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$199 - TP-Link Deco M9 Plus Tri-Band Wi-Fi System with Built-In Smart Hub, 3-pack

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This is a great product. I have owned it over a year and have literally only had to reset it once. It just works and covers our entire house. They have also updated the firmware twice recently so they are not abandoning it.
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Don't buy these. TPLink has practically abandoned this. It's buggy. And TPLink took well over a year to update the firmware so it even has basic functions their other APs have had a long time ago. Their light switches are good. I'm loosing faith in their networking products.
I have this and am I pretty happy with performance. Not sure what are the issues you faced.
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It's been 3 months. No issues or restarts so far. Highly recommended.

Its just the pucks get kinda warm..
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For mesh network, this is great. But as a smart hub, it does not support zwave making it less useful.
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Don't buy these. TPLink has practically abandoned this. It's buggy. And TPLink took well over a year to update the firmware so it even has basic functions their other APs have had a long time ago. Their light switches are good. I'm loosing faith in their networking products.
Practically abandoned? So why did I get a recent firmware update?

1.4.2 Build 20200821 Rel. 44341

I have had absolutely zero issues with mine going on a year soon. Best router system I've ever had. Never have to reboot them. Works with all of my devices.
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Bought this for $200 for the in laws recently. They have 200down/10up and with 2 nodes I can get there house fully functioning with around 2300 sq/ft and that's considering they have (literally) around 20 bookshelves with double rows of books on each shelf. Great investment and since I installed it, only the last hurricane made it stop (because all internet and cable.stopped all together) I had costco even price match it to the $180. I'd easily buy at $200
Edit: it does run warm but I'm not getting too hot to hold temps. After reading other reviews I put glass coasters underneath and no change in signal has occurred
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Practically abandoned? So why did I get a recent firmware update?

1.4.2 Build 20200821 Rel. 44341

I have had absolutely zero issues with mine going on a year soon. Best router system I've ever had. Never have to reboot them. Works with all of my devices.
You must be running an M9 V1. The M9 V2 hasn't had a firmware update in a very long time.

That said, the Deco M9 system works well.
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Don't buy these. TPLink has practically abandoned this. It's buggy. And TPLink took well over a year to update the firmware so it even has basic functions their other APs have had a long time ago. Their light switches are good. I'm loosing faith in their networking products.
I am a network engineer and use these for my house as access points (router is virtualized pfSense). I have multiple VLANs and internal networks, and these have been rock solid for well over a year. I've purchased them for several family members, and their experiences have been similar. In most cases, I deploy with wired backhaul for as many of them as I can, but the wireless backhaul with dedicated channel works great. I have gigabit Internet at my house, and I often pull over 68MB/s (that's nearly 550Mbps over wireless), which is just insane. :-)

As others have said, these seldom, if ever, need to be rebooted. I have had better luck with these than Eero, Google WiFi, and Netgear Orbi, which all have similar specs but simply did not perform as well. The Linksys Velop system's performance was similar to these, but that system is more expensive, less intuitive (the app is terrible), and Linksys had to enable functionality via firmware updates after release to match these guys.

One note: If you want to use things like parental controls, enabling/disabling individual devices on demand or scheduled, etc......you need to have these acting as the router (vs my infra where they are only in AP mode).

At work, we obviously use and deploy significantly more complex hardware, generally Meraki. But for a home mesh network, this is about as good as it gets. With WiFi6 around the bend, there may be some benefit to waiting. But if you want something now, and you don't want to pay a ton, this will easily cover very large houses nicely.

Second note: I purchased these from Costco for $179, a price which has come around a few times. But at $199, this is a great product!
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I am a network engineer and use these for my house as access points (router is virtualized pfSense). I have multiple VLANs and internal networks, and these have been rock solid for well over a year. I've purchased them for several family members, and their experiences have been similar. In most cases, I deploy with wired backhaul for as many of them as I can, but the wireless backhaul with dedicated channel works great. I have gigabit Internet at my house, and I often pull over 68MB/s (that's nearly 550Mbps over wireless), which is just insane. :-)

As others have said, these seldom, if ever, need to be rebooted. I have had better luck with these than Eero, Google WiFi, and Netgear Orbi, which all have similar specs but simply did not perform as well. The Linksys Velop system's performance was similar to these, but that system is more expensive, less intuitive (the app is terrible), and Linksys had to enable functionality via firmware updates after release to match these guys.

One note: If you want to use things like parental controls, enabling/disabling individual devices on demand or scheduled, etc......you need to have these acting as the router (vs my infra where they are only in AP mode).

At work, we obviously use and deploy significantly more complex hardware, generally Meraki. But for a home mesh network, this is about as good as it gets. With WiFi6 around the bend, there may be some benefit to waiting. But if you want something now, and you don't want to pay a ton, this will easily cover very large houses nicely.

Second note: I purchased these from Costco for $179, a price which has come around a few times. But at $199, this is a great product!
As I noted above. These are great for $180. I didn't run any backhaul as I couldn't (in laws are pretty set in the way they are set). So for the price there is zero problems/complaints. As for me, I am trying the newer orbis from Costco when they were discounted (haven't moved into our house just yet) as they had a lot more walls and I wanted to try something a little more future proof. If they don't show to be more future proof I will send them back and get the m9s for my house also.
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Do these Costco wifi system deals require a membership?
Is the TPLink X60 unit on sale yet?
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I also have these and LOVE them after fidgeting with a Meraki system almost weekly.

The parental controls could be refined, but for simplicity it works. Standard deny rules along with time limits and bed time feature capabilities.
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i rather this be cheaper and not have the "smart home" feature they advertise with zigbee

zwave is the standard and most popular and the one that will live on
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