Back in the days when you are facing terrible Wi
Fi connection, the common solution is lớn get a high power wireless router to lớn boost the Wi
Fi coverage. Fast forward to 2020, mesh Wi
Fi systems is the golden standard for Wi
Fi coverage và they offers performance unmatchable by any single router solution in the market.

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TP-Link Deco M5 is one of the best mesh Wi-Fi systems you can get in Malaysia right now. In fact, TP-Link Deco mesh Wi
FI is the best selling router in Malaysia right now. The Deco M5 features Wireless AC1300 & a host of Home
Care parental control and antivirus features.


With internet connection getting faster, users demand for better Wi
Fi speed. The solution is to showroom more Wireless access point in your home. But, installing an Ethernet cable requires wall hacking which is rather costly. So, this is where mesh Wi
Fi come into play.

I’ve been testing the Deco M5 twin pack version which include the main router and a single expansion mesh node costing RM499. It works great in my 2400 sq ft double storey trang chủ providing Wi
Fi coverage on every single corner of my house for smooth 4K streaming.

Unlike a conventional wireless router, a mesh Wi
Fi system comes with multiple units working together lớn provide a stronger Wi
Fi coverage. The Deco M5 twin pack I am reviewing today come with 2 units including the main mesh router & a single mesh node. 

TP-Link Deco M5 is fully capable of replacing the existing router provided by your ISP. For most people in Malaysia, this means you can ditch the old router & connect the main Deco M5 unit directly to the modem from Unifi or Maxis Fibre.

What about the remaining units you wonder? They are known as the mesh nodes and they wirelessly links with the main unit and then work together as a system to blanket your trang chủ with a strong & reliable Wi
Fi connection. TP-Link says the Deco can support up to 100 devices and able to tư vấn up to lớn 32 mesh nodes. If you need more Wi
Fi coverage, you can simply buy more Deco units.


The beauty of TP-Link Deco mesh Wi
Fi is how user friendly it is to use. There’s just one Wi
Fi name throughout the entire network
which means I can walk around my entire trang chủ without my phone dropping the Wi
Fi connection. 

What’s unconventional is the thiết kế of the Deco M5. They do not have any visible antennas và this is done on purpose. TP-Link recommend khổng lồ put the Deco M5 on a mở cửa area so they have the best signal to talk to each other, having a clean và pretty kiến thiết is certainly helpful. Contrary to popular belief, antennas need not to be visible for strong coverage. 

5Ghz Wi
Wireless AC up to lớn 867Mbps
2.4Ghz Wi
Wireless AC up khổng lồ 400Mbps
Wireless FeaturesMU-MIMO, 802.11k/v/r fast roaming, band steering, AP steering
CPUQualcomm IPQ4019 Quad-Core CPU

For less than RM500, you get a pretty decent specs from TP-Link as well. It support Wireless AC with MU-MIMO feature và beamforming. Each unit of the Deco M5 is powered by a Qualcomm quad-core CPU with 512MB RAM. This put the asus Zen
Fi CT8 lớn shame with only 256MB RAM.


The ports situation is rather limited as there’s only 2 ports on each unit. If you need more ports, you will have lớn purchase a separate Gigabit Ethernet switch.

TP-Link Deco M5 is managed by the TP-Link Deco app. The system is tied to lớn a TP-Link cloud ID so it can be managed as long as you have an mạng internet connection. The Deco M5 also functions as a wireless router and you can connect it directly khổng lồ the modem provided by your ISP.


The thiết lập process is really simple and it didn’t take us more than 10 minutes khổng lồ get it up và running. Our tip is to only turn on the main unit and make sure it is functioning. Once the main unit is up & running, turn on all the other remaining units and links it khổng lồ the main unit using the Deco app.

TP-Link Deco M5 is also fully compatible with Unifi with Unifi TV support. Remember to select the VLAN option & choose the TM Unifi profile for the mạng internet to work. If you need lớn watch Unifi TV, enable the IPTV option in the advanced settings and choose the TM Unifi profile. The Unifi TV box must be connected to lớn the main Deco unit.

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The Deco tiện ích is also one of the strengths of TP-Link Deco mesh Wi
FI system. It comes with a built-in Speedtest feature which let you to demo the actual mạng internet speed. The home screen also show you all the connected devices together with their current mạng internet speed.

The ứng dụng functions really well and is very simple to use. It can show you all the connected devices and what is their current internet speed. There’s also a built-in speedtest tool to check your internet speed directly from the Deco app. 

