Mesh networking kits are definitely having a moment – instead of having a router stuck in one corner of your house, you have a router plus a satellite device or two, all working together to make sure every corner of your house are covered with precious WiFi.
The Deco P9 is the latest mesh networking kit from the networking experts at TP-Link. Since TP-Link has years of experience manufacturing just about every other type of network device, we expected it to work as advertised in our testing.
UPDATE: Wow! The TP-Link Deco P9 won the award for best home network technology at Ditching Awards 2020.
And indeed, the Deco P9 impresses – see below for more. Along with the mesh capabilities and the removal of Wi-Fi dead spots, the system also gives you more control over your network: how long kids can stay online, which devices have priority, etc.
Check out the widgets on this page for the latest prices for the TP-Link Deco 9 Mesh Network Kit, but at the time of writing you can grab it for around £ 200 straight from Amazon – not bad if that will solve it. definitely your Wi-Fi Internet bad luck for you.
TP-Link Deco P9 review: design and configuration
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As is common practice nowadays, to install the Deco P9, you need to download the TP-Link Deco app first and then just follow the instructions. It’s just a matter of plugging in each of the devices and then connecting to them from your phone, and that’s about all there is to it. The Deco app is available for Android and iOS, so all you need is a smartphone.
You can leave the router your ISP gave you in place, and simply plug the Deco P9 into it, if you wish (you will then have two Wi-Fi networks floating around your house). We plugged our first Deco P9 unit into the back of a supplied router for a Sky Q system, and it worked seamlessly.
Setup takes a minute or two for each device you want to connect, but it’s really just waiting for the indicator light to go through different colors. The app will make suggestions on the location of each of the units, depending on how many floors you have in your home. We managed to get everything working in a mid-size two story semi-detached without any issues.
When it comes to how these white cylinders look, maybe design isn’t the most important thing in mesh networks, but they’re bulkier and less aesthetically appealing than some others we can think of. Still, they’re not too much of an eyesore, essentially two drink cans stacked on top of each other. The look doesn’t really matter as long as the Wi-Fi is good, which brings us to the next section.
TP-Link Deco P9 review: features and functions
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Initially, it must be said that the Sky Q mesh network at our place of residence was working perfectly fine before the arrival of the TP-Link Deco P9 tubes, so it’s not like we live in a particularly bad place in terms of Wi-Fi dead zones. Still, the Deco P9 devices have done a good job so far.
At all ends and in all corners of the house – even on the veranda – we were able to get fast and stable connections at about the same level as what we were getting from our old router (and in some cases the connection seems to have improved). If you have multiple floors or a specially shaped house, you might really feel the benefits.
Along with the ongoing Wi-Fi mesh, the Deco P9 also uses Powerline technology, using your home’s electrical wiring, if needed, to further increase the range of your network. For those of you with basements or garages where Wi-Fi has a hard time reaching, this is an even more attractive system – you can replace any combination of extension cords and outlets you have in. a.
The app’s controls are basic but effective: Parental Controls, which allow you to limit time on specific websites or the Internet as a whole for specific devices (like your child’s laptop), and priority management, which allows you to specify which devices to prioritize in terms of bandwidth (like your Netflix 4K compatible TV). These tools aren’t the most advanced or intuitive of their type we’ve ever seen, but they get the job done.
TP-Link Deco P9 review: price and verdict
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The TP-Link Deco P9 impressed in our testing: from the ease of setup, to the power and speed of Wi-Fi streaming throughout the house, to the extras you get in the app. it is a fantastic complete package. Don’t forget the Powerline and Ethernet connectivity option of each device as well.
We haven’t seen massively better coverage or blazingly faster speeds than the Sky Q mesh network we’ve already set up at home, so this might not be the system for you if you’ve already set up. sort of a mesh configuration. The extras you get with the Deco P9 are useful but might not be worth spending a few hundred pounds to get.
If you’re in a place where Wi-Fi has a hard time getting into every corner of every room, we’d say the TP-Link Deco P9 should definitely be on your list. There are plenty of awesome kits out there right now, though, including the recently updated Google Nest Wi-Fi solution and Netgear’s Orbi product suite.
As strong as the competition, the Deco P9 system stands out. We might like to see a bit more style in the design and a bit more finesse in the applications, but you have to balance all of that against the overall price of the system, which is very competitive.