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TP-Link Launches Mesh WiFi System with Smart Home Functionality

TP-Link Deco M9 Plus

TP-Link, a leading provider of consumer and business networking products, has announced the launch of its latest smart mesh WiFi system, the Deco M9 Plus. At a local event earlier this week, TP-Link showed off the smart hub functionality of the Deco M9 Plus, demonstrating its ability to control smart home devices such as light bulbs and vacuum cleaners.

The Deco M9 Plus is TP-Link’s third mesh WiFi system, following the M5 and P7. It sports a look identical to the latter two systems, with a slight increase in diameter to house the extra hardware that supports greater speed and functionality. Its AC2200 Tri-Band WiFi utilizes three separate WiFi Bands: a single 2.4GHz channel supporting up to 400Mbps and two 5GHz channels supporting up to 867Mbps each. Whereas most mesh WiFi systems use one 5GHz channel as a wireless backhaul, the Deco M9 Plus is able to utilize all 3 channels for backhaul communications. This allows it to support speeds in excess of 1000Mbps even under heavy loads.

Additionally, the Deco M9 Plus also contains more powerful antennas than TP-Link’s earlier mesh systems. With just 2 units, TP-Link claims that the Deco M9 Plus is able to blanket a 4500 square feet home with WiFi, and supports up to 100 connected devices. This is certainly something we will test out once we get one in our labs for a full review.

The Deco M9 Plus beside a smart coffee machine and Google Home Mini. Image: Ian Ling

TP-Link was also keen to show off the Deco M9 Plus’ functionality as a smart hub. Besides functioning as a wireless access point, it is able to control various smart home products, supporting a range of devices from GE’s Zigbee smart wall switches to Kwikset’s smart door locks. It also has support for Amazon Alexa and Google Home, as well as IFTTT, allowing you to configure your lights to switch on automatically at sunset.

The TP-Link Deco M9 Plus is currently available exclusively at Challenger Stores, with a wider availability planned for mid-August. It is priced at SGD369 for a twin pack and SGD199 for a single add-on pack.

TP-Link Archer C5400X

The Archer C5400X sports an aggressive look and a red and black colour scheme popular among gamers. Image: Ian Ling

Also launched earlier this week was the Archer C5400X wireless router. Aimed primarily at gamers, the Archer C5400X sports 8 antennas supporting 3 WiFi bands: a 2.4GHz band with speeds up to 1000Mbps and two 5GHz bands with speeds up to 2167Mbps each. To manage the massive workload, this TP-Link router has its own 64-bit quad-core processor, which also enables intelligent features such as traffic prioritization for gaming workloads.

For those who prefer to game over a wired connection, the Archer C5400X carries 8 ethernet ports, 2 of which support Link Aggregation. This gives it up to 2Gbps of throughput, which would come in handy for transferring large files to a Network Attached Storage (NAS) should you have one at home.

TP-Link Archer C4000

The TP-Link C4000 sports an understated and professional look and supports smart home integration with Amazon Alexa and IFTTT. Image: Ian Ling

Rounding off TP-Link’s latest line of networking products is the Archer C4000. Combining the best of the Deco M9 Plus and the Archer C5400X, the Archer C4000 features 6 antennas, 3 WiFi bands and a 64-bit quad-core processor that enables it to achieve speeds of up to 4000Mbps. It also has basic smart home features and functions like an IoT device, supporting Amazon Alexa and IFTTT. Unlike the Archer C5400X, it has a more understated and professional look, something that would look right at home in a small home office.

There is no word yet on when the Archer C4000 and C5400X will be available locally. We will update this article as more information becomes available.

Daniel Adi.
Daniel is a Senior Writer and the Chief Phone Screen Polisher at VRZone. A student in Economics and Computer Science, Daniel is as interested in the policies of Merkel and Largarde as he is in the musings of Alexa and Cortana. Always itching to take things apart, Daniel prefers to dwell on the more technical side of technology.

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