The TP-Link Deco XE75 Pro Wi-Fi 6E tri-band mesh system features multi-gig Ethernet
Back in April, we told you about the Deco XE75, an affordable Wi-Fi 6E tri-band mesh system. TP-Link’s AXE5400 wireless networking system comes with two 802.11ax access points, each with three Gigabit Ethernet ports. At just $299.99, it’s great value for money.
Today, TP-Link is launching a “Pro” version of the Deco XE75. Yes, the name of this product is “Deco XE75 Pro”. Why exactly is this new product getting a “Pro” moniker? Well, it has a significant upgrade over the non-Pro variant – a multi-gig port. You see, rather than having three Gigabit ports, each access point has two Gigabit LAN ports and one 2.5G WAN/LAN port.
TP-Link explains, “As multi-gig Internet plans become more affordable and popular, users may find themselves stuck with an outdated router. The Deco XE75 Pro offers a flexible 2.5G WAN/LAN port to increase bandwidth capabilities bandwidth without prohibitive cost, allowing users to take full advantage of their new multi-gig connection.”
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The Pro (2 Pack) model is $100 more than the non-Pro variant, and from what I can tell, the 2.5G port on each access point is the only difference. So the question, of course, do you really need a multi-gigabit WAN port? Probably not. The vast majority of computer users don’t have an Internet connection that takes full advantage of a Gigabit WAN port – a 2.5G port would just be useless right now.
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Technically, if you don’t have a multi-gig Internet connection but need to wire a multi-gig storage device (such as a NAS) into the multi-gig port of the second access point (the one that doesn’t is not connected to the modem), you could theoretically get better file transfer performance when moving files between devices wirelessly on your own local network. But the internet performance of such a device plugged into the second access point would not be improved.
If you’re one of the lucky people to have a multi-gig internet connection, the $100 price difference is definitely worth it. For those who don’t have such a fast connection, however, the only benefit of getting the Pro model today is future-proofing – you’ll be ready if/when you do. The TP-Link Deco XE75 Pro can be purchased here now for $399.99.
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