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[Staples] TP-Link Deco M4 AC1200 Whole Home Mesh WiFi System, 2 Pack ($119 or less)

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[Staples] TP-Link Deco M4 AC1200 Whole Home Mesh WiFi System, 2 Pack ($119 or less)

TP-Link Deco M4 AC1200 Whole Home Mesh WiFi System, 2 Pack $129.99 at Staples, down from $179.99.

Sign up for the staples newsletter for $10 off $100 down to $119.99. Or if you have a better coupon, you can get it for even lower.

On par from a previous deal at $119 for a 2-pack

My refurb AC66U just crapped out after 6 years so was in the market for a mesh kit. I think this is an okay deal for those who don't want to splurge for the M5 (past amazon deals) or the Orbi set at Walmart/dell
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I bought it a weeks ago, very disappointed, it only can reach half or less of WIFI speed of Rogers Modem/Router, I even connected all 3 notes with Ethernet back-haul...

One of the worst thing is that: You can not choose or tell if you are on 5.0G or 2.4G when you are using WIFI, you will be "blinded", it will assign you to 2.4G even if you want to use 5G, and no software update for this on M4.

I will return mine.
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bought a 3 nodes pack 1 month back. easy to set up and great coverage for a 3 stories house and also covers the backyard.
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two comments, drastically different experience. anyone else chime in? thanks!
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sajjad365 wrote: two comments, drastically different experience. anyone else chime in? thanks!
I bought one a month or so ago to replace an old Asus RTAC66U. This one is way better and has been rock solid so far. No regrets. I have a 1000 square foot townhouse and got the 2 pack and while it may lack some admin/config options (like setting different SSIDs for 2.4 vs 5), it gets the job done and has been very stable. The signal coverage has been great too.
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M4 3 pack owner since last summer. I am in 2 story house with basement with a device in each floor. This is perfectly fine for general use with multiple devices on the network. It may not reach the network speed of my connection (300Mbps vs ~ 50 - 80Mbps) but then again my household consists of myself and my wife with about 8 devices connected most of the time.

If you want to have a mesh network set up easily this is a well priced wifi system.

Edit: also want to mention that the system will try to connect you through 5GHz connection every time. If you're on 2.4GHz connection, then either 5GHz signal isn't strong enough (which means you have not so great coverage in your home) or you've disabled 5GHz connection through the app.
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You should update this as after update it gives option in wifi setting for 2.4 and 5 g. You can easily turn off 2.4

And stay on 5G
Koodo 9 GB = $40
Fido 75u = $32.5
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FYI 3 pack is available for $170 at lots of places e.g. Canada Computers.
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DON231 wrote: I bought it a weeks ago, very disappointed, it only can reach half or less of WIFI speed of Rogers Modem/Router, I even connected all 3 notes with Ethernet back-haul...

One of the worst thing is that: You can not choose or tell if you are on 5.0G or 2.4G when you are using WIFI, you will be "blinded", it will assign you to 2.4G even if you want to use 5G, and no software update for this on M4.

I will return mine.
Hmm.

I have a set of three running at my parents place, and they have 500mbit connection. It works optimally without any issues.

The band issue is common with most mesh systems but most newer devices end up picking 5ghz.
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gizmokrap wrote: I am in 2 story house with basement with a device in each floor. It may not reach the network speed of my connection (300Mbps vs ~ 50 - 80Mbps) but then again my household consists of myself and my wife with about 8 devices connected most of the time.
That's what I was afraid of. To me, that's lack luster performance.

I am getting that type of performance (20-80mbps on a 100mbps FTTH) with an AP on the 2nd floor (1700 sq ft home, excluding basement).
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The ethernet ports on these don't support gigabit. I don't recommend picking them up if you ever plan on using them with an internet subscription faster than 100 mbps.

Edit: it has been pointed out that E4 units have this issue, and these are M4. Sorry for getting this one wrong.
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sajjad365 wrote: That's what I was afraid of. To me, that's lack luster performance.

I am getting that type of performance (20-80mbps on a 100mbps FTTH) with an AP on the 2nd floor (1700 sq ft home, excluding basement).
If you're streaming 4K on 5 or 6 devices hours at a time, yes that's not enough, but for most people, who stream on 2 or 3 devices at most and download here and there needing at most 10 to 15Mbps, it’s fine.

But I suppose if you absolutely need the full speed ISPs advertise for, this isn't the wifi APs you are looking for.
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Forristal wrote: The ethernet ports on these don't support gigabit. I don't recommend picking them up if you ever plan on using them with an internet subscription faster than 100 mbps.
Gah! So irrelevant of internet speed, you can't exceed file transfer speeds in excess of 100mbps either on LAN - correct?
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Forristal wrote: The ethernet ports on these don't support gigabit. I don't recommend picking them up if you ever plan on using them with an internet subscription faster than 100 mbps.
You're talking about Deco E4. M4 has gigabit Ethernet.
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DON231 wrote: I bought it a weeks ago, very disappointed, it only can reach half or less of WIFI speed of Rogers Modem/Router, I even connected all 3 notes with Ethernet back-haul...

One of the worst thing is that: You can not choose or tell if you are on 5.0G or 2.4G when you are using WIFI, you will be "blinded", it will assign you to 2.4G even if you want to use 5G, and no software update for this on M4.

I will return mine.
I have 3 pack. gigabit ethernet with ethernet backhaul. I can be anywhere in the house and get 400mbps down on my phone.

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