TP-link Deco M5 vs Eero vs Luma vs Google
Competition of mesh home wifi systems is very tight in the era of no more range extender but whole home wifi system, replacing your wifi router and range extender. Each of networking vendor offers a specific whole home wifi system model including Netgear, Linksys, Ubiquiti, Google, Luma, Eero and TP-link.
And now Amazon is acquiring eero ownership and turning eero products into Amazon eero and the good thing is that Amazon eero price has been cut to around $ 200. And many more new products from new comer such as Meshforce, Nokia Beacon, Rock Space, Gryphon and still many more.
In this article
- TP-link Deco M5
- Features comparison
- Wifi comparison
TP-link Deco M5
The new introduction of new model of whole home wifi system by TP-link is Deco M5 that is supposed to compete with other similar products including Eero, Luma and Google. There few models have been around in the market with higher speed including Netgear Orbi; Linksys Velop wifi system, tree models offered by Ubiquiti with Amplifi mesh series including Ubiquiti Amplifi HD home wifi system and still more.
Two bands AC1300
Velop and Orbi are two models of three band mesh home wifi system, the others are two band models including this TP-link Deco M5. Deco is based on wireless AC1300 instead of AC1200 like other existing models including Luma, Google and Eero.
With Deco M5, the system delivers dual band wifi speeds of up to 867Mbps @5Ghz band and up to 400Mbps @2.4Ghz band. With the three pack, they will cover up to 4500 sq ft where each Deco M5 can cover up to 1,800 Sq ft of your home. Technically Deco M5 cover longer distance than Eero, and is slightly the same as Google mesh home and Luma.
TP-Link ARTTM stands for Adaptive Routing Technology, a system that automatically chooses the best path for each of the device to connect to the best connection to Deco unit. It works like based on complex metric calculations in modern routing technology.
When you compare Deco with Luma whole home wifi system regarding internet threat treatment, Luma comes with built-in hacker protection. While TP-link Deco comes with built-in Home Care powered by Trend Micro (an anti-virus and internet threat protection hat cost $360 value). It will protect all connected devices to your home network against any internet threats. Eero and Google don’t have built-in security protection.
TP-link seriously designs this Deco M5 to be able to compete with other similar products that have been around in the market for a while. The hardware is built up powered by Quad core processor, so does Luma. Eero is powered by 1.0Ghz dual core processor, however eero comes with 4GB Flash storage and 512MB RAM.
Note: The new Amazon eero is now redesigned with better processor – Quad core 700MHz instead of dual core processor and it’s now MU-MIMO support.
Deco M5, Google, Eero are embedded with two Gigabit Ethernet ports. These three products are two-band mesh wifi systems and both radio bands are used for wifi connected clients and also share with the backhaul needs to link between nodes. All the three products can also use the wired Ethernet option as a backhaul that you can hack.
Like other mesh home wifi systems, they are all based on recent wireless AC (802.11ac) standard even though they are might be in different network segment. As mentioned earlier that TP-link introduces Deco M5 by completing richer features that other similar products are absent.
Compared with other competing devices including Eero, Luma and Google, Deco M5 have the following features:
- AP Steering
- Band Steering
Ease of use
- Mobile app
- Bluetooth onboard
- Device list
- Easy guest wifi sharing
- Firewall security
- Parental control (time restrictive)
- Auto Firm Ware update
Most of mesh home wifi systems are easy to deploy with the included free mobile apps, and can work stand alone. And even Ubiquiti Amplifi mesh point that works as the satellite of the Ubiquiti Amplifi HD wifi system can work universally as the range extender of third party wireless router.
TP-link is smart, introducing the mesh home wifi model in the last time when other vendors have released the products in the market. TP-link completes Deco M5 with some features that other competing products are absent.
Take a look the following table to help you understand what features TP-link add features to Deco that might be absent to others.
Table 1 Deco vs Eero vs Luma vs Google Feature differences
|QoS by device||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|QoS by application||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|Device activity report||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|Monthly usage report||Yes||No||No||Yes|
See that TP-link Deco M5 adds more features, richer features compared with Eero, Luma and Google.
Wifi and speeds
TP-link Deco is based on AC1300, now compare with other similar products – comparison in wifi technology, wifi and wired speeds as shown as the following comparison table.
Deco, Google, eero and Luma are based on two band wifi, while Velop and Orbi are three band mesh wifi system. The wired connection is based available Ethernet ports each unit has. See that Orbi has more Ethernet ports compared with others.
Table 1. TP-link Deco wifi comparison
|Wifi technology||Speeds||LAN Ports|
|TP-link Deco||Two band AC1300 with 2×2 MIMO||867Mbps @5Ghz and up to 400Mbps @2.4Ghz||2x Gigabit Ports each unit|
|Google Wifi||AC1200 dual band with 2×2 MIMO technology; Wave 2 wifi||up to 867Mbps @5Ghz and up to 300Mbps @2.4Ghz||2x Gigabit Ports each unit|
|Eero||AC1200 dual band with 2×2 MIMO technology||up to 867Mbps @5Ghz and up to 300Mbps @2.4Ghz||2x Gigabit Ports each unit|
|Luma||Two band AC1200 with 2×2 MIMO||up to 867Mbps @5Ghz and up to 300Mbps @2.4Ghz||2x Gigabit Ports each unit|
|Velop||Tri-Band AC2200 with MU-MIMO||867Mbps @5Ghz 1 + 867Mbps @5Ghz 2 + 400 Mbps @2.4Ghz||2x Gigabit Ports each unit|
|Orbi||Three band Wireless AC3000 |
|1733Mbps + 866Mbps @5Ghz + 400Mbps @2.4Ghz||4x Gigabit Ethernet Ports|
Please note that eero introduces newer model of eero pro – see Eero Pro three band wifis system.
Now, see the coverage and price comparison in the following comparison table.
Table 2. TP-link Deco coverage comparison
|Model||Coverage||Price (Apr 2020)|
|TP-link Deco||1,500 sq ft /unit||$170.00 /3packs|
|Google Wifi||1,500 sq ft /unit||$230.00 /3packs|
|Eero (Amazon eero)||1,000 sq ft /unit||$337.00 /3packs ($199.00)|
|Luma||1,000 sq ft /unit||$194.00 /3packs|
|Velop AC2200||2,000 sq ft /unit||$399.97 /2packs|
|Orbi RBK23||2,000 sq ft /unit||$283.99 /3 packs|
To learn more in depth insights each of the products, click the following link to also see the current price, rating and see how they testimony or purchase in Amazon.
- Click here for Deco M5 (3 pack)
- Click here for Eero wifi system (3 pack)
- Click here for Luma whole home system (1 pack)
- Click here for Google mesh wifi (3 pack)
For businesses, you may consider wireless AC access point for businesses such as Ubiquiti UAP-AC-Lite and TP-link EAP245 affordable business class AP; or one of best POE wireless AC AP including Ubiquiti UAP-AC-HD wave 2 access point.
Please note that eero introduces new model of three band mesh wifi system – click here for eero pro three band mesh system. And TP-link introduces Deco M9 three band mesh wifi router with dynamic backhaul. See here TP-link Deco M9 three band mesh wifi router.