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- Delivers Wi-Fi to an area of up to 4,000 sq.ft. and if that’s not enough, simply add more Decos to the network anytime to increase coverage
- Provides fast and stable connections with speeds of up to 1167 Mbps and works with major internet service provider (ISP) and modem
- With enhanced Deco Mesh Technology, units work together to form a unified network with a single network name; devices automatically switch between Decos as you move through your home for the fastest possible speeds
- Deco can handle traffic from even the busiest of networks, providing lag-free connections for up to 100 devices
- Parental Controls limits online time and block inappropriate websites according to distinct profiles created for each family member; setup is easier than ever with the Deco app there to walk you through every step
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TP-Link Deco S4(3-pack) AC1200 Whole-Home Mesh Wi-Fi System
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Both deco received internet via ether net port from main router but transmit internet wirelessly to 6 devices.
NBN connection with basic wireless N TP link router installed in garage and observed drop in wireless connection when 2 people uses in ground floor. First floor ( concrete slab) haven't picked up wireless from ground floor route rand connected another net com aussie broadband router (2.5 /5 Ghz) which is wired to ground floor router. First floor 2 people access internet wireless using net com route and observed drop in wireless connection.
New Setup: Removed net com router and placed one deco in ground floor and one at first floor and disabled main router TP link modem wireless signal. Also decos not talking to main router via wireless but wired.
Now no drop in wireless signal when 4 people access internet, zoom at same time.
Cheap and best product this deco one . Haven't configured deco wireless to main router as my main router is very basic one. Still one deco is not used and kept as spare and planning to use in future at backyard.
Highly recommend deco S4.Amazon delivery to Schofields NSW pretty fast even at pandemic situation and packaging also pretty good.
By Aaron Bui on 10 September 2021
This model lacks advanced features like VPN; but not an issue for most. Config isn’t possible through the device interface, only though the mobile app, which is a little painful.
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Our broadband supplier is vodafone. The broadband connection into the house is good, their supplied router is beyond hopeless. Really poor signal strength and frequent dropouts. Parts of the house had no signal at all, in the room where the router was the wifi signal would just drop numerous times in the day and no amount of changing channels or letting it adjust channels automatically seemed to resolve that. I received this product yesterday. First impression - the units are packaged adequately and look reasonably neutral and unassuming as they should. They were a bit bigger than I expected. Roughly the size of two tins stacked on top of one another but mostly these will be hidden out of sight behind units etc anyway. Maybe not the best laboratory conditions but probably typical of most users.
SETUP - was simple enough although it is not quite as simple as being plug and play it isn't far off. The app appears to be very good both in terms of initial setup and then management of the devices. I turned off wireless on the original router in order that the initial tp-link device acted as the router. The setup of the first device then simply requires to be connected into the LAN on the original modem/router and plugged in. I set the SSID and password to be the same as the existing one it was replacing and, in that way, all existing devices would automatically connect with no need to adjust their connection settings. On setup of the first device it became quickly apparent that the range was already significantly better than from the existing router. I added one more unit downstairs, and one upstairs. Adding the additional devices was extremely straight forward - just tell the app you are adding a new device, plug it in, wait for the status LED to start flashing and then proceed on the app and the connection is made. Perhaps a little more info on placement would be ideal i.e. should you always aim to place devices where you register a full strength signal on your phone or is it ok to extend that more to gain maximum range. That wasn't totally clear to me but my ideal required positioning meant that I was setting up where it was showing strong signal anyway and I assume that is the best way to ensure best speeds.
PERFORMANCE - With all three devices now in place I register a full wi-fi signal in every room of our 4 bed house. Speed tests conducted throughout the house show close to maximum expected through our line (78 mbps down) and so far everything has worked flawlessly with no dropouts. Streaming is fast both through internet services (iPlayer, Netflix etc.) as well as though local network from my plex media server. Assuming it remains this way then I am extremely happy that this has taken our broadband from being slow and unreliable to a smooth operator. I've used powerlines and extenders in the past, and whilst they had their place they are no substitute for either the performance or the simplicity of use we're getting through this mesh system. It just works. For every device and throughout the house. It is also good to know that, should you require to add additional units, then all deco models are compatible with one another. I don't feel a need to add a unit right now as whole house is covered but now I've seen how well these works I might get one to put in the kitchen with the view to extending wifi signal further into the garden. I read one review on here that said that these units do not work with Amazon Echo/Alexa devices. They do. In fact they state they are compatible with Alexa on the box and their is a tp-link Alexa skill that can be used although the benefit of doing so seems minimal.
