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I've got a pair of these. Setup was less than 10 minutes and has given me full WiFi across the house and into the garden. Have been tracking these for a few weeks on camelcamelcamel and jumped at buying them at this price. The inclusion of Zigbee made me want these ahead of the Netgear Orbi Mesh Network

TP-Link Deco M9 Plus Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi with Built-in Smart Home Hub (Zigbee), Up to 4500 sq ft Coverage, Works with Amazon Echo/Alexa and IFTTT, Wi-Fi Booster, Antivirus and Parental Controls, Pack of 2
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As I'm in the research stage right now, is the cost of these justified vs buying the MW6's ??
Setup: Virgin 150mbps connected to Phones, iPads and Smart TV.
Edited by: "PIPS" 14th Sep
If you can stretch your budget quite a lot the Ubiquiti Amplifi 4-Ports Home Wi-Fi System AFI HD router is absolutely brilliant. My Virgin Superhub 3 was rubbish and I wasted many months fiddling about with range extenders, BT Whole Home and even Ubiquiti Unifi access points but still suffered frequent dropouts, black spots & slow speeds. I bought this device on ebay for £270, put the Superhub 3 in modem mode and the signal throughout my house is now rock solid with very impressive network speeds. It's a very smart looking device and the app that controls it is dead easy to use and much more intuitive than the browser-based settings for most other routers.
PIPS14/09/2019 08:08

As I'm in the research stage right now, is the cost of these justified vs …As I'm in the research stage right now, is the cost of these justified vs buying the MW6's ??Setup: Virgin 150mbps connected to Phones, iPads and Smart TV.


I've spent a bit of time researching and it was between these and the Netgear Orbi units for me. These just edged it, as you can scale the network with smaller cheaper units later if needed. The lack of ethernet ports compared to the Orbi is due for consideration. The speed is only an issue if you need to run an internal network. It'll be absolutely fine with your 150mbps. The Tenda MW6's don't have dedicated back haul, which can impeded performance depending on setup. Plus the associated user interface (apps etc) isn't as good or as configurable as what TP Link or Netgear offer. Google WiFi is also a good option. All views are my own etc etc
PIPS14/09/2019 08:08

As I'm in the research stage right now, is the cost of these justified vs …As I'm in the research stage right now, is the cost of these justified vs buying the MW6's ??Setup: Virgin 150mbps connected to Phones, iPads and Smart TV.


I haven’t compared (in the real world) but these are great and have since recommended them in the 3 storey granite house and it still covers all floors and all corners (though only 35mbps on the top floor but 300 on other floors). If you have a Ethernet back haul then I would say not worth it otherwise I like having these as the core network and the option to mix and match for outlying rooms/coverage

Oh and if you have a family the controls / firewall seem to be very good
Edited by: "jamhops" 14th Sep
dwl9914/09/2019 08:11

If you can stretch your budget quite a lot the Ubiquiti Amplifi 4-Ports …If you can stretch your budget quite a lot the Ubiquiti Amplifi 4-Ports Home Wi-Fi System AFI HD router is absolutely brilliant. My Virgin Superhub 3 was rubbish and I wasted many months fiddling about with range extenders, BT Whole Home and even Ubiquiti Unifi access points but still suffered frequent dropouts, black spots & slow speeds. I bought this device on ebay for £270, put the Superhub 3 in modem mode and the signal throughout my house is now rock solid with very impressive network speeds. It's a very smart looking device and the app that controls it is dead easy to use and much more intuitive than the browser-based settings for most other routers.


