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3-Pack TP-Link Deco M5 AC1300 Whole Home Wi-Fi System EXPIRED

Posted 06-19-2017 by RameshR4223 at 07:24 AM
Update: Price is now $180 without the clippable $20 off coupon

Amazon.com has 3-Pack TP-Link Deco M5 AC1300 Whole Home Wi-Fi System on sale for $179.99 when you "clip" $20 off coupon found under "Special Offers & Promotions" on product page and apply promo code 50RADIO. Shipping is free. Thanks RameshR4223

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  • This is a simple Home Wi-Fi system which replaces wireless router and range extenders and helps eliminate dead zones and buffering.
  • A single Deco covers up to 1,500 sq. ft, this set of three covers homes up to 4,500 sq. ft. -slickdewmaster

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FYI currently these do not support port-forwarding and other advanced features *yet*. Also, they cannot be operated in AP mode, meaning if you put them behind an existing router, wireless devices will be on a different subnet.
I'm loving mine, personally. I bought and tested Google Wifi, Plume, Eero (gen 1), Linksys Velop, and Netgears Orbi. I'm torn between the Orbi and the TP-Link Deco M5. Roaming and speed with which my Hue bulbs respond to the switches are super fast. Our other IOT devices respond very quick as well. These have been noticeably quicker than the Orbi, with the exception of max speeds at distance, in which the Orbi wins. Close to the main router, max speeds have been as good as any of the other products except the Plume (which was the slowest with regards to max throughput; 100mbps vs 350mbps).

However, the Orbi's have issues with roaming (have to turn wifi on and off on my iphone to restore internet to it), and they randomly drop my Nest cameras as well. While the TP-Link Deco M5 lack many advanced features, they have been very amazing performers, and at this price in my opinion leave much of the competition in the dust. I have preordered the second generation of Eero Pro mesh routers and am excited to test them out. The added radio should place it on par with the Velop but likely still slower than the Orbi at longer ranges as it uses a dedicated 5Ghz backhaul between the satellites and main router (technically not a "mesh" network, but still very good). Just wish the firmware and phone app were improved.

The Eero and Google Wifi apps have been the most polished, but Deco isn't too far behind, and the added virus protection, and parental controls are a nice added value for families, even if not super important to me personally. Hope this helps some people. Clearly I'm still trying to find the "best" product, but bang for buck, Deco has been great. Easily performed as well as the Eero and Google Wifi if not better when it comes to roaming. It is also an AC1300 device rather than AC1200 in the Google Wifi and Eero (gen 1).
i considered getting google wifi, eero etc as well but ended up going with Ubiquiti equipment. Ive always had trouble with wifi in my 2 story home (2400sqft) and just dealt with it for the last 3 years. this time i had enough and just spent the money on some good equipment. I bought the edge router POE and 2x ac long range ubiquiti. i will never look back. wifi does a seemless handover from ap to ap.

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FYI currently these do not support port-forwarding and other advanced features *yet*. Also, they cannot be operated in AP mode, meaning if you put them behind an existing router, wireless devices will be on a different subnet.
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I bought this a few weeks ago with the $199 deal and ended up returning it.
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I bought this a few weeks ago with the $199 deal and ended up returning it.
why return it? did you end up buying something else?
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I'm loving mine, personally. I bought and tested Google Wifi, Plume, Eero (gen 1), Linksys Velop, and Netgears Orbi. I'm torn between the Orbi and the TP-Link Deco M5. Roaming and speed with which my Hue bulbs respond to the switches are super fast. Our other IOT devices respond very quick as well. These have been noticeably quicker than the Orbi, with the exception of max speeds at distance, in which the Orbi wins. Close to the main router, max speeds have been as good as any of the other products except the Plume (which was the slowest with regards to max throughput; 100mbps vs 350mbps).

However, the Orbi's have issues with roaming (have to turn wifi on and off on my iphone to restore internet to it), and they randomly drop my Nest cameras as well. While the TP-Link Deco M5 lack many advanced features, they have been very amazing performers, and at this price in my opinion leave much of the competition in the dust. I have preordered the second generation of Eero Pro mesh routers and am excited to test them out. The added radio should place it on par with the Velop but likely still slower than the Orbi at longer ranges as it uses a dedicated 5Ghz backhaul between the satellites and main router (technically not a "mesh" network, but still very good). Just wish the firmware and phone app were improved.

The Eero and Google Wifi apps have been the most polished, but Deco isn't too far behind, and the added virus protection, and parental controls are a nice added value for families, even if not super important to me personally. Hope this helps some people. Clearly I'm still trying to find the "best" product, but bang for buck, Deco has been great. Easily performed as well as the Eero and Google Wifi if not better when it comes to roaming. It is also an AC1300 device rather than AC1200 in the Google Wifi and Eero (gen 1).
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i considered getting google wifi, eero etc as well but ended up going with Ubiquiti equipment. Ive always had trouble with wifi in my 2 story home (2400sqft) and just dealt with it for the last 3 years. this time i had enough and just spent the money on some good equipment. I bought the edge router POE and 2x ac long range ubiquiti. i will never look back. wifi does a seemless handover from ap to ap.
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why return it? did you end up buying something else?
I currently have and have been using the Archer C9 and have gotten consistently faster speeds on that versus using the Deco M5 (230mbps on C9 and 120mbps on Deco). There were times that I had dropped connection even when I know I was within range. This may work better for someone else but it wasn't for me..
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Range extender or access points? In my experience, range extenders suck bad but if you can hardwire access points then you should definitely do that instead
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I have an Archer C8 and find that my wired speeds are consistently slower than my wifi speeds which makes no sense. They were fine after a reboot though but eventually slows down. Other than that very happy w/ the speeds and coverage, however, this issue has me thinking about investing in one of these mesh systems.
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I currently have and have been using the Archer C9 and have gotten consistently faster speeds on that versus using the Deco M5 (230mbps on C9 and 120mbps on Deco). There were times that I had dropped connection even when I know I was within range. This may work better for someone else but it wasn't for me..
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Range extender or access points? In my experience, range extenders suck bad but if you can hardwire access points then you should definitely do that instead
I have had great success with using routers as repeaters. In some cases it might actually even be cheaper than buying some boxed system like this.
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$20 coupon clip dead?
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This stuff is overpriced for what it does, mesh networking can be done cheaper then this and with better performance. Especially since this is a AC1300 system... You can get two AC1900 routers and mesh them like the tmobile asus deal routers.
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I have had great success with using routers as repeaters. In some cases it might actually even be cheaper than buying some boxed system like this.
Most people buy crappy repeaters and wonder why their connectivity and performance sucks. you have a high end AC router and you buy a N150 or N300 repeater... When you should be getting something AC to go with the router.
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FYI currently these do not support port-forwarding and other advanced features *yet*. Also, they cannot be operated in AP mode, meaning if you put them behind an existing router, wireless devices will be on a different subnet.
Probably a stupid Crystal Ball like question, but do we see them ever adding this functionality? At this price I wouldn't mind biting on this and waiting, but if it is never going to happen....
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