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TP-Link tri-band WiFi 7 BE10000 whole home mesh system (Deco BE63) review

TP-Link tri-band WiFi 7 BE10000 whole home mesh system (Deco BE63) review

With gigabit rates of up to 5.2Gbps on the 6GHz band, 4.3Gbps on the 5GHz band, and 574Mbps on the 2.4GHz band, the Deco BE10000 stands out in the market for Wi-Fi 7 mesh systems. Eight streams are served at the same time at these speeds. Its powerful 4K QAM technology, wide 320MHz band, and Multi-Link Operation greatly improve its performance, allowing it to outperform Wi-Fi 6/6E routers by 3.6 times. Get more in TP-Link tri-band WiFi 7 BE10000 whole home mesh system (Deco BE63) review.

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Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Simple to set up and maintain
  • Strong performance
  • USB connector
  • Wi-Fi 7 compatibility
  • Four Multi-Gig ports at 2.5Gbps
  • Basic network security and parental control software is free.

Cons

  • Modest Wi-Fi 7 specifications
  • Lack of SFP+ support and 10Gbps ports
  • Costlier is HomeShield Pro

TP-Link tri-band WiFi 7 BE10000 Deco BE63 Specs

  • Standards Wi-Fi 7
    • IEEE 802.11be/ax 6 GHz
    • IEEE 802.11be/ax/ac/n/a 5 GHz
    • IEEE 802.11ax/n/b/g 2.4 GHz
  • WiFi Speeds BE10000
    • 6 GHz: 5188 Mbps (802.11be)
    • 5 GHz: 4324 Mbps (802.11be)
    • 2.4 GHz: 574 Mbps (802.11ax)
  • WiFi Range Broader Whole Home Coverage
  • TP-Link Mesh Technology
  • Optional Ethernet backhaul work together to link Deco units to provide seamless coverage
  • AI-Driven Mesh
    • Intelligently learns the network environment to provide ideal Wi-Fi unique to your home
  • 4× High-Performance Antennas (Internal)
    • Multiple antennas form a signal-boosting array to cover more directions and large areas
  • Tri-Band
    • A newly-opened 6 GHz band brings more bandwidth and faster speeds
  • WiFi Capacity Very High
    • Tri-Band
    • Distribute devices to different bands for optimal performance
  • 2×2 MU-MIMO
    • Simultaneously communicates with multiple MU-MIMO clients
  • OFDMA
    • Simultaneously communicates with multiple WiFi 7 clients
  • 6 Streams
    • More than enough bandwidth for connected devices
    • Working Modes Router Mode
    • Access Point Mode
    • Advanced Functions • Multi-Link Operation (MLO)
  • 320 MHz Channel
  • 4K-QAM
  • Multi-RUs
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • SECURITY
    Network Security SPI Firewall
    Access Control
  • HomeShield Security
  • Real-Time IoT Protection
  • Malicious Site Blocker
  • Intrusion Prevention System
  • DDoS Attack Prevention
  • Home Network Scanner
  • Guest Network 1× 6 GHz Guest Network
    • 1× 5 GHz Guest Network
    • 1× 2.4 GHz Guest Network
  • Effective Time
  • Bandwidth Control
  • VPN Server • OpenVPN Server
  • PPTP VPN Server
  • L2TP/IPSec VPN Server
    VPN Client • OpenVPN Client
  • PPTP VPN Client
  • L2TP/IPSec VPN Client
    WiFi Encryption WPA-Personal
    WPA2-Personal
    WPA3-Personal
    HARDWARE
    Ethernet Ports • 4× 2.5 Gbps

*Per Deco Unit
Supports WAN/LAN auto-sensing
USB Support 1× USB Port
FTP Server
Media Server
Apple Time Machine
Samba Server
Buttons 1× Reset Button
1× WPS
SOFTWARE
Advanced Features • Reboot Schedule

  • Tapo/Kasa Onboarding
  • IoT network & Device Isolation
  • Static Routing Function
  • Node/Band Connection Preference

TP-Link tri-band WiFi 7 BE10000 (Deco BE63) Price

The Deco BE63 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 7 mesh system costs $799.99 for a 3-pack, $549.99 for a 2-pack, and $299 for a single device. It is also available for purchase.Compared to the Eero Max 7 and Netgear Orbi 970 Series WiFi 7 mesh systems, it is still less expensive. While the Max 7 might be a better option for people want to connect to and operate their smart home devices, the Orbi delivers superior overall performance.

