The new TP-Link Deco X60 is a complete Mesh WiFi System that comes with 3 access points, featuring WiFi 6, MIMO Technology, and up to 3000 Megabits bandwidth. Capable to handle up to 150 connected devices. This makes it perfect for your new smart home, as each smart device such as Alexa, Nest, Ring, and Hue lights can take a lot of network bandwidth.
TP-Link Deco X60
The decos will all work together to form a uniform Wi-Fi network. Meaning your device will always automatically connect to the deco unit at the highest speed as you move through your home.
We will go through the entire setup process, connecting the router, creating a mesh wifi network, and doing a comparison of how the Deco X60 performs in comparison to a single router that’s placed in a large house with 2 floors. The mesh is configured to have an access point in key areas of the home, from the bedroom, hallway, and office. Each mesh access point is spread across different stories of the building.
You can find the full specifications on the official TP-Link website.
Unboxing the TP-Link Deco X60
Inside the box we will find three of the Deco X60 units, all presented in a very elegant way. Underneath you’ll be greeted by simple setup instructions with also contain the three power supplies for each unit, a quick start guide and a nice ethernet cable.
Setting up the Mesh WiFi System with the TP-Link Deco X60 App
To set up the mesh system, all you need to do is grab the free app from the Play or App Store. It covers everything you need to know to get up and running in under 5 minutes.
Let’s get into detail with the whole setup process. To get started we only need one mesh unit, which will be the one that connects to our current modem.
Next, we need to disconnect the current modem from the power, and proceed to connect the new Deco to the modem while powered off via ethernet and to the power. Once everything is connected we can power the modem on again.
After it has completed booting up the next step is to simply add the Deco through the app. This process is again made extremely simple. We only have to tap a button and thanks to the well engineered app it does everything else.
Once connected, it’s almost time to connect to the internet! Now, we only have one last important thing left do to: create our own mesh wifi network.
And that is the entire setup that is required to get connected to the internet. The only thing that is left is adding the additional mesh access points to the system. Thankfully this has been done in a very elegant way as well. The app can quickly identify a new mesh unit and set it up automatically.
Comparison before and after
The mesh is now configured in a way where we have units dotted around the whole house, covering two floors. Furthermore, the system now works together to form a uniform Wi-Fi network. Meaning that your mobile device will instantly connect to the deco unit at the highest speed as you move through your home automatically.
What is most noticeable, our internet connection has drastically improved in the second floor where the office is located. Going from under 1 Mbit to 70 Mbit is the biggest speed improvement possible, all thanks to the new mesh system. Furthermore what is even better, we did not need to place any ethernet cables.
In the kitchen we do not see a large improvement, as this room is generally harder to cover due to interference from the induction cooker. Although the speeds are still very high and noticeably more stable.
In the garden we also see a huge improvement, going from 5 Mbits to 39 Mbits is a great boost in performance, especially while being outdoors.
Summary and conclusion
In conclusion, the TP-Link Deco X60 is an impressive mesh WiFi system, that has an extremely user-friendly set up process and can significantly boost your entire home network coverage.
We can so far only recommend this system, for anyone that has a larger house which does not have ethernet in all rooms. The Deco X60 can easily cover an entire house with the use of Mesh technology, all without any ethernet connection for the mesh units and no further need for cables apart from power. We would have liked to see a USB-C connection for the power supply, similar to the products from AmpliFi, but as you most likely want to set and forget this system, it’s not a big deal breaker.