It seems like mesh Wi-Fi is at least one of the trends coming out CES in Las Vegas this week. We've already got our hands on the Linksys Velop system and will have a comprehensive review up in the coming weeks. D-Link has its less elegant solution. And then there's the TP-Link Deco M5 too, including a version with an extra trick up its sleeve.

Even though there's a "5" in its name, this product represents the introduction of the new Deco line from TP-Link. The goal here is to provide whole home Wi-Fi that will provide users with "faster and more reliable Internet connections" throughout their home.

The main TP-Link Deco M5, powered via USB-C, operates similarly to the other mesh solutions. It's like a regular router, except you can use several of them together to form a unified mesh network over your home. Each unit is AC1300, so it won't be quite as fast as the AC2200 on the Velop. Where things get a little more interesting, however, is with the Deco M5 Plus Router with Powerline.

As its very descriptive but not terribly creative name indicates, this variant adds powerline networking to the mix. The power adapter serves double duty as a powerline adapter too. This way, if a wireless signal can't quite reach your other M5 unit in the basement or another far away corner of your home, you can leverage powerline to your advantage.


No word on pricing and availability yet, but you can check out the full press release below.

Full Press Release »

TP-Link® Showcases A Simpler, More Connected Life at CES Booth No. 30526

Play with Team Dignitas Gamers, Connect with TP-Link’s Latest Routers & Control Smart Home Offerings

LAS VEGAS – Jan. 5, 2017 – TP-Link®, a leading global provider of consumer and business networking products, today announced it will be showcasing at this year’s CES everything you need to create a simpler, more enjoyable, connected life. See TP-Link’s latest networking routers and modern smart home accessories at booth #30526 in South Hall 3 of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

TP-Link will also introduce Deco, a new line of Whole-Home Wi-Fi Systems that address the need for faster and more reliable Internet connections, due to the growing number of connected devices throughout the home.

 The Deco M5 Router uses the latest Wi-Fi mesh technology to provide seamless wireless connectivity throughout every room in your home.

 The Deco M5 Plus Router with Powerline is the most advanced version that features built-in Powerline technology. 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.

“With consumer demands on the rise, OEMs and technology providers must collaborate effectively to address the challenge of managing network performance,” said Gopi Sirineni, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “TP-Link Deco, armed with our advanced Qualcomm ® Wi-Fi solutions, is equipped to help ensure consumers will have an easy to use, more seamless connectivity experience than ever before.”

In addition to showcasing TP-Link Deco and its full range of smart home accessories, TP-Link will introduce two new networking products at the show; the AC2300 Wireless MU-MIMO Gigabit Router and the RE650 AC2600 Wi-Fi Range Extender with MU-MIMO.

 The AC2300 Wireless MU-MIMO Gigabit Router allows you to watch 4K movies and enjoy high-speed gaming with fast Wave 2 Wi-Fi. This powerful router can talk to many devices at once, placing each on the best Wi-Fi band to maximize performance. It even allows users to prioritize games, movies and other content or assign bandwidth to the devices you use most.

 The RE650 AC2600 Wi-Fi Range Extender expands powerful Wi-Fi across your home, eliminating dead zones, drop outs and spotty signals. The RE650 works with any Wi-Fi router, access point or modem router to boost extended Wi-Fi coverage and performance to devices at all corners of your home.

“Building upon TP-Link’s 20-year networking heritage, we continue to innovate and introduce a host of new and exciting networking and smart home products, the latest of which we are proud to showcase at this year’s CES,” said Lewis Wu, executive vice president of TP-Link USA. “Our ultimate goal is to provide whole-home networking solutions that work together to bring you Wi-Fi that works perfectly in every room and smart products that let you run your home exactly how you want.”

During the show, TP-Link will host tons of interactive and fun activities on-site that showcase how consumers can
connect, control and expand seamless connectivity across your home. Beyond product demos, there will be an
opportunity to play against Team Dignitas gamers, Ellektrikk, PTERODACTYLSFTW, Xpecial and Keane. The booth
will also feature a coffee bar to keep visitors caffeinated, a photo booth where you can take memorable snapshots
and the LA Kings mascot, Bailey, who is expected to stop-by for a visit with fans. The full schedule of events is
available at www.tp-link.us/CES.

All of TP-Link’s home networking and smart home solutions will be on display at the TP-Link booth #30526 in South
Hall 3 throughout CES, from Jan. 5-8 in Las Vegas.
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