Totally with you there. I have tried every single mesh system out there and nothing could cope as well as the AmpliFi with the amount of devices connected to my network and with its rich features.
Edited by: "Aiadi" 14th Sep
enjoycoca14/09/2019 09:03

I've spent a bit of time researching and it was between these and the …I've spent a bit of time researching and it was between these and the Netgear Orbi units for me. These just edged it, as you can scale the network with smaller cheaper units later if needed. The lack of ethernet ports compared to the Orbi is due for consideration. The speed is only an issue if you need to run an internal network. It'll be absolutely fine with your 150mbps. The Tenda MW6's don't have dedicated back haul, which can impeded performance depending on setup. Plus the associated user interface (apps etc) isn't as good or as configurable as what TP Link or Netgear offer. Google WiFi is also a good option. All views are my own etc etc


(To note) There are a few YouTube videos that said orbi has amazing power but it’s pure power and when you have more than one device etc it quickly performs worse than its contenders (but as tests are normally carried out with one device the flaw doesn’t show) don’t know how true it is but that and how confusing / difficult mixing and matching / knowing the models put me off orbi
Aiadi14/09/2019 09:04

Totally with you there. I have tried every single mesh system out there …Totally with you there. I have tried every single mesh system out there and nothing could cope as well as the AmpliFi with the amount of devices connected to my network and with its rich features.


Yep, most bog standard routers start to struggle with more than 20 clients connected at the same time. My Amplifi HD usually has around 50 connections with all my smart home devices and doesn’t miss a beat
jamhops14/09/2019 09:08

(To note) There are a few YouTube videos that said orbi has amazing power …(To note) There are a few YouTube videos that said orbi has amazing power but it’s pure power and when you have more than one device etc it quickly performs worse than its contenders (but as tests are normally carried out with one device the flaw doesn’t show) don’t know how true it is but that and how confusing / difficult mixing and matching / knowing the models put me off orbi


I know someone who has them and he was full of praise, but had feedback that range and consistency was a minor gripe. The upgrade path was more complex. With the Deco range, it's pretty simple. Everything works and the setup is a peice of cake. For this price, you can't really go wrong with a premium mesh offering. I'm impressed by ease of setup and also control for devices within the app.
dwl9914/09/2019 09:11

Yep, most bog standard routers start to struggle with more than 20 clients …Yep, most bog standard routers start to struggle with more than 20 clients connected at the same time. My Amplifi HD usually has around 50 connections with all my smart home devices and doesn’t miss a beat


Yeah, I think the price point for the Amplifi HD's were just too high so I didn't even investigate. Is it right, around £160 for the router and then £140 for each extender? I'd expect it not to miss a beat at another £100 more than the Deco offering.
enjoycoca14/09/2019 09:19

Yeah, I think the price point for the Amplifi HD's were just too high so I …Yeah, I think the price point for the Amplifi HD's were just too high so I didn't even investigate. Is it right, around £160 for the router and then £140 for each extender? I'd expect it not to miss a beat at another £100 more than the Deco offering.


Around £350 for the router & 2 mesh points. But keep an eye on eBay & Amazon marketplace.
If you can run ethernet cable to each access point (best but not always possible solution) you can go for Ubiquiti AP-AC-Lite (around £70 each, used to be £60, but you know, Brexit...).
One of the best radios on the market, but.. cable.
HaraldBB14/09/2019 10:46

If you can run ethernet cable to each access point (best but not always …If you can run ethernet cable to each access point (best but not always possible solution) you can go for Ubiquiti AP-AC-Lite (around £70 each, used to be £60, but you know, Brexit...).One of the best radios on the market, but.. cable.


I've got a Ubiquiti ap-ac-pro which randomly just stops working. Searching the net LOADS of people have the same problem and nobody can get to the bottom of it.. Tempted to give this a try...
OiRoberto14/09/2019 11:16

I've got a Ubiquiti ap-ac-pro which randomly just stops working. Searching …I've got a Ubiquiti ap-ac-pro which randomly just stops working. Searching the net LOADS of people have the same problem and nobody can get to the bottom of it.. Tempted to give this a try...


It must be faulty or something wrong with set-up.
I'm using two AP-AC-Lite at home and AP-AC-Pro at work - something you can possibly forget about after installation. Just works. Only reboots after firmware update or power cut.
HaraldBB14/09/2019 11:41

It must be faulty or something wrong with set-up.I'm using two AP-AC-Lite …It must be faulty or something wrong with set-up.I'm using two AP-AC-Lite at home and AP-AC-Pro at work - something you can possibly forget about after installation. Just works. Only reboots after firmware update or power cut.


