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(Amazon Lightining Deal) TP-Link Deco M5 Wi-Fi system (Pack of 3) – Router Replacement for Secure Whole Home Coverage for $160.00

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As usual, beware of the speed of diminishing returns in tech.

The 2.4ghz band is almost obsolete when considering the difference in the far more evolved 5ghz. This will be highly inviting to thieves that will be able to compromise not only home security measures, but overlapping data that can lead to financial woes.

If you're about to sell your low-tech house and want to add more affordable automation, then this may work for you if you have 2.4ghz-only peripherals. But if you're in it for the long-haul, and have the time and inclination for 5ghz investment, divorce yourself of 2.4ghz asap. Caveat Emptor!
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As usual, beware of the speed of diminishing returns in tech.

The 2.4ghz band is almost obsolete when considering the difference in the far more evolved 5ghz. This will be highly inviting to thieves that will be able to compromise not only home security measures, but overlapping data that can lead to financial woes.

If you're about to sell your low-tech house and want to add more affordable automation, then this may work for you if you have 2.4ghz-only peripherals. But if you're in it for the long-haul, and have the time and inclination for 5ghz investment, divorce yourself of 2.4ghz asap. Caveat Emptor!
Can you recommend some other router models better than this one? Thanks.
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How is TP link brand compared to other brands?
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Can you recommend some other router models better than this one? Thanks.
I suggest you go to the deal and explore if the 2.4ghz and 5ghz overlap, where you can systematically distance yourself from 2.4ghz.

Also consider the streaming efficiency of 4k video, as well as security and consistent connectivity issues.
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Bought Orbi AC300 (router + satellite) for $300 to replace my ASUS N66U . I am an avg user . Most of my use is streaming + some IoT. Using ASUS N66U model router for last 4 years. This is coming for almost half the price of Orbi. Should I return Orbi and buy this ? Thank you in advance for any suggestions.
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After Amazon's last TP-Link "Lightning Deal" where they cancelled most of the orders claiming the prices were too good to be true, I'll pass.
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As usual, beware of the speed of diminishing returns in tech.

The 2.4ghz band is almost obsolete when considering the difference in the far more evolved 5ghz. This will be highly inviting to thieves that will be able to compromise not only home security measures, but overlapping data that can lead to financial woes.

If you're about to sell your low-tech house and want to add more affordable automation, then this may work for you if you have 2.4ghz-only peripherals. But if you're in it for the long-haul, and have the time and inclination for 5ghz investment, divorce yourself of 2.4ghz asap. Caveat Emptor!
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I suggest you go to the deal and explore if the 2.4ghz and 5ghz overlap, where you can systematically distance yourself from 2.4ghz.

Also consider the streaming efficiency of 4k video, as well as security and consistent connectivity issues.
Huh? This router supports 5GHz.

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Bought Orbi AC300 (router + satellite) for $300 to replace my ASUS N66U . I am an avg user . Most of my use is streaming + some IoT. Using ASUS N66U model router for last 4 years. This is coming for almost half the price of Orbi. Should I return Orbi and buy this ? Thank you in advance for any suggestions.
The Orbi is superior since it has a third radio that is used exclusively for communication between Orbi devices. This way, the two remaining radios are dedicated to serving clients. You might be served just fine by less expensive two-radio devices like this TP-Link though.
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Huh? This router supports 5GHz.


The Orbi is superior since it has a third radio that is used exclusively for communication between Orbi devices. This way, the two remaining radios are dedicated to serving clients. You might be served just fine by less expensive two-radio devices like this TP-Link though.
If I use the Deco M5's Ethernet back-haul feature (Tp-Link says its available with firmware update), Can this be comparable to Orbi in performance? Expert reviews are mixed ranging for '4 our of 10' to '8 out of 10'.

Again, deco m5 is 3 uniits vs orbi is 2 units (the one I bought), I think Deco M5 (3 unit) gives better coverage than Orbi (2 unit)in a typical home.

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If I use the Deco M5's Ethernet back-haul feature (Tp-Link says its available with firmware update), Can this be comparable to Orbi in performance? Expert reviews are mixed ranging for '4 our of 10' to '8 out of 10'.

Again, deco m5 is 3 uniits vs orbi is 2 units (the one I bought), I think Deco M5 (3 unit) gives better coverage than Orbi (2 unit)in a typical home.

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If you run an ethernet cable between two of these Deco M5s then you've eliminated the primary benefit of the Orbi system, its dedicated 4-stream wireless backhaul. At that point they're both 2-stream (866Mbps ac) access points for your clients based on the same Qualcomm IPQ4019 platform. Other implementation details could cause some difference in performance but I wouldn't expect much.
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Why can't existing routers be converted to mesh? Is it just a case of no one has bothered updating the firmware or is the mesh hardware different? Many routers already have two or three radios. One can use DD-WRT and other firmware to use the 2.4/5GHz link to another router.
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