On the eve of the CES 2020 opening, TP-Link announced an upgrade to its Deco router product line, with the highlight being support for the latest Wi-Fi 6 protocol. The new Deco Mesh Wi-Fi 6 product line comes in three different speed classes, ranging from $189.99 to $449.99. They will begin shipping in March 2020.
According to the specification, Wi-Fi 6 brings a range of improvements and new technologies, but for the average consumer, the most obvious difference between the new protocol is that there are more devices that can be connected at the same time. The latest routers also support the latest WPA 3 security standards.
The top-of-the-range Is the $449.99 Deco X90, with a three-band system that can cover up to 6,000 square feet. TP-Link says its “dynamic backhaul” technology can connect mesh units across all three bands (one 2.4GHz band and two 5GHz bands) for faster speed and stability, and supports up to 200 device connections. The X90 is packaged in two packages, including a 2.5 Gbps WAN port for high-speed Internet connectivity up to 1 Gbps.
The Mid-Fit Deco X60 system also has two packages for $269.99. It also has a three-band system, but the bandwidth is not as good as the X90, which is only 5,000 square feet of land. The X20 is rated to support 150 device connections.
Finally, the cheapest model is the Deco X20, which will be divided into two or three packages, $189.99 or $269.99, respectively. The X20 is a dual-frequency system with a lower throughput than the X60 or X90.
All three systems include TP-Link’s Deco Mesh technology for roaming between nodes, adaptive routing, and self-healing in the event of interference. They can be set up and controlled through TP-Link’s iOS and Android apps, as well as voice control via Amazon’s Alexa.