IFA 2020: WLAN mesh and smart home innovations from TP-Link

TP-Link Deco X80 5G and X96 © TP-Link

The new products include the TP-Link Deco X80 5G (left) and the Deco X96 (right).

D.he coronavirus also hits the trade fairs hard: This year, significantly fewer manufacturers are represented at the International Consumer Electronics Fair (IFA, September 3 to 5, 2020 in Berlin) than usual. This can be observed across all product categories, including with WLAN hardware . FritzBox manufacturers AVM and Netgear have already canceled their participation in the IFA in advance. The Chinese company TP-Link, on the other hand, seizes the opportunity and presents a colorful potpourri of WLAN and smart home devices, some with future-oriented technology.

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Deco X96: 6 gigahertz via WLAN

With the Deco X96, TP-Link has something very special in its luggage: It is one of the first devices to use the Wi-Fi 6E standard and therefore transmits in the 6 gigahertz frequency band. The frequency is less congested and offers much more space than 2.4 and 5 gigahertz, but private use is not yet legally regulated and permitted in Germany. Theoretically, the Deco X96 achieves up to 2,402 Mbps at 6 gigahertz, 4,804 Mbps at 5 gigahertz and 574 Mbps at 2.4 gigahertz. As TP-Link also announced at the IFA, the company will henceforth be working with Avira to comprehensively protect home networks with integrated security solutions.

Tapo E100: clever heating

The IFA innovations from TP-Link are rounded off with the intelligent Tapo E100 radiator controller. The manufacturer promises easy installation and simple management via smartphone app. The thermostat shows the temperature on an LED display in real time and has a window opening detection. It can also be controlled by voice via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

TP-Link innovations: price and release

The prices and release dates of the new devices from TP-Link are not yet known.



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