TP-Link Deco Whole Home Mesh WiFi System – Up to 5,500 Sq.ft. Coverage, WiFi Router/Extender Replacement, Gigabit Ports, Seamless Roaming, Parental Controls, Works with Alexa(Deco M4 3-Pack) Electronics

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 JD Power Award —Highest in customer satisfaction for wireless routers 2017 and 2019   Better Coverage than traditional WiFi routers: Deco M4 three units work seamlessly to create a WiFi mesh network that can cover homes up to 5, 500 sq. ft. No Dead Zone anymore   Seamless and Stable WiFi Mesh: Rather than wifi range extender that need multiple network names and passwords, Deco M4 allows you to enjoy seamless roaming throughout the house, with a single network name and password   Incredibly fast AC1200 speeds makes the deco capable of providing connectivity for up to 100 devices   With advanced Deco Mesh Technology, units work together to form a unified network with a single network name. Devices automatically switch between Decos as you move through your home for the fastest possible speeds   Robust Parental Controls: Limit online time and block inappropriate websites according to unique profiles created for each family member. Easy to keep your children safe while they’re online   Setup is a breeze with the Deco app available on your Android or iOS device. Turn on/off guest WiFi with Alexa voice commands   Industry leading 2 year and 24/7 technical Support

Additional information

Wireless Type

‎802.11n, 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11g




‎AC1200 Gigabyte Ethernet

Item model number

‎Deco M4 (3-Pack)

Operating System


Item Weight

‎0.1 ounces

Product Dimensions

‎3.57 x 3.57 x 7.48 inches

Item Dimensions LxWxH

‎3.57 x 3.57 x 7.48 inches


‎3 Product Specific batteries required.





Is Discontinued By Manufacturer


Date First Available

‎March 19, 2019

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4.5 4.5 out of 5 stars

2,235 ratings

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4.5 out of 5 stars

Best Sellers Rank

#9,177 in Computers & Accessories (See Top 100 in Computers & Accessories) #254 in Whole Home & Mesh Wi-Fi Systems

Model Name

AC1200 Gigabyte Ethernet

Special Feature

Fast Charging

Frequency Band Class


Wireless Communication Standard

802.11n, 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11g

Compatible Devices

Personal Computer


5 GHz

Included Components

Network Cable, QIG, Power Supply

Connectivity Technology

Wi-Fi Built In

60 reviews for TP-Link Deco Whole Home Mesh WiFi System – Up to 5,500 Sq.ft. Coverage, WiFi Router/Extender Replacement, Gigabit Ports, Seamless Roaming, Parental Controls, Works with Alexa(Deco M4 3-Pack) Electronics

  1. JAKE

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent coverage, easy set-up (maybe Amazon can get the right reviews on the right item)?

    Wow! Went from traditional cable company wired house to a wireless system, cut the cord too.I went from two wireless modems, one as an extender, to this TP-Link Deco M4. Two of the three units are on the first floor, one unit upstairs. Wireless signal in the basement works off of the units on the first floor.Previously I would get drops and slowdowns on my ROKU sticks with the traditional wireless modems. Now with this M4 system I get excellent wireless on every device in the house, and there are plenty!Set up was simple, just required a bit of patience while the units connected to themselves. Follow the instructions when it says to connect the units while having them close to each other (same room), then relocate them as needed.I have one unit in the far corner on the first floor, this is hard wired to a cable modem in the basement. A VOIP device is also hard wired to this unit and a telephone lead is wire. into the house phone wiring.A second M4 unit is on the other side of the house connected wireless to the first unit. This is wired to a 5 port switch and feeds a laptop, printer, back up hard drive, and a wire to a smart TV in another room.The third M4 unit supplies signal to the top floor of the house: ROKU, cell phone (wireless plan: Republic), Alexa dot, and a tablet or two. The TP-Link M4 is affordable and works great for a home wireless system. (two old routers slowly croaking made a change necessary)also: each of the three unit can act as the main router, too easy.

    56 people found this helpful

  2. Al M.

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    So far so great for the money

    As much as I would love to spend top dollar to replace my aging Apple Time Capsule with the top of the line mesh system right now isn’t the time to do that. However I much like the rest of the country need to work from home with a reliable and stable connection, which my Time Capsule could no longer supply. I researched long and hard to find the best bang for my buck and when I saw this go on sale this week, I jumped on buying it. Set up is fairly simple using the Deco app. I chose to name the SSID the same as my previous system and keep the same password since I have so many smart devices throughout my home and did not want to figure out how to reconnect all. Let’s just say, this isn’t probably the best way to go about setting this up but ultimately it worked out fairly well for me, although I am giving up the higher level of security I could enable by not going this route. In any event, I did have some issues getting the sattelite units to connect. I set up my main unit in my office on my main floor where my Time Capsule had been set up. I just swapped it out and had no issues getting it up and running connected to my FIOS modem. When I went to connect the satellite units, one in the basement and one upstairs, I was initially greeted with a blinking red light and told to move closer to the main unit. I tried doing this and found I needed to be really close, which started to worry me. As I was experimenting with one unit, the other suddenly started working. So bottom line is just have patience and give the satellite units a little bit of time to find their connection. After that most of my existing smart home tech reconnected automatically. Only device I had trouble with was my Sonos system which I had to reset all units and reconnect from scratch. So far I am very satisfied with the speed throughout my house and the network has been extremely stable. I agree with several other reviewers that the app could use some refinement, but over all it is fairly simple to use. For reference, I have a three story house (including basement) which totals around 4,500 SF.

  3. Bob P.

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great coverage, but a few devices had issues connecting

    In general it is really nice to have complete high-speed wifi coverage across my house, and I get good wifi signal now in corners of the house that had difficulty with streaming 4k video previously. Now my speed test application shows great upload and download speeds throughout the entire house and outside into the yard.The setup of the devices themselves was extremely easy – no real issues at all. Very “plug and play”.I’m marking it 4 stars primarily because I had quite a bit of trouble getting certain wifi-connected devices in my house to connect to the new router, primarily because the original firmware and/or mobile application didn’t offer the ability to turn off the 5ghz channel. I had trouble getting my weather station, Philips Hue hub, and Amazon Cloud Camera to connect to the Deco, and I’m still unable to connect the Cloud Cam while I have the Fast Roaming turned on, so I have to live without that functionality. It seems like part of your QA process would be to make sure “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices can connect easily, since that’s a key part of usability. It took me literally days to get everything connected, and I’m relatively advanced in terms of my knowledge of networking. I had to spend time doing lots of research on various forums and trial and error to get different devices connected. And of course as soon as I had everything working, literally the next day an update came out that added the option to turn off the 5Ghz band. This is necessary because certain devices that only require the 2.4Ghz band have trouble connecting to the Deco because the Deco only has one SSID (wifi name) for both bands, so if you can’t turn off 5Ghz, it seemed like devices would always get confused or if the device connected to wifi by using an app on my phone, there was no way to force my phone to only connect to the 2.4Ghz channel on the router. For example with my weather station, I had to literally set it into pairing mode and then run down my driveway, far enough to be outside the range of the 5Ghz signal for my iPhone Xs to switch to the 2.4Ghz band (2.4Ghz has better range and penetration so it goes further, but the iPhone will always default to 5Ghz if it can, because it’s much faster) and once I did that, the app that came with my weather station could sync the weather station to the 2.4Ghz band of the router. If the option to turn off 5Ghz was there originally, this wouldn’t have been a problem.So overall a really solid router, and it appears they are working to improve the firmware and app. But it felt like it maybe wasn’t quite fully baked yet and they hadn’t done enough testing with different devices to either support easy connection for these devices, or at least provide technical support on their website to guide users on how to connect different IoT devices. I think if I had to do it again I probably would have bought the same router (especially since it was on sale) but TP-link needs to up their game with regards to QA and Tech Support.

    18 people found this helpful

  4. Michael

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Getting better. Much better.

    –Updated on 8/12/2020The system has been working great, it get the job done.Again, it gets the job done. The system doesn’t come with a lot of functions, and the parent control doesn’t work all the time, but it’s great for the money.Highly recommended.–Updated on 11/4/2019:Parent control is unreliable. Not recommended.–Updated on 9/6/2019:Customer service emailed back. Claimed there are “devices limitations”, each profile should have less than 16 devices. We only have 3 devices. Still waiting for the solutions.–Updated on 8/29/2019:We finally registered the product. Opened a ticket. The product stopped working. When we tried to “Pause” the internet on the mobile app, it doesn’t work.When it shows “paused”, actually not paused.When It shows “unpaused”, it actually paused.We try to register this product so we can get the warranty. TP-Link won’t let us register the product. Showing: “Product Not Found. Please Contact Support at (866) 225-8139″Called the number, they claimed they “manually” added the serial number to their system. And asked me to wait for their email, before get any warranty service. Not email show up yet. Will keep updating.—Original ReviewWhy you should NOT buy this:1. Parent Control not working. It tracks all the traffics and sum them up all together to calculate “Screen Time”. Example: you open one website for 1 minutes, the website makes connections to 4 other URLs, it counts 4 minutes. If you do one hour screen time, this device counts it more than 3 times. Very misleading. Besides the basic “time out” function, the other Parent Control functions not working, or I don’t know how to use them.2. Streaming got issues. We have two TVs connections, the streaming lags poorly if we use two TVs at the same time. We don’t know which TV connects to which node, but keep buffering/lagging. We don’t know what’s the issue.3. Management interfaces. User is not allowed to assign devices to Mesh nodes. Actually user doesn’t know which nodes it connects and won’t able to pick. Maybe the Mesh is “auto pick the best signal”, we still want to see which devices connecting to which Mesh nodes at any given time. Unfortunately, this Mesh doesn’t show it. It does NOT come with a website to manage, only the phone app.4. Bottom line:–If all you want is to boost the speed, this is good value product.–If you want to see the activities, or any management features, don’t buy this product.For the price, it’s a good buy. I will keep it. However, I will NOT recommend this to my friends.

    151 people found this helpful

  5. Scott SliwinskiScott Sliwinski

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Big Google Fan here, but…

    I debated between this and Google’s WIFI, and overall it came down to cost. The TP-Link is almost $90 Cheaper (At my time of Purchase) then Google’s WIFI.Layout:- I have a 2500 Square Foot Home- 3 Floors- Verizon FIOS at one end of the house and bad internet at the back end.- How I set it up, you need to connect one to your main router (Pictured, Note: Once all is connected, you will want to disable your Routers internal WIFI, there is a such thing as too much WIFI)- Then I hooked one up down in the basement and connected it directly to the PS4 (The PS4 non-pro model only supports a 2.4GHz signal, so hooking this up directly to it with a WAN make it like it’s god a 5GHz LAN Connection)- The last one I hooked up in the Master Bedroom.- Overall I made a Triangle of WIFI.Setup:- Setup overall was simple, plugged the main unit into my Router Directly.- Downloaded the TP-Link app, and took under a minute for it to detect.- You need to sign up for TP-Link account- It created a secondary Network, so most routers do This will make another which you can change. This is important to know because if you are using any devices with a Static address (Like a Network / Wireless Printer or even a Home Desktop, you IP Scheme is going to change)- Also and VERY important, if you leave it create the 2nd VLAN, for Alot of at home devices it won’t matter, but if you Work from Home and you need to connect thru VPN, your VPN will no longer work. Why you ask, this network you’ve create is now a “Double-NAT”. VPN will not work through this type of setup, so you need to create “Flat Network” if you use and need VPN for work.Performance:- We have 4 Kids, and like 25 overall devices and I notice blazing speeds no matter the scenario of who was using what.- the pS4 is the biggest factor, so if there is say a 15GB Game Download or Update, it would have normally have told us it could take several hours to download (Again, PS4 only supports 2.4GHz unless you bought the PSPro). Now with it getting 5GHz and a Direct LAN / Cable connection, my test went from 5-6 hours to 12 – 15 minutes for this large file.Bad:The biggest pain for me in this was well, ALEXA! This has NOTHING to do with the performance of the TP-Link at all. We have 6 Alexa Speakers and a few smart Plugs. There is no way in the Alexa app to mass change the WIFI Network or Password, you need to basically go around to each device and almost set them up like they are new. The Speakers set back up pretty easily, but the plugs, the app treated them as new Plugs, not existing and I needed to re-do all our Alexa Routines.Overall:I would highly recommend this Mesh WIFI for a home, but like me, if you have some smart home devices (Alexa, Security Cameras, Nest Thermostat), just be prepared to redo all those devices as if they just came out of the box.

    471 people found this helpful

  6. Stephen S.

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb product!

    I don’t write many reviews for products (too busy) but had to stop and let people know this product is excellent! The company did an outstanding job with this “WiFi Extender”. Our house is a Cape Cod with an attached garage and bonus room above the garage. We’ve tried multiple routers to get a good signal up to the bonus room but northing really worked.We already had a NetGear modem/router combo and when the TP-Link Deco arrived, I downloaded their iOS App which guided me through the steps to setup the 3 Decos. It was incredibly easy and only took about 15 minutes to setup all three! We put one in the living room (connected to the NetGear modem/router), one in the kitchen, and one in the bonus room (2nd floor). After setting up the TP-Link Deco mesh, I logged into the NetGear modem/router and turned off the WiFi. The WiFi signal strength is now at 100% throughout the entire house and download speeds range from 120Mbps to 250Mbps.The mobile app is really nice and shows all devices connected along with their upload/download stats. You can configure router settings, blacklist devices, configure parental controls for individual family members, set Quality of Service per device, see monthly reports, and more.By far the best WiFi router I’ve ever seen!

    One person found this helpful

  7. XXLERATE, Inc.

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Mesh WIFI is awesome. TP Link Deco M4 was inexpensive and works great. Awesome upgrade.

    I have a three story home that used to have dead spots. I have a powerful ASUS router which just could not reach everywhere due to the construction materials of my home. I was curious about Mesh WIFI and bought these because they were inexpensive (approx $170 for three). They were super easy to set up and place around my house. They need power but only the main unit needs an ethernet connection. In the past, WIFI repeaters were super buggy and also reduced the overall bandwidth of a network. MESH wifi uses more radios to allow the mesh devices to communicate on one dedicated band, and the rest of your network on the others. The result is no speed loss and great coverage. TP Link says the network can handle up to 100 devices. I use various smart light bulbs, power outlets, Echos, rachio, MyQ Garage controller, streaming devices, cell phones etc… we have approximately 40 devices on the wifi network. I have not had it for long, but I have been testing a lot since I got it. So far I’m getting Full speed everywhere in the house and every device works – even my Lifx bulbs which only work on 2.4Ghz networks.

  8. VarunVarun

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid economical buy for home Wifi mesh system needs with good signal bandwidth

    This review is about TP-Link Deco Whole Home Mesh WIFI System – Seamless Roaming, Adaptive Routing, Up to 5, 500 Sq. ft. Coverage, Works with Alexa(Deco M4 3 Pack).Need: Setup mesh router system for WIFI on my two-storey 3000 sq.ft home.Price: I started with Google Wifi system (3-pack) but ended up preferring the TP-link system primarily because of the price-point (approx, $300 vs $150).Setup: Connect to ISP-provided router (disable WiFi if it has one). The provided setup installations via downloaded TP-Link mobile-app are thoroughly straight forward. One thing to note is that the positioning of the each mesh-router would depend on the layout of the house (location of walls/other signal-blocking obstacles, Wifi-needing devices etc.). Some competitors have option that indicates the strength of the mesh setup as to whether if a router needs to be re-positioned). I myself did the manual way of identifying the places where router needs to be placed, did the setup via the app and then moved throughout the house doing internet-speed tests. Once you do some trial and error, and feel comfortable, it should hold good then onwards (provided your ISP-provided-bandwidth is good enough). The speeds provided (upload/download Mbps) by each router is at par with my ISP-plan speeds.Notable Aspects: I created dual networks (2.4Ghz, 5Ghz). You may configure WiFi-devices to connect to both/one. Yo may very well assign static IPs which is probably required for camera-security-system setups (involving cameras, receiver, switches etc.). I operate the system in ‘Router’ mode where it is responsible for IP-assignment. Also, you may assign priority to some devices like mobile-phones, laptop etc (so, they aren’t bandwidth-throttled by other competing devices. There are 2 ethernet ports on the back (one obviously to connect to ISP-provided router) and the other may be used in cases where direct LAN access is needed for any devices (I use one to connect to my mobile-carrier-signal-booster). You may stick some devices to a particular router (eg: Ring doorbell) or by default, beam-forming with have devices connect to router generating max-signal-strength. In cases where you may want to reboot the system, it is possible to do so via the mobile-app. The mobile-app is mostly functional with some occasional lag (like when renaming some connected devices, it sometimes takes 2 tries to achieve it, also when refreshing the connected devices list it takes 5-10 seconds for the devices list to refresh etc.).Attaching few snaps. Overall, hardly any complaints after 6 months of usage. I’ll update this review if I notice anything substantial.

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    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Muy satisfecho con la malla

    Cubre muy bien mis necesidades, en una casa de 4 pisos, con muros de bloqué y concreto.

  10. Jay

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    This completely changed our home internt experience.

    After struggling with spotty wifi connections from our single wifi router, we replaced it with this and have been blown away!I’ve always bought “good” wifi and network hardware. In fact, our most recent ones is one of the highest rated multi-band models out there. But it still just couldn’t keep up. The wifi signal struggled between floors and was non-existent once you stepped foot out of the house. But our Deco has changed all that.Mesh networks were something I always wanted, but never something I felt like I could afford. So, I was surprised to see this as inexpensive as it was but quickly ordered one and held my breath. After the normal phenomenal Prime shipping, it got here and I immediately set to stetting it up. I was pleasantly surprised at how well they walked you through the setup process and the hardest part was just me deciding where to put the individual hubs!Once everything was setup, we tested it. Signal in the basement? Great. Upstairs? Great. Outside… Great?? How could this be?! We found our entire property swaddled lovingly in wifi goodness and now no longer worry about losing signal in the back yard or anywhere else.If you’re not technically inclined, you can fast-forward through this part. 🙂 I did find that I had some trouble with the network subnet changing if we ever lost power. This was causing havoc with my external firewall and caused me to have to change DNS services (which the firewall provides) repeatedly. As it turned out it was an issue with the static IPs that the Deco provided and the DNS which was manually entered. Took some finagling, but I got it worked out and it has been flawless since.OK, back to the human speak. I love this system. Without reservation. Gone are the headaches of losing our signal in numerous places around the house, gone are the interference provided by our highly over-saturated wifi area. This has been hands down the best network purchase I’ve ever made. I just wish I had done it sooner.

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  11. Zach

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to set up, but will let you down

    I saw this on Consumer Reports and bought this pack when I moved in to my first house. It’s fairly easy to set up, and the app is nice. I’m giving this one star because it worked great for about a month, then I started having issues with the WiFi on my phone running slow, video chatting for work being fine one minute then going all the way downhill the next, and streaming services being largely unable to keep up (despite my work computer being connected to the main Deco – connected to the modem – by an Ethernet cable and the Xbox being connected to another Deco via Ethernet cable as well).I ran speed tests showing that I should have easily 100mbps down, but I wasn’t getting anything close to that from the routers. I deleted the network, reset every router, and created a new network using the default settings – it was fine for a few days or hours (I’ve done this 3 times in total) then went right back to the same sluggish pace. I called my ISP (Spectrum) and they reset the modem and said everything on their end is fine and that the speed test indicated the issue wasn’t on their end, but is an issue with the routers.I called tech support and while I was only on hold for about 5 minutes, I didn’t understand a word that the operator was saying and had to ask her to repeat herself multiple times. I’m still going through the support process and may change my rating depending on how it turns out.I’ve been embarrassed when Skype video/audio/screen share calls that I’m presenting or actively participating in drop and I have to call in with my phone using data. We’ve had people over to watch sports games and the streaming would flat-out quit multiple times during the game – it didn’t matter what app (Hulu, ESPN, etc.) or device (Xbox, Roku) we used, or if the connection was wired or wireless.I’ve been embarrassed by the atrocious lack of connectivity provided by these routers, charged a bunch of money by the phone company for using too much mobile data since the WiFi doesn’t like to work. Hope this helps some people make their decision.

    3 people found this helpful

  12. EOB

    1.0 out of 5 stars


    I purchased for 4500 sq ft home. Received a bad unit and had to return the M4R . They sent me a different model S4, tiny bit shorter. Could not get the system to work. I even tried hard Ethernet connection to each unit. The main unit keeps losing internet despite direct connection to modem!? . Confirmed my Xfinity was not problem by connecting laptop directly to modem. Perhaps I got some bad units. I’m now forced to go back to my regular NETGEAR router. I’ve spent at least 9 hours troubleshooting this Deco mesh system. Huge waste of my time.

  13. paul12345

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

    When I bought this product I admittedly did not have high expectations for it. I have tried numerous other extenders only to be disappointed and returned every single one of them. From the moment I installed these (which was SUPER EASY) I felt like this might just be different. Our house is not massive but for a two story home it was built very solidly and consequently the wifi signal has had problems making it throughout the house with any kind of consistency. I installed the TP Link product (all three Deco Units around the house as directed) and when I had Internet signal to all three Deco’s I started to add our TV’s and other devices. I get at best 200M to the house and if you attach a very short cat 5 cable to my cable modem you can get in the 180-190 range. I went upstairs to my office where I have a Deco installed at the top of the stairs and I ran 3 speed tests – the average was 138M! I have never gotten more than 40M upstairs from any extender.

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  14. Kyle Crew

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Mesh. Brilliant Customer Support.

    I got the TP-Link (Deco M series) based on price and performance. I plugged it in, set it up, and never had to worry about it.Then a recent move required me to re-install the network. Was experiencing some difficulties, but a quick call to TP-Link Tech Support was all it took. Tech support agent Hanson Chan provided an excellent customer experience for me. Hanson was able to walk me through the steps necessary to get me up and running once again. He was friendly, patient, and knowledgeable. It couldn’t have worked out better. Thanks, TP-Link! Thanks, Hanson!

  15. BuckeyeGeek

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy Setup – But isn’t holding network settings

    The wifi works great, the whole house is working where other past products haven’t been anywhere near as strong. However, I setup my network with static devices for different services, security cameras, Ad Filtering, NAS and other things. And about every other week (I’ve owned it going on 7 weeks, and literally I’m on my third support chat right now….) the main deco IP Address will reset back to factory making all those nodes invalid. I guess if you never want to change settings from the default it’s a great device, but I haven’t been able to have support give me any kind of suggestion, let alone a solution to the problem. The lack of a web based GUI for computer access to settings is a bit sad, but I think that’s the way mesh wireless configurations are going, all app driven. I’m still trying to make it work, but paying this much for a system with such little config shouldn’t be acting up right after purchasing I wouldn’t think… guess time will tell, and I can update this review later…


    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Has Some Inconveniences, but the App Interface Makes Everything Easy

    So far the connection speeds have been great. My experience with the parental controls have been so so. I was able to add specific devices to my child’s profile, and was able to pause their internet connections successfully. However while pressing “resume” internet connections, the devices were not allowed to reconnected. Not even within a 5-10 min window. I had to remove the devices from the child’s profile, and their connection was restored instantly. Just not a good experience from an expected performance/ behavior. I also assigned my 55″ samsung tv as “priority” to always stay connected. But once the tv turns offs, the connection is severed. Once the tv is turned back on, it doesnt always connect right away. I have to turn the tv off and on a few times before it can connect. It is not a “distance to router” issue either bc the router in within 5ft of the tv. General phone browsing hasnt been an issue which is what I use the most.

  17. Rodney Myers

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    So Far, Working Great!

    We bought this system because we were having WiFi/Internet Issues. After the cable company did all they could, they suggested we need to go with a Mesh Network.So far, this has solved all our issues with losing signal in the home. Plus, our wireless printer would go offline, requiring a power reset in order to print. That has also been fixed.We also run a Network Attached Storage Device, which now works faster and better.My only issue is that it only has two ports on the back of the device. For most, you will need to get a Network Switch, I have an 8 port Switch. The Network Drive and any other LAN Device will need to be plugged into the Switch, and it will change the Network ID.Also, if you have a Roku, and want to control it with your phone, it will need to be connected to the Switch, or on the same Mesh Network.Thank goodness, I already had all the items I needed, just had to some rewiring, but the kids aren’t complaining about dropped internet, so I’m happy!

  18. Ben

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great!

    1700 sq ft ranch + basement. Able to get a strong signal anywhere in the house with only 2 units (one in the center of the house, one in the den in a corner of the house). The reason I chose this product was because I wanted fast/low latency/reliable LAN to 2 desktops without running CAT5. Any of the ethernet jacks on any of the units works as an “input” or “output” (i.e., if you have ethernet run in the walls, you can plug it in for a hard-wired connection), so both desktops are happy. Setup was fast and easy. Also, all 3 units are identical, so any one can be the one connected to your modem.Ping is < 1ms and I'm able to get the full 100 Mbps that I pay my ISP for. Great for gaming and HD streaming. Way better than the ethernet over power system it replaced.However, the web and app interface are not very friendly for more advanced routing. I was forced to use the phone app to port forward a web sever to the internet.

  19. D. G. Clayton

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love these APs

    I’ve installed 5 different networks for small clients using these. 1 setup only has 2 and the largest has 6 and they worked perfectly. Rarely, if ever, have any issues. And with the app, it’s great to be able to view, control and even do firmware updates remotely.

  20. Tim C.

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great result. Easy to set up.

    I bought this mesh system to improve wifi connectivity throughout our house, which has roughly 3800 square feet. They work great, boosting not just the signal but also the bandwidth and latency between the devices and the modem. Overall, everyone in my house is thrilled.The app made it easy to install. Super easy.My only suggestion is that some people may not want to shut off their existing wifi router because they are using it for wired connections, for example. I am in that camp. I don’t feel the instructions should tell you to disconnect the cable modem entirely. Instead, you should be advised that you can wire the first Deco unit to your existing wifi router. Then you can disable your old wireless network later on. That’s what I did and it worked great. Now I have the best of both worlds – wired connections through the old wireless router’s physical connections, as well as vastly improved wifi through the Deco units.I only wish I had known about these sooner!

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  21. John Brown

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    May save your marriage.

    Prior to TP-Link Deco, I lived a life full of angry women (wife and four daughters) who constantly chastised, berated and blamed me for wifi outages, poor connection speed and inability to stream their favorite shows. I felt emasculated, inadequate and an overall failure as I was told that wifi and all electronics was my job. Step one was to change from ATT uVerse as they had poor 25 mbps download speed in my neighborhood. Done. I moved to Spectrum with 400 mbps download thinking my woes would be cured. Nope. I had poor home coverage as our house is larger than average. Even after adding a Nighthawk router to replace the inadequate, buggy router from Spectrum, I still fell short and was barely getting any signal on my third-floor office. After calling in a Spectrum technician, we discussed a Mesh network and he said it was mandatory. I researched systems and bought the TP Link system. Setup was simple and despite having to hookup what seemed like 100 devices (laptops, wifi-tv’s, Blink security, ipads, Kindle’s, phones, desktops, Energy consumption meter, etc.) it was 100% worth the trouble. My speed in the house is consistently fast and is also reliable. My wife now speaks to me again and brags of my wifi and technical prowess. I sometimes catch her giving me that approving look that all men yearn for. I believe it has improved her libido as well. My daughters no longer hold their heads in shame when their wifi-entitled friends come over. TP Link is to thank as my home is now a blissful wifi-paradise.

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  22. Inderjeet

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    WiFi Dead Spot Issues Solved 100%

    I had a Xfinity Netgear C7100v Modem/Router/Voice Combo device for my xfinity Triple Play Service. I had serious dead spots all over the house in different bedrooms. Almost minimum to no coverage in two rooms. Angry wife and kids bugging me everyday about WiFi signal issues. I tried to solve the problem with extenders and also tried changing the router channels suggested by WiFi Analyser app but all rooms had strong signals but in different channels. I finally gave up and brought this TP-Link Mesh Deco M4 to give it a try.I disabled all WiFi SSIDs put my Netgear C7100v in bridge mode. Setting up the Deco M4 was a breeze with the TP-Link Deco app. I think it took me less than 15 minits. I kept my old SSID and all devices connected automatically. The best part is that I didn’t even have to use the 3rd unit. I have full, stable and fast WiFi coverage in every room. Speed test constant and consistent with my ISP speed in every room. I’ve been using the current Deco M4 setup for about 12 hours without any issues. Will save the 3rd unit for future use. I read some reviews on Amazon and YouTube suggesting to refrain from setting up the 3rd unit if I have good coverage. Too many units close to each other may actually reduce speeds. Extremely happy with this device. If you have WiFi issues in your house, Look no further. No need to spend 300+ on expensive mesh routers such as Google or Netgear. Just buy this budget TP-Link for half the price. Highly Recommend this router.

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  23. Corey

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    So far so good! Setup is a breeze.

    I’m a Luma Mesh WiFi survivor who decided I couldn’t put up with them not putting out updates any longer.Pondered this setup from TP for a while (ok I way over-thought it for a long dang time) and pulled the trigger this weekend. Unit arrived today.So far so good. The setup was literally a breeze. You just follow what the app is telling you each step of the way. I had all three units up and running within 15 mins of getting it all unboxed.The app said it had updates for the units right when I was done setting up my network. That took about 3 mins plus another minute for them to reboot.I used the same SSID and password that I had before so I didn’t have to go around to everything and enter new credentials etc .I would say throughput and responsiveness is up around 20-25%. My coverage range has gone up 30-40% or so. I’m not a scientist so those are estimates from my pea brain, but both items are noticeable immediately.One note: I’ve had these running for approx 3 hours. I’ll come back to update this review in a week or two. My main point for posting this review right away is to confirm that the setup is a snap.10/19/19 update. Have had zero issues with these units. Everything is working well and I haven’t had to touch a thing. I took the opportunity to properly name each device as they came online with the new system, so now I can see a proper name on everything connected.

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  24. Arwa’s

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not buy. It does not work!

    I have extensive experience with Deco Mesh systems, having used the M5 and M9 Plus models for over four years with great success. However, my recent purchase of the M4 model, purportedly similar to the M5, has been disappointing. Firstly, none of the wired connections are functioning properly. Secondly, although I was initially able to plug the M4 into my main Deco (M9 Plus) and connect it to the network, it fails to reconnect to Wi-Fi once unplugged from power. Essentially, it requires reconnection as if it were a completely new device each time it loses power, rendering it impractical for daily use. Additionally, I’ve noticed that to establish a connection between the M4 and the main Deco, one needs to be in close proximity to the main unit. However, once moved elsewhere and disconnected from power, it loses its network connection entirely, making it impossible to reconnect. These issues significantly diminish the utility and reliability of the M4 model. If it’s given to me for free, I won’t utilize it. Instead, I’ll test the second one I purchased and provide you with my impression once more.

  25. mom of 2

    5.0 out of 5 stars


    Since I moved to my new house three years ago– I had been struggling with WIFI. The house is over 3k square feet and the walls in the section of the house where I have the phone jack and router are crazy thick (old historical) – I have several levels and corners- it was a mess. I tried everything, several extenders, “hot spot”, and even thought about installing another router (expensive) and neither of the above was any good or reliable. This works perfectly. I have wifi throughout the house and in all rooms. Everyone is connected all the time ( 3 computers, 4 smartphones, tablets, Playstation, Fire tv) Very happy with this invention. Sometimes, one of the DECO goes offline. I tried at first to connect with TPLink tech support and received absolutely no answer. I finally figured to turn on and off and, that is what I do, and –to the date– it eventually gets back into the signal (takes a couple of minutes). Once you set up the DECOS, do not move them around- I mean even inches- this seems to be the reason that they temporarily loose signal. And also, you cannot have clutter around, since they tend to loose signal. The app is so-so, it only tells you what you already know- whether they are working or not. Haven’t tried parental controls or other things there. For the price, in comparison to others, I find it was an great buy!

  26. Freeway

    5.0 out of 5 stars


    By far the best ISP WiFi router alternative for the money. Before this I tried so many options to boost the junky ISP Wifi router signal. We have a house with 2 floors and the ISP router was constantly cutting out and dropping signals. The only strong area was just in front of the router. Now we have a strong signal through tour the whole house, in the backyard and even in the garage. You can even buy more nodes if necessary, but most won’t need it, three should cover most average size houses nicely. And the best part is that there haven’t been any complaints about slow WiFi since I installed the system, (dads you know what I’m talking about). Also, setup was really simple. I heard that some other systems might have been challenging, which is one reason I chose the TP Link. Directions are pretty clear and there are lots of YouTube videos to walk you through the setup (but you really won’t need it), setup is a snap. They also look nice, no need to hide them like most other routers. Seriously, stop debating and just get it. I was not paid to do this review. I bought the system out of necessity and after several months of service with no hiccups in service, I’m 100% satisfied with my purchase would absolutely recommend the product to anyone who is frustrated with their lousy coverage from their ISP WiFi router. Just buy it. You won’t regret it.

  27. Mark D.

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    TP-Link Deco, bottom line is that it’s a 5 star product.

