The latest entry in the mesh router market comes today from TP-Link, which has announced availability of the Deco M9 Plus Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi 2-Pack System. The router is TP-Link's newest mesh offering and promises to eliminate Wi-Fi dead spots with dependable connections to "more than 100 devices" throughout a home, and it also doubles as a smart home hub for IoT products.

TP-Link says the Deco M9 Plus provides a "stronger and more dynamic" backhaul than rival systems, supplementing its dedicated 5 GHz backhaul with additional backhaul throughput from other Wi-Fi bands as network demand increases. The system automatically identifies the strongest connection for every device (4K streaming boxes, game consoles, etc) to keep the network running smoothly.

TP Link deco router

“From everyday activities like streaming Netflix and using smart voice assistants, to occasional video chats with friends or online gaming, our home lives are more connected than ever before,” said Derrick Wang, director of product management at TP-Link USA Corp.

“Today, families need Wi-Fi systems that can support the higher demands put on their network, delivering reliable performance in every room of the home. Deco M9 Plus is a powerful solution designed to meet the Wi-Fi needs of the modern smart home.”

The 2-pack provides Wi-Fi for homes up to 4,500 square feet, and a single pack can be purchased to add to the network. Once set up, the connected Deco App can limit and monitor internet usage for all devices connected to the system. In terms of security, TP-Link HomeCare provides antivirus and malware protection in an effort to safeguard every connected device on the network from outside malware and hackers.

More Deco M9 Plus features:

- Standard 2-pack offers coverage up to 4,500 sq. ft.
- Powerful AC2200 tri-band Wi-Fi
- Three Wi-Fi bands with a dedicated backhaul to support 100-plus devices
- Quad-core CPU with 4 GB eMMC Flash and 512 MB RAM
- Wireless speeds of up to 400 Mbps on 2.4 GHz + 867 Mbps on 5 GHz (1) + 867 Mbps on 5 GHz (2)
- 6 Wi-Fi antennas, 1 Bluetooth antenna and 1 ZigBee antenna inside each Deco Unit
- 1 USB 2.0 port (reserved) and 2 Gigabit ports
- Built-in smart home hub compatible with Bluetooth 4.2 and ZigBee HA 1.2
- Advanced Wi-Fi security and HomeCare powered by Trend Micro

In addition, the Deco M9 Plus is a smart home hub that users can set up to enable control of ZigBee, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi devices using the Deco App. TP-Link says this "eliminates the need for additional smart hubs in the home" and the system supports a collection of smart home brands like the company's own light bulbs and switches, GE, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, and Kwikset. The Deco M9 Plus is also compatible with Amazon Alexa and IFTTT.

The TP-Link Deco M9 Plus Mesh Wi-Fi 2-Pack can be purchased for $299.99, while a 1-pack will run for $179.99.

Top Rated Comments

zantafio Avatar
41 months ago
I wish Apple would make a super Apple TV that would include 1) a wifi router 2) a smart home hub 3) a wireless charger on top
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
vertical smile Avatar
41 months ago
It reminds me of the original AirPort Extreme.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dfs Avatar
41 months ago
Not quite my point. What I was really driving at is that Apple used to be on the cutting edge of technology, including SOHO wireless networking. Sure, profitability was a consideration, but so was that position of industrywide leadership (which was itself a great source of revenue). So when somebody else came along with a clearly superior technology (mesh networking, if not actually invented by EERO at least first commercially exploited by them) this should have bothered Apple. Steve himself would have taken this as almost a personal insult.

Nowadays it is getting increasingly difficult to think of any area in which Apple still occupies its traditional position on the cutting edge (except maybe for animojis and conceivably VR, which at least on the surface seem to be little more than gimmicks to entertain the kind of teenagers who haunt Apple Stores rather than ways to help grownups get serious work done, although I may turn out to be wrong about that). This in itself looks disturbing. What is more profoundly disturbing is that Apple's current management appears to be untroubled by this loss of position within the industry. If Apple isn't doing its utmost to recruit and retain the brightest and most innovate talent, which most definitely involves sniffing out and using its vast fiscal resources to acquire promising startups, its long-term future begins to look a tad bleak. Face it, when it comes to SOHO wireless networking, EERO and a few other startups ate Apple's lunch. If I were Apple's CEO I'd be lying awake at night staring at the ceiling and worrying about this.
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dfs Avatar
41 months ago
A smarter, leaner and more aggessive Apple would have either bought EERO or hired away its bright people a long time ago. Back in the day, Apple's smart people would have been able to spot kindred souls and snork them up to the Mother Ship. In fact EERO's a fine example of what Apple could be doing with all those billions it has socked away.

Hint to Apple: there's no harm in keeping a close eye on the current state of the crowdfunding scene.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mrbrown Avatar
41 months ago
Still not as affordable as Tenda's Nova MW6 mesh wi-fi system. I got a 2 pack as an Amazon.com Treasure Box special for $79.00 and it works excellently.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AxiomaticRubric Avatar
41 months ago
And Apple couldn’t be bothered to make something like this, because reasons. :rolleyes:
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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