So you decided to get a TP-LINK Deco Mesh WiFi and as you browse through – you realize that there are quite a few models to choose from. What are the differences between Deco M5 and M9? What about Deco M4 and E4? What is the hybrid powerline model?

In this specific post, we will be listing down which Deco unit you should get based on specific factors such as:

  1. Bandwidth Plan
  2. WiFi Coverage based on House Size
  3. Wireless Network Technology
  4. Deco Series Hardware Specification

Full Side by Side Deco Series Comparison

We’ve uploaded a full specification side by side image comparison below, you can click on the image to enlarge.

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For those who’d like a simplified version, do scroll down and read our table instead.

Comparison of Deco Series Based on Usage

As the table is too long for comparison, we’ve separated them into two separate tables for easier to digest, the first one is based on usage (bandwidth vs house size vs network technology) while the latter is all about hardware specification.

ModelRecommend house size & structureMax. WiFi BandwidthWireless Technology
DECO X60 3 PACKSingle / Double / Triple storey 4200-5600sq.ft1GbpsAX3000 (WiFi 6)
DECO X20 3 PACKSingle / Double / Triple storey 3400-4600sq.ft800MbpsAX1800 (WiFi 6)
DECO M9 PLUS 3 PACKSingle / Double / Triple storey 3900-5200sq.ft700MbpsAC2200
DECO M9 PLUS 2 PACKSingle / Double storey 2700-3600sq.ft700MbpsAC2200
DECO M5 3 PACKSingle / Double / Triple storey 3300-4400sq.ft500MbpsAC1300
DECO M5 2 PACKSingle / Double storey 2200-3000sq.ft500MbpsAC1300
DECO M4 3 PACKSingle / Double / Triple storey 3300-4400sq.ft400MbpsAC1200
DECO M4 2 PACKSingle / Double storey 2200-3000sq.ft400MbpsAC1200
DECO M3 3 PACKSingle / Double / Triple storey 2100-2800sq.ft300MbpsAC1200
DECO E4 3 PACKSingle / Double / Triple storey 2400-3200sq.100MbpsAC1200
DECO E4 2 PACKSingle / Double storey 1600sq.ft-2200sq.ft100MbpsAC1200
DECO E3 2 PACKSingle / Double storey 1400-1900sq.ft100MbpsAC1200

Deco Series Hardware Specification

This section is dedicated for hardware geeks that wants detail comparison, it has listed CPU, RAM, Signal Rate & Ethernet Ports.

Important notes:

  1. Most Deco series comes with Gigabit Ports except Deco E4 & E3.
  2. TP-LINK Home Care is only available in mid and high-end series such as Deco M5, M9 Plus, X20 & X60.
  3. Only latest series such as Deco X20 & X60 comes with WPA3 Encryption, others are still using WPA2
ModelSignal RateCPURAMEthernet
DECO X60 3 PACK2402 Mbps (5 GHz), 574 Mbps (2.4 GHz)Qualcomm 1Ghz Quad-Core CPU512MB6 (each node 2 ports)
DECO X20 3 PACK1201 Mbps (5 GHz), 574 Mbps (2.4 GHz)Qualcomm 1Ghz Quad-Core CPU512MB6 (each node 2 ports)
DECO M9 PLUS 3 PACK867 Mbps at 5 GHz (1), 867 Mbps at 5 GHz (2), 400 Mbps at 2.4 GHz

Qualcomm 717MHz Quad-Core CPU512MB6 (each node 2 ports)
DECO M9 PLUS 2 PACK867 Mbps at 5 GHz (1), 867 Mbps at 5 GHz (2), 400 Mbps at 2.4 GHz

Qualcomm 717MHz Quad-Core CPU512MB4 (each node 2 ports)
DECO M5 3 PACK867 Mbps on 5 GHz, 400 Mbps on 2.4 GHzQualcomm 638MHz Quad-Core CPU256MB6 (each node 2 ports)
DECO M5 2 PACK867 Mbps on 5 GHz, 400 Mbps on 2.4 GHzQualcomm 638MHz Quad-Core CPU256MB4 (each node 2 ports)
DECO M4 3 PACK867 Mbps on 5 GHz, 300 Mbps on 2.4 GHzQualcomm 750MHz Quad-Core CPU128MB6 (each node 2 ports)
DECO M4 2 PACK867 Mbps on 5 GHz, 300 Mbps on 2.4 GHzQualcomm 750MHz Quad-Core CPU128MB4 (each node 2 ports)
DECO M3 3 PACK867 Mbps on 5 GHz, 300 Mbps on 2.4 GHzQualcomm 750MHz Quad-Core CPU128MB2 (on M4R node only)
DECO E4 3 PACK867 Mbps on 5 GHz, 300 Mbps on 2.4 GHzQualcomm 750MHz Quad-Core CPU128MB6 (each node 2 ports)
DECO E4 2 PACK867 Mbps on 5 GHz, 300 Mbps on 2.4 GHzQualcomm 750MHz Quad-Core CPU128MB4 (each node 2 ports)
DECO E3 2 PACK867 Mbps on 5 GHz, 300 Mbps on 2.4 GHzQualcomm 750MHz Quad-Core CPU128MB2 (on E4R node only)
Can we mix and match Deco series models and use together?

Yes you can. All Deco series are compatible with one another, just make sure that you are using the highest specs node as your main node for maximum performance e.g. mix M5 + E4, M5 must be the main node.

After reading the specifications, you might ask – so I live in a 3-story house, should I get 2 packs or 3 packs?

As a generic guideline, it is often better to place 1 unit on each floor to maximize your WiFi coverage and performance.

A very layman explanation for the non-techies – more mesh wifi nodes will allow “stronger” frequency broadcast (especially 5Ghz), and as more nodes are added towards the network, you can seamlessly connect into 5Ghz and thus, maximizing performance with better coverage.

Should I get WiFi 6 or non-WiFi 6? Does it help?

It depends on your scenario – if you’re tight in budget, then the WiFi standard doesn’t matter as your main criteria would be looking at price.

The reason why people opt for WiFi 6 is for better bandwidth management – for instance if you are building a smart home with countless smart devices from your light bulbs to your smart wear – WiFi 6 will be able to handle these loads extremely well.

As WiFi 6 will be the mainstream networking tech in the near future, getting one of these will also future proof your network, after all, it’s a one-time investment for the long term.

What is the TP-LINK Homecare all about?

This is a collaboration between TP-LINK and Trend Micro to provide network-level protection.

We are seeing the rise of cases where people suffer financial losses due to phone being hacked, or someone being stalked via their own webcam.

These are all cases where TP-LINK Homecare tries to prevent and scrutinize based on network-level protection. Read more about it here.

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