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This affordable mesh Wi-Fi system reaches every inch of my 4,000-square-foot home — here’s how it works


TP link M4

A high-quality mesh Wi-Fi system should be easy to install, capable of providing high-speed Internet to every corner of your home, and supported by a useful app with plenty of features.
I like the TP-Link Deco M4 Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System because it covers homes of up to 5,500 square feet, provides connectivity for 100 devices, and has effective parental controls.
The Deco M4 is reasonably affordable at $168 on Amazon and comes with a two-year warranty and feature-packed app.

About a year ago, my family moved to Michigan after we got a good deal on a giant historic home. But with the nice price came an endless stream of headaches.

In addition to having to put tens of thousands of dollars into repairing the place, it was hard to find a good router capable of providing Wi-Fi to every room. This is a must since both my wife and I work from home.

So far, we’ve found that mesh Wi-Fi systems are the only things that can reach every nook and cranny of our lair. These are multi-device systems consisting of a main router and one or more satellites, or extenders. Of the half dozen or so mesh systems I’ve tested, the TP-Link Deco M4 Mesh Wi-Fi System is the most affordable and has the best parental controls.

Read more: The best mesh Wi-Fi systems you can buy

At $168, the Deco M4 is reasonably priced and comes with three routers; set up took around 30 minutes

The Deco M4 comes with three identical routers, all cylindrical and white so they’ll blend into any home. One serves as the main router and connects directly to your modem. The other two are satellites designed to extend the reach of your Wi-Fi coverage.

Here are the specs of the system:

Dual-Band (5 GHz and 2.4 GHz)
AC1200
Each unit has two ethernet ports
Covers 5,500 square feet as a system
Provides connectivity for up to 100 devices
2-year warranty
24/7 technical support
Controllable with Alexa
WPA/WPA2 wireless encryption
Wireless type: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac

For more specs, check out the Deco M4’s product page.

Setup was seamless, and I didn’t experience any hiccups along the way.

It only took about half an hour from opening the box until I was able to stream a video on my computer. This was relatively fast since I was essentially installing three routers instead of one.

The app provided step-by-step directions that were easy to follow too in case you don’t know how to. As I installed each router, it gave me helpful tips on where to position them in my house. Once everything was in place, I updated the firmware and was ready to go.

Speeds didn’t slow down even when I used more than eight devices at once

Though the speeds aren’t amazing, the Deco M4 provides good enough Internet to every corner of my 4,000-square-foot home and beyond. Right next to the modem, the Wi-Fi speeds were 185.2 Mbps download …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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