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For what its worth I got this set (TP-Link Deco S4) about three weeks ago from Amazon. I was replacing three Asus/T-Mobile modded routers using AI-Mesh. I have gigabit ethernet wired in the house so it wasn't using the wireless backhaul, all wired. AI-Mesh never worked well for me especially with IOS devices. They would never properly handoff during Facetime calls and would often times stop responding. The Asus router would max out around 700mbps downloads on my gigabit fiber connection. The TP-Link hits 850mpbs during download speed tests so I'm perfectly fine with that.

This TP-Link set with wired backhaul has been rock solid. I can make a facetime call and walk around the entire house without any drops or blips. I get better Wi-Fi coverage outside in my front and back yard with these. I haven't had to reboot them. The app management is fine. I can still do port forwarding if necessary but otherwise its rather sparse from a deeper level of administration. Initially I was concerned about not being able to name my 2.4ghz/5ghz networks different names but that has been a non-issue. Every time I've checked a device that supports 5ghz its using that over the 2.4.

Overall I'm very happy with the set. I never tried the shared band wireless backhaul so I can't speak to the quality of that but i can say that I've got 36+ various devices connected and everything is working well.
That's for the m5 not m9
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for 60$ more, i would suggest getting below

https://www.costco.com/tp-link-de...77095.html
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For what its worth I got this set (TP-Link Deco S4) about three weeks ago from Amazon. I was replacing three Asus/T-Mobile modded routers using AI-Mesh. I have gigabit ethernet wired in the house so it wasn't using the wireless backhaul, all wired. AI-Mesh never worked well for me especially with IOS devices. They would never properly handoff during Facetime calls and would often times stop responding. The Asus router would max out around 700mbps downloads on my gigabit fiber connection. The TP-Link hits 850mpbs during download speed tests so I'm perfectly fine with that.

This TP-Link set with wired backhaul has been rock solid. I can make a facetime call and walk around the entire house without any drops or blips. I get better Wi-Fi coverage outside in my front and back yard with these. I haven't had to reboot them. The app management is fine. I can still do port forwarding if necessary but otherwise its rather sparse from a deeper level of administration. Initially I was concerned about not being able to name my 2.4ghz/5ghz networks different names but that has been a non-issue. Every time I've checked a device that supports 5ghz its using that over the 2.4.

Overall I'm very happy with the set. I never tried the shared band wireless backhaul so I can't speak to the quality of that but i can say that I've got 36+ various devices connected and everything is working well.
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For what its worth I got this set (TP-Link Deco S4) about three weeks ago from Amazon. I was replacing three Asus/T-Mobile modded routers using AI-Mesh. I have gigabit ethernet wired in the house so it wasn't using the wireless backhaul, all wired. AI-Mesh never worked well for me especially with IOS devices.
Hi, interesting to read that as I recently finally converted my tmobile router, got a second one and then a blue cave for a mesh. speedtest is fast, but we're getting weird drops on skype and when watching streaming on the web and sometimes even the hulu app. And yes that is happening on ipads. And I do notice that sometimes a device sitting next toa node is connected to one much farther.

So I am really rethinking this Aimesh idea now. Especially when I read that its not just me. I do have a question if you can help a network newbie. I have a wired house, all coming from a closet. Currently one of the Tmobile's is in the closet and I am using the 4 out ports to connect other rooms and have the other 2 nodes there (plus a smarthings hub on another one).

Now with this set, you only have one port out. How do you backhaul to multiple locations? It is one of these, then a switch, and then your rooms from the switch? Just seems like my Aimesh was a mistake and would like to avoid a second one. Thanks.




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Hi, interesting to read that as I recently finally converted my tmobile router, got a second one and then a blue cave for a mesh. speedtest is fast, but we're getting weird drops on skype and when watching streaming on the web and sometimes even the hulu app. And yes that is happening on ipads. And I do notice that sometimes a device sitting next toa node is connected to one much farther.

So I am really rethinking this Aimesh idea now. Especially when I read that its not just me. I do have a question if you can help a network newbie. I have a wired house, all coming from a closet. Currently one of the Tmobile's is in the closet and I am using the 4 out ports to connect other rooms and have the other 2 nodes there (plus a smarthings hub on another one).

Now with this set, you only have one port out. How do you backhaul to multiple locations? It is one of these, then a switch, and then your rooms from the switch? Just seems like my Aimesh was a mistake and would like to avoid a second one. Thanks.
Everything you've described about odd behavior, drops, etc. mirrors my experience as well with AI-Mesh.

Yes to your question about a switch. I just have a 8 port switch next to my main Deco unit assigned as the router. Everything connects to that switch and one cable goes to the Deco unit LAN 2 port.
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Cheaper at BHPHOTO https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/pr..._home.html
That's for the m5 not m9
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Everything you've described about odd behavior, drops, etc. mirrors my experience as well with AI-Mesh.

Yes to your question about a switch. I just have a 8 port switch next to my main Deco unit assigned as the router. Everything connects to that switch and one cable goes to the Deco unit LAN 2 port.
Perfect! Thank you. Still at a loss why there are many people raving about Aimesh and we're having issues...but at some point, this is just easier.
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get this unit cheaper on amazon - https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-De...B06WVCB862 [amazon.com]
You're both wrong. I have actually bought several of these lately and did extensive testing.
That unit on Amazon is the M5, not the M9 plus.
As for the M9 plus I actually saw slightly less performance than the S4s in my own setup. Not to say this would be the case for everyone but I did expect better performance because of the dedicated third channel.
So in conclusion, the S4 work perfectly fine performance wise. If you're looking for a cheap set with good performance and some good features, the S4 is perfectly acceptable. If you want more features like antivirus and ZigBee, the M9 plus is the way to go.
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I don't have a wired house and not about to take that project on in this house.

Do I need an Ethernet backhaul or can these bridge wireless to each other?
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I don't have a wired house and not about to take that project on in this house.

Do I need an Ethernet backhaul or can these bridge wireless to each other?
You don't need an ethernet backhaul. You plug one of the units into your modem and then the other two units will connect wirelessly to the first unit.
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I don't have a wired house and not about to take that project on in this house.

Do I need an Ethernet backhaul or can these bridge wireless to each other?
The deco s4 nodes will intercommunicate. If your internet speed is 200mpbs+ and/or you have multiple users, I would opt for a tri-band mesh system with a dedicated wireless backhaul instead.
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