    Let me start off by saying I’m not a super tech savvy person but more of an every day guy that uses the tech I need and can figure out. If it’s something over my head I will farm it out. The TP-Link Deco is a piece of tech I could get behind. While it wasn’t totally plug and play, it was simple enough to set up with the outstanding app’s installation guide. Simply install the app and follow the guide and you too can get WiFi coverage in your house that will blow your mind. That is where the Deco really comes into its own. I have around 15 devices connected to the Deco so far, all of which can be monitored though the app. They are located inside and out of a 3100 square foot brick house. This includes Ring devices, smart lighting, a Google Home network, thermostats and of coarse phones, tablets and computers. The Deco system manages all of these devices with ease, managing the flow of data without the freezing and lockup’s that we’re so common with the cable companies WiFi router. The most notable is the difference with smart TV’s and Fire Sticks. Since we cut the cord a while back, we have always experienced the annoying buffering issues. The Deco has eliminated this completely. This is truly a five star product when value and capability are important to you. Yes you could pay more, but I don’t think you could be any happier with your purchase.

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  28. mustang209

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very User Friendly!

    I’m going preface this review saying that this device is geared towards the average consumer. If you’re looking for something with “pro-sumer” functionality then this product might disappoint you.I purchased this device for a house that is very long. Previously it had a standard WiFi router but single would not reach from end to end of the house. The Deco solved this problem by providing end-to-end coverage of the house and even extends to a decent amount outside the house. All of my devices have never lost connection even when roaming room to room, providing a seamless experience.The app that you must download is highly user friendly and allows the owner to see who is connected to the network, blacklist users, and some other basic router settings.I would highly recommend this product if you’re looking for a simple device for total home coverage.Some flaws of the device in my opinion are the length of the power cord (should be long to you can place device near ceiling) and the amount of Ethernet ports. One deco should have 4-5 ports so users can connect their wired devices that are near the main hub, instead you are given 2 ports on each device.If you are a pro-sumer considering this device then I would recommend buying a separate router with more features geared towards you and using the deco as an access point for your wireless devices.

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  29. ReconMarine1969

    5.0 out of 5 stars


    Just installed this and my wifi coverage is MUCH better throughout my house. I own a 3000 s/f, 3–story, victorian home with VERY thick walls made of plaster, wood and in some cases brick. Signal is traveling quite nicely throughout. I installed one unit on the first floor at the front of my home, one on the first floor at the back of my home and one unit on the upstairs slightly more to the front of my home than the back. I have noticed that there is a drop in signal towards the bedrooms on my upstairs towards the back of the home (getting 50-60 mbps instead of the max 100-115), however, it is still MUCH better than it was. Those rooms were getting like 5-20 mbps originally. I can always buy and add a 4th unit, down the road, if I need to.Installation was very easy, with only one exception. When setting up, you are asked what kind of internet you have (dynamic IP, static IP, PPoE, etc.) I didn’t know the answer and had to call my internet provider. Guy who answered apparently didn’t know either and had to ask someone else. After several minutes I was told I have dynamic IP. That part was a little irritating, but overall installation was probably much easier than I was expecting.

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  30. R. Meldrum

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Cannot separate 2.4 and 5G networks! This is important!

    We have been using the TP-Link Mesh system for a year and it has provided great wi-fi through our home. We just bought a robot vacuum cleaner, and the vacuum cleaner can only use a 2.4G network, not a 5G network. This is actually fairly common, as the older 2.4G chips are less expensive and many devices don’t need a fast network connection. Most wifi routers allow you to have different network names (SSIDs) for the different speeds.Unfortunately, in order to be easy to use, the TP-Link mesh automatically combines the two different speeds so that the user cannot choose one speed. The vacuum cleaner connects at 2.4 and then TP-Link overrides it and “upgrades” it to 5G… and the vacuum cleaner won’t work. There are no advanced setting options to compensate or change this, so this is not a good mesh choice for “power” users who need to manage their networks. Buyer beware!

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  31. Psoup

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Mixed Feelings

    The mesh does mesh. The initial setup was very easy. However, I had issues connecting my 2.4hz ioT devices (vacuum robot and security cams). I found that I needed to turn off the fast switching and also the mesh technology to these devices. Furthermore my internet TV’s would buffer like crazy.. Turned on the device priority to these and was worse… decided to set the priority speeds to their max *rather than real speeds* and it has become good. However, one of my TV’s when turning on says cannot connect to internet now. I need to go into settings and click on the wifi network most each time if it has been turned off a while… it is like the mesh is slow to allow connections. The whole thing is sort of frustrating and has taken me a couple weeks to get running well. Also I do not like that you are required to use the app to make any changes, the web interface is useless so don’t even think you can use your PC to make any changes or do any setup.

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  32. Anonymous Reviewer

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works better in Router mode, not a five minute setup for me…

    I work with networking technology for a living, even with the 70+ wi-fi devices I have at home, I thought this would be an easy setup. Unfortunately I already own a nice router, so wanted to use these in Access Point mode, which I have to say really didn’t seem to work that well.After fighting with this for around an hour and experiencing a lot of times where the signal between the base stations would suddenly drop, I gave in and switched to router mode, though still having the main DECO base plugged into a switch which is then plugged into my large router. Although this is double NAT’ed it seems to work pretty well.There is one Gotcha with this setup which is the DLNA is local to the subnet it’s installed on (which is my old wired one) so no streaming from my Synology Media Server to Wi-Fi devices. Fortunately I was able to overcome this because the media server has multiple (non-bridged) NIC’s connecting the second one of those to the wireless subnet got that sorted out.Finally I also tried Ethernet backhaul. This didn’t work either, but since I have a DLINK switch, which DECO specifically tell us doesn’t work, I guess I’ll give up on that as well.In the end the signal seems nice and strong and steady and about 20% faster than before, but it was a two hour journey to get there. It would also have been lovely to have a Windows App as well as the phone one as there is nothing more annoying than trying to configure wi-fi from wi-fi that’s not working properly! It would have been so much easier from my PC with a solid wired connection.

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  33. F

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Painted my house in reliable wifi!

    Have had the M4 Deco 3-Pack since mid-July 2019. No problems so far!It’s just the two of us in a 2,500 sf home; we are not gamers or heavy users. The Deco replaced a centrally placed (but aging) AirPort Extreme, which was working adequately and reliably in a mostly Apple ecosystem here at home.Deco M4 Setup was reasonably easy. It took me some time to implement because of the shear number of wifi interfaces I have in the house, but that was not a problem as I actually enjoyed the task. The Deco App on my iPhone was and continues to be easy to use. I do not miss having a PC interface at all. I have not had to contact TP-Link for Technical Support, so I can’t comment on that; but IMHO its a good thing that I have not needed their support. I have not had any issues with the Deco units failing or needing to be reset! Signal strength is great! Seamless transition roaming from one unit to another works great. My local ISP (Xfinity) went down for ~16 hours once and the Deco M4 units reset, without me having to do anything. Nice.All in all, I am very happy with the Deco M4 system. Works great!

  34. KWalker

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Whole Home Wifi system

    Due to Covid-19, I am working from home and the room where I set up my home office got horrible signal. My old setup was a single Nighthawk router in the center of my home (2 story, 3200 sf). I have a 75 MB cable modem service and in my office (upstairs, most remote from router) I got ~3-5 MB service. After install, I am getting ~60 MB service!Setup: Pretty simple, I was online in <45 minutes (of course you are going to have to redo all of your wifi devices and connect them to the new network)Speed: As I said above, I get >50-60 MB even at the far ends of my home. I get good signal (>25 MB) all over my yard and in my detached garage/workshop.I have decent amount of devices connected (video streaming to 3 TVs, 2 smart phones, tablets, laptops, and Ring security) and haven’t had any problems with traffic.We do not do any online gaming, so I can’t speak to applications that include those high bandwidth requirements, but for my purposes, it’s been great. Highly recommend (and I have).

  35. Matthew Wood

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great coverage for a reasonable price

    When my old router died, I reached out to friends for recommendations. While I didn’t have a consistent recommendation on a brand or model, everyone said mesh. This set had solid ratings and came in at a better price than some of the other top performers.This was very easy to set up, taking only a few minutes. I was able to replicate the SSID of the old network, and most devices connected back in without a problem. Coverage across our house is great, and I have noticed that our neighbors will sometimes connect to the network from their house, which is a fair distance away.When I installed this, I realized how many devices we have now. We have smart TVs, game consoles, smart speakers, phones, tablets, and more. We stream a lot of shows, and nothing seems to stress the network at this point.I like the app that you use to configure and monitor the system. It gives a good view into what is happening, and allows you to set up rules for different devices/people, which is great for families. Personally, I would like to see some more advanced configuration in the app, but it does everything critical.

  36. Professional Researcher

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    So easy, so fast.

