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TP-Link Deco Mesh Review

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TP-Link has been sneaking up on the world of home Wi-Fi with high-quality yet affordable home networking products for several years now. They did it again with their Deco Mesh Wi-Fi System. The Deco M5s feature set, excellent performance, QOS, parental controls, and built-in antivirus and malware protection make it an excellent value.

TP-Link Deco Mesh WiFi System –Up to 5,500 sq. ft. Whole Home Coverage and 100+ Devices,WiFi Router/Extender Replacement, Parental Controls/Anitivirus, Seamless Roaming(Deco M5 3-Pack)

Design

Each of the 3 TP-Link Deco nodes is 5inches in diameter and an inch and a half high. They are low profile and sleek in design and their matte white finish will complement any decor. Each node includes 2 Ethernet ports for external devices and a USB-C power connector.

The single LED light pulses blue before setup and blinks blue during set up. It’s solid green when everything is connected properly. A red light means the node is having connectivity issues. Your original purchase includes 3 nodes. Additional nodes are 129.99 (MSRP) each. The TP-Link Deco system will support up to 10 nodes.

Vital Statistics

  • Bands: Dual Band
  • Processors: Quad-Core
  • Antennas: 4 per node
  • MU-MIMO: Yes
  • Beamforming: Yes
  • QOS: Yes
  • Malware: Yes
  • Parental Controls: Yes
  • Ethernet ports: 2
  • USB: USB-C for power
  • Nodes: 3-Pack
  • Setup: Phone
  • Devices: 100
  • Coverage: 5,500 sq. ft
  • Speed: 1.3Gps
  • WiFi Type: AC (WiFi 5)
  • Alexa Support: Yes

Features

The TP-Link Deco Mesh system delivers 400Mbps on the 2.4GHZ band and 867Mbps on the 5GHz band. Each Deco node is powered by a quad-core processor and 4 internal antennas. It supports all the bells and whistles you would expect from a high-end wireless router including MU-MIMO, Beamforming, QOS, and Parental Controls. MU-MIMO and Beamforming work together to send focused, simultaneous connections to each of your devices.

QOS and Parental Controls are implemented with the use of profiles and presets in the mobile app. Simply tapping on a node on the app allows you to change its priority in terms of QOS. The QOS presets are Standard, Gaming, Streaming, Surfing, Chatting, and customizable presets. You can change the profile setting for each of your family members to filter out or allow adult content. The profile settings are Child, Pre-Teen, Teen, and Adult. You can even use the mobile app to run speed tests from each node.

While many wireless routers and mesh systems only offer malware and antivirus protection as an add-on subscription service TP-Links anti-virus and malware protection is built-in. The mobile app has easy to use controls for Malicious Content filtering, Intrusion Protection, and Device Quarantine for infected devices.

TP-Link Deco Mesh WiFi System –Up to 5,500 sq. ft. Whole Home Coverage and 100+ Devices,WiFi Router/Extender Replacement, Parental Controls/Anitivirus, Seamless Roaming(Deco M5 3-Pack)

Performance

The TP-Link Deco is not at the top of any list performance-wise but hung in there with the likes of The Eero Mesh and Luma Home WiFi System. At close proximity is scored just slightly below both the Eero and Luma but significantly below the Linksys Velop. At 30 feet the Deco actually topped the Linksys Velops performance as well as the Eero Mesh which was a very close third. Throughput was good enough to top the Luma and the Eero Mesh system but not the Linksys Velop.

Installation

If you have 15-20 minutes to spare and can follow simple instructions you can set up your TP-Link Deco system with no outside help and be surfing and gaming online with no problems. Once the app is downloaded simply follow the on-screen instructions on your phone to connect the first node to your modem. The LED indicator light will pulse blue until a connection is established. This should only take 20-30 seconds. Once your first node is a steady green simply repeat the process with your other nodes. The controls for QOS, Antivirus, and Parental controls are self-explanatory and easy to follow by simply clicking on a node or profile in the mobile app.

TP-Link Deco Mesh WiFi System –Up to 5,500 sq. ft. Whole Home Coverage and 100+ Devices,WiFi Router/Extender Replacement, Parental Controls/Anitivirus, Seamless Roaming(Deco M5 3-Pack)

Conclusion

For about the same price as a high-end wireless router, you can have a whole-home WiFi solution with MU-MIMO, Beamforming, QOS, and Parental Controls with a coverage range of up to 5,500  square feet and 100+ devices. The well developed mobile app and easy set up make it a snap to set up and configure. As if that wasn’t enough TP-Link puts the cherry on top by with built-in Antivirus and Malware protection. If you are looking for great value you simply won’t do much better than this.

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Rating

9 Total Score
Big Bang For Your Buck

The Deco M5s feature set, excellent performance, and home automation support make it an excellent value for its price range.

Rating
9
PROS
  • Throughput performance
  • Parental Controls
  • Built-in anti-virus and malware protection
  • Easy setup with mobile app.
CONS
  • No web interface – phone app only.
  • No USB ports
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May 26, 2022 12:23 am
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Price History

  • All prices mentioned above are in United States dollar.
  • This product is available at Newegg, eBay, Amazon.com.
  • At newegg.com you can purchase TP-Link (Deco M5) AC1300 Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System – Replace Wi-Fi Router and Range Extenders, Simple Setup, Works with Amazon Alexa, Up to. for only $119.99 , which is 31% less than the cost in eBay ($174.95).
  • The lowest price of TP-Link Deco M5 3-Pack Mesh WiFi AC1300 Wireless Router Whole Home System Alexa was obtained on September 7, 2020 2:01 am.
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