TP-Link Deco P7 Review

The TP-Link Deco P7 router is a unique offering from the company TP-Link. The TP-Link Deco P7 mesh wireless system is a little different from the previous TP-Link Deco mesh wireless systems that I have examined. It attempts to merge powerline technology with mesh wireless technology to create a new product that appears to be very promising.

In terms of WiFi specifications, the TP-Link Deco P7 is fairly comparable to the Deco M5 in terms of performance. