TP-Link are one of the last of the major networking manufacturers to announce a mesh networking whole home Wi-Fi system, but have finally taken the wraps off their solution. Well, partially.
TP-Link Deco will be available soon in two configurations – a typical wireless solution with multiple Wi-Fi access points, plus a second kit which supports Powerline extenders.
At the time of writing, the company hasn’t shared too much about the system – like any specs, pricing or availability details – but we do know that it’s based on Qualcomm’s Wi-Fi SON (Self-Organizing Network) technology, so will support band steering and seamless roaming.
Both kits include the new TP-Link Deco M5 Router at the heart, but the Deco M5 Plus Router with Powerline is billed as “the most advanced version”, with integrated Powerline features. TP-Link says “this router is the first Whole-Home Wi-Fi System that incorporates both Wi-Fi and Powerline technologies into one small form factor, providing an even stronger connection for wireless devices across the home.”
Aesthetically, the Deco system most closely resembles the puck-shaped access points of Google Wifi, albeit with some different design touches. Like Google Wifi, each access point looks to have dual Gigabit Ethernet (although the company did not confirm whether Ethernet backhaul was available) with USB-C power input. Given the size and shape of the devices, I’m assuming these will be AC1200 class devices, like Google Wifi and eero.
A top-mounted LED indicator provides status information and, other than that, that’s all we know about TP-Link Deco.
I’ll update this post once we have more details from the company to share.