TP-Link has unveiled the Deco X68, a tri-band WiFi-6 mesh router system with reasonable prices and several improvements over the Deco X60 WiFi 6 model. The biggest update is a dedicated 5 GHz band which works for “backhaul”, or connect Deco units to improve speeds. The Deco X60 didn’t have this, so you had to wire each unit for the best possible performance.
The Deco X68 can cover 5,500 square feet with two units or 7,000 square feet with three, providing maximum transfer speeds of 3,600 Mbps for up to 150 devices, according to the company. (Keep in mind that you will never see these nominal speeds in the real world on a router or mesh network.) These maximum speeds are lower than the Deco X90 from TP-Link and other systems from Linksys, ASUS. et al, but the Deco X68 comes at a lower price point and the speeds are still faster than most mesh networks.
Other features include easy setup and management, plus support for Alexa voice, HomeShield security, and AI-based mesh technology that supposedly adapts to your unique home environment. The Deco X68 starts at $ 280, likely for a two-pack, and will be arriving in TP-Link’s store on Amazon soon.
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