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TP-Link Deco XE200 review: Wi-Fi 6E, at a high price

Published Nov 30th, 2022 10:27PM EST
Image: Christian de Looper for BGR

TP-Link has long been one of the top players in the networking game, but over the last few years it seems to be firing on all cylinders. Between its improvements in smart home support and its huge range of mesh networking systems, TP-Link arguably has a router or mesh system for everyone. One of the latest of its mesh systems is the new TP-Link Deco XE200, which is built to offer high-end mesh networking for those who don’t mind paying a little extra for premium features.

But because of the high-end features, the TP-Link Deco XE200 isn’t cheap — and it lives in a world in which TP-Link’s new Wi-Fi 7 routers have already been announced and will ship soon. Does it make sense to drop this kind of cash on a Wi-Fi 6E router when newer ones are on the way? I’ve been using the TP-Link Deco XE200 for a while now to find out.

TP-Link Deco XE200

Rating: 4 Stars
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Pros

  • Excellent speeds
  • Wi-Fi 6E
  • Easy-to-use app
  • Nice design

Cons

  • Expensive

TP-Link offers a relatively uniform design across the different series of routers, and if you’ve seen another TP-Link Deco, you’ll immediately recognize the Deco XE200 as something from the series.

That’s not a bad thing though. The Deco look is relatively modern, with a cylindrical white plastic build and ports on the back.

TP-Link Deco XE200 MainImage source: Christian de Looper for BGR

My main complaint? The routers are relatively large. Routers can get decently large, and the Deco XE200 isn’t over-the-top — but you’ll still need to find a good place for it.

On the back of the TP-Link Deco XE200, you’ll find three ports, including one 10Gbps port and two 3Gbps ports. You’ll likely use the 10Gbps port on one of the nodes to connect to your modem, but it’s still nice to have it as an option on other nodes. And, there’s no USB port here. Adding one would have been nice.

Generally, despite the size, I like the look of the TP-Link Deco XE200. I hide my routers in cabinets, so design isn’t hugely important to me, but for those that plan on having their router out in the open, it’s nice to have something that should fit in a home.

TP-Link Deco XE200 features

The TP-Link Deco XE200, at this point in time, is a little overshadowed by TP-Link’s new Wi-Fi 7 routers — but it thankfully still offers a range of modern technologies at a cheaper price than TP-Link’s newest offerings.

For starters, the system supports Wi-Fi 6E, meaning that you’ll get that extra 6GHz band. This particular router has one 2.4GHz band, one 5GHz band, and one 6GHz band. There’s no second 5GHz band for wireless backhaul here, which means that the system uses the 6GHz band as a dedicated backhaul channel. So, you won’t really be able to take full advantage of the 6GHz band to connect to client devices, which is a bit annoying.

TP-Link Deco XE200 PortsImage source: Christian de Looper for BGR

The system offers excellent coverage too. With only one set up, you’ll get an impressive 3,300 square feet of coverage, which is raised to 6,600 square feet with a second node. That’s more than much of the competition, which often offers between 2,000 and 2,500 square feet of range.

Like other TP-Link systems, the Deco XE200 offers the company’s HomeShield security technology. You’ll get a number of basic security features through HomeShield, however TP-Link’s goal is to upsell you to HomeShield Pro. Most people probably don’t need this, but if you are concerned about your network security, it’s worth considering. At this price, I do wish HomeShield Pro was included for free.

Like many modern routers, the TP-Link Deco XE200 can be managed through the TP-Link Deco app, and I generally like the app. The app lets you see and manage the devices connected to your network, set up some smart home automations, and more.

The app is split into four tabs, including Overview, Smart Actions, HomeShield, and More. Overview lets you see your Wi-Fi speeds and devices connected to your network, Smart Actions is where you’ll set up automations based on connectivity, HomeShield is where you’ll manage security, and More lets you do things like set a new password, manage guest networks, and so on. It’s all very easy to navigate.

Ultimately, the TP-Link Deco XE200 performs excellently well all the time. The router was able to deliver super-fast speeds, and an excellent range. Many will be able to get by without adding a second node to their setup — as even on a second floor I was able to get great speeds with only one node set up.

TP-Link Deco XE200 TopImage source: Christian de Looper for BGR

My previous router was a TP-Link Deco X90, which performed quite well — and generally, speeds were very similar. That said, those coming from an older router will almost certainly see an improvement, especially as we start to get more and more Wi-Fi 6E-compatible devices.

Conclusions

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The TP-Link Deco XE200 is an excellent mesh routing system with a range of feature that should ensure the router remains usable for years to come. The fact that it supports Wi-Fi 6E makes it even more future-proof — though if you really want to future-proof your home and can wait a little, it might be worth waiting for a Wi-Fi 7-compatible router.

The competition

Much of the competition in the mesh router space comes from TP-Link’s other Deco systems. If you want a Wi-Fi 6E system, then it’s worth going for the XE200 — but if you don’t necessarily need the latest and greatest Wi-Fi standard, we still recommend something else in the Deco series.

Yes. It’s an excellent mesh Wi-Fi system.

TP-Link Deco XE200

Rating: 4 Stars
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Pros

  • Excellent speeds
  • Wi-Fi 6E
  • Easy-to-use app
  • Nice design

Cons

  • Expensive
Christian de Looper Senior Reviews Editor

Christian de Looper was born in Canberra, Australia, where he lived until the age of 14. After his father got a job in Paris, France, Christian lived there for five years, after which he moved to Minnesota for college. During college, Christian developed a passion for consumer technology by writing for tech blogs. Christian now lives in sunny Santa Cruz, California.