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TP Link PCMag Best of the Year Smart Hub Whole Home Mesh WiFi System ZigBee Bluetooth Smart Hub Homecare Tri Band Dynamic Backhaul Works with Alexa Deco M9 1 pack

Last Updated: 24 Feb 2019 (Refresh Now)
8.5
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Review Summary - 432 recent, verified reviews

Detailed Mode
Network
 258
coverage, house, deco, mesh, tp link
+90%
-10%
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" ...  The mesh wifi router is useful to establish wifi connection over dead zones in the house and could be set up with ease.  ...  "
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" ...  I now have total wi-fi coverage throughout my home. ... Signal strength is always 100%  ...  "
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" ...  Bought the TP Linkdeco mesh network for my fiancé’s parents and it works like a charm, covers their entire house, not too big to be in the way and was SUPER easy to install with the app it came with .  ...  "
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" ...  Great WiFi through entire house and yard.  ...  "
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" ...  I bought a 3-pack and it took about 15 minutes to replace my old standard router.  ...  "
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" ...  I started off by getting 2 basic range extenders. ... The dead zones are 100% GONE in my house. ... I live in a 2600 sq ft house. ... The main device is in the basement connected to the router, and the other is upstairs, basically right above it. ... I ran speed tests when connected to each and I was getting the same speed or 75% speed throughout the house.  ...  "
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" ...  I placed one at the router modem combo, one at the far end of a rancher and then the last one in the basement.  ...  "
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" ...  Live In a 2 bedroom townhouse and these work great to help eliminate dead spots!  ...  "
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Setup
 167
easy, easy to install, set, easy to setup, app
+98%
-2%
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" ...  very simple to install.  ...  "
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" ...  It was definitely the easiest setup out of any router I have ever used.  ...  "
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" ...  It was easy to install and I was up and running in less than an hour.  ...  "
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" ...  First day of installation and everything was pretty easy until I tried to add the 2nd and 3rd unit. ... So I removed the newly added device, started over, removed the newly updated device, plugged in a different device, and then went through the setup process all over again.  ...  "
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" ...  Home network setup was a breeze.  ...  "
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" ...  These were super easy to install, and have good range. ... The parental controls are easy to setup and use, and I like that I can create different profiles for my kids, and add their devices to the profile.  ...  "
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" ...  Just follow the instructions and you're golden.  ...  "
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" ...  For doing whole home wifi with the most basic setup,it's fine.  ...  "
Capacity
 152
coverage, wifi, floor, sq ft, story
+98%
-2%
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" ...  My kit came with two units which is great for our two floor small home.  ...  "
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" ...  So far very reliable and good coverage throughout my tri-level home.  ...  "
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" ...  Bought this to add to my existing Deco network and extend the wifi range in our house.  ...  "
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" ...  I have installed the three decor devices on the main first floor underneath each bedroom on 2nd floor. ... Hearthroom room 1 near kitchen 359mb now 400 ... Living room 1 near living room 180mb now 270 ... Bedroom master 1st floor 159 now 180mb ... Bedrooms on second floor 100mb, 200mb, 280mb ... Mster bathroom 20mb and now 190mb  ...  "
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" ...  Used this for a 2 story home which has radiant barrier.  ...  "
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" ...  Works great and two story house  ...  "
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" ...  I installed 2 in my house (1300 sq ft), and installed the third in my detached garage.  ...  "
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" ...  Got the main node on 2nd floor, another node on 1st floor, and finally last node in the basement.  ...  "
Wifi
 142
network, mesh, deco, wi fi, coverage
+89%
-11%
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" ...  This $170 mesh wifi system fixed the PS4 and greatly improved the connection of every other device in the house.  ...  "
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" ...  Recommend this router to my friends. ... Most of my devices connected automatically to the 5g.  ...  "
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" ...  Getting high speed to max connection speed even on wireless network (i always used to get low wifi speed than wired connection with comcast device).  ...  "
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" ...  Now we have fast WiFi everywhere in the house!  ...  "
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" ...  The Wi-Fi signal is very strong.  ...  "
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" ...  For doing whole home wifi with the most basic setup,it's fine.  ...  "
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" ...  I now have total wi-fi coverage throughout my home.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm even able to use the app and monitor Wi-Fi when I'm not at home.  ...  "
Ease of Use
 129
set, setup, easy to install, easy to set, app
+98%
-2%
