TP-Link is a networking company that’s been making big inroads into the consumer market with its range of routers, mesh networking systems and home automation devices. The company’s Deco range of wireless networking kits is phenomenally popular because it’s affordable and easy to set up.
The latest product to join the Deco stable is the X50 mesh router system which provides AX3000 Dual-Band Wi-Fi to bring blazing Wi-Fi 6 speeds up to 3.0 Gbps all around the home. With Wi-Fi 6 technology, the Deco X50 is designed to boost Wi-Fi coverage, speeds and total capacity so that everyone in the home can get lag-free internet connectivity with support for up to 150 devices simultaneously.
Equipped with 4 Streams (2×2/HE160 2402 Mbps + 2×2 574 Mbps) and 3× Gigabit ports, the Deco X50 router has sufficient power to create seamless coverage up to 4,500 ft2 (with a 2-pack kit) to blanket a home with fast and reliable wireless networking. Each node has three Gigabit Ethernet ports so if you are lucky enough to have an Ethernet network at home, you can use it as a backhaul for data instead of relying on wireless.
With its AI-Driven Mesh, Deco X50 has smart Wi-Fi that follows users, without interruption. Wherever the user roams around the home, the Deco X50 system switches them between wireless nodes so they are always connected. The mesh network maintains itself and works out the fastest and most efficient wireless route back to the main router. The router automatically and intelligently learns the network environment, client quality, and user behaviors to provide WIFI reception that’s unique to every home.MORE FROMFORBES ADVISOR
As well as providing intelligent mesh Wi-Fi, the Deco X50 is equipped with TP-Link’s HomeShield system. This ensures the Deco X50 has comprehensive network protection, robust parental controls, and real-time IoT protection. Using HomeShield’s kit of built-in features, users can customize their home network with enhanced security to meet their individual needs. Whether identifying network security holes, limiting the time children spend online or blocking harmful websites, the Deco X50’s HomeShield has the tools needed to manage a home network.
The beauty of the TP-Link Deco system is that any TP-Link Deco unit will work with any other to create a single unified network. Deco X50 is compatible with every other Deco model to form a flexible mesh network that can be expanded simply by adding another Deco unit when needed. Devices such as phones or tablets automatically connect to the fastest Deco node as users move through the home, creating uninterrupted Wi-Fi with the fastest possible speeds.
By using BSS Color and Beamforming, Deco X50 units can boost a home network with the fastest Wi-Fi 6 speeds. Wireless connections and optional Ethernet backhaul work together to link Deco units, providing even faster network speeds and truly seamless coverage even in properties with thick stone walls. The Quality of Service (QoS) features enable users to prioritize the bandwidth needs of specific devices to get a faster networking experience. For example, you can set the main TV to take priority when streaming a movie.
The Deco X50 setup is easy thanks to the Deco smartphone app. I’ve been using this app on my home network and it makes light work of setting up a mesh network. Adding extra nodes is so easy and you get to see who is connected to which mode at any given time. The Deco app also offers a range of features that enable users to manage their Wi-Fi at home or away, including seeing all connected devices, prioritizing their own and setting up a guest network. The Deco X50 is also compatible with Amazon Alexa and can be controlled with simple voice commands.
Verdict:The TP-Link Deco X50 AX3000 Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi 6 System is probably the easiest and most cost-effective way to set up the fastest mesh network for consumer users. It’s so easy to set up and requires no knowledge thanks to the app which makes the whole process very simple. What I like about the Deco range is how every Deco unit works with any other Deco unit. This means it’s possible to plug holes in coverage very easily just by buying one extra unit when needed. Now that so many smartphones and computers support Wi-Fi 6, the Deco X50 is a cost-effective way of updating a home wireless network to the fastest standard on the market. Recommended.
Pricing & Availability:The three-pack TP-Link Deco X50 AX3000 Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi 6 System is available now and costs $239 / £289.
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