There’s also a built-in Home
Care Antivirus feature on the Deco M5. The Antivirus engine is powered by Trend
Micro & it is designed khổng lồ block malware và virus infected apps and services from your network. It is disabled by default và we recommend enabling it.

The feature works really well with the vi khuẩn database constantly updated by Trend
Micro. We tested it with a known virut infected website & found that the trang web is successfully blocked by the Antivirus system. We are also shown a warning telling us that the virut is blocked và Home
Care is working as intended. 

TP-Link Deco M5 also comes with a parental control function with the ability lớn block websites based on categories for selected users. There’s also an option to lớn configure daily usage time limits và internet blocking d

Our home office comes with a really weird layout that one of the rooms at the over of the unit always struggle getting a stable Wi
Fi connection from the router which is placed at the living room. We swapped the previous router to lớn the Deco M5 mesh wireless system and immediately noticed a great improvement. We also tested the Wi
Fi speed at multiple locations in the unit.

The Wi
Fi performance is significantly enhanced when the mesh Wi
Fi system is installed with 5Ghz Wi
Fi coverage at almost every single point of the house. With fast roaming enabled, our i
Phones area always connected to the Wi
Fi even though we are working around the unit. Our phones are able lớn quickly switch network without even dropping our VOIP calls.

We compared the performance against the Archer A7 we used previously và immediately we notice a huge improvement. The Deco M5 performs faster at every location of test. Not to lớn mention that our signal issue at the last room is completely resolved with the addition of the Deco M5 mesh Wi
Fi system.

There’s also a fast roaming option which is disabled by default in the Deco app. TP-Link says all their Deco mesh wireless system tư vấn the 802.11r fast roaming feature which will greatly enhance the roaming performance for supported devices. 

We enabled it và it greatly improved the performance of our system và our devices can roam lớn another Deco mesh node in a much lower latency without noticeable drops. 

TP-Link Deco M5 is a great & rather affordable mesh Wi
Fi system you can buy today. It offers really good performance enabled by TP-Link adaptive routing technology. With that, the Wi
Fi connection is really seamless & offers a really smooth almost unnoticeable transition when steering to other access points. The easy to thiết đặt process và Deco tiện ích is the cherry on top.

You can view my nhận xét of other TP-Link Deco mesh Wi
Fi systems here. 

I’m planning to thiết đặt the Deco M5 wifi mesh for my parents, and wish the entire process to lớn have minimal (zero) downtime so I’ve been doing some research & came across this website which has been helpful but I need help with thiết đặt part. I plan khổng lồ use an unmanaged switch lớn split the connections lớn my hãng apple TV, và Eufy Homebase (since the M5 only has 2 ports and 1 port is used to connect khổng lồ the modem, và Port 1 is usually reserved for IPTV which we don’t have/use) At the VLAN settings, under VLAN Mode, vày I…Read more »

Yup you will be able to lớn use an Ethernet switch to lớn increase the number of ports. I will recommend getting a TP-Link switch khổng lồ minize the potential of compatibility issues. Like in the previous reply, you can use custom VLAN lớn enforce VLAN 500 only for the mạng internet connection & leave the other port for normal internet connection.

TP-Link Deco M5 was introduced 5 years back but remains one of the best affordable mesh systems, even in 2023. Of course, it comes with old Wi-Fi 5 standard1300 Mbps speed capacity (combined in dual-band) yet it offers whole-home Wi
Fi coverage & lets you connect over 100 devices on the network.

But is there something you do not see about this Wi-Fi 5 mesh system when focusing on affordability? Does the Deco M5 perform great as a large home mesh Wi
Fi system? Is it worth it or should you consider some other option at around $140? Well, that’s exactly what you’ll figure out after reading my detailed nhận xét of the TP-Link Deco M5.

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Deco M5 mesh has a stylish design. You can arrange it wherever you like without disrupting aesthetics. All Deco units look almost the same, with their rounded-edge design và the raised top. In addition, you can spot an LED light on the top.

Regarding connectivity, the TP-Link Deco M5 mesh router doesn’t disappoint. Each deco unit comes with 2 Auto-Sensing Gigabit ports in addition to the nguồn port. Moreover, you can also use the Ethernet backhaul giải pháp công nghệ if you have a diverse thiết đặt at home.

Security Features


Setting up TP liên kết Deco M5 was easier than I thought. While it is not as easy as the Google Nest Wi
Fi, I could complete the cài đặt using the Deco app. As you can guess, there was no manual way to lớn set it up. You must tải về the Deco tiện ích to get it done.