Loads of people on their forums having the same problem.. Lots of solutions to change various settings but none seem to work.. Ubiquiti sticking their head in the sand.. Pity
HaraldBB14/09/2019 11:41

It must be faulty or something wrong with set-up.I'm using two AP-AC-Lite …It must be faulty or something wrong with set-up.I'm using two AP-AC-Lite at home and AP-AC-Pro at work - something you can possibly forget about after installation. Just works. Only reboots after firmware update or power cut.


Same here, I got an AC-lite and it's been running rock solid since installed and only reboots if I decide to update the firmware. It's very overly complicated for a typical non IT savy home user setup if you want to use their server application( which I run on a mini PC 24/7) but easy to setup with the app and lose some features. It's more suited for business / corp users who have IT people I guess but in the home it does work very well.
Edited by: "spannerzone" 14th Sep
spannerzone14/09/2019 12:21

It's very overly complicated for a typical non IT savy home user setup if …It's very overly complicated for a typical non IT savy home user setup if you want to use their server application( which I run on a mini PC 24/7) but easy to setup with the app and lose some features.


Yes, the smartphone app is very simple and only lost function useful for basic user is analytic. Because basic user will unlikely use VLANs etc.
There's a roundup test of mesh systems on techspot.com
HaraldBB14/09/2019 10:46

If you can run ethernet cable to each access point (best but not always …If you can run ethernet cable to each access point (best but not always possible solution) you can go for Ubiquiti AP-AC-Lite (around £70 each, used to be £60, but you know, Brexit...).One of the best radios on the market, but.. cable.


Ubiquiti stuff is absolutely second to none. Due to cables/wires not being a feasable option for me, I went for their (subsidiary Ubiquiti Labs) astounding AmpliFi kit.
Edited by: "Aiadi" 14th Sep
Aiadi14/09/2019 13:58

Ubiquiti stuff is absolutely second to none. Due to cables/wires not being …Ubiquiti stuff is absolutely second to none. Due to cables/wires not being a feasable option for me, I went for their (subsidiary Ubiquiti Labs) astounding AmpliFi kit.


Yep, I went from Unifi AC Lites to the Amplifi HD due to frequent dropped connections.
To set up tp link m9, Do I have to put virgin hub 3 in Modern mode, or just leave it the way it is?
bpcampbell14/09/2019 19:29

To set up tp link m9, Do I have to put virgin hub 3 in Modern mode, or …To set up tp link m9, Do I have to put virgin hub 3 in Modern mode, or just leave it the way it is?


Modem mode. You link them via Ethernet. Turn off your WLAN on the Virgin Router. If you get it right, you can take the SSID and password from your Virgin one to the M9 and not have to update your devices.
Torn between this Deco M9 and the Google WiFi. Yes, I know that this is triband while Google is dual band but not sure if it is worth the extra expense? Have Sky broadband (80mbps), a ring pro doorbell which is on other side of a brick wall and doesn't get good signals, plus standard WiFi needs for a four person family (smart TV, mobile phones, printer). We are online at same time pretty much during the whole day on various devices. Any suggestions?
Dark_Destroyer106/10/2019 10:19

Torn between this Deco M9 and the Google WiFi. Yes, I know that this is …Torn between this Deco M9 and the Google WiFi. Yes, I know that this is triband while Google is dual band but not sure if it is worth the extra expense? Have Sky broadband (80mbps), a ring pro doorbell which is on other side of a brick wall and doesn't get good signals, plus standard WiFi needs for a four person family (smart TV, mobile phones, printer). We are online at same time pretty much during the whole day on various devices. Any suggestions?


For two Deco M9's is probably cheaper than two Google WiFi devices. Plus it is rumoured Google have a new device coming soon. Totally happy with this purchase. Deals with loads of devices no problems and the parental controls are super good.
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