Mesh made easy.
Mesh routers have now started gaining popularity as the main solution for fixing dead spots in your home. It’s pricey we must admit, but what you get in return is coverage that reaches even in the farthest corner of your backyard.
TP-Link sent us this three-pack Deco M9 Plus where it says it can offer seamless coverage of up to 6,500 sq. ft. – that translates to a large two-story villa with a pool. This is made possible because each unit on the Deco M9 Plus includes eight antennas and all support for tri-band speeds. TP-Link says that the Deco M9 Plus is able to support around 100 devices and the mesh setup means you can continually add more ‘Decos’ as long as you need it.
The makers of the Deco M9 Plus said that this router also supports smart home devices, which can act as a hub for you to set up these devices. It’s even compatible with Amazon Alexa and IFTTT for easier automation.
Specs-wise, each Deco M9 Plus unit supports 400 Mbps on 2.4 GHz and 867 Mbps each on two 5 GHz bands. It’s powered by a Quad-core CPU with Bluetooth 4.2, with dual Gigabit ports at the back and a single USB 2.0 port.
The white exterior of the Deco M9 Plus makes it easy to place anywhere in your home, different from the usual black router that has large protruding antennas. The Deco M9 Plus is simple, clean and most of all, easy to set up.
I said easy to set up because you’ll literally only need an app (it’s a free download for iOS and Android devices) to set these routers up. There’s a single LED on each unit, which basically gives you its current status. It’s pretty straightforward: yellow means it’s starting up, blue pulsing color means it’s being configured, a steady green color means its connected, and red color means there’s a problem with the connection.
In about half an hour, I managed to get the routers up and working on a villa I tested it in. I’ve placed one router near the modem at the living room located at one corner of the house, placing another one in the middle and lastly another at the other end of the house. The current size can easily be fulfilled by two mesh devices, I just wanted to see how three units would perform.
The Deco M9 Plus did perform above expectations. I’ve connected nearly every device I know on the router – around 38 devices were connected in total and I’ve noticed that everywhere you go in the house, the Wi-Fi signal is always full. Impressive is when I moved out to the street, the connection was still stable even when the signal drops by one bar. On Etisalat’s 256 Mbps connection, I’ve gotten pretty much the same results. I dropped down to around 230 Mbps when I was outside the street, which still isn’t really bad.
Good coverage, decent performance and easy to use – those are just some of the best features of the TP-Link AC2200 Deco M9 Plus. It may be on the expensive side, but it’s one of the few Mesh routers that truly deliver.
+ Great performance
+ Decent coverage
Final Rating: 4/5