You can still get a single router if that's your speed, but most manufacturers have started pushing mesh systems. TP-Link has a few, and you can add another one to the list today. The budget-oriented Deco M4 comes with three AC1200 hubs and support for smart home automation for $179.99.
The Deco M4 is a dual-band mesh system that runs on 2.4GHz and 5GHz. You can also choose to add a wired gigabit connection to each hub for dedicated backhaul. If you don't do that, you'll lose a little bandwidth to the connection between the mesh units. TP-Link says the Deco M4 can accommodate up to 100 devices while covering 5,500 square feet.
Some of the more expensive Deco kits have enhanced capabilities including tri-band wireless and integrated Zigbee radios. However, $180 for three AC1200 mesh hubs is not a bad deal. The Deco M4 has integrated support for Amazon Alexa as well as IFTTT. So, you can use either service to make tweaks to your network performance. There is, of course, an app for setup and management, too. The Deco M4 goes on sale at Amazon, Best Buy, and other retailers today.
BREA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TP-Link®, a leading global provider of consumer and business networking products, today announced the Deco M4 Dual Band Whole Home Mesh WiFi System, a 3-pack of dual-band mesh units that provide high-performance WiFi coverage for your entire home at an affordable price, $179.99.
“Featuring whole home coverage and ease of use, Mesh WiFi has been a great solution to solve home WiFi problems, but the high price point has been a barrier to mass consumer adoption,” said Louis Liu, CEO of TP-Link. “Deco M4 is born to solve that, delivering fast and stable WiFi throughout your entire home, offering a robust solution at a price you can afford. It is one of our most exciting and budget-friendly mesh WiFi systems to date.”
Covering up to 5,500 sq. ft. and capable of connecting up to 100 different WiFi devices, Deco M4 provides a powerful mesh WiFi system that keeps you connected. With seamless roaming technology, your devices stay under a single network name so you won’t need to reconnect simply because you move to a new area in your home.
To help maximize your network, Deco M4 features adaptive path selection (APS), which ensures that the nodes always choose the fastest data stream and that the system directs devices onto the most optimal WiFi lane. And, thanks to its self-healing capabilities, if one of the Deco nodes in a multi-node mesh network drops, the system will reconfigure automatically based upon the status of the other nodes, ensuring that there are no interruptions to your WiFi connection.
Finally, Deco M4 is incredibly easy to set up and manage. Users can quickly get started using TP-Link’s Deco app for iOS or Android. The app offers a location feature that can help you find the best place to put Deco nodes throughout your home, optimizing coverage. Plus, the app also offers built-in parental controls that allow you to select when certain family members can use the internet and how much they can see.
Key Features at a Glance
- Dual band AC1200 Mesh WiFi
- Standard 3-pack offers coverage up to 5,500 sq. ft.
- Seamless roaming under one WiFi name with IEEE 802.11k/v/r
- Connects up to 100 wireless devices
- Better and stronger WiFi network with adaptive path selection and self-healing
- Robust parental controls with more features
- Additional access point mode
- Easy setup and management with Deco App
- Compatible with both Amazon Alexa and IFTTT
Pricing & Availability
TP-Link Deco M4 3-Pack Systems are currently available for $179.99 USD on Amazon, BestBuy.com, Walmart.com and more.
Founded in 1996, TP-Link is a global provider of reliable networking devices and accessories, involved in all aspects of everyday life. The company is consistently ranked by analyst firm IDC as the No. 1 provider of WLAN products*, supplying distribution to more than 170 countries and serving hundreds of millions of people worldwide.