TP-Link Deco XE75, a perfect solution to bring quality Internet to the whole house

TP-Link Deco XE75, a perfect solution to bring quality Internet to the whole house
TP-Link Deco XE75, a perfect solution to bring quality Internet to the whole house

Article sponsored by TP-Link

WiFi Mesh systems have arrived on the market to complement the range of devices designed to improve the Internet connection at home. Unlike a conventional PLC, the performance of this type of device is not conditioned by the state of the electrical installation, since make use of wireless mesh networks to generate an access point more stable. And that’s where options like TP-Link’s new XE75 AXE5400 Deco ecosystem come into play.

The unit that the manufacturer gives us is based on three identical TP-Link Deco XE75 units. The main novelty compared to the rest of the proposals of the Asian firm is presented to us in the form of a wireless standard, since it is compatible with the latest generation WiFi 6E networks. The promise of the brand does not stop there, since the coverage area that this system is capable of covering reaches up to 668 square meters, so we will not need to resort to complementary solutions. To discover all its ins and outs, I have had the opportunity to test the Deco ecosystem for a little over a week.

Data sheet

TP-Link Deco XE75
Interface and protocols 3 Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 ports
IPv4 and IPv6
Buttons and LEDs LAN and WLAN indicator lights
Frequency, signal rate and wireless standard WiFi 6E
IEEE 802.11ax 6GHz
IEEE 802.11ax/ac/n/a 5GHz
IEEE 802.11ax/n/b/g 2.4GHz
dynamic IP
static IP
PPPoE
PPTP
L2TP
Connection speed (combined) AXE5400
6GHz: 2402Mbps (802.11ax, HE160)
5GHz: 2402Mbps (802.11ax, HE160)
2.4GHz: 574Mbps (802.11ax)
Processor Quad cores at 1.7 GHz
Parental control features custom profiles
Professional Content Filter Library
Family time
Bedtime
Out of time
time rewards
Family online time ranking
pause internet
Weekly and monthly reports
security features WPA-Personal
WPA2-Personal
WPA3-Personal
SPI Firewall
Access control
Real-time IoT protection
Malicious site blocker
Intrusion Prevention System
Prevention of DDoS attacks
home network scanner
other functions guest networks
1 × 6 GHz guest network
1 × 5 GHz guest network
1 2.4 GHz guest network
IPTV
IGMP proxy
IGMP snooping
Bridge
vlan tag
DHCP
Reservations Address
DHCP Client List
Server
Dimensions 105 × 105 × 169 millimeters
Availability Coming soon
Price to specify

A compact design that adapts to the decoration of the house

The first thing we see when we open the box of the TP-Link XE75 system are the three devices arranged side by side, along with three power adapters and a flat Gigabit Ethernet cable to connect to the router, as well as a small user manual. installation that we will not need, since its configuration is really simple. If we focus on the design of the three devices, the general lines are quite elegant and minimalist and adapt to the decoration of any home.

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Compared to other devices that I have been able to test, the TP-Link Deco XE75 have a little less height, although they are also wider. When taking it in hand we see that the material is plastican essential material for the coverage to expand to all the nooks and crannies of the house, since elements such as aluminum or steel can act as a Faraday cage.

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In the back we find three Gigabit Ethernet ports and a connector to the conventional current. One of these ports can be used to establish the connection with the router, while the rest will be used to connect any device with an RJ-45 connection by cable. On the remaining two devices that are not connected to the router, all three ports will be completely free.

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The front, by the way. houses an LED light that will indicate the status of the connection, as the color may vary depending on the Internet connection or the update process itself. As usual in this type of device, we do not find a Power button, although at the base there is a small Reset button accessible with a stick or pin.

Installation: the configuration process is surprisingly simple

It is so easy that we will not need any type of manual; simply download the Deco app from the Google or Apple app store to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Of course, to proceed with its configuration, we will have to create a user account and select the type of device that we want to configure (Deco XE75 in our case).

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With the application started and the router turned off, we will connect one of the TP-Link Deco XE75 to one of the device’s RJ-45 ports through the Gigabit Ethernet cable which is included as standard. Then, we will turn on the two devices until the light on the device changes color and the router reports an Internet connection (this process can take from two to five minutes). It will be then when the application allows us to configure the different parameters of the network, such as its location (Bedroom, Living room, Office, Kitchen…), the name of the WiFi network or the access key. Et voilà, we already have the network ready.

To add the rest of the units decoration, just connect the device to the mains. Mesh networking will usually be set up in a couple of minutes automatically without us having to go through the app’s settings. No manual configurations, modification of IP addresses or activation of DHCP protocols. We will check that your connection is functional through the LED light (green indicates connection and blue, synchronization). Of course, the network that we configure will not replace the WiFi network generated by the router, so we will have to connect manually from each of the devices that we want to add (mobile phone, tablet, laptop…) to this new network.

