How to Choose the Best Deco for Your Home

Before You Buy
Updated 09-22-2023 16:11:40 PM 27428
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To find the best Deco model for your network, you can follow this article based on your actual usage scenario and network requirements.

Overview of Deco Family


Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)

Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)

Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax)

Wi-Fi 7 (802.11be)

Launch date





Max Data Rate

3.5 Gbps

9.6 Gbps

9.6 Gbps

46 Gbps

Bands Available

5 GHz

2.4 GHz,

5 GHz

2.4 GHz,

5 GHz,

6 GHz


2.4 GHz,

5 GHz,

6 GHz

Applicable Deco Models

Deco M4


M9 Plus and More

Deco X90


and More


Deco XE5300



and More


Deco BE65




Point 1: The Internet Access Type

The type of internet connection plays a big role in availability, speed potential, and performance. Fixed connection types, as in a wire are connected directly to your home, including fiber-optic, coaxial cable, and DSL internet. Satellite internet, fixed wireless and the increasingly popular 5G home internet round out your potential wireless internet options. Depending on your type of internet, you may consider a specific model for your home:

For Typical Fiber-Optic and Coaxial Cable Internet

If you want to use a Deco, you might need to get a fiber or cable modem first (also called ONT/ONU, DOCSIS 3.0/3.1 cable modem) to convert the signal from your ISP. In most cases, the device is provided by your ISP when you subscribe to their service. With a Fiber-Optic ONT or Cable Modem, almost all the Deco products will work well for your connection.

FAQ: How to Set Up Deco with an Existing Modem

FAQ: How to Set Up Deco with an Existing Router


For Fixed Wireless Internet (FWA)

Similar to 5G, fixed wireless providers send internet signals over the air. But unlike 5G, you'll need a mounted receiver with a direct line of sight to the nearest tower to receive those signals. Please click here to know more details about Fixed wireless internet.

Normally, Service providers will install an antenna or radio receiver at your home which communicates with the nearest wireless base station to give you fixed wireless access. All you need is to connect Deco via Ethernet cable to the Antennas and all Deco products are for your choice.


For Satellite Internet Providers

Satellite internet is the most widely available type of internet because it doesn't rely on ground-laid infrastructure like cables, cellular towers, or line-of-sight antenna connections. Instead, you'll often use a mounted dish to connect with geostationary satellites orbiting miles overhead. Starlink might be a rising star for satellite service and All the Deco products work well with Starlink.

Please Click Here to Learn How to Set Up a Deco Network with Starlink

Other than the internet connection type, there are other features that you might be interested in before purchasing.

Point 2: Networking Method

All Deco Models support wired and wireless backhaul (except Deco M3W). Under certain circumstances, such as where the house is separated by thick concrete walls, or the modem is located at the far end of the house, your satellite nodes may have difficulties establishing a wireless backhaul to the main unit.

In Most Cases, drilling holes in your walls and dragging a long Ethernet cable is not the optimal solution. For these situations, transmitting your backhaul signals via a powerline network would be the best option. Both the Deco P9 and Deco PX50 support Powerline backhauls, the Powerline Mesh Networks for your choice.

Deco PX50 Powerline Network speeds up to 1500 Mbps

Deco P9

AC1200+HomePlug AV2 Powerline Network speeds up to 1000 Mbps

*Please Note that HomePlug AV2 and Powerline Networks are Not Compatible with Each Other

Point 3: Indoor/Outdoor POE/Mounting Installation

Most Deco products are designed for indoor use and need to be placed on a flat surface. Recently, we have released models that support PoE and Various Mounting Options.

The Deco X50-Outdoor can even be installed outdoors to expand your mesh network over longer distances, to other buildings, or simply to your pool.

Deco X50-POE

AX3000; Indoor Ceiling/ Wall-Mounting POE Mesh system

Deco X50-Outdoor

AX3000; Outdoor Pole/ Wall-Mounting POE Mesh system with IP65 Waterproof and dustproof


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