TP-Link launched the Deco M5 router this week, taking on competitors like Google Wi-Fi, the Netgear Orbi and the Linksys Velop. The new router comes with built-in antivirus and malware protection via Trend Micro, and the devices offer a simple solution for bringing better wi-fi coverage to the entirety of your home. The Deco M5 ships as a three-unit multi-pack, and will be available in stores across the country and online.

“HSN is proud to serve as a launch partner for TP-Link’s Deco M5 Whole Home Wi-Fi Systems,” said Neal Martinelli, vice president of electronics, at HSN. “Deco M5 is the complete Wi-Fi package for the modern home. From simple setup and ease of use, to reliable Wi-Fi coverage for the entire home, Deco is a simple solution that delivers what our customers demand from their home networking system. The added security and flexible management tools are unique to TP-Link, putting Deco in a class of its own.”

With built in TP-Link HomeCare, the Deco M5 offers exploit and malware protection, along with an SPI firewall, device access control and secure remote control of the network via the TP-Link Deco mobile app. There are also built-in parental controls, which allows parents to shut down wifi around bed-time, or allow parents to segment time-usage to their children. Monthly usage reports are automatically sent to your phone to keep you apprised of activity on your network.

“As home Wi-Fi networks are supporting more users and mobile devices than ever before, security across your home network becomes increasingly important,” said Dr. Terence Liu, Trend Micro vice president. “Through our integration in TP-Link HomeCare, Deco M5 Whole Home Wi-Fi Systems are equipped with a comprehensive package of security features, so you can trust that your home network is always protected.”

The device runs on a quad-core processor, but was built on a dual-band AC1300 system, and not a tri-band system. The dual-band setup is capable of throughput speeds of 400Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 867Mbps on the 5GHz band, and it still supports MU-MIMO data streaming. Deco M5 is comprised of a system of three units that can be customized to fit your WI-Fi coverage needs, up to 4,500 square feet. With additional units, the Deco M5 system can easily scale up to accommodate even larger spaces. Up to ten Deco M5 units can be added to a single network at any given time for seamless Wi-Fi coverage across incredibly large spaces.

“Today’s consumers want wireless connectivity across their home, from the living room to the bedroom to the kitchen. Deco M5 creates seamless Wi-Fi that allows them to stream, game and browse the internet in any room,” said Lewis Wu, executive vice president of TP-Link USA Corp. “Deco M5 automatically optimizes Wi-Fi connections for every device, and it comes equipped with TP-Link HomeCare, which allows consumers to customize their network security through powerful features that include robust parental controls.”

Deco M5 utilizes TP-Link’s Adaptive Routing Technology (ART) to ensure your network is always operating at top speeds, quickly identifying and selecting the fastest path for your devices to connect to the network. This intelligent selection removes the guesswork from reliable connectivity. Deco M5 also optimizes connections between devices to deliver the very best in coverage and ensure you receive the strongest performance throughout your entire home at all times. With Deco, you also have the ability to control how bandwidth is used, making it easy to prioritize services and devices for heavy-bandwidth tasks such as HD video streaming, online gaming or video chats.

Price & Availability

The TP-Link Deco M5 Whole Home Wi-Fi System will ship for $299, which includes the three-pack system.