THE APP - A final word about the app and the additional controls that come with these units. Firstly the app is well presented. It guides you through initial setup very smoothly. Once set up you can monitor which devices have connected, which are online, the data pull for different devices etc. You can blacklist devices or set certain devices to have high priority over others either full time or temporarily (e.g. if bandwidth is an issue you might prioritise a movie streaming to your tv for a couple of hours). You can easily turn on and off a guest network and easily share connection details. The parental controls aren't something I need right now but will in the near future. You can register users and set their level of appropriate access (and adjust that as necessary). You assign certain connected devices to a user and then control when those devices have access. I can't speak to how it actually performs but it looks a simple and neat solution and certainly better than anything available through the ISP supplier. I was particularly pleased that, with one unit in the bedroom, that there were settings for the status LED. Whilst fairly unobtrusive I don't want an LED permeating through the darkness but at the same time I do occasionally want a visual indicator as to whether the device is working/connected. No problem - you can set the LEDs to either be on, off, or scheduled. I have them switched off between 10:00 and 07:00.
I don't have too many complaints about my ISP but the supplied router wasn't up to the job. All in all this has been a simple solution that has essentially fixed what I considered to be a broken internet service so it's five stars from me. Only time will tell if it remains stable and if the devices are reliable. I'll update this review should anything change.
UPDATE - almost a couple of years on and the system is going strong. I can't recall a single issue. I bought a further unit to try to stretch more signal out in the garden and that's worked great.
A mesh system is supposed to have each satellite connecting to its nearest satellite, thus retaining good WifI throughout your home. The Deco system does not work like this. Each satellite connects to the primary Deco which will be the one connected to your modem via ethernet.
This means the furthest Deco satellite from your modem / primary Deco, will suffer from very poor WiFi performance because it is receiving its signal from a Deco a long way from it, rather than the Deco closest to it. This is not how mesh systems are supposed to work.
In my case, I was standing next to a Deco in my office but my device was choosing to connect to the Deco downstairs because it had a stronger signal. This made the 3rd Deco (my office one) completely redundant as it could never give as strong a connection as the other 2.
I am returning to Amazon.
I was so tired of the 10 different Wi-fi networks covering different parts of our house which still wouldn’t allow you to just walk around on your phone without losing signal and having to pick a new Wi-fi network in settings etc don’t get me wrong we had fast AC networks everywhere but it’s pretty rubbish when you need to swap to another one with the only alternative being the slower 2.4Ghz Wi-fi which goes much further but is nothing in comparison to 5Ghz for moving a load of data quickly.
Anyway I did loads of research for the best mesh Wi-fi APs currently on the market for homes and looked at the real world reviews from people who had actually purchased them and these from TP-link kept coming up as the best!
I looked at all the other mesh products and everything else had loads more bad reviews whereas these had great reviews from real end users so I ordered a three pack.
Anyway I connected these up in AP mode as I still wanted my router to handout the network addresses and it was pretty easy, the difficult part was changing all my devices from the old Wi-fi connections to the new kit but only because I have 70+ devices all around the house eg smart dishwasher, smart lights, TVs, heating, computers etc etc it takes allot of time.
I then went around disconnecting all the old Wi-fi networks and turned the main routers own Wi-fi off so only the new TP-Link kit was the main Wi-fi to reduce interference etc and after a few hours of settling down everything just worked really well!
I am getting the fastest speeds ever on the new mesh Wi-fi and the signal reaches everywhere! I am very surprised and happy at how far home network kit has come and for the price its pretty amazing!!
I had a few different Mesh systems in my shopping basket and had been doing research on YouTube, umming and ahhhing over whether to get one. My family members had been moaning a bit about our wifi being rubbish and when these came up on a daily deal, I bit the bullet.