TP-Link tri-band WiFi 7 BE10000 whole home mesh system (Deco BE63) review

Design

The white, cylinder-shaped nodes have eight internal high-gain antennae and measure 9.2 inches in height and 5 inches in width. The base has a status LED that shines solid yellow when the node is powered on, solid green when everything is connected and functioning as it should, solid red when there is a connectivity problem, and pulses blue when the node is ready for setup.

Ports

It has four 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig auto-sensing WAN/LANs, a USB 3.0, and the same amount of ports. A little drawback of the BE63 over the higher-end model is that it lacks SFP+ compatibility and no 10Gbps ports.

The newest Wi-Fi 7 technologies are supported by this system, including 4×4 MU-MIMO streaming, direct-to-client beamforming, 6GHz transmissions, WPA3 encryption, 4K-QAM, orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA) data transmissions, and 320MHz channels. In addition, it enables voice commands from Google and Alexa as well as Multi-Link Operation (MLO), which we’ll talk about later.

Coverage

The Deco BE63, designed for homes with a lot of gadgets, provides tri-band speeds up to 10Gbps, guaranteeing smooth internet coverage across areas up to 7,600 square feet. Because of its adaptability, it may be used in a variety of housing situations, including big multi-story homes and apartments.

Hardware

Given that the Deco BE63 has less than half the Wi-Fi capacity of the Deco BE85, it makes sense that it does not enable 10Gbps Multi-Gig; in any case, it is unlikely that real-world rates will exceed 2.5Gbps. Standard networking configurations for the BE63 will include port forwarding, VPN (server or client), IPTV VLAN tagging (mandated by some Internet providers), dynamic DNS (with a free domain from TP-Link), and the capacity to operate in the AP mode (as a single router or a mesh system.)

Transfer rate

The router node’s close-proximity test result of 2,085Mbps was comparable to, but not quite as fast as, the Netgear Orbi 970 Series (2,209Mbps) and Eero Max 7 (2,149Mbps, respectively). The BE85 router outperformed the Eero Max 7 router (670Mbps) at a 30-foot distance, with a score of 779Mbps, while the Netgear Orbi router came in first with 916Mbps.

The Eero Max 7 node scored 1,795 Mbps, while the Netgear Orbi node scored 1,470 Mbps. With a score of 999Mbps on the 30-foot test, the BE85 node behind the Eero Max 7 (1,062Mbps) and Netgear Orbi (1,040Mbps) nodes by a narrow margin.

Deco app

The Deco mobile app, which we previously evaluated for the Deco X4300 Pro, is also used by the BE85. A network map with icons for each node may be found on the Network panel. When you tap a node, you can view its IP and MAC address, the list of connected client devices, and the upload and download speeds at that moment. Additionally, there is a button for Wi-Fi settings, where you can change passwords and SSIDs, and one for checking internet performance using the Speedtest tool.

You can also enable an MLO network (which uses all three bands and has its own SSID and password) in the Wi-Fi settings tab. Even while MLO is one of Wi-Fi 7’s main upgrades over previous iterations, its requirement for client support—which so few clients now have—might make it unwise to use just yet.

Subscription

Free parental controls include website blocking, age-based content filters, and a bedtime setting that shuts off the internet on particular days of the week at a predetermined time. To access sophisticated parental controls like SafeSearch, YouTube Restricted Mode, Flexible Bedtime, Time Limits, Time Rewards, and Insights (a summary of internet usage), you must subscribe for $2.99 per month or $17.99 per year.

TP-Link tri-band WiFi 7 BE10000 whole home mesh system (Deco BE63) consumer review

A Leap into the Future of Home Internet with Wi-Fi

The Deco BE 10000, leveraging the cutting-edge Wi-Fi 7 technology, marks a significant leap in mesh Wi-Fi systems, delivering unparalleled speed and coverage. Its design is not only sleek but packed with features that ensure a wide-reaching, robust internet connection, effectively eliminating dead zones. The setup process is simplified with a user-friendly app, making it accessible to users of all technical backgrounds. This system stands out for its ability to support multiple devices simultaneously, ensuring optimal performance across a busy network. Advanced security features protect against cyber threats, while comprehensive parental controls offer peace of mind. The Deco BE 10000 is an excellent choice for anyone looking to elevate their internet experience with the latest in Wi-Fi technology, offering both performance and ease of use in a modern package.

By HarryP at Best Buy

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