul option, since Orbi distinguishes between mesh router and satellite. 

TP Link Deco X90 AX6600
TP Link Deco X90

Dedicated backhaul

If you compare to the Deco x20 and X60 which are dual band mesh wifi model, TP-link Deco x90 uses a dedicated @ 5GHz backhaul link approach and of course the wired backhaul option is also available. This is different from the Linksys Velop mx10 which uses a dynamic backhaul approach.

For the needs of this wifi backhaul, Deco x90 is equipped with two smart antennas that automatically detect nearby deco nodes to be able to connect with a strong signal as a backhaul between nodes.

Which 5GHz

TP-link explained that deco x90 is designed with three bands and one @ 5ghz band is used as dedicated backhaul, but it is still unclear which @ 5ghz is used as dedicated backhaul, at 4,800Mbps or 1,200Mbps. If @4,800Mbps is a backhaul, two other bands of @ 1,200Mbps and 600Mbps (1,800Mbps) are available for the connected devices, so it’s like Deco x20 or other ax1800 mesh routers that use wired backhaul.

If there are more than two deco nodes with dedicated backhaul @ 4,800Mbps it will be better considering the wide bandwidth will be excessive if there are only two deco nodes. Except using a wired backhaul, the three radio bands can be used as connected devices.

In Orbi rbk752 the backhaul uses dedicated @ 2,400Mbps, leaving two other radio bands of 2,400 + 1200 (3,600Mbps) for connected devices.

Deco x90 vs Orbi vs Velop

In the same network segment as the tp-link deco x90, there are at least two products that have long been available in the market with good ratings from two big vendors, namely Orbi rbk750 and Velop mx10. So far, the deco x60 ax3000 is an unbalanced competitor for the two ax6000 products considering the deco x90 is expected to be available in the market but almost a year later it was released in the market.

Orbi RBK852
Orbi RBK852

Wifi and backhaul

Although the three products are designed using simultaneous three radio bands, the bandwidth of the three radio bands is different for each product as you can see in the signal rate row table. X90 provides a wider total bandwidth than Orbi and Velop, but configurations for wifi backhaul requirement and connected devices can provide different performance.

Deco x90, Orbi rbk750 and Linksys Velop mx5 are designed with simultaneous three radio bands with different backhaul link approach in connecting between the mesh routers to each of the satellite nodes. We have discussed briefly above that tp-link deco x90 uses dedicated backhaul @ 5 GHz (quite possibly using 5GHz @ 4,800Mbps), like the Orbi which also uses dedicated backhaul @ 5ghz 2,400Mbps. On the other hand, the Linksys Velop uses a tri-band dynamic backhaul. Velop optimizes the use of the three radio bands between the backhaul connection requirements between nodes and connected devices.

2.5Gbps Port

Both deco x90 and Orbi are equipped with a 2.5Gbps WAN port, this port is very useful when you need internet service up to 2Gbps, and of course you need a fast cable modem like the Surfboard s33 or Nighthawk CM2000 which are equipped with 2.5Gbps port so that connection between cable modem and mesh router is optimal, reducing network bottleneck.

Unlike Orbi and x90, Velop mx5 only comes with 1x Gigabit WAN port.

Table 1 Deco X90 vs Orbi Rbk852

Mesh wifi modelTP Link Deco X90Orbi Rbk852
Wifi technologySimultaneous tri-band ax6600 mesh wifi-6 system  with 8-streams (for connected devices)Simultaneous tri-band ax6000 mesh wifi-6 system
Signal rate4,804 Mbps on 5 GHz (1) + 1,201 Mbps on 5 GHz (2) + 574 Mbps on 2.4 GHz1,200Mbps @2.4GHz 2,400Mbps @5GHz 2,400Mbps @5GHz – dedicated backhaul
Antennas4x high gain antennas + 2 smart antennas(8) high performance internal antennas with high-powered amplifiers
Coverage6,000 sq ft5,000 sq ft
Ethernet1x 2.5 Gbps port + 1x gigabit port per Deco unit (WAN/LAN auto-sensing)Orbi router:  1x 2.5Gbps WAN; 4x Gigabit LAN ports Orbi Satellite: 4x Gigabit LAN
USB portN/AN/A
BackhaulDedicated Wifi backhaul @5GHz with smart antennas Optional wired Ethernet backhaulDedicated wifi backhaul @5GHz 2,400Mbps
Working modeRouter Access pointOrbi Rbr850 mesh router Orbi Rbs850 mesh satellite
SecurityWPA/WPA2-PSK/WPA3 encryptions TP-link Home ShieldWPA2/WPA3 Netgear Armor
Processor1.5 GHz Quad-Core CPUPowerful Quad-Core 2.2 GHz processor 512MB NAND Flash and 1GB RAM
Price$499.99 (2-pack)$689.99 (2-pack)


All the three products are equipped with the same quad core processor, but the X90 processor’s clock rate is lower (1.5GHz) than the Orbi and Velop which have 2.2GHz clock rate. Technically the same quad core processor with clock rate of 2.2GHz provides faster processing speed than processor with lower clock rate.

Linksys Velop MX10
Velop MX10

Table 2 Deco X90 vs Velop MX10

Mesh wifi modelTP Link Deco X90Linksys Velop MX10600 (2-pack)
Wifi technologySimultaneous tri-band ax6600 mesh wifi-6 system  with 8-streams (for connected devices)Simultaneous tri-band ax5300 mesh wifi-6 system  with 12-streams
Signal rate4,804 Mbps on 5 GHz (1) + 1,201 Mbps on 5 GHz (2) + 574 Mbps on 2.4 GHz1147Mbps @2.4Ghz; 2402Mbps @5Ghz band 1; 1733Mbps @5Ghz band 2
Antennas4x high gain antennas + 2 smart antennasInternal antennas
Coverage6,000 sq ft6,000 sq ft  
Ethernet1x 2.5 Gbps port + 1x gigabit port per Deco unit (WAN/LAN auto-sensing)1x Gigabit WAN 4x Gigabit LAN
USB portN/A1x USB 3.0 for shared storage
BackhaulDedicated Wifi backhaul @5GHz with smart antennas Optional wired Ethernet backhaulTri-band dynamic Wifi backhaul; Optional wired Ethernet backhaul
SecurityWPA/WPA2-PSK/WPA3 encryptions TP-link Home ShieldWPA2; WPA2 / WPA3 Mixed Mode; TP-Link Home Shield’s kit
Processor1.5 GHz Quad-Core CPU2.2 GHz Quad-Core processor Memory: Flash: 512MB; RAM: 1GB

Note that TP Link Deco x90 is tagged with higher price than Velop, while Orbi Rbk852 is tagged with the most expensive price. Prices are usually fluctuating, click the link below to shop the product in Amazon.

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Related products

When mesh wifi system is not your preference, consider new TP-link Archer AX90 ax6600 wifi-6 gaming router and see how this product compared with Asus and Netgear.

For all-in-one model, you may consider Asus CM-AX6000 cable modem wifi-6 router, combining wireless ax6000 router with built-in DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem.

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