Monday, December 10, 2018
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TP-Link Deco M5 Whole Home WiFi System Review

We’ve seen many whole-home WiFi systems come out over the past year. These systems make sense for many people as they have multiple devices in different rooms of their home and a single router just can’t provide enough speed for devices that are far away. TP-Link’s entry into whole-home WiFi comes in the form of their Deco M5, which is made up of three separate AC1300 units for up to 4,500 sq. ft. of seamless coverage. On top of that the system has comprehensive security features provided by Trend Micro so all of your devices are automatically protected from online threats. Is this the WiFi system to get for your house or should you stick to a normal router? Read on as we find out!

Special thanks to TP-Link for providing us with the Deco M5 Whole Home WiFi System to review.

Specifications

Packaging
The Deco systems come in packs of three or single units. If you have a studio apartment I would suggest just the single unit, but if you have a multi-room apartment or house I would go with the 3-unit pack. On the front you have a picture of the three units and some of the main features are listed.

TP-LINK Deco M5 Whole Home WiFi System

Flipping over to the other side we have an overview of how the system would work in a typical home and it is detailed even more. The tagline for the Deco is “Paint Your Home in WiFi” which I think is very appropriate.

TP-LINK Deco M5 Whole Home WiFi System

On one side of the box you have many of the features of Deco listed and on the opposite side it shows you how to set it up, has a list of specifications, and what you get in the box.

TP-LINK Deco M5 Whole Home WiFi System TP-LINK Deco M5 Whole Home WiFi System

When you open up the main box there is another inside where you will find the three Deco units. The packaging also tells you to to download the app, which you should to easily set up Deco.

TP-LINK Deco M5 Whole Home WiFi System

Once we have the Deco units removed the accessories lay below. I do have to say this is some of the best packaging I’ve seen for a product in a very long time.

TP-LINK Deco M5 Whole Home WiFi System

With everything out of the box we have the three Deco units, power adapters for each, a single Ethernet cable, and a small getting started guide. I really like how TP-LINK made the power adapters white just like the units.

TP-LINK Deco M5 Whole Home WiFi System

Bob Buskirk
the authorBob Buskirk
About 10 years of computer experience. Been messing around with electronics since I was 5, got into computers when I was in highschool, been modding them ever since then. Very interested in how things work and their design.
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