TP-Link Deco Mesh WiFi System –Up to 5,500 sq. ft. Whole Home Coverage and 100+ Devices,WiFi Router/Extender Replacement, Parental Controls/Anitivirus, Seamless Roaming(Deco M5 3-Pack)
These 3 pack replaces an Apple Airport Extreme and an Apple Airport Express that I had for several years in my two-level house. They were giving me problems because they disconnected each other and the speed on the top floor was just 2.5 Mbps when the speed of my internet provider is 55 Mbps (nothing extraordinary, it’s a cable and the best option in my area).
The installation is relatively simple, anyone could have done it. You have to download an App and follow instructions to activate and link the three bases one by one. I did everything in the same room and then took it to the places in the house where I think I need better coverage. I had already defined the places, but I guess you have to try to find the best location for each spot. The rest was very simple, I put the same name and password to the network, so I did not have to reconnect everything in the house, and little by little they appeared in the App as connected devices. The App is the only way to configure and control the network. This is something I was used to with Apple Airport but the TP-Link App has a lot more functions and options to configure.
I have not moved anything, and it works without a problem. The result is that now the network signal is much stronger throughout the house and the speed on the top floor step from 2.5 Mbps to 45 Mbps. It does not degrade with interference from other networks (there are other 10 around my house) and the speed is constant or I do not notice the difference.
It is important to clarify that in my home, the most demanding thing we do is watch Netflix in HD on two TVs or a TV and an iPad while using other things that don’t consume much bandwidth. I expected a speed difference between the ground floor and the upper floor, had read that it could be up to 40% less, but I am very glad that it is only 10% less. I understand that this difference is something normal and I think this product has solved my need very well.
It is one of the cheapest and good solution, I found. This new solutions to extend the network can be searched as Wi-Fi MESH for HOME, many brands can help to improve the performance of the Wi-Fi in your home, try it with range extenders from other brands, and this is the best product I can recommend.