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TP Link Deco Wi-Fi 6 AX1800 Mesh - 2 routers $149

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Price used to be $169 and has dropped to $149 recently. This is the same system as X20.

TP Link Deco Wi-Fi 6 AX1800 Mesh WiFi Router Replacement System | 2 - AX1800 Mesh Routers | Coverage up to 4,000 Sq Ft (W3600)

Works with Any internet service provider, Deco W3600 uses powerful Wi-Fi 6 and TP-Link Mesh technology to blanket your home in strong and reliable WiFi everywhere, up to 4,000 sq ft. With super-fast 1.8 Gbps speeds, Deco keeps up to 150 devices running at top speeds so the whole family can hop online without any slowdown. Wi-Fi 6 Mesh: Next-gen Wi-Fi 6 AX1800 whole home mesh system to eliminate weak WiFi for good.1 • Whole Home Coverage: Cover up to 4,000 sq. ft. with seamless, high-performance WiFi 6 and eliminate dead zones and buffering2 • No-Drop WiFi: Ensures you're always connected even as you walk from room to room using a single name and password to connect.3 • Connect More Devices: Deco is strong enough to connect up to 150 devices with strong and reliable WiFi.2 • Total Security: Safeguard your home network and every connected device against intruders, viruses and malware with advanced WiFi encryption and automatic updates to keep you secure, always. Add another layer of security with advanced antivirus with TP-Link HomeCare.4 • Easy Setup and Management: The Deco app helps you set up your network in minutes with clear visual guidance and keeps you in control even when you are not home • Peace of Mind with Parental Controls: Manage, limit and monitor internet use with profiles that let you customize WiFi access for every person and device in your home • Universally Compatible: Backward compatible with all WiFi generations, ideal for any internet plan up to 1 Gbps, and works with any internet service provider (ISP) and modem
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How does this compare to the TP Link Deco M9 - 3 pack system?
How does it compare to Google Wifi system?

I have the M9 and I like it, and I like the parental controls. This has WiFi 6, but only has dual band, while the M9 has triple band.
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How does this compare to the TP Link Deco M9 - 3 pack system?
How does it compare to Google Wifi system?

I have the M9 and I like it, and I like the parental controls. This has WiFi 6, but only has dual band, while the M9 has triple band.
Hopefully I'm correct with all this info, but someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

The M9 is AC2200 and this is AX1800, which is the equivalent to AC1800. The X just means it's WiFi 6 compatible. So, the M9 is capable of slightly higher total speeds and slight higher coverage due to the +400 over this X20 router, but you'll lose out of WiFi 6 compatibility with the M9.

"Wi-Fi 6 is capable of a maximum throughput of 9.6 Gbps across multiple channels, compared to 3.5 Gbps on Wi-Fi 5. In theory, a WiFi 6 capable router could hit speeds over 250% faster than current WiFi 5 devices."
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Whats the advantage of this mesh vs traditional router + repeater?
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Whats the advantage of this mesh vs traditional router + repeater?
In my experience with Router + repeater, my devices would sometimes connect to the router that was farther away rather than connect to the repeater that was closer, and vice versa. This caused super slow speeds due to the router being so far away or it would force me to manually go to the settings and connect to the closer router/repeater.

Once I switched to the Deco M9 mesh system, I don't have to worry about which M9 unit my devices are connected to, it's pretty seamless. I recommend mesh to all my friends and family now.
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Whats the advantage of this mesh vs traditional router + repeater?
A repeater normally has a different wifi name. These mesh systems are supposed to be seamless coverage over a larger area. Now repeaters are great for static devices like a fire stick but they aren't good for phones when you are moving around the house.
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My advice: don't. Wifi 6e devices should be coming online by holidays or next year.

I have the M9's and do like them, but there are obvious bugs. For example, they don't daisy chain correctly as advertised. Far satellite nodes will prefer a very poor connection to the main node than a strong connection to another satellite. This led to very poor speeds in far areas. I googled around a bit and saw others had the issue, and the reply from TPLink seemed to say 'try moving the satellite further from the main node'. That issue notwithstanding, they've been great devices.
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How does this compare to the TP Link Deco M9 - 3 pack system?
How does it compare to Google Wifi system?

I have the M9 and I like it, and I like the parental controls. This has WiFi 6, but only has dual band, while the M9 has triple band.
I am a novice, but my understanding is that the data communication between the routers themselves takes up part of the bandwidth. This becomes a problem on dual band mesh WiFi routers especially because the router is using part of the available bandwidth just to transfer data to each other. With a triple band, the routers use one of those bands to communicate with each other and this means more bandwidth available for your devices. This issue becomes a moot point if you use an "Ethernet backhaul" with a dual band router such as this one. I believe the slight difference in 1800 vs 2200 speed is likely negligible given internet plans are rarely that high anyways. You could go with this dual band option if your space is not as large and you can do an Ethernet backhaul. I also have the M9 plus and I love them. Even though this is $50 less than the $200 Costco deal, I'll probably stick with my M9s. Also I like having a USB port for printer/network connectivity option.
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Whats the advantage of this mesh vs traditional router + repeater?
Mesh is so much better. Since I've been working from home, moving throughout the house without having to switch networks from basement repeater to main router to garage repeater has made a big difference. One network for the whole house.

