Today we will get acquainted with the modular Mesh Wi-Fi system TP-Link Deco M5. Finally, these devices are presented in our market, and I have the opportunity to test them and make a review. In this article I will try not just to tell about the Mesh Wi-Fi system from TP-Link. About the technology Mesh Wi-Fi, I already told. But there I considered only technical characteristics, since I did not have the system myself.
TP-Link Deco M5 is a modular Wi-Fi system with support for Mesh technology. The advantage of this system and the Mesh Wi-Fi technology is that we can build a Wi-Fi network from the number of modules we need. And most importantly, the modules of the Deco M5 system are interconnected wirelessly, without cables and create a single Wi-Fi network with seamless roaming. This means that when you move between the modules of the Mesh-system, your device will not lose the Internet connection for a second. What can not be achieved using a conventional Wi-Fi router and repeater.
You can at any time expand the Wi-Fi network and increase the range by simply adding another module. The TP-Link Deco M5 system comes in three packages: 1, 2, or 3 modules. If you have, for example, a two-room apartment, you can purchase a set of two modules (perhaps even one will be enough). If, after setting up, it turns out that coverage is not available in all apartments, then you can purchase one more module.
For large apartments and houses, such a system is the best solution. Three modules of the Deco M5 system provide coverage up to 510 sq.m. Two modules – up to 350 sq.m. According to my observations, one module covers the same territory with a signal as the TP-Link Archer C2 router, but the speed is much higher (precisely with a weak signal). All modules in terms of features and capabilities are exactly the same. That is, in this system there is no main module (as a router and repeater).
Specifications TP-Link Deco M5.
The modules of this system work on a 4-core processor. They have 32 MB of permanent memory and 256 MB of RAM. For broadcast Wi-Fi signal meet 4 built-in antennas. Powerful hardware provides greater network bandwidth. The manufacturer promises to simultaneously connect more than 100 devices.
Each module has two LAN / WAN ports. There are gigabit ports (speeds up to 1000 Mbps). Internet can be connected to any port on any module.
Wi-Fi with dual band support (5 GHz and 2.4 GHz). Support 802.11 ac standard. Speed: up to 400 Mbit / s at 2.4 GHz and up to 867 Mbit / s at 5 GHz. The work of Wi-Fi in two bands is very well organized. One network, one password. But the device connects to the network at the fastest available standard (which the device itself supports). If the Wi-Fi module in the device does not support 5 GHz, then it will connect to the network at a frequency of 2.4 GHz.
There is support for MU-MIMO, AP Steering, Beamforming, Band Steering and Auto Path Selection technologies.
The main features of TP-Link Deco M5:
- No “dead zones” zones. Stable Wi-Fi coverage throughout the house. If in some rooms of a bad signal, or you decide to organize a Wi-Fi network in the yard, garage, etc., then just buy another Deco M5 module, connect it in a minute and everything is ready.
- Seamless Wi-Fi network. No break at the time of automatic switching between modules. Just one wifi network. It’s as if you have one router installed that provides perfect coverage in all corners of your home.
Very simple setup through the beautiful Deco app. Through this application, we connect in turn all the modules and can manage the Mesh Wi-Fi system.
- Support TP-Link HomeCare. This system ensures the security of our network. There is a built-in antivirus, parental control and a QoS system (data prioritization).
- Stylish look of the modules themselves. They are quite similar to the usual and already annoying routers.
Package and appearance TP-Link Deco M5.
Under the Deco M5 modules are beautifully packaged power adapters, network cable and instructions.
Power adapters, cables, modules themselves – everything is done very well. Very good quality plastic and assembly. Cool design. Nice to unpack and connect.
The modules themselves are made entirely of white plastic. Top and bottom matte and glossy sides. At the top there is one indicator that may light / flash in yellow, green, blue and red depending on the state of the device.
On the side there are two LAN ports (any of them can work as a WAN) and a power connector.
Below there are holes for cooling, a sticker with information about the device and a reset button. There are rubber feet, thanks to which the device does not slide on the table.
I think that it is still possible to compare the Wi-Fi router and one Mesh Wi-Fi system module. But there is no point in comparing several modules and a bundle of router + repeater. With the help of Wi-Fi amplifiers, it will not be possible to build such a large, stable and fast Wi-Fi network, as this can be done using TP-Link Deco M5. And not least, it will be a seamless Wi-Fi network. And at the cost of a good router and a few repeaters are unlikely to be cheaper Mesh-system. Moreover, these systems have just begun to appear on the market, and their prices should fall.
TP-Link Deco M5 is a very cool system inside and out. Starting from packaging, and ending with a convenient application for configuration and management.