TP-Link Deco M5 Wi-Fi system (Pack of 3)

Editor rating

3.9/5 on May 28, 2017

User's rating

412 reviews


  • Small footprint
  • Real time Internet security
  • Aggressively priced


  • No dedicated radio to connect to each other
  • No port forwarding option yet
  • No USB port to attach shared storage


Not a bad choice for security minded users with lots of Internet of Things devices. Small footprint though not the largest coverage area. Decently priced.

The TP-Link Deco positions itself as a secure option and we agree. We haven’t been able to test the security option but according to TP-Link, the system monitors traffic for funky patterns and then stops compromised devices from sending out data to unknown sites, all in real time. Hopefully we and you will never need this feature! We like that the Deco is priced a bit more aggressively and only takes up a little bit of space. We wish it used a dedicated channel like the Orbi to connect to each other. Without this dedicated channel, data to your devices has to share the connection the Decos use to talk to each other. Decent buy, especially for homes with lots of Internet of Things devices to maintain yet one more security layer. Parents will love the parental control features.

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