The Deco app adds up and is really easy to use

After configuring access to the network, the application developed by the manufacturer allows us to interact with all the functions of the ecosystem. In just a couple of clicks, we can change the name of the network, generate a guest network, activate the frequencies of the three bands (2.4GHz, 5GHz and 6GHz) or create a list of denied devices to avoid intruders. Even we can change the lighting mode of the LED light to reduce its brightness at nightin addition to the connection mode of the devices themselves, being able to choose between a conventional router or extended access points.

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From the same application we can see the list of connected devices, either to block their access or detect unwanted connections. In this sense, the interface itself invites us to contract the different HomeShield Pro plans, which include various network protection systems to detect cyber threats, real-time IoT protection or parental control. The monthly cost varies depending on the contract model (annual or monthly), although it includes a free 30-day trial.

For advanced features, the devices support the IP address reservation and port forwarding, plus MAC address cloning and DHCP server configuration. The available security options allow us to play with the DDNS and WPS settings. Perhaps the most interesting options are related to the possibility of adding administrator users or controlling certain automations by voice through Alexa (they are only available in English), in addition to the activation of the aforementioned integrated parental control system to configure access rules. In general, everything is very simple and fast with App Deco.

Speed ​​and coverage up to par if we have devices that take advantage of it

Having already known the possibilities of the application, it is time to talk about the real experience of use. If we look at the technical sheet of the modules, the manufacturer’s promise is not exactly pessimistic: up to 668 square meters with the pack of three, with tri-band speed up to 5,400 Mbps for 200 devices. On the other hand, the WiFi 6E standard presents improvements in latency, in addition to incorporating the 6 GHz frequency, which not only affects the theoretical speed, but also in the absence of networks that adjoin said connection and collapse the spectrum of bands. But, how is its behavior in a real use scenario?

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Test from a Huawei P40 Pro that is compatible with WiFi 6 networks.
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Test from a computer assembled to pieces with a network card that does not support WiFi 6 networks.

When we connect devices that take advantage of this technology, such as a fourth generation iPad Air or a Huawei P40 Pro, both compatible with sixth generation Wi-Fi networks, the experience is practically seamless. Under different charging and discharging tests, the terminals have reached the maximum contracted speed, which in this case is 300 symmetric Megabits per second. The latency also improves slightly if we compare the figures with devices that only support 2.4 and 5 GHz WiFi networks, although the difference is not that significant.

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Test from a 13-inch MacBook Pro from 2017 with the Jazztel router that does not support WiFi 6 networks.
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Test from a Huawei P40 Pro with the Jazztel router that does not support WiFi 6 networks.

This is because the router is quite old (it does not support WiFi 6 networks or 10 Gigabit connections), while it is best to have a device that takes advantage of all the functions of the ecosystem, as well as Ethernet cables of a certain category to support full bandwidth. And this is also transferred to the rest of the devices that we want to connect to the Deco XE75. In tests conducted on a MacBook Pro and a piecemeal computer with a 5GHz network card, upload speed may suffer, although figures vary by location. That yes, the coverage remains stable at all times and the three points have served to provide a network to the entire house, approximately 160 meters and two floors.

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In this sense, the device that has been connected to the router has been kept on the ground floor, as well as another backup device to connect to the rest of the rooms. The third has been installed on the second floor and has been enough to provide a network to all the devices that are installed there. As data to add, macOS has presented some other conflict when it has connected to the network for the first time, nothing that a punctual restart could not solve. Another point to note is related to the update process, since while the devices are updated through the Deco application, the network connection is lostTherefore, it is best to keep the router’s Wi-Fi network active so as not to lose the Internet connection.

Opinions, conclusions and price, is it worth buying the TP-Link Deco XE75?

After analyzing all the characteristics of the ecosystem, it is time to draw conclusions. Betting on the TP-Link Deco XE75 means taking full advantage of the possibilities of the Internet today, both for its compatibility with WiFi 6E networks as well as offering a more stable system than a traditional WiFi network. In fact, if the signal has to get around many walls and doors, this network can mean the difference between day and night. With the Deco XE75 we can cover up to 550 square meters with only two devices.

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The connection speed that we have contracted with our network operator is also part of the equation, since They are capable of transmitting up to 675 Megabytes per second symmetrically., or what is the same, 5,400 Megabits per second. In other words, we will not have any type of problem to take the maximum contracted speed to any device connected to the Deco.

And what about the price? At the date of publication, the TP-Link system is not available on Amazon Spain, but it is in the United States, where its price is $300 for the pack with two TP-Link Deco XE75. The price of the pack with a single device costs 170 dollars, so it is likely that the final price of the pack with three Deco is around 500 euros. Is it worth paying that amount for the entire ecosystem?

Leaving aside these variables, the truth is that the company’s arguments are quite solid to become the market reference. Of course, we must bear in mind that there are several features and functions that are only available through paid subscriptions.




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