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" ...  So easy to use, but i dont like phone only interface, but who doesnt have a smart phone now.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy tin install.  ...  "
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" ...  Awesome system very easy set-up.  ...  "
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" ...  it's just made life easy.  ...  "
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" ...  It was extremely easy to set up.  ...  "
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" ...  Mobile app for managing easy to use and has a great feature set.  ...  "
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" ...  Simple to set up and works great, no problems  ...  "
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" ...  But the performance and easy setup of this product make it well worth the money.  ...  "
Software Platform
 101
deco, google, devices, setup, wifi
+83%
-17%
comment
" ...  It really is mostly plug and play after downloading the app.  ...  "
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" ...  The installation of the Deco was simple and very similar to the Google WiFi. ... Both the Google WiFi and the TP Link Deco have exceeded my expectations.  ...  "
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" ...  the app it comes with is super easy to use and includes a firewall and antivirus which is nice  ...  "
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" ...  Mobile app for managing easy to use and has a great feature set. ... A couple of updates to network software didn't go well and required setting up network again (otherwise would give 5 stars), but otherwise solid performance and reliability.  ...  "
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" ...  The security suite embedded (antivirus, firewall) works seamlessly and the parental controls is a plus.  ...  "
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" ...  The iPhone app made this the simplest network I ever installed.  ...  "
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" ...  Was skeptical how well the app worked to set it up but to my surprise the primary deco was setup in minutes.  ...  "
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" ...  Installation via the downloaded app on a cellphone was easy, as were changes to system configuration.  ...  "
Device Compatibility
 79
connected, smart, app, deco, network
+82%
-18%
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" ...  Have not tested the smart home hub features of this system yet, but I'm getting some Hue lights for Christmas so we'll update this review when I've had time to try those out on this system.  ...  "
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" ...  Once detected and connected over bluetooth, the setup process is as smooth as installing the first 2 devices.  ...  "
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" ...  Notifications for new connected devices and the filtering is great.  ...  "
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" ...  I now get 90 down and 9 up everywhere over the wireless.  ...  "
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" ...  This system was slightly cheaper and was rated faster than Google and had built in security for all connected devices. ... I can easily add new devices and get alerts when they connect or disconnect. ... I love the IFTTT integration. ... Finally, I also love that I can temporarily or perminantly give devices priority on the network by simply going to the app or asking Google to do it for me (via IFTTT).  ...  "
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" ...  I strongly recommend this product for anyone with connectivity issues in or around their home.  ...  "
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" ...  liked the seamless transition w/out additional networks.  ...  "
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" ...  any where on the property we can now use our smart phones and tablets.  ...  "
Apps
 67
deco, setup, follow, tp link, download
+87%
-13%
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" ...  The app walked me through each step and was up and running in about 10 minutes.  ...  "
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" ...  App is good and I can limit my kids activities.  ...  "
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" ...  phone app sees M5, asked me to create SSID name and location.  ...  "
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" ...  The app works fine and simple.  ...  "
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" ...  Once you have the Deco's setup their are lots of great features within the app, like device prioritization and Quality of Service.  ...  "
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" ...  I like the app too because it lets you control everything!  ...  "
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" ...  App works fine.  ...  "
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" ...  I also really like the mobile app that lets me see/manage every device that is connected to my network.  ...  "
Product Reliability
 48
working, weeks, month, units, m5
+71%
-29%
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" ...  Had it a few months now and it works great sets up with your phone!  ...  "
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" ...  We have been paying for 400 for the last 2 years.  ...  "
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" ...  I have waited and writing this review after about 1 month of usage.  ...  "
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" ...  Let me start by saying this product so far is working perfectly for me. ... as of right now, everything is working spectacularly.  ...  "
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" ...  It installed pretty easily and worked great for about three days.  ...  "
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" ...  Working great after a few weeks now.  ...  "
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" ...  I have been using this for a couple of months now.  ...  "
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" ...  Setting up the Deco was super simple once I stopped trying to overthink it.  ...  "
ISP
 45
modem, internet, wifi, provider, deco
+89%
-11%
