Test: TP-Link Deco X90 – Capacity enough

If you are going to buy a new Wifi for your home, there are two things you should keep in mind. One is that if you live larger than a second, it is good to have a mesh network so that you have more than one wifi router while you only have one wifi network to keep track of. This is to ensure good coverage throughout the home. The second is to make sure that the router does not follow an old standard. Today there is no reason to buy a router with Wifi 5 when there are so many options with Wifi 6. The even newer standard Wifi 6E, which gives access to the new frequency band 6 GHz, there are so far fewer routers with, and TP The Link Deco X90 we are testing here is not one of them. But the advantages of Wifi 6 over Wifi 5 are also great. Wifi 5 makes poor use of the network’s capacity, and if your mobiles, computers and router all use Wifi 6, you will notice significantly less congestion in the network when many gadgets are connected at the same time.

Less obviously important is the speed of the wifi network. Within Wifi 6, there are many different configurations with multiple antennas and combinations of frequency bands that can increase data speed, and TP Link Deco X90 can theoretically give you data speeds of up to 6.6 gigabytes per second, among the best you can get, but firstly, it is required that you then have a computer with an advanced network card, secondly, you probably do not have an internet connection with such speeds, so it is most useful if you are a heavy gamer or work with intensive graphics production.

Identical routers

For SEK 5,000, you get a package with two routers with TP-Link Deco X90. They are identical, so you can choose which of them you connect to the broadband jack. They are quite large and I have a hard time getting the router next to my broadband socket next to the electrical cabinet in the hall. Both routers are equipped with two Ethernet ports, so you can connect printers or network drives to them, for example, even if they do not have wifi. One of the ports has a capacity of 2.5 Gbit / s. With two routers, of course, there is not much to think about how you place them as long as they have contact with each other, but if you buy more, not everyone has to communicate directly with the router in the broadband socket, but they can form a chain for longer range. In general, the range for each individual router is really good.

You do installation via TP-Link’s app, and it is exemplary smooth and hassle-free and requires basically no prior knowledge. Compared to other manufacturers’ network equipment, TP-links are probably the easiest to set up.

I set up the two routers in my home, a four-room, and compare the speed in a couple of pre-selected places with the ones I measured with a couple of other routers, including TP-Link Deco X60, where you get three routers in the package but each individual router has a lower maximum speed. And of course I get higher best speed and lower delay with Deco X90, but only as long as I sit close and within sight of the router. If there are walls in between, the Deco X60 often wins because I get better coverage throughout the apartment with a third router. You can of course buy a third router with Deco X90 as well, but then it will be more expensive. In summary, I think that the profit with the extra speed you get with the Deco X90 does not compensate for the higher price.

Seems unseen

For the most part, you want a wifi to exist and work without you having to think about it, and the TP-Link Deco X90 really does, and at significantly better speeds than my old Google Wifi. If you want it, there are additional features that you can access via the app. Here you can, for example, check the security of the network and get advice on how to improve it if necessary. You can block certain users’ access to certain websites or schedule the internet connection, but it is a blunt way to control your children’s internet use, they can only connect via the mobile network instead.

There is also a premium service called Homeshield Pro that costs SEK 65 a month, which includes extended functions and parental controls, and for example ensures that smart home gadgets do not pose a security risk.

In summary, the TP-Link Deco X90 is an excellent meshat wifi, but for most users it can still pay to buy a package with three slightly simpler routers instead of this with two routers.

Source: Mobil by www.mobil.se.

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