Category: Wireless Router

TP-Link Deco M5 Whole Home Mesh WiFi System Review

Stable & Reliable! Wireless Router/Mesh setup. It has been very stable in my week of ownership without any issues. I have a large two story house with 10+ wireless devices and another 6+ or so smart wifi devices along with an extensive wired network. It handled everything great! Did have a few issues (See cons) Which hopefully will be addressed in an software update for those who want more control with there network, but if you want something that just works without tinkering and need a mesh like setup these are perfect! Very easy to setup with a mobile device tested it on both Android and iPhone/iOS device (Setup in my video here on an Android device). I do like the convince of getting a notification when a new device connects to my network.

As of testing I only had a 24/2 Cable connection, My area finally got 100/10 and it handles it even better!

Pros:
– Easy setup
– It just works with any hassle!
– Great WiFi Range and awesome coverage when you have more than one.
– Handles tons of devices without issue all at once

What this router needs/Cons:
-First and foremost it needs a Access Point/bridge mode for those that want to put it behind another router and use it just for WiFi (Which I was hoping to use it for)
– Better QoS system for those with slower connections
– Would be nice to have a BW usage monitor as well

Update: Now has an Access point mode!

TP-Link AC5400 Wireless Wi-Fi MU-MIMO Tri-Band Router Review

This is one of the most perfect high end Wireless routers I have came across. Currently was using a Nighthawk R7000 running Tomato. WiFi wise this is a world of a difference even on devices that do not support the high end 5GHz spec this is specd for. I’m able to do 20 MB/s + (200Mbps+) transfers on my ThinkPad laptop and even higher on some of my android devices not bad! I have a slightly lower internet speed but this comes in handy for file transfers to and from my server over WiFi on portable devices otherwise I’m a wired person. Firmware is very feature filled compared to some other brands.

QoS works perfectly as I only have a 2Mbps up and uploading will kill my connection with QoS and QoS works wonderfully without hassle. Another feature I like is being able to use a 3G/LTE modem and or an android device with tethering and it be routed through the router for times the internet may go out. WiFi range is slightly better than my Nighthawk R7000 which any improvement with wireless is great, It covers most of my 2 story house without issue. 5 GHz range on the other hand is a huge improvement over other routers I’ve owned the range is great! While usually the 5 GHz band is lacking but this one is one of the best.

The Router is perfect for a heavy household was able to handle my 25+ devices computers, phones, tablets, etc without issue. Gaming worked perfectly with no issue with the perfect QoS settings. Was able to download some updates, while uploading a video to YouTube and QoS kept things stable while Playing World of Warcraft.
This is a review of a free product received from TP-LINK as part of the review program

TP-LINK Archer C9 AC1900 Dual Band Wireless AC Gigabit Router

Finally found a replacement for my NETGEAR R6300v2. This is a Awesome router! Its almost perfect! I love it!.

My only few complaints, The newer firmware released on 8/27/15 the new interface is decent, BUT the QoS system does NOT work for limiting uploads so thankfully I can downgrade or this router would be returned as that is a main issue as I only have a 2mbps upload. And the older BW control works perfect.

The newer firmware is more rounded and good along with the traffic statistics is nice! But performance/QoS I had to downgrade. Hopefully they will either fix this, and or go back to there old system of BW limiting which worked perfect.

TP-LINK DOCSIS 3.0 High Speed Cable Modem (TC-7620) Review

This is my review on the TP-LINK TC-7620 model. I’m currently using this on a smaller Cable provider and activated it over the phone in just a few minutes, some providers might actually be easier and you just get a landing page for you to login so you do not have to call. Came online almost instantly after giving the MAC address of my new modem. The modem comes online pretty quickly. Very stable connection my provider is not known for the best reliability sometimes due to living out in the sticks but this modem handles it very well. I have great SNR 40db+ (signal to noise ratio) This modem is pretty much on par with other 16×4 modems out there just not as expensive. I’ve had my hands on and this one will now be my main use modem due to the stability.
Another thing I like about this modem is that the front indicator lights are no where near as bright has my previous modem which would light up the whole room so this is a big plus no longer need to cover up the modem. The Web interface is nice and clean (See photos)

Overall its a great modem and will be even better once my ISP upgrades my area so I can take full advantage of the extra downstreams this modem provides.

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