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" ...  Also, it now supports WPS, which speeds up network setup.  ...  "
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" ...  this product is so much better than my previous router.  ...  "
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" ...  Bought the Deco M5 to replace an Arris modem/router combo.  ...  "
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" ...  It improved the overall coverage and it was better than the cable modem and cable modem + wifi extender.  ...  "
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" ...  Ideal integration for residential based applications that sync with my WiFi provider, Greenlight !  ...  "
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" ...  - capable of letting me max out my gigabit (1000/1000) internet.  ...  "
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" ...  We originally got the xFi Pods from Comcast.  ...  "
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" ...  I upgrade our speed through our ISP.  ...  "
Overall performance
 39
speeds, performance, increased, speed tests, deco
+92%
-8%
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" ...  This product works really well for offering fast speeds at full range.  ...  "
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" ...  4) It's fast.  ...  "
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" ...  My total download speed is 400mbps and as you can see I’m getting 466mbps.  ...  "
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" ...  I’m getting top speeds and quick loads of all my web browsing.  ...  "
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" ...  SOOOOO much faster. ... Not to mention the speed. ... Wow, speed is much better with the Deco M9 mesh system.  ...  "
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" ...  It is rock solid and lightning fast.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to use and we finally get the speeds we pay for  ...  "
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" ...  I used these in lieu of skeet disks and really like how these saucers performance.  ...  "
Ports
 38
ethernet backhaul, gigabit, modem, ip, deco
+79%
-21%
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" ...  My internet access comes in on one corner of the east wing and that's where the cable modem resides.  ...  "
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" ...  I have been trying to get a reliable signal in my shop, about 30’ from my home for years without running a CAT5 cable.  ...  "
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" ...  Advanced options such as parental controls, port forwarding, address reservations, etc. ... I was prepared to buy a $20 switch if needed, but the WIFI throughput is adequate for my needs, so the one spare port is enough.  ...  "
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" ...  On wired, now I'm getting a gigabit again.  ...  "
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" ...  Wow, had horrible wifi from my cable company.  ...  "
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" ...  The built-in virus protection and firewall is a nice added feature as it blocks port scans and other intrusions on all of the smart devices in your homes like TVs, Amazon Alexas, thermostat, and any other smart home devices that doesn’t have a built-in firewall or virus protection to protect your network.  ...  "
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" ...  One unit is plugged directly into your ISP's modem and then the other units simply plug in for power and create a complete mesh network throughout your home automatically.  ...  "
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" ...  Would like to see a 90 degree power cable plug. ... Plug out of unit shows more than I'd like in this attachment.  ...  "
Price
 23
money, worth every penny, cost, well worth, m9
+87%
-13%
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" ...  But the performance and easy setup of this product make it well worth the money.  ...  "
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" ...  For the price/ performance it beats any other competitors.  ...  "
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" ...  All in all, the m5 deco is a good system if you can get it at a good price.  ...  "
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" ...  Half the price of similar products.  ...  "
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" ...  Incredible quality for a perfect price  ...  "
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" ...  Would recommend at this price, it's a very cost effective solution.  ...  "
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" ...  I even bought it just before it went on sale for Blac Friday and was able to get credited the difference from the sale price.  ...  "
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" ...  The price was right, and I chose not to go with the M9 as I didn't want it seeing or trying to control my ZigBee devices on my Iris Hub.  ...  "
Firmware
 22
update, upgrade, updates, latest, deco
+55%
-45%
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" ...  All 3 needed a firmware update out of the box but it was painless as the app prompts you and walks you through it.  ...  "
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" ...  Highly recommend, just make sure you do firmware update after unboxing.  ...  "
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" ...  Had to individually set up the other decos, connect to the web, upgrade their firmware, and then factory reset them. ... Only then could they be discovered and connect with the master deco unit which had the upgraded firmware.  ...  "
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" ...  When I added the 1st device, I received a prompt to update the firmware, so I did.  ...  "
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" ...  By comparison, I don’t know what the higher priced products may deliver more than the Deco system, yet with integrated antivirus, automatic firmware updates, and being compatible with Alexa, there’s a ton of value I’m getting from the Deco M5.  ...  "
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" ...  We received about 4 firmware updates since installing the system.  ...  "
