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Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.
Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the TP-Link Deco AXE5400 Tri-Band 6E Mesh System. This is the best network I have ever had in my home and office and it happens to be on sale today for 20% off. This system is not cheap but in the sub 500 dollar market in my opinion it is the very best.
Since installing it my livestreams have been flawless unless the ISP itself was having a problem. This includes me streaming out while my Grandkids are streaming in their videos for homeschooling and my wife is messing around online at the same time. Then there are the workshops when 70 people are pounding my network and it causes problems. This year we never even had to turn off the guest network during live streams, the beauty is if we had needed to we could have done it in a second or two with the free app that comes with it.
The system works like this. You select one of the devices, which one doesn’t matter, you use it to replace your existing router. You can then set up your other devices in the locations you want signal extended from. These additional units can connect wirelessly to the one acting as a router or other devices closer to them with stronger connections to the master unit. You can also run a hardline connection to remote units, this is what we did for the one out in my shop.
This is a smart mesh network, all the nodes are essentially the same. Same network name, same password. Your devices will simply connect to the one with the best signal and handoffs as you move around your home, office, etc. are seamless. This set comes with three units, one again as the master and two that allow you to extend network reach. You can get a set of two though if that is all you need and you can buy individual units to extend your network in the future. Adding devices is very simple and set up is simply following the instructions and using the app, anyone can do it, even me. Really super simple.
Lots of security features for instance when any device joins the network you get an alert that a new device has joined. This is sent to an app on your phone and doesn’t require you to be connected to the wifi with your phone to know it. Say you were away and someone hacked your network, you’d not only know it you could block their access in second from anywhere you have signal.
It has a guest network, and you give it its own password, you can turn that network on or off anytime you want. You also can give priority access to select devices but I have not found doing so necessary. One more thing, they call this line the “Deco” line with deco being an abbreviation of decoration. Basically the point is the access points blend into your home or office. They don’t look like obnoxious electronic devices, more like something you expect to see from a essential oil diffuser.
Anyway I want you guys to know that I researched a TON of options before deciding on these. That research began after the wifi issues we had at TSP-22 and I didn’t buy these until July of this year. I then used them and worked them hard and waited until after this year’s workshop (TSP-23) before recommending them to you. Again they are not the lowest cost but they are the best in class based on my research and real world use. So check out the TP-Link Deco AXE5400 Tri-Band 6E Mesh System today. Lastly if you don’t feel you need a top of the line solution, TP-Link Decos are available in lower options. I am sure they all work great too, just less total network bandwidth.
One final thing, please remember with networks we have LAN (local area network) inside the customer premise and WAN (wide area network) from the demarcation point back to the ISP and out to the world. In other words your WAN is what you buy from the service provider. And no matter how good your LAN is, it can’t make up for your WAN. So this nor any other network system you install will never make up for a poor quality internet connection. What they do is give you access everywhere and allow devices to better share the network compared things like stand alone “network extenders”.
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P.S. – Again the Deco Line has many options, I would not hesitate to use a lower cost option if I was not running a business and didn’t run events here. I went top of the line due to the applications. If you want to see all the options for the TP Line Check it Out Here.
P.S.S. – Amazon ReNewed also has One, Two and Three unit sets on deep discount right now util they run out of stock. You can learn about the ReNewed Program here and remember you can always start with two and add more units in the future. I only put this down here as a PS because ReNewed items sell out frequently and I wanted to make sure after all the work this review would be good for long term use on TspAz. If I were buying this today I would personally take the ReNewed option.