Get smoother and faster Wi-Fi with the Deco x20
With many families home-bound, chances are that almost everyone is tethered to the Internet in one form or another. Have you noticed when everyone’s online, things tend to slow to a crawl or not connect at all? Binging on Netflix or YouTube videos, friending on Facebook, taking in a webinar on Zoom, gaming online, watching the news or just plain doing a search on the Internet… We haven’t even mentioned other wireless devices such as smart speakers, security cameras, smart thermostats and more.
There is, however, good news.
The next generation of Wi-Fi technology is already here, which should help when it comes to unreliable or slow Wi-Fi. The TP-Link Deco X20 Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi 6 System (AX1800) is designed to improve your connection speed and extend your Wi-Fi up to 5,800 sq. ft. to include the far reaches of your home. It’s designed to do away with any dead spots and potentially quadruple the throughput to any device connected to it – up to 150 of them – so devices can stay connected and everyone can enjoy smooth sailing regardless of what they are doing.
The Deco X20 units are small but powerful. Each unit has a builtin 1 GHz Quad-Core processor, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, a reset button and four internal antennas. All this comes in a sleek cylindrical unit measuring a mere 4.33 in. wide by 4.49 in. high. It operates on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bandwidths and extends your Wi-Fi’s reach by strategically placing individual Deco units around your home.
It uses Mesh technology to ensure you’re always connected, essentially blanketing the entire coverage area and seamlessly operating as a single unified network. In fact, once any device is connected through your Deco X20, it concentrates its signal to that device, keeping the signal fast and efficient, maintaining a solid connection even when moving from room to room.
For added safety and to keep your home network secure, Deco X20 adds an extra layer of protection. It incorporates advanced encryption, keeping your family’s data private and unreadable to others so you can do your banking and other necessary private transactions worry-free.
In addition, Deco X20 creates almost a built-in fence, marking data emanating from your neighbour’s Wi-Fi next door and the surrounding areas to minimize interference and prevent any possible overlap, which could interfere with your system.
There’s more. Deco X20 also includes a lifetime subscription to TP-Link HomeCare which provides features you can personalize, including Antivirus protection, Parental Controls and QoS (Quality of Service), so you can set the priority of devices.
While the system is certainly advanced, set-up is a breeze. With a simple walk-through using its companion app, anyone can have it up and running within 10 minutes. It also pairs with Alexa, so you can control it with simple voice commands.
Deco X20 Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi 6 System comes with three Deco units, retails for $399.99 and can be found on Amazon as well as most of your favourite electronics retailers.
Greg Gazin is a syndicated tech columnist, blogger, podcaster, and contributes to canoe.com, Troy Media and Active Life magazine. gadgetguy.ca