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" ...  All installed without issue and each obtained a firmware upgrade sequentially while being installed.  ...  "
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" ...  I’ve gone through at least one firmware update and experienced no problem.  ...  "
Features
 15
feature, parental controls, limited, advanced, mode
+80%
-20%
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" ...  Loved all features so far.  ...  "
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" ...  Deco has completely different level of reliability, speed and features. ... At the first glance it doesn’t look like a well developed feature.  ...  "
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" ...  Now since I have this in access point mode I cannot use all the features this unit has, but for the fast, dependable wireless speeds I get, I still feel it is well worth the price.  ...  "
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" ...  When the blue light turns green, the app will tell you everything is good to go.  ...  "
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" ...  The features are limited but adequate for most home installations.  ...  "
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" ...  Also the home automation stuff seemed like it might be a good feature.  ...  "
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" ...  I love the parental controls (for my 11 yr old) and security features that come with as well.  ...  "
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" ...  I have not seen any benefits in the "fast roaming" feature and have turn it off.  ...  "
Returns
 13
returned, time, back, amazon, week
+23%
-77%
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" ...  UPDATE: I Returned it.  ...  "
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" ...  I'll be returning these.  ...  "
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" ...  It's too late to return, but maybe I can spare someone else from this frustration!  ...  "
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" ...  I returned these to Amazon after a week.  ...  "
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" ...  I am now going to return the product.  ...  "
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" ...  I had the units for less than a week, so decided to return to Amazon for a refund.  ...  "
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" ...  Essentially by the time I made the choice to not like it I was outside of the return window and am now out the full price of the set with a device I am unhappy with.  ...  "
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" ...  Would return if I could, the most disappointing tech purchases I've made in a long time.  ...  "
Marketplace
 13
advertised, works, received, support, problem
+77%
-23%
comment
" ...  The product is performing precisely as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  With the $20 amazon coupon I picked up a set of 3 Deco M5 for $162.  ...  "
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" ...  very happy to date  ...  "
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" ...  Works BETTER than advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  Purchased for $144.97 on Amazon’s black friday 2018  ...  "
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" ...  Called Amazon support and they were excellent in resolving my problem. ... Amazon handled it like real professionals and I am real happy at this point in time ... Sent back to amazon and they replaced with no problem.  ...  "
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" ...  Works as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  Works as advertised  ...  "
Bluetooth
 7
setup, devices, via bluetooth, node, app
+71%
-29%
comment
" ...  Once detected and connected over bluetooth, the setup process is as smooth as installing the first 2 devices.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to set up - connect node, automatically used Bluetooth when connection failed.  ...  "
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" ...  When starting the configuration, the smart phone app connects via Bluetooth, so there's already some support for it.  ...  "
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" ...  The setup was very simple and used bluetooth instead of the annoying WiFi swap that most apps make you do for setup.  ...  "
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" ...  Use Bluetooth to add additional units after setting the first one up.  ...  "
Video Playback
 6
streaming, hd, music, home
+83%
-17%
comment
" ...  Finally the video streaming can begin.  ...  "
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" ...  With my old router, playing a 1080 HD video from it to my phone would sometimes pause and buffer.  ...  "
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" ...  I have a total of 4 devices streaming HD video all day because of my kids being at home all the time so a constant and reliable WiFi connection is important in my home.  ...  "
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" ...  I highly recommend watching the company's video before installing.  ...  "
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" ...  Everything seems to just work with no issues, even video streaming.  ...  "
Cables
 6
power, would, signal, plug, home
+100%
comment
" ...  Plug in all of the wires and power supplies for everything.  ...  "
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" ...  By boosting our reception, we can work our way towards not having to rent equipment from the cable company.  ...  "
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" ...  That's just how they wired it when they brought the cable to my home.  ...  "
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" ...  Would like to see a 90 degree power cable plug.  ...  "
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" ...  I have been trying to get a reliable signal in my shop, about 30’ from my home for years without running a CAT5 cable.  ...  "
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" ...  Update: customer service finally replaced the cord.  ...  "
