The TP-Link Deco X20 WiFi 6 Whole-Home mesh system is meant to take your home into a new realm of WiFi 6 connectivity. I was really excited to receive TP-Link’s 2-Pack Deco X20 WiFi 6 Whole-Home mesh system (lots of words, but it’s a good description). I replaced my Google WiFi mesh system (router and two points) with the Deco X20 (router and point). I was pleased with the Google WiFi system. Still, the opportunity to upgrade my smart home to the WiFi 6 gave me goosebumps. Here’s my take on the WiFi 6 experience and the 2-Pack Deco X20 WiFi 6 mesh system.
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TP-Link Deco X20 WiFi 6 Design
The Deco X20 WiFi 6 mesh system comes in either a 2-pack or 3-pack system. There is no designated base router. All of them or any one of them can start the WiFi 6 mesh in your smart home.
Each X20 unit is sleek, white, and identical. The Deco X20 is 4.33 inches in diameter and about 5 inches tall. Perfect for sitting on your table, dining buffet, or shelf. There are no mounting ports to hang on a wall. However, you can find mounting brackets for the Deco X20 on Amazon. Note: TP-Link does not state whether you should mount them horizontally.
LED status indication is provided underneath the device, so it projects on the base where it sits. Blue means initial startup and configuration, Yellow means starting up, and Green means blazing WiFi 6 is ready and operational. Oh, yes, the dreaded Red LED status means you got problems or cannot connect to the base station. There is a reset button underneath the Deco X20. You will need a pin to factory reset if required.
The TP-Link Deco X20 has two Gigabit LAN ports on the back; however, one is for input. The other is to support a wired ethernet connection. Each Deco X20 has 2 internal Antennas.
- Processor: 1 GHz Quad-Core CPU
- Power: 12 V, 1.2 A
- WiFi 6: IEEE 802.11ax/an/n/a 5GHz; IEEE 802.11ax/an/n/a 2.4GHz
TP-Link Deco X20 WiFi 6 Features
The TP-Link Deco X20 is a dual-band WiFi mesh system. It provides up to 574 Mbps on 2.4 GHz and 1,201 Mbps 5 GHz. Probably more than you need in most homes. I have kids running laptops and tablets all day with smart home devices all over the place. Each machine was running smoothly. I think this was due to the Boosted Seamless Coverage and the Deco X20’s ability to connect more devices with OFDMA and MU-MIMO tech.
The Deco X20 runs on the latest WPA3 WiFi encryption technology. You can also use some of the onboard network security features such as:
- TP-Link HomeCare Antivirus
- Malicious site Checker
- Port Intrusion Detection
- Infected Device Isolation
Pretty much every feature is accessible in the Deco App. There are detailed and intuitive instructions to set up each device to get your TP-Link Deco X20 WiFi 6 whole-home mesh system up and running in minutes.
Once you open the app, you’ll see a list of all the devices in your WiFi 6 mesh system. You can select each device and find out which Deco X20 device they are connected to. You can also see how much data they are downloading and uploading in realtime. The Deco app also allows you to prioritize WiFi traffic to specific devices in your home. So if Mom or Dad need the bandwidth more than the kids, you can make that happen.
TP-Link Deco X20 Parental Controls – They work.
One of the most practical things that I found right away on the Deco App was the Parental Controls. I have children in the home that use their laptops for school, mostly unsupervised. I wanted to see if these parental controls actually worked or were just a gimmick to promote the product. Well, I was surprised when one of the kids said the laptop was not working. I went to the computer to see that the screen showed TrendMicro’s screen preventing my child from entering a page. It said that there was a potential that the site had Malware. Well – it worked. The parental controls actually protected my child and our home from being attacked.
Here is the whole gambit of parental controls provided by the Deco X20:
- Custom Profiles
- Content Filtering
- URL Filtering
- Time Limit
- Time Schedule (Bed Time)
- Log Insight
- Usage Monitor
- Monthly reports
I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to access and configure profiles for each person or device in the home.
TP-Link Deco X20 Router Settings
There are some intuitive settings that you can configure and monitor in the Deco App Router Settings. You can create a guest network to ensure you isolate WiFi traffic for your guests. The Guest network can be activated/deactivated at any time.
There is a button to test your WiFi internet speed. I was able to clock in at 612 Mbps download and 22.1 Mbps upload…. ya, that’s fast. I wasn’t expecting that for a mesh system with so much interference in the home. However, I was really close to the Deco X20. There were times when I had to move my other Deco X20 point to ensure there were no dead zones. I think if I had the 3-pack, I would have had the whole home singing well.
Many advanced features in the Deco app will help users optimize their WiFi 6 mesh network, such as port forwarding, fast roaming, and ‘blacklisting’ specific devices. It could be beneficial to have certain smart home devices on one network and making sure that it does not connect to another system.
TP-Link Deco X20 WiFi 6 Mesh Performance
This being the first time using a WiFi 6 Mesh system. The 2-pack is designed to cover 4,000 sq. ft of home living space. However, it’s more like 2,500 sq. ft of home for a 2-pack. I was able to move my other point to ensure there were WiFi dead zones. There were times when my new Chromecast with Google TV device was left to find the WiFi connections. I think this had to do with devices being on multiple floors. As I said, I believe the 3-pack Deco X20 would have solved all the problems for a house greater than 2,500 sq. ft. When there was a connection, I was really pleased with the quality of the streaming. There is a significant improvement between the Deco X20 and the Google WiFi mesh systems.
What I liked about the Deco X20 WiFi 6 Mesh system:
- Easy Setup: The setup took probably less than 5 minutes. I knew where I wanted to put both Deco X20 points. Just plugged it in, followed the instructions on the app, and I had WiFi 6 flooding my home with a smart home and media entertainment.
- Price: $250 for a WiFi 6 Mesh system in your home is really affordable. Considering the Nest WiFi system is not even WiFi 6, I might encourage you to get the 3-pack TP-Link Deco X20 WiFi 6 mesh at these prices.
- Parental Controls and Features: Yes, it worked. It saved us too. I’m very grateful our house was protected. The Deco app was intuitive and easy to configure.
What I didn’t like about the Deco X20 WiFi 6 Mesh system:
- Coverage: The Deco X20 is an excellent system. If your home borders around the 2,500 sq. ft range, you’re probably going to need the 3-pack. Especially if you have multi-floors. Once you get 3, I’m pretty sure you’re devices will be humming on WiFi 6 anywhere in your home.
TP-Link Deco X20 WiFi 6 Mesh system Review – Recommendation
You might be surprised at how these attractive Deco X20 provide you with WiFi 6 coverage, family security, and ease of use. The Deco X20 has opened my eyes to the blazingly fast and network stability for my smart home devices and all the laptops and tablets running in the home. I’m sure there are devices on the market that perform better. However, at $250, you’re getting so much WiFi 6 value. You’ll probably not even notice the improvement after the Deco X20 unless you reached the 150 device limit. There are a ton of features that make TP-Link a go-to WiFi mesh provider. TP-Link has developed a great app and one of the easiest ways to get reliable, secure WiFi in your home. I’m glad I have the Deco X20 to power my smart home.