4.0 out of 5 stars
By S. Scarfone - Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2020
TP-Link Deco M9 Plus 3pack - Better than expected
Had been mulling over a mesh wifi system to replace my Apple router with one extender that provided less than stable internet speeds throughout my home. With a cable input of 200mbps, I had places inside my house as low as 17mbps even as I would see 230mbps wireless speeds closest to my router. After weeks of reading specs and reviews on all the major brands of mesh wifi systems, I decided to give this TP-Link Deco system a try. The setup for the TP-Link Deco M9 was fairly easy, requiring an app download onto my iPhone, and about 30 minutes of placing and connecting the devices, first to my modem and then to the Deco hub router wifi signal. At first, I noticed some issues, with the signal being dropped on the satellite M9s after the connection to the M9 hub router. After downloading two firmware updates that problem disappeared. I then went about testing the internet speeds in all areas of my home, indoors and out., running from room to room where I always got a signal, but speeds varied dramatically, ranging from 230mbps down to, as low as, 30mbps in the more remote areas and in my outdoor living areas furthest from the M9 hub router. After sleeping on this dilemma it occurred to me that in moving about I needed to be sure what M9 Device I was connected to; and I began to notice a slight delay in my iPhone connection shifting to the closest M9 device. Ultimately, this gave me the answer. Upon retesting, as I moved from room to room, I made sure that my iPhone wireless connection had migrated to the closest M9 before performing the internet speed tests. Once I did this, speeds in every part of my home exceeded 100mbps, with most indoor areas achieving 150mbps to 230mps. Even on my back porch and screened porch, internet speeds were upward of 150mbps. Only one area had any issues, and that was a test done outdoors on a far corner of my home wish was one floor down and 40 feet away on the other side of a stone wall to the closest M9. In selecting this system I also noted that certain devices requiring different band speeds, and that could cause issues when running multiple devices that had specific band speed requirements. While I have not tested this yet, I can see that the DECO M9 app allows you to select the band speed by device...something worthy of consideration. Overall, I give this product two thumbs up, at a very reasonable price point. Thus far very happy with this purchase.
5.0 out of 5 stars
By SMP - Reviewed in the United States on August 22, 2019
Best Wifi System I've owned to date
I had my house hardwired with Control 4 when I built back in '07. Of course everything is so outdated now and wifi sucks downstairs (control 4 set up is upstairs). I had a few companies give quotes regarding vamping up my wifi and cheapest quote was 12k! Needless to say I passed on the offer and kept looking for something that would work efficiently in my home. After reading reviews and doing a lot of research, I opted to give this TP Link Deco M9 Plus a shot. Instead of purchasing just the 3 pack, I purchased TWO three packs - I have screaming Fast Wifi (I have 1 Gig fiberoptic through cable company) throughout every inch of my home now - all for $600.00! I am so pleased with this purchase. Set up was also pretty easy - I did have to update each disk which took about 15 min each during set up - but that was it - all 6 connected to each other and I couldn't be happier!
5.0 out of 5 stars
By Paul C - Reviewed in the United States on August 22, 2020
10 stars if I could - Amazing Difference!
I received this and installed it on the same day because I heard so much praise about it and had to see for myself. All I can say is WOW. I live in a two story, 2000 sq ft town home. My router is in an office at the front of the second floor. The first floor had some poor areas where the signal would literally drop to near nothing. In addition to about 10 wireless devices, our home by choice has no landline phone service and our cell phones get marginal coverage, so we rely on wi-fi calling. It was frustrating when walking around to experience constantly dropped calls due to no signal or when transferring from wi-fi to wi-fi extender. This product made an incredible difference - I was blown away. And internet access and streaming is now what it should be - all over. Our wi-fi doorbell camera responds so much quicker as does streaming services. I tested wi-fi speed in each of the main areas and we went from 16, 39 and 78 MBPS to 188, 192 and 217 MBPS! Since our house doesn't have a basement, I only used 2 of the 3 Deco pucks and that was enough. Keep in mind, our internet plan is for 200 MBPS (measured via network connection, wireless is typically less). The Deco will only increase coverage and speeds based on what your ISP plan provides. In our case, wi-fi coverage was poor, not internet speed. This system uses your current modem but replaces your existing wireless router, assuming they're separate (If you have a combo unit, you will need to turn off wi-fi). I added a netgear 8 port switch to the Main Deco unit since my desktop PC, VOIP phone and printer are hardwired. Installation was easy - literally 10 minutes using their App and it guides you through everything. I installed it while my wife ran some errands and when she walked in I excitedly told her to make a call. She immediately noticed the difference (as did her mother who was frequently a dropped caller). Our wi-fi TV streaming is now smooth and consistent everywhere! It also works outside further, front and back. I am so happy with this product and would recommend it for similar use-cases. It's so gratifying to have a product work as advertised and even exceed expectations. Toss-out your old wi-fi extender. NOTE: I purchased this item on Amazon for full price and have no affiliation to the seller. I try to write helpful, unbiased and insightful reviews because I also read reviews prior to making my own buying decisions. I notice many reviews lack helpful information, are not well written or give poor reviews based on not reading directions, inexperience or failing to read the product details prior to purchasing. Writing valuable reviews helps pay it forward.