    I ordered this product after my Linksys Velop ordered was cancelled a few days after the scheduled delivery with little explanation and no apology. I read the reviews and ordered the tp link Deco M4 which was cheaper than the Linksys. I replaced a dying router with this mesh system – what a difference! My internet speeds are faster than they have ever been and my coverage extends to the entire house (5 br). This product was extremely easy to set up. the only issue I am having is getting my older wireless Brother laser printer to work with this system, so I tried making it a network printer, but that didn’t work either; and there are no instructions through tp link or on the internet so far that help me. The support documentation from tp link is not specific enough for my issue but I have not tried to call them. The Brother printer was not that expensive, so I can always purchase another or use it as a local printer. Now that I have more time, I can further investigate the printer issue.

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  37. Brett RawskyBrett Rawsky

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Signal and Simple Setup!

    Had an Apple AirPort Extreme Router that went out after 5 years of use. Looked at this, as well as the Orbi RBK50 and the Linksys Velop for my home mesh system. Selected the TP-Link Deco after seeing the great reviews. Primary tower is central in my 2,800 sq. ft. single-story home. Additional towers are in my back office, and in the living room next to my home theater system and TV (which both utilize WiFi for various functions). This unit is well packaged (see photo), the towers look great, and the network was very simple to set up using the Deco App on my iPhone. Took just a few minutes for it to be recognized and to establish the connections for each of the towers. So far so good, with excellent signal throughout my entire home. Loss of a little bit of signal strength when using in the garage or front driveway, but still strong enough for internet surfing, calls (I use WiFi calling on my cell phone), WiFi garage door openers, etc. Highly recommended, with a price point that is well below the other two options I was comparing to.

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  38. Marty Smith

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works and works well

    I had read some reviews that said when they lost power, they had to set this system up again. That has never happened to me. I have lost power a few times (once self-inflicted) and once it powers back on, it’s ready to go again. I have never had to reset it. My internet has never gone out and I have yet to find a spot in my house, on my patio, or in my yard where I don’t have internet. I have a two story house and my downstairs 2 are in the front and back opposite corners of the house. My upstairs unit is in the front corner. I have no idea what items in my house are hooked to which node (yeah, I know I can look it up), but everything works. The front downstairs node has a direct ethernet connection for my grandson’s PS4 and I he has not complained about “lag” since I hooked it up. Completely glad I bought and would definitely do it again. I have simply never needed tech support which is why I didn’t rate it.

  39. JeepThing1

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost Perfect

    I tried both Erro and Orbi before switching to the TP-Link Deco. My wireless speeds have consistently been higher then either of those and have been pretty dead on using The ease of use is great if not maybe a little too simplified. I have a pair of M9’s and a 3 pack of M5’s. I have a widely spread 3 level house with nearly 50 devices including security cameras. Both 2.4G and 5G have hooked up pretty seamlessly with just a couple of stubborn devices. I do wish that you could still access the channel isolation of the M9 when you add lesser units like the M5 which would definitely allow people to get those stubborn 2.4G devices to hookup, but that really is my only complaint. I’ve called and emailed with customer service and have been pleased with both experiences. I’m glad my search is over for a solid, fast and sleek looking system, which still cost me less than I would have paid for just 3 Eeros or 3 Orbi.

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  40. David Y.

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very good quality

    I found your Deco wifi system much better then Netgear’s and Google’s and at much lower cost. I gave you 4 stars because Deco is a much more stable system but it still occasionally dropped connections.After using Google’s Wifi system which repeatedly dropping my connections, I purchased Netgear’s Orbit at a much higher cost. Netgear was harder to set up but worked fine for a few months then it started dropping connections. Repeated calls to their technical support and after spent many hours, they decided that they will send me a replacement unit but I have to paid for the shipping. The replacement unit arrived and appeared to be a reconditioned unit. Never-the-less, I set it up and it did not work. I spend another afternoon with their technical support and updated all the software and eventually got it working. Within a few hours, it started to drop connections. After rebooting it for a few days, I decided to purchase your Deco system instead.

  41. JR 888

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great value mesh system

    A friend of mine upgraded to mesh WiFi, and went with a much more expensive model that had similar features. He scoffed when I told him I was going to use TPlink – “It can’t be as good” he said. He was wrong. Setup was fairly simple (I needed a little help with PPPoe from my internet provider, but not TPlink’s issue). I have fiberoptic gig service from Centurylink. My speeds using their provided wifi router topped at 70-90Mbps (generally, it was under 50mbps). I now get 350-425mbps throughout my house, and I can still get signal while talking smack and waving my wad of money that I saved in front of my know-it-all neighbor 3 houses away.Pros:Great speedEasy setup with the appGreat coverageConsUnits are a bit on the large side (wife didn’t care for that…)Need to use the back-hauling feature to prevent the speed cuts from “hopping”The app is a bit hit or miss in regards to current usage per device – need to play with this more

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  42. Eduardo Zota

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Calidad y tiempo de entrega

    Muy recomendado!! cumplidor y eficiente

  43. Nishan T Ragoonanan

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with Ethernet Backhaul

    I bought this on a whim, I had great wifi coverage indoors but only ok outdoors, so I figured distributing my wifi to the corners of the house would be best. When I opened the box, at first I was confused. The user manual is tiny and only points to the app. No quick start instructions, no wiring diagram. Once you get the app though and start configuration its the easiest ever to get setup. I did all in one room with the first unit connected to the modem, then I distributed the nodes throughout the house. After I connected them to my home wired network, using an ethernet switch in the closet where all the cat5 terminates. I’ve got one master plus modem in my study, with the master hardwired into the wall to the switch. This distributes to the other 2 nodes and I’m getting full rate speed on 2 nodes using ethernet backhaul. Without the backhaul the measured speed on the repeaters was about half as there is no dedicated modem to communicate between nodes.

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  44. Skoshi

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very good device and good app app but GUI can still be improved over time.

    I really enjoy this Mesh Wireless Router system.The GUI on the phone could use a little tweaking to make it easier to disable all of a specific groups devices…. or a specific type of devices.Like my son gets grounded I need to cut off everything assigned to him… that should be just slightly easier.Or my home network gets hijacked and someone is screwing with my light switches I should be able to disconnect all IoT devices.Speaking of IoT devices The maximum number of devices to to a specific person should be higher since I had to make a fake person called “Smart Home” and then a 2nd one to be “Smart Home 2” because I ran out of room.I wish there was an easier way to determine which light switch is which so I can label them more accurately… that is more of an issue with the light switch software than your software. But if there is a way you can help that is something that annoyed me.

  45. curtis

    5.0 out of 5 stars


    My internet connections is up to 1000mb down and 40mb up. I do not have ethernet in every room of my house. I was using powerline to get a connection between my office computer on the second floor to my cable router on the first floor. That computer does not have wifi. I was getting about 20mb of throughput on that solution. I tried the TP link Deco to see what I would get in throughput. I set up the Decos to be access points. I plugged the first Deco into my cable router on the first floor, then installed the other in my office on the second floor. IPERF3 testing showed that I can pass 750-800mb between a computer plugged directly into the router on the first floor to the computer directly plugged into the Deco on the second floor. These results were repeatable in both directions.Regarding the wifi, computers connecting to either access point get between 250-450mb down, 40mb up testing from

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  46. David

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    Really wanted to like them

    After several attempts, I finally installed them on my FIOS router. After following the instruction, my router (G1100 Verizon FIOS) kept on losing connectivity. I had the mesh as a different network than the router due to the devices I wanted on each. (Upstairs devices that were close)After finally installing, the mesh system worked great. My basement and and corners of the first floor has awesome speeds and the lag on my son’s Xbox was now acceptable. Here is the issue, after several weeks of working great, the mesh network would crap out (turn red). They just sat in the same configuration. I would watch my sports in my little sports cave downstairs, my son would play his Xbox. No issues.After a short period, I would get notification on Chromecast that it could not connect to network. After a bit, it would start working. The connection would intermittently go in and out. unplugging/plugging it in solved the problem with the remote mesh units.The last few days, the mesh has been completely out. Several attempts to reset including re-intializing the unit has failed. Replaced the cables. and still have not been able to get the mesh system up and running. The original network still works. I am going to reset all units and try again for the second time. I have been able to get it from “red” to flahing blue, but cannot get it to sync with my mobile app (Connect but no internet)

  47. MDWood1

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Seamless install. great wifi coverage.