For Kids
 5
years, wife, old, home, children
+100%
comment
" ...  I used to hear complaints from the wife and kids on a weekly basis.  ...  "
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" ...  I don't have that issue with any other phones (wife's / kids') or computers.  ...  "
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" ...  My kids are 4 1/2 years apart, so this makes it much easier to have different restrictions as my kids get older.  ...  "
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" ...  This system is a must have if you have children, no matter how old they are, without restricting adult usage.  ...  "
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" ...  I really noticed a difference for the better when the kids came home for the holidays.  ...  "
Pedometer
 5
walks, step by step, step, walked, steps
+100%
comment
" ...  The system has an easy set up and walks you through step by step.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to follow step by step on the app.  ...  "
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" ...  The app walks you through the few steps to ensure you are placing the pucks correctly and that they are connected.  ...  "
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" ...  The app walked me through each step and was up and running in about 10 minutes.  ...  "
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" ...  The app walks you through step-by step ... its actually accomplished in only like 4 steps.  ...  "
Internet
 5
verizon, using, upload, download, broadband
+60%
-40%
comment
" ...  We increased our phone and internet strength.  ...  "
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" ...  This product has a lot of options that I am not using because all I wanted was internet access on the other side of the house, but I am starting to explore the app.  ...  "
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" ...  I have a 75Mbps upload/download speed broadband internet plan with Verizon.  ...  "
Call quality
 5
phone, almost
+60%
-40%
comment
" ...  no more lost calls, facetime is good now.  ...  "
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" ...  Talk bout waiting but I’m sure glad I did(even if it was 11yrs). ... Set-up time done 730am on a saturday morning, including phone call to spectrum approx took 20-25mins.  ...  "
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" ...  Especially since I can now read my magazines on my tablet in the loo, hear my music in the living room and, ok, answer calls by the pool.  ...  "
Comfort
 5
feels, feel, sturdy, points, longer
+60%
-40%
comment
" ...  I’m pretty comfortable around Information Technolgy, but I still appreciate Apple’s easy to use products.  ...  "
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" ...  The product feels solid and has a great weight to it with a high quality feel.  ...  "
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" ...  The access points feel sturdy and have weight to them - not heavy, just feels like they are well made.  ...  "
Gaming
 4
streaming, speeds, online, gaming, game
+100%
comment
" ...  As a matter of fact, "SIMPLE" is the name of the game here.  ...  "
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" ...  Two Xbox Ones online at the same time .  ...  "
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" ...  Our use is for streaming video, online gaming, browsing, etc.  ...  "
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" ...  No more lag time, download speeds are back up, no issues gaming or watching streaming tv.  ...  "
Controls
 4
work, like, also, time, feature
+100%
comment
" ...  The parental controls are great.  ...  "
comment
" ...  The parental controls work great.  ...  "
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" ...  I also really like the parental controls.  ...  "
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" ...  The parental controls are GREAT.  ...  "
Lagging
 4
restart, months, 3, 5
+75%
-25%
comment
" ...  No more buffering or any issues.  ...  "
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" ...  Has been up for several months now and I have never had to reboot or restart it.  ...  "
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" ...  Even easier to restart it  ...  "
Product As Described
 4
works
+100%
comment
" ...  The product is performing precisely as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  Works BETTER than advertised.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Works as advertised  ...  "
comment
" ...  Works as advertised.  ...  "
Build Quality
 4
weight, points, one, feels, feel
+100%
comment
" ...  Finally decided to try a mesh system but didn't want to spend an arm and a leg, especially with little real expectation that it would work any better than the range extender.  ...  "
comment
" ...  The product feels solid and has a great weight to it with a high quality feel.  ...  "
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" ...  Going with something more sturdy. ... The new one works, looks better, and better constructed.  ...  "
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" ...  When I open the sturdy box the two access points are perfectly aligned and secured. ... The access points feel sturdy and have weight to them - not heavy, just feels like they are well made.  ...  "
For Running
 3
month
+67%
-33%
comment
" ...  Running for a month without issue.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Its a home run.  ...  "
Resolution
 3
hd, enough, 4k, house
+100%
comment
" ...  I can actually stream Ultra HD without buffering.  ...  "
comment
" ...  SInce setting up the Deco M5 system, I now have sufficient bandwidth in my shop, averaging about 10Mb/s, enough to stream HD video.  ...  "
Data reception
 3
internet, devices
+33%
-67%
comment
" ...  The only issue I have is how to select only the 2.4g.  ...  "
comment
" ...  It is crazy-slow, and there's no way to select between 2G and 5G on your devices.  ...  "
Storage
 3
space, room, looks
+67%
-33%
comment
" ...  From room to room, from space to space, it was either blasting or whispering.  ...  "

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Specifications

Connectivity
WiFi:  Yes 
Bluetooth:  Yes