Nobody thinks their Wi-Fi is fast enough. That’s why we love checking out devices that promise improvements to speed and reliability here on TechGadgetscanada.com. I asked guest blogger Dave Ware (and his family) to test out TP-Link’s new mesh Wi-Fi system. -Erin
This week I installed and reviewed the TP-Link Deco M9 Plus AC2200, which is a whole home Wi-Fi solution, which aims to remove dead spots from your network, and provide smooth service. The Deco uses a mesh Wi-Fi system, which means that rather than having all of your signal coming from a single standalone Wi-Fi router in one location, it has multiple (in this case 2) access points that broadcast a signal, allowing you to cover more of your home; with the Deco, up to about 4,500 square feet.
Setting up Deco M9 mesh Wi-Fi
Set up of the Deco M9 couldn’t be much easier. I opened the box, plugged the power cord and Ethernet cable in, then plugged the ethernet cord in to my router, and plugged the first unit in. Within a minute, the unit was up to speed, and waiting for me to load up the TP-Link Deco app to continue.
I gave the network a name, and it was up and running. Then I moved upstairs and plugged the second unit in. Once it recognized the signal, my set-up was complete, in maybe 10 minutes all told. I sent my teenager to all the corners of the house, and later out into the yard to check the signal. The signal was strong in all cases, and I found I was able to use the Wi-Fi in the garage!
How fast is the Wi-fi with TP-Link Deco M9 mesh Wi-Fi
But the most exciting part came when we ran speed tests on the standard network and the Deco. The Deco absolutely pinned the needle, delivering 150mbps without fail, while my standard Wi-Fi was flagging behind, The Deco has been up and running since then, and we’ve noticed no issues or flaws with it; it’s a solid product.
Using TP-Link Deco app
The Deco has an app you can use to change settings and control your network. There is a malicious content filter, as well as a firewall to prevent intrusions. You can also set the Deco to quarantine infected devices on your network. The parental controls allow you to set up a profile for each family member and block adult content, gambling sites, even social networking if required. You can even blacklist specific websites. The app will also show you which devices are connected to the network, as well as perform a “health check” on each station.
Looks and styling: TP-Link Deco mesh Wi-Fi
Aesthetically, the Deco is a good looking, unobtrusive product, a small white disc that could go unnoticed in your room, a far cry from the black box router with antennae sticking out everywhere (and don’t worry, the Deco has 8 antennae hidden in each unit). You can even buy mounting brackets for your wall or roof on Amazon. The other great thing about the Deco is that it’s able to handle Bluetooth connections, and you can use it with your Amazon Alexa, as well as other smart home devices such as Nest, etc.
Overall review of TP-Link Deco mesh Wi-Fi system
The M9 system isn’t cheap, weighing in at $599.97 on Amazon (though it has been spotted for less), but with speeds like it delivers, and the coverage it offers, it’s worth investing in if you’re looking to upgrade your home Wi-Fi. It would fit in with any home system, and look great on a shelf or table. This model has 4,500 square feet of coverage, so if you have a smaller house, or even a much bigger one, you’d want to choose a different model that would be custom made for your situation. The M9 is perfect for 2 or 3 story houses, with proper placement.
You can find the TP-Link Deco mesh Wi-Fi system on Amazon.
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