TP-Link Deco E3 is a home mesh system that” by passport ” covers up to 220 square meters of area with a wireless network with a communication speed of up to 867 Mbit / s at a frequency of 5 GHz. The kit consists of a Deco E4R router and a Deco m3w signal amplifier.
Why is it interesting?
Maximum ease of use and price efficiency among neighbors in the line. This is the optimal starter kit, which does not contain anything superfluous, now you will see why.
What does it look like?
Unusual. A large device is the Deco E4R router. Minimalistic white plastic cylinder, antennas do not stick out. It looks like a stylish cactus vase or decorative vase.
There are no buttons on the case. On the upper end in the center of the relief pattern is the manufacturer’s logo, which is also the status led. This is the only indicator of what is happening to the system, and it is not located in the most visible place. But it is quite powerful, and when the device is on the shelf, it illuminates the space above it. Interesting effect. You can find out what is happening to the router by the color of the indicator. The details are described in the instructions.
The Deco E4R is equipped with two RJ-45 ports. You need to connect an external Internet cable to one, and a computer, for example, to the second. Or nothing if you don’t need wired connections. It doesn’t matter what port is connected to, the system recognizes the connection type itself. The device is clearly designed for a wireless network, so to connect multiple devices using cables, you will need a separate switch (it can be included in the second port).
How do I enable and configure it?
It is quite easy. First of all, connect the incoming Internet cable and plug in the router and amplifier. Without this, unfortunately, in any way, the router can not yet independently generate either the Internet or electricity. Looking ahead, you can skip all the preparatory steps and go straight to installing the mobile app. The setup wizard in this app covers the entire connection process, starting with the location of devices and connecting cables.
What can it do?
Cover an area of up to 220 square meters with Wi-Fi. It is clear that the actual values depend on the shape of the room, configuration, and wall material. But the fact that using the kit you can get rid of zones with a weak signal level is absolutely certain. Let’s get this straight again. The router in this kit is the main device. It distributes the Internet, and the amplifier picks it up and transmits it to where the signal from the router itself does not reach. In this case, the network is one, with the same name and password. Switching (roaming) between devices occurs unnoticeably for you, it all looks like one big network. By the way, it is also dual-band, it does not need to think about the frequency, and 2.4 and 5 GHz are supported and automatically selected depending on the device. I had no complaints about the connection speed.
The TP-Link Deco E3 kit is the most affordable, yet simple, out-of-the-box and scalable solution for large Wi-Fi coverage in the future. On the one hand, there are more functional and more expensive options.