TP-Link Deco Mesh vs EasyMesh vs OneMesh vs Omada Mesh What's the Difference?
Omada Mesh, Deco Mesh, and OneMesh™ are three different Mesh WiFi solutions provided by TP-Link. And now, some TP-Link WiFi routers, range extenders, and powerline WiFi adapters are also compatible with EasyMesh to form flexible Mesh WiFi.
All four have some features in common but can still be used in different scenarios. Since mixing them up is easy, this article will show you how TP-Link Deco Mesh, EasyMesh, OneMesh™, and Omada Mesh work differently while providing some tips on how to use them. Pick the perfect one to enjoy the best possible WiFi experience.
- What is Mesh WiFi?
- Brief Comparison of Mesh Technology
- What is Deco Mesh?
- What is EasyMesh?
- What is OneMesh™?
- What is Omada Mesh?
What is Mesh WiFi?
Mesh WiFi is a whole home WiFi system built to eliminate dead zones and provide uninterrupted WiFi throughout your home.
Mesh systems enable devices in your network to have faster speeds, greater coverage, and a more reliable connection. While traditional routers broadcast WiFi from a single point, Mesh WiFi systems have multiple access points.
When one unit links to the modem, that unit becomes the main hub. The other units (called “nodes”) will capture and rebroadcast the router’s signal. The result is an efficient wireless network that provides a strong signal no matter where you are.
Compared with traditional WiFi routers and range extenders, Mesh WiFi devices come with roaming protocols (to keep you on the same network) and Mesh technologies such as self-healing and adaptive routing to keep your network stable. Range extenders, on the other hand, require you to log in to a new network manually to maintain a strong connection once you’re far enough away from your router. Refer to What is Mesh WiFi to find a more detailed introduction and benefits of Mesh WiFi.
Brief Comparison of Mesh Technology
Currently, four kinds of Mesh WiFi systems are provided.
TP-Link Deco Whole Home Mesh WiFi
TP-Link WiFi Routers, Range Extenders, and Powerline WiFi Adapters
Compatible with EasyMesh products from other vendors
TP-Link WiFi Routers, Range Extenders, Powerline WiFi Adapters, Modem Routers, and 4G WiFi Routers
TP-Link Omada Access Points
Router-Router Wireless Backhaul
Home networking and small office
Home networking, small office, and business
What is Deco Mesh?
After setting up, you can manage your Mesh network on any of the Deco units, and the modifications will be synchronized with others on the Mesh network instantly. You can also swap out the main Deco and quickly replace it with any of the Deco units on your Deco app.
Deco units support Ethernet backhaul connections. This means every two Deco units—even different models—can be wired with an Ethernet cable. They will transmit data between the two units through the Ethernet connection, which is more stable and faster than wireless connections. To use an Ethernet backhaul connection, you don't need to wire every Deco unit. Instead, you can set up one for Ethernet backhaul and the other for wireless backhaul at the same time if you want.
For example, suppose you have three Deco units and want to create WiFi in your living room and bedroom and in the office a little farther away from the other rooms, where there is no WiFi coverage. In that case, you can put the main Deco and satellite Deco-1 in your living room and bedroom (wireless backhaul). As for satellite Deco-2, you can place it in the office with a long Ethernet cable connected to the main Deco or satellite Deco-1 unit. In this case, the satellite Deco-2 unit will work through an Ethernet backhaul, while the main and Deco-1 will work through a wireless backhaul.
What is EasyMesh?
EasyMesh is a standard certification launched by the WiFi Alliance, which brings a standards-based approach to multiple AP networks. This kind of mesh system allows devices from multiple vendors to be onboard, configured, and able to communicate with each other to form Mesh WiFi. This brings flexibility, enabling devices from different vendors to work together to increase capacity and effective throughput by forming a smart and adaptable network. Refer to What is EasyMesh for more details.
TP-Link is committed to the development of EasyMesh products and has launched a series of WiFi routers, range extenders, and Powerline WiFi adapters that are compatible with EasyMesh (Full Product List). You can choose a WiFi router with range extenders or powerline adapters to form Mesh WiFi, or several WiFi routers to set up the Mesh WiFi. Theoretically, TP-Link EasyMesh will work with any EasyMesh-certified products thanks to the standardized EasyMesh technology. However, EasyMesh networking methods can vary based on the manufacturers. We highly recommend using TP-Link EasyMesh products together to ensure the best performance and full compatibility. Besides, TP-Link’s EasyMesh-compatible products are also capable of forming whole home Mesh WiFi with OneMesh products.
As for management, unified management via the TP-Link Tether app or web UI is available for TP-Link EasyMesh-compatible WiFi routers and range extenders. The main router will work as the management center. You can set and modify the wireless settings such as network name, password, and advanced features like Access Control and QoS on the router. The router will then synchronize with your extension devices. Unified management is not guaranteed for devices from other vendors.
What is OneMesh™?
What is Omada Mesh?
Omada Mesh enables wireless connectivity between TP-Link Omada EAP products (Full Product List) for extended range without additional cables, making wireless deployment more flexible and convenient.
The most potent AI technology ensures the optimized network performance and reliability of Omada Mesh with intelligent self-organization optimizing the best path between APs. When adding a new AP to the network, the system automatically determines the nearest AP to create a link.
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