I bought a TP Link deco m9 3pk a month ago and it has made wifi more enjoyable.
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How does this compare to the TP Link Deco M9 - 3 pack system?
How does it compare to Google Wifi system?

I have the M9 and I like it, and I like the parental controls. This has WiFi 6, but only has dual band, while the M9 has triple band.
I have the Nest wifi system at my house and love it, have it for 5 months. I first got the Netgear Ax6000 from Costco and it hit amazing speeds on my AX compatible devices but it was unstable and had problems even after talking To customer service at Netgear twice and changing settings. I have gigabit speeds, and the nest wifi isn't as fast As the ax routers but it's really stable.
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My advice: don't. Wifi 6e devices should be coming online by holidays or next year.

I have the M9's and do like them, but there are obvious bugs. For example, they don't daisy chain correctly as advertised. Far satellite nodes will prefer a very poor connection to the main node than a strong connection to another satellite. This led to very poor speeds in far areas. I googled around a bit and saw others had the issue, and the reply from TPLink seemed to say 'try moving the satellite further from the main node'. That issue notwithstanding, they've been great devices.
That is a handoff issue, and thats a fault of the device your using not the networking equipment. In the long run no matter what gear you buy its up to the software of the client device to decide when to switch networks. Apple is notoriously bad at handoffs as a good example, especially since they only use 5ghz on their newer gear.
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That is a handoff issue, and thats a fault of the device your using not the networking equipment. In the long run no matter what gear you buy its up to the software of the client device to decide when to switch networks. Apple is notoriously bad at handoffs as a good example, especially since they only use 5ghz on their newer gear.
If not clear, I'm talking strictly about the nodes themselves, not connecting devices. Imagine a long house, with a setup in a straight line like (main node) - - - - (sat 1) - - - - (sat 2). Sat 2 will source its connection from main node, even if the signal is abysmal. Per their own docs, sat 2 should instead source its connection from sat 1.
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Whats the advantage of this mesh vs traditional router + repeater?
I had a router plus repeater and I ended up unplugging the repeater after about a month. I already struggled to force my devices to connect to the 5GHZ rather than my 2.4GHz band, and then I had to the to connect to my main router rather than the repeater.

M9 Mesh has been awesome so far, but I think I have really thick drywall in my house because my signal cuts off fast. I am only using 2 of the 3 routers now. I wanted to see what two gets me. My house is fairly small, only 1800 sq ft over 2 stories. I can tell that I will need the 3 of them to get full coverage in my backyard, front yard, garage, etc.
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The Deco X20 looks to be a good pick up for casual internet users or non demanding users. If you want to make sure you maximize your performance, but still cant spend large go for the X60. A giant thread on it showing how its probably the best bang for your buck Wifi 6 Mesh on the market. Price wise you can find the 3 pack for $200-$250 when on sale. With the price increase you get double the bandwidth on the 5ghz.

I am guessing that the M9+ is actually better than this system though if your considering an upgrade from one to the other, I think you will only see better speeds with wifi 6 enabled clients but probably wont be huge if not identical.

Side notes for people that are now aware, you can use your existing Deco units with wifi 5 such as the M5 and M9+ with this wifi 6 system too. They are all made to mesh and work as one single unit. You do want to make sure the Wifi 6 units are the mains though connected directly to your router.

For those privacy concerned, there was a large discussion on TP-Link monitoring all your network traffic, which is common, but it seems like TP-link goes very indepth which I am guess is for network optimizations and anti virus purposes.

Also you do have to create an account with them, like you do with google, and netgear to setup this mesh. for 95% of users it seemed like the concerns were no big deal.
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In my experience with Router + repeater, my devices would sometimes connect to the router that was farther away rather than connect to the repeater that was closer, and vice versa. This caused super slow speeds due to the router being so far away or it would force me to manually go to the settings and connect to the closer router/repeater.

Once I switched to the Deco M9 mesh system, I don't have to worry about which M9 unit my devices are connected to, it's pretty seamless. I recommend mesh to all my friends and family now.
What sort of speeds are you seeing? I purchased the $200 M9 deal at Costco, and I don't have a single device that hits greater than 180mbps. I jumped into them, hoping to stream 4K Movies from my Plex server to my TV. TV Ethernet is only 10/100 (can't believe that), so my best bet was going WiFi, but the Sony just can't play the content because it can't stream fast enough. I have a M9 satellite sitting 5 ft from the TV and it doesn't get better speed than that.

I've been very frustrated. Took my Netgear R7000 and placed it on the same table, with an ethernet cable back to the main router and I get about 200 mbps. I was hoping for better from something 5-6 newer than my Netgear R7000.

Everything I read says to move the satellites closer to the main router. Which isn't practical in my situation. So, no I have my R7000 running a separate network just for the TV and just the main M9 router running wifi for everyone else. I don't have the satellites hooked up at the moment, because I was planning on taking them back to CostCo and just getting a newer (cheaper) TPLink Router.

I have a 3600SF Ranch, 1900 upstairs and 1700 in the basement. The one router in the middle of my basement is pretty strong through the entire house and into the driveway. So I'm not quite sold on Mesh, unless you have a 3 story.
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