This Linksys Velop MX4200 vs TP-Link Deco X5700 matchup is basically about Linksys vs TP-Link as two home networking brands. That's because they deliver similar values, despite some noticeable differences.
(Note: Technically, the 2-pack Linksys has the model MX8400 number, and the 3-pack is MX12600, which I reviewed. But to avoid confusion, I'll call the set that of a single unit: MX4200. Also, in my testing method, a 2-pack will deliver the same performance result as a 3-pack.)
Linksys Velop MX4200 vs TP-Link Deco X57000: Similarities
These two mesh systems have a few things in common.
First, they share a similar up-standing design that can topple easily, and both use the same hardware units in a mesh setup. They are all a bunch of standalone-by-itself tri-band Wi-Fi 6 routers meshed together.
Both use a vendor-assisted approach via a mobile app, which you must use to set up and manage the network. And in a wireless setup, both use dynamic backhaul. The two also support wired backhaul.
And finally, their 2-pack share the exact pricing of around $400.
Linksys Velop MX4200 vs TP-Link Deco X57000: Hardware specifications
|Full Name||TP-Link Deco X5700 AX5700 |
Whole-Home Mesh Wi-Fi Router
|Linksys Velop Tri-Band AX4200 |
Whole-Home Mesh Router
|Mesh Availability||Multiple identical routers||Multiple identical routers|
|Dimensions (each unit)||8.3 × 5.1 × 4.8 in |
(210.5 × 130 × 123 mm)
|4.5 x 4.5 x 9.6 inches |
(11.43 x 11.43 x 24.38 cm)
|Weight (each unit)||1.6 lbs (722 g)||2.5 lbs (1.33 kg)|
|Wi-Fi Specs||Tri-band X5700||AX4200|
|5GHz-1 Band||AX: 3x3, up to 3843Mbps||2x2: Up to 1200Mbp|
|5GHz-2 Band||AX: 2x2, up to 1201Mbps||4x4: Up to 2400Mbps|
|2.4GHz Band||2x2: Up to 574Mbps||2x2: Up to 574Mbps|
|Dedicated Backhaul Band||Dynamic||Dynamic|
|Wired Backhaul Support||Yes||Yes|
|Processors||1.5GHz Quad-Core||Quad-core 1.4 GHz processor|
|Memory||Undisclosed||512MB NAND flash and 1GB RAM|
|AP (bridge mode) Support||Yes (as a single router or a system)||Yes (as a single router or a system)|
|Channel Width Support||20MHz, 40MHz, 80MHz, 160MHz||20 MHz, 40 MHz, 80 MHz|
|Mobile App||TP-Link Deco (forced)||Linksys Velop (forced)|
|Web Interface||Yes (limited)||Yes|
|Ports (each unit)||1x Auto-Sensing||1x Gigabit WAN, 3x Gigabit LAN|
|Multi-Gig Port||1x 2.5Gbps Auto-Sensing||None|
|Price (at launch)||$399.99 (2-pack)||$250 (1-pack), |
Linksys Velop MX4200 vs TP-Link Deco X57000: Differences
The Velop MX4200 and Deco X5700 are more different than they are similar.
First of all, each Deco X5700 router comes with only two auto-sensing network ports, one of which is a 2.5Gbps multi-gig port -- it can handle a multi-gig broadband connection. It has no USB port, so there's no option for network storage.
The Velop MX4200, on the other hand, has one WAN port and three LAN ports, all gigabit. It also comes with a USB port to host a storage device. And it proved in my testing to be a decent mini NAS server.
The two share two standard bands that cap at 1200Mbps (5GHz) and 576Mbps (2.4GHz) in terms of Wi-Fi.
Their 2nd 5GHz band is different, however. That of the Linksys is a 4x4 and of the Deco is a 3x3. However, the Deco supports the 160MHz channel width while Linksys doesn't. As a result, the Deco can deliver faster performance.
Linksys is a bit more flexible in terms of setup and management since it has a full web interface -- you do need to know a few tricks to get that to work. Still, it's better than Deco, which requires the mobile app at all times.
The Linksys also comes with more settings and features right out of the box. The Deco requires a $6/month subscription to deliver what Linksys has, plus a protection feature that Linksys doesn't. The difference on this front is not earth-shattering, however.
Linksys Velop MX4200 vs TP-Link Deco X57000: Performance and ratings
Thanks to the multi-gig port and, most importantly, the support for 160MHz channel width, the Deco edged out the Linksys as a single router. Its satellites also did better overall.
But either will be able to deliver a sub-Gigabit broadband connection in a large property. When used with multiple devices, they performed similarly in my trial.
The Linksys was also fast as a mini NAS server, as shown here, and you can connect a portable drive to each of the hardware units in a mesh setup.
Linksys Velop MX4200's Rating
Reliable Wi-Fi with excellent coverage
Helpful mobile app, full web interface
Fast NAS speeds when hosting external drives
No support for 160MHz channel bandwidth
Mobile app (and login account) required for initial mesh setup
Spartan Wi-Fi settings, modest feature set
No multi-gig network ports, Dual-WAN or Link Aggregation
No setting backup/restore
TP-Link Deco X5700's Rating
Excellent Wi-Fi performance and coverage
Tri-band with multi-gig port and 160MHz channel width support
User-friendly, comparatively affordable
Spartan Wi-Fi customization, network settings, and features
Only one Multi-Gig port per hardware unit
App and login account required -- privacy risks
HomeShield Pro requires a monthly subscription, a limited web interface, an impractical design
No USB or additional Gigabit network ports
Which is a better choice?
Of the two, if you want multi-gig and 160MHz support, the Deco X5700 is the better option. On the other hand, the Linksys MX4200 is the only one that can give you the support for built-in network storage.
Other than that, in my opinion, the choice between the two is which vendor do you trust more. That's because both will make your home network connect to a cloud-managed portal, resulting in a certain level of privacy risks.
By the way, to minimize the privacy impact, you can opt for the access point mode, which both support. That will work out well if you want to use them in tandem with your existing router or ISP-provided gateway.
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