TP-Link X60 And XE75 Are Here To Rescue You From WiFi Madness

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The definition of madness, they say, is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Anyone who’s maintained a home network will know, that’s just basic troubleshooting.

You disconnect and reconnect devices, hoping that this time it will take. You restart printers. You reboot computers. You move routers to different parts of the room, hoping that that whatever fickle WiFi gods have cursed you will show some mercy, just this one time.

If you’re nodding your head at this, it might be time to consider upgrading your router to a WiFi 6, whole-home mesh system.

Luckily, TP-Link has two such systems ready to snatch you from the mouth of WiFi madness.

Deco X60 AX3000

The Deco X60 AX300 blankets your house in WiFi 6 connectivity, handing off seamlessly between mesh points so that you can roam about your house without having to worry about dropping the connection. Indeed, it’s one of the few mesh networks that I’ve had the pleasure of testing that didn’t get confused when there were overlapping access points. Just two Deco units give you 5,000 sq. ft. of coverage.

Out of the box, the Deco X60 is easy to set up with the TP-Link Deco app. It takes a little longer than some, but it’s certainly come a long way from the “turn it on and wait 10 minutes between steps” days. You can get your whole home covered, start to finish, in less than 15 minutes.

The units blend in with just about any modern decor and use the same four-antenna system of the more expensive XE75 for enhanced coverage in all directions. The available beamforming is a nice touch, but might not be compatible with older WiFi devices. Each access point also has a 1 GHz quad-core processor and 2 gigabit ports.

The Deco app makes managing your individual devices a simple affair and you’ll enjoy a free device-lifetime subscription to HomeCare, with built-in antivirus, parental controls, infected device isolation, and malicious site checking. At $219, it’s a comparatively reasonable entry point to more reliable WiFi 6 home networking.

Deco XE75 AXE5400

The real star of TP-Link’s recent releases, however, is their first WiFi 6E-enabled mesh router, the Deco XE75. With connectivity available for up to 200 devices, even the most connected home will see a considerable speed boost using the XE75 as its wireless backbone. The “E” in 6E allows this Deco system to access an additional 1,200 MHz of additional spectrum, giving your WiFi 6-enabled devices more room to operate without slowing down traffic.

The 6 GHz band also acts as a dedicated backhaul between nodes, speeding things up even more. In fact, the potential top speed of the network is 5,400 Mbps. It’s simply the fastest I’ve ever tested. Even in my dreaded back office, where WiFi signals go to die, I was able to achieve the highest Speedtest score I’ve seen from any network hardware, even my carefully maintained and tweaked Unifi system.

The hardware itself is solid, with a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor, 3 gigabit ports, and four high gain internal antennas. They may not rotate to follow you around the house, but the entire network uses AI-driven mesh to better anticipate your movements and coverage needs. You can also enable beamforming, which concentrates wireless signal towards devices on your network. Though if you have older devices, you might have to disable it for compatibility reasons. If you have Ethernet in your home, you can also use an Ethernet backhaul between mesh points to make things even speedier.

You also get TP-Link’s Deco app with HomeShield (separate subscription). HomeShield does all the stuff that you know you need to do to secure your home, but never do. It monitors your Internet of Things (IoT) traffic for unusual activity, blocks malicious sites, keeps an eye out for network intrusions, and more.

The TP-Link XE75 AXE5400 creates a home WiFi network that gives you more bandwidth than you know what to do with and sports enough device capacity for several households. It’s also a surprisingly good buy at $299 for a two-pack. Yes a two-pack is all you need to cover a 3-5 bedroom home (around 5,500 sq.ft.).

Which To Buy?

Honestly, for just $80 more, it’s worth it to go for the XE75. While the X60 is a great system, the XE75 is more future proof, has more processing power, and is able to give you better access to more of your ISP’s bandwidth, everywhere in your home. Plus, if you’re security focused, HomeShield gives you access to a bigger security toolbox than the HomeCare plan included with the X60.

Whichever way you go, you’ll soon be living with less home networking frustration. You can find out more about the X60 here and the XE75 here.

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