TP-Link Deco X90 AX6600 Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi 6 System – A very personal review

I got a set of TP-Link Mesh Wi-Fi systems. TP-Link Deco X90, AX 6600 Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi 6 System.

Here I would like to show some basic information about it.

The box is big and heavy. Two nodes can cover 6000 sq. ft. or  557 square meters.

Some Features:

  • AX6600 Tri-Band WiFi: Boosts overall speeds up to an incredible 6600 Mbps
  • AI-Driven Mesh: Intelligently learns the network environment to provide ideal Wi-Fi unique to your home
  • Smart Antennas: Establish a stronger backhaul to boost coverage and improve wireless connections
  • Connect More Devices: Connect up to 200 devices without dragging down performance
  • TP-Link HomeShield: Keeps your home network safe with cutting-edge features for network and IoT protection

Deco X90 Hardware and specs:

  • CPU: Broadcom BCM6755 1.5Ghz Quad-Core CPU
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Ports: 1×2.5G WAN/LAN + 1X Gigabit WAN/LAN
  • Wi-Fi Bands: 4804Mbps on 5GHz + 1201 Mbps on 5GHz + 574 Mbps on 2.4GHz (Two 5GHz and one 2.4GHz bands)
  • Antennas: 4 High-Gain Antennas + 2 Smart Antennas
  • Mesh Protocol: 802.11 k/v/r ( It is most important specs for Mesh network)

The CPU is a fast one. It is the fastest one in all my routers.

Deco X90 Pictures:

Two devices in the box

 

Everything from the box

 

One Gbps port and one 2.5Gbps port, and also the heat holes on the bottom

 

Power adapter specs

 

X90 working condition with green solid light
Compare the X90 with Linksys Velop. It is bigger and heavier.

Installation of the Deco X90

The very first step is to install the app from Google Play or AppStore.

Then, follow the on-screen directions. Step by Step to complete the first X90 device and later add the second one.

The default is to use Wi-Fi to connect the second X90 to the primary (the first) X90. I prefer to use ethernet to connect them.

I live in a three stories townhouse. I put the primary Deco X90 in my office, which is in the south of the building. The second X90 is in my daughter’s room, in the north of the building.

Three stories townhouse layout

I have my own router, which is a soft router. I did not plan to replace it. So I use these two X90 as an Access Point.

Tp-link  Deco App and Features:

Deco App, and the first screen of it.

I named my network “deco6”, kind of boring.

Operation mode as Access Point

Touch the nine-dots icon, more settings, touch the Advanced, Operation Mode, then choose Access Point.  Because I connect the primary Deco X90 after my router.

Two Deco X90. One in my office. The second one is in Gloria’s room. It is only the wireless connections. I have more devices wired connection to the network.
The great features.

I like this one. The Deco Lab, Wi-Fi assistant. Test speed, port checker, etc.  A lot of fun features in this Deco Lab.

Web Interface

There is also a web interface for X90. I know their IP address of them from the Deco App. 192.168.1.172 and 173.

192.168.1.173 is the main Deco or Primary X90.

From my desktop, I enter the IP address into Google Chrome.  By entering the password of the TP-link ID, I can access it.

Main Deco web interface

I can see the device CPU load, memory usage, and the clients who connect to my network.

List of the clients connected to Main Deco

At the Advanced panel, it shows the status and a lot of System-level functions, including firmware upgrade, system log, time settings, reboot, and system parameters. These are for all devices of this network.

When I enter 192.168.1.172 into Google Chrome, the second Deco web interface. It is only shown me the System log, Firmware upgrade, and reboot. it is for this device only.

I am not using functions like NAT, Parental Controls, QoS, Connection Alerts, etc.

Issue

There is a small issue with the system. I am using AP mode, my mobile device can not get the IPv6 IP address through Deco X90 from the Router. Maybe the next firmware can solve it.

My Conclusion

The Tp-link Deco X90 provides great features and fast Wifi speed. I would like to recommend it to someone like me having a problem using one Wi-Fi Access Point in a townhouse or even a big house. Because It is very hard to place one single AP at the center of the house. Two X90 make a mesh network. It is easy to make it cover the whole home, from the basement to the third story.

I am going to make a wireless speed test later.

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