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Asus ZenWiFi AX XT8 (2-pack) vs. TP-Link Deco M5 Whole-Home WiFi System (2-pack) + 1

Communication protocol
Wireless Multimedia Extensions (WMM), Quality of Service (QoS), IPv6
Wireless Multimedia Extensions (WMM), Quality of Service (QoS), IPv6
Wireless Multimedia Extensions (WMM), Quality of Service (QoS), IPv6, Virtual LAN (VLAN)
Data link layer
Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5), IEEE 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6), 10 Gigabit Ethernet
Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5)
Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5)
Support for Jumboframes
Support for mobile broadband
Yes
Mobile broadband type
Type of support
Throughput WAN-LAN
VoIP (SIP)
Yes
Wireless network
Yes
Yes
Yes
2.4GHz
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data transfer rate (2.4GHz)
574 Mbit/s
5GHz
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data transfer rate (5GHz)
4804 Mbit/s
6GHz
External antenna
No
MIMO
Yes
Yes
Yes
Beamforming
Yes
Yes
Yes
MU-MIMO
Yes
Yes
Yes
Number of antennas
6
4
2
Supported bands
Tri-band
Dual-band
Dual-band
Total data transfer rate (theoretical)
6579 Mbit/s
1300 Mbit/s
Wireless security
WPA, WPA2, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPS, WPA2-Enterprise, WPA-Enterprise
WPA, WPA2, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK
WPA2, WPA-PSK
Support for alternative firmware
Communication mode
Number of LAN ports
3 ​
2 ​
Number of WAN ports
1 ​
2 ​
2 ​
USB
Yes
Yes
USB version
USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
Built-in DSL modem
No
Features
Mobile app for controlling features, Support for mesh network, Support for backhaul technology
Mobile app for controlling features, Support for mesh network
Mobile app for controlling features, Support for mesh network
Active cooling (fan)
Management interface
Number of units
2 ​
2 ​
3 ​
Target audience
Home users
Home users
Home users
Release year
Operational Power Consumption (min-max)
Power over Ethernet (PoE)
Yes
Router security
VPN, DMZ, AiProtection, AiProtection Pro
VPN protocol
IPSec, PPTP, L2TP, OpenVPN