    I bought this version a few weeks back because my 2 year old Netgear Nighthawk bricked itself somehow and we needed a router asap. We are all working from home and no WiFi wasn’t an option. I installed an old ASUS RT-A66U router with 2 of 3 antennas broken to get us by.We have a mix of apple, android, Samsung TV, Nest cameras, windows PCs, etc and everything except he Nest cameras work flawlessly, at much higher LAN speeds. I can move files to my server FAST.I highly recommend upgrading to the TP-Link Deco.Now the Nest cams, they hate this TP-Link Deco mesh setup. Google does not care about it. Google it if you don’t believe me. I added my old 1 antenna ASUS RT-A66U as an access point and then connected my Nest cams to that, a month later they are still working perfectly. The TP-Link sees them as ethernet connections now, they work better than when the Netgear was working,

  48. Arthur Dellea

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I recommend the Deco M4 system to pros as well as novice users!

    Being a self-employed Windows computer consultant I am very impressed with the overall throughput and performance of the Deco M4 system. I have a gigabit fiber-optic internet connection and have found that “traditional” and commercial routers by other brands that claim to provide true gigabit ports often appear to be capped around 300 Mbps despite customizing advanced settings. I set up one of the M4 units as my primary router and the other two units as hard-wired access points connected to a basic TP-LINK 8-port switch. Our hard-wired PCs on the network often get speed test results of 600 to over 900 Mbps with QoS turned on, quite exceptional! Also every wireless laptop, smartphone and even the Roku’s in our house stream at their Wi-Fi cards’ maximum throughputs, truly amazing! I have even gotten decent signal about 100 feet outside of my house on my smartphone while out back picking blueberries this summer! This has been the best Wi-Fi setup that I’ve ever set up and used, commercial or otherwise!

  49. K

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great coverage and easy to manage and setup with the app! 100x better than a range “extender”

    I have always used my Wifi router with a range “extender/repeater” and have always had a spotty connection and overall just didn’t work all that well when used in both my apartment and house. I first upgraded my router that was supposed to have great Wifi range and that didn’t help all that much, then I bought the range extender and that seemed to have given me a better signal, but it was always spotty and also I lost a lot of speed! This mesh system changed all of that! I get coverage anywhere in my home and always a solid full signal no matter where I am at! I use this in my 3 bedroom home and it covers the whole house, garage and even when outside on in the yard and I don’t loose any speed either! I couldn’t be happier with this purchase and the setup was SUPER easy and quick with the app and is also great to mange your network!

  50. Myna Harris

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great System

    The Deco system is easy to install and setup. You don’t have to worry about picking the WiFi or the repeater SSID like before, it’s all one big WIFi covering the whole house. The control is awesome. If somebody new visits and we give them access to the WiFi, I get a notification on my phone as soon as they join. At that point, I can give their device a name that makes more sense to me. From there I can set their hours of access or even go as far as to blacklist their device so it cannot access the network after they leave. You can immediately see if an intruder hacks your network and take steps to remove and defend against them. I am very happy that I have installed this Deco system and I would recommend it to anyone who is putting in a home or small office network even if you don’t need the coverage of the mesh you can certainly benefit from the security that the system offers.

  51. Cassie

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it says! Much cheaper option. –UPDATED

    UPDATE 12/23/18 – One last update, After almost 2 months, I was able to receive a replacement unit free of charge (although I had to pay almost $25 to ship the old units back to TP-Link). Its great that they finally honored their warranty however because I rely on wifi I ended up having to buy a new system because I couldn’t wait 2 months for them to replace these units. I do appreciate the replacement, but the hassle was not worth it.________________________________________________________________UPDATE 11/8/2019 – I can no longer recommend this product. I’ve had a terrible experience with it in the short 2 months and have went another route at this point for a home mesh system.Some of my issues:1. Every time my internet has an outage, which is not that often but we’ve had some power issues lately, I have to factory reset all of the decos and completely reconfigure the network. It has happened 5 times in 2 months! I thought maybe this was a fluke the 1st and second time, but as I continued to do it, it became a massive headache. I work from home, so having a short outage isn’t a huge deal but then you tack on time to reconfigure your entire network and you are looking at at least an hour of downtime (usually more for me because I have to fine tune everything).2. The reconfiguration process was unreliable. Sometimes I’d have no issues getting the main deco to setup, sometimes it wouldn’t work. Sometimes, when setting reservations, I would see the devices, other times I wouldn’t. The thing is just extremely flaky! and yes, I’m running the most current firmware.3. The last outage I had last week took out the deco system entirely and I can no longer get it back online. No idea why because you can’t review logs on these devices. You literally have no access into its inner workings. In some ways, I was drawn to this with the cloud mesh system, I liked the ease of use and the simplicity. But as an IT person, when things don’t work the first thing you do is check the logs! I am now the proud owner of 3 tall paper weights that cost me $150 and countless hours of downtime (imagine my children’s horror!)4. I’m currently dealing with support via email and to say the process has been long would be an understatement. They haven’t been bad, but it takes on average 48hrs to respond and when they do, they are literally re-asking me the same questions but just worded differently. Its frustrating!I think this model needs a lot of work before they bring it to the market, I think the M5s or the M9? has much better reviews although they cost more. But remember, you get what you pay for! This one is cheaper which is why i was drawn to it but I am now out close to $500 because I went and purchased an entirely different mesh system that so far is working flawlessly. This M4 version I think is supposed to be TP-Links very scaled back version, it doesn’t have all the bells and whistle the other ones do and I liked that because I don’t need all that other stuff (network security, etc, I’ve got other options I use here). I’m hoping my devices were just a lemon set, based off other positive reviews but I don’t trust this model any more.___________________________________________Does exactly what it says and a low price, perfect for home use for someone who doesn’t need or want all the features that other more pricey devices are capable of. I ran into a few issues with setup and the first few days of use but was able to work through it. Most of the GUI on the app is pretty self explanatory but the one thing I would suggest paying close attention to (if you need it) is the IP Reservation screen. There is no “Save” button. When you select something, it shows up at the top and there is a “Done” option but its not obvious that you need to click that. Because of that oversight, I ran into some major IP conflicts and had to factory reset my TP-Link devices and reset everything because there is no way to manually connect to these devices. After I got everything setup again, I realized i didn’t hit “Done” when setting some reservations. No issues since! Also, no built in malware protection, I’m assuming because of the price. For the target market, this should be included. I setup a pie-hole in my house to use since its a very cheap (or free) solution to help assist with that.

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  52. jhample

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Better than expected, but took a little tweaking

    My house is over 100 years old. A mix of old sturdy building materials and weird layout made getting wifi to certain corners impossible. I had used wifi extenders in the past, but they never did anything to help and in some cases made things worse. I have a ~350mbps connection. Old router in my basement could deliver ~250-300 in my living room, ~200 in my dining room, and maybe ~10 (if it even connected) in my kitchen 5 feet away from the test spot in my dining room. On the second floor I would get ~100-150.I first tried setting this Deco up completely wirelessly. I put one in the basement with the modem, one in my living room and one in my dining room. Initial results seemed to be worse. The living room was only getting 200 and the dining room 150. The kitchen saw a boost to around 30-50. So it was helping in some areas and hurting in others.Then I remembered that I had a hardwired ethernet port in the living room I could use. The device that was previously using it would see little difference between the hardwire connection and being 1 foot away from the wireless connection. So after hardwiring one unit (technically 2 since the first one is always hardwired) the living room is up to the full 350 and there is no spot in my house getting less than 200, even in the wifi void that was my kitchen.The app is easy enough to use, but I would like to have an easier way to control it via a web browser (supposedly coming “soon”). I was able to set up a few port forwardings that were on my old router in just a few minutes.It is helpful as a totally wireless system, but it is amazing as a hardwired system!

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  53. desnort

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Installed and working well

    I live in a ranch with a basement… first floor only about 2100 sq ft. I wanted a MESH network, and these looked like just the thing. Well, I’m not disappointed. I installed them yesterday and their coverage is impressive… I have one in the front of the house, one in the great room near the back of the house, and one in the basement. I put them in access point mode and they’re updating each other as they should. I had one link that didn’t have an Ethernet backhaul, but I resolved that as I had a spare RJ45 connection in the room with the master, and it tied to a patch panel next to the one in the basement (that was the link that was using wifi for the backhaul… so they’re all doing Ethernet backhaul.After they were up and running, I had a couple of minor configuration-related questions for Tech Support, so I sent an e-mail… had a reply in less than 24 hours that was on target to my questions.The mobile app could use some better documentation. One of my “techie” questions was about how to hide the SSID, which I found after bouncing around the app for a while. It’s sometimes a little slow to update device status too… I was looking at the app while connected with my cell phone and it indicated that my cell phone wasn’t connected… well, um, it -had- to be to be talking to the device… so just be aware that there can be a delay in updating that information. Not a huge issue for me.If all you’re doing is using the basic setup with these units as a router, it’s ez-pz … you’ll be up and running in no time.