They arrived promptly as usual with Amazon Prime. Box was larger than expected and immediately they seemed like a quality product. The units are a little bigger than expected - about the size of a bottle of wine without the neck.
Instructions are basic to say the least. However, they only really serve to get you to download the app which takes over the entire process. You have to use the app, this is the only way to interact with the system so download it on the main users smartphone (I call this the "Master Device").
It looks like you can assign other app users as co-administrators but I haven't tried this.
You need to set up a TP Link account to use the app.
I already had one as I have an HS100 smart plug and it recognised my details and logged me in without issues.
This account is not a locally stored account, it is a cloud account which means that you can access and administer the system when you are away from home.
The app guides you through connecting the first unit and sets up the SSID and security for your wifi.
I turned the wifi off on my ISP's router before connecting the Deco via a network cable. I then gave the Deco unit the same SSID and password I had previously used. All of my devices started connecting straight away.
The app then asks if you want to connect another Deco. Click yes and it talks you through setting up the next unit, which is as simple as plugging it in to the mains and letting the app find it and set it up for you!
I had a three pack, so followed this process twice.
I was quite quickly prompted to download a firmware update. You MUST do this as many of the features that are advertised are only available after the update.
NOTE - This update will only affect the unit your "Master Device" (Administrators Smart Phone) is currently connected to. It doesn't tell you this. I walked into another room where one of the other units was and got prompted to download the update again once my device switched to the stronger signal. Make sure you go round all three (if you have the three pack) and either wait for the prompt, or go to the settings menu and "Check for Updates".
Once all three are connected and updated, you get to play around with the app!
The main screen shows you all of the connected devices.
You can view each Deco and its status and it will show you which devices are connected to each unit.
For every device, you can edit its name to give it something more user friendly.
You can assign each device to an Owner too. For each owner you set up, you are able to control their access through Schedules as well as "Pause" connectivity for all of their devices an the touch of a button. Great if you want to stop kids playing Xbox or watching YouTube on tablets after 10pm for example!
The app produces notifications when a new device joins the network. If one of my sons friends comes around and connects for the first time. I can quickly give the new device a name that identifies it to me and assign it to my "Guest" owner profile. (You can create a separate guest network if you wish, though I don't wish to do this).
We have a few Amazon Firesticks, so I gave them priority over other devices on the network to ensure smoother streaming. You need to know your download speed, then you set how much of it should be reserved for priority devices. Anything added to the priority list then shares this portion of your bandwidth.
My ISPs router was quite basic and I was not able to switch it to bridge mode.
The Deco units come out of the box in "Router Mode". You can switch them to "Access Point Mode", though this removes much of the functionality as all they do is pass connections to your ISPs router to manage.
If you want to use all of the clever stuff in the app that I mention above, they need to be in router mode.
My Decos are on a different IP range to my ISP router. My ISP router provides one single IP address to the main Deco unit. This Deco is then the DHCP server for the rest of the network. I have one network lead coming out of the deco into an un-managed 8 port switch as I have some devices that need to be hard wired.
The three Deco units use the default wireless backhaul to talk to each other.
I was concerned that my two sons Xbox's wouldn't like this set up and present "Double NAT" errors due to jumping through two routers, each serving network addresses. For reasons unknown to me though, they don't! They connect to Xbox live without issue and online gaming has not been a problem.
We did encounter one hiccup when one of the boys connected the network lead to his Xbox (which connected it to the unmanaged switch). Even though it was still getting its IP address from the Deco system, it didn't like this and DID complain of a double NAT. Switching back to wifi fixed this straight away.
So - Not sure if modern kit/protocols are able to address double NAT, but I am pleased that I do not have to switch the Decos to AP mode to overcome it!
My units have been running for a few weeks now and our wifi has been transformed.
Yes we have had a drop out, but I couldn't tell you if this was the Deco units or our internet connection through our ISP, but I think you have to expect this once in a blue moon.
Signal is strong throughout the house, including through a double skinned brick wall into our extension.
We even get a decent signal in the garden.
I get consistent speed test results no matter which unit I am connected to, so the wireless backhaul between the units is obviously up to the job.
If you have stuck through to the end of this review, you are obviously serious about buying - DO IT!
I would definitely recommend this product.