Wireless router photograph.
Product review
February 2019

Wireless routers

We've tested 12 store-bought routers and 10 ISP-supplied models to assess their WiFi performance and security, plus how easy they are to set up.

February 2019

TP-Link

Deco M5

Price
$199
Score
61
Average

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While this mesh router is dual-band you can't specify which WiFi signal you're connected to, so it will just choose the best. It has very good fibre speeds and very little interference from obstructions on the 2.4GHz network.

Test results

  • 70
    WiFi performance
  • 43
    Ease of use and setup
  • 50
    Security

Good points

  • Good WiFi performance.
  • Very good fibre speed.
  • Very little interference on 2.4GHz signal.

Bad points

  • Somewhat difficult to use.
  • Only OK for security.
  • Poor at channel switching.

Model

  • Avg price

    $199

Speed test results

  • Fibre

    8.1/10

  • WiFi performance 2.4GHz

    n/a

  • WiFi performance 5GHz

    7.0/10

  • Obstruction 2.4GHz

    Nominal interference from obstruction

  • Obstruction 5GHz

    Noticeable interference from obstruction

  • Channel switching ability

    Poor at channel switching

Specifications

  • Fibre

    Yes

  • WiFi bands (GHz)

    2.4 & 5

  • Antennas

    None external

  • Antenna placement

    Internal

  • Dimensions (WxDxH) [mm]

    120 x 120 x 38

  • Weight (g)

    220

Features

  • Mesh
  • MIMO

    Not stated

  • Beamforming support
  • Ethernet LAN ports

    1

  • USB ports

    0

  • Media sharing via USB
  • DLNA
  • Installation wizard
  • Quality of Service
  • Parental controls
  • Parental control features

    Preset categories filter and app, website filter

  • Firewall
  • Guest network WiFi

    Yes

  • WPS support
  • 3G/4G passthrough
  • VOIP
  • Wall mountable

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