  54. Anastasiya

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Holy Simple!

    Maybe too simple. If you want great home coverage and easy to setup/configure then this is your solution. However, if you are even a slightly advanced home router user (yes gamers.. you) then you might want to keep looking.Pros:-Super easy to setup – simply plug your internet into either of the two ports on your first pod, download the app, turn it on and click next a few times (you’ll provide the SSID/name of your wifi network and a password)-Great coverage – 3000 ft house. Full signal everywhere indoors and out (even in my shed 100 yrds away)-Insight – The app gives you very good information regarding devices on the network, which pod they are connected to, and of course the bandwidth usage-Simple Parental Controls – non techy folks should easily be able to identify their kids devices, assign a profile, and set the desired restrictionsCons:-Advanced features – all but absent. There is an “advanced” area of the app but it doesn’t allow for any advanced routing or wifi features. You can blacklist devices (MAC), basic vlan, port forwarding.. thats about it and all with just very basic settings.-Security – Just OK. totally fine with WPA2 for my home network but no other options are even available-Speed – Again, not bad at 867 Mbs (way faster than most folks internet connection) but not awesome if you are transferring large files around your home via wifi.If you don’t want to fuss and have great wifi coverage I think you will be very pleased with this mesh system.If you are a hardcore gamer OR a network guru, definitely not where you want to be.Cheers!

  55. DJScrum

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    I have Wife throughout my home now.

    For years I had the worst internet service in my home. Even switched carriers thinking it was their poor service. Had several blackout areas in my house and always add to reset the router to reconnect the signal during work and while watching television.Not anymore!I can now connect to work from any part of my house… even out in my courtyards. I can watch TV without having to restart a router or smart device to get signal. I’ve tried many signal booster just to fail. By far this is the BEST money can buy. Very happy with this product. I even talked my moms in getting one ti improve her overall signal in her home.I have over 5k sqft hone and the three devices take care of it all plus the reaching outside as I mentioned above.

  56. Clark K Wallace

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good home mesh, OK parental controls

    I have the TP-Link Deco M4 operational in my home, ~3300 sq ft. It fixed a slow connection in my wife’s office that was furthest away from the router and had made connection to IoT devices around the house more reliable. I like the mesh’s ability to do 2G and 5G automatically and use a single SSID. I have two comments for advise however. 1) Be careful where you place the main unit as it needs to communicate well with the others. I started in my basement and tried a “star” configuration to the main level of our ranch. This was not very robust, to the point I was ready to return it (could not stream TV reliably). As we have a “long” ranch I remembered seeing an end-to-end configuration in the TP-Link documentation. So I started at one end of the house (where the WiFi signal is also strongest to other parts of the house) and chained the units from one end of the house to the other. It now works very well, I was able to stream 4 TVs throughout the house at the same time. Using the LAN connection, I am also able to hardwire our printer as the 3rd M4 unit was nearby. 2) The adult content filter provided was not very complete in my testing. I wound up adding OPEN DNS’s Family Shield DNS to the router for a more comprehensive adult content blocking tool. Otherwise the mobile app worked well and to setup devices for parental control including on/off and time use windows.

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  57. Matt

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Seems to work well. But some Roku issues…

    So far I like this. Setup was OK, but the standard setup forces you to setup as the router, where I wanted to only use a wireless access point. But not to worry, it just forced me to setup as a router first and then switch. Coverage is very good, and speed is great. Works well with almost all our devices, and improved the bad dead spots in our house. The interface could use some work, should have more configuration and diagnostic tools, but is OK. A web setup would be nice. I managed to point one on each floor of a 3 story house, and this gives great coverage. I am also able to run Ethernet to each device, which is the best option, and gives me great connectivity. This gives noticeable better coverage outside than my old (good but aging) Linksys router.The bad is that it does not work well with Roku (or vise versa! not sure which!). Worked great at first, but then the Rokus (we have 4 in the house, TVs and sticks) just decide not to connect to the network. Bounce the routers and it works OK again. Or reset Roku and it works!!! Not good. Right now I cant blame this device, but it is annoying. This is the issue, which device is bad and which should I blame? But having said that, the Rokus were good with two other routers before….Right now I can recommend, but may update this review depending o Roku experience.

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  58. Kris

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well, but had issues with the number of devices on the network.

    I got this router set for my parents, as they always had issues with WiFi in different parts of their house. Setup was quick and easy, and before you know it they had WiFi everywhere. They have at most 6 devices on the network at any one time and they all perform well. And having the app allowing me to log into their router anywhere makes it easy for me to help when they have issues.I then decided to get a set for my house, since I have quite a few IoT devices (smart switches, outlets, assistant devices, etc) and this router set is supposed to be perfect for that. So online on my network at any given moment I have 23 IoT devices, not to mention phone, tablet, and laptop that join and leave the network all the time.From the beginning I had issues with devices losing internet connection. It was totally random, different devices at different times. But in all cases it was IoT devices that would lose connection. In most instances they were still connected to the network, just had no internet. And other times they would be dropped from the network all together.I contacted TP-Link and they gave me some options to try and resolve it, but the only way it worked was if I removed half of the devices from the network. That made no sense.So I eventually removed this router setup and put back my original Netgear AX12 with a EX8000 mesh extender. I was going to move these to my office to replace the router there, but I’ll have to do something else there.While this TP-Link router set is nice and works well, my issues with that amount of devices makes it less than useless to me. I’m going to give it to a friend who has very few devices online but has issues with WiFi signal through their house. Seems like it would be more suited to that.

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  59. Felipe Salazar Martinez

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with Sonos! Lag-less!

    Love this product. Works with Sonos. I have been reading about these “WiFi Mesh” products, and took my time to find one. I found Google had one, and basically every other company out there, but I listen to reviews, and I also look at prices. This one seemed to be the right fit for me, and I am completely amazed. I got the app “SpeedCheck” from the App Store, and I would get 0.00mbps download, and 0.00mbps upload at home wherever I would stand. It was sad, and frustrating, because I love watching great quality videos and a great lag-less gameplay. This was never the case, as I never do really pay for expensive WiFi, maybe the cheapest WiFi plan there is, but 0.00mbps can’t be beat. I connected the Deco WiFi Mesh (AC1200- Deco M4) and it was a breeze. Now, my WiFi said it was at 30mbps. I know that doesn’t seem like a lot, but oh boy does it make a difference.“Sonos can’t connect to Deco”False.Solution Found: Wire your Sonos Boost to any of your three TP Decos. Go to Sonos app, and you’ll be greeted with having to connect a device, or connect a Boost. Connect your Boost. Once that is out of the way, disconnect all your Sonos devices (except your Boost). Then, reconnect them one by one, and they’ll automatically connect to your Deco (you’ll be notified). Now, I don’t know if this method will work without a Boost or bridge, but I am sure it will work once you disconnect and reconnect your Sonos device(s) while you’re phone is connected to your new, reliable WiFi mesh. Thank you Deco!

  60. Emilio Lopez Fernandez

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    This thing is FAST

    I had been struggling with WiFi signal strenght for years, my hypothesis is that the construction materials of the house had a lot to do with it, hence the ADSL modem/router failed. I first invested in one of those wall plug WiFi extenders, worst idea ever, don’t waist your money on those things. I then bought an Asus router and it work for while, but the signal was still too weak in the main room, rendering the Chromecast and Hue impossible to use; it was very frustrating and it took few tries before we could start watching a show on Netflix, by the time we got the devices to work, we were frustrated and sleepy! I decided it was time to go to Mesh. After some research I decided the Deco M4 were the best price/quality deal based on review. I just installed it at home. The installation was a breeze! The app was responsive and intuitive. I can tell you, this thing is FAST, I immediately noticed the bump in speed. I spent about 2 hours reconfiguring my Smart Home devices, Casts, home automation software, etc. I had fun. The thing is responsive, the internet speed ( is top speed of my service uniformely through the house.The only thing I did not like is the fact that IP reservation seems to be limited to 60 devices. I have not reached the limit, but anyone working in home automation can imagine you can run out of seats soon. I guess for the price, I can figure something out, and it seems like an easy software fix (I hope!)I will keep playing with it and update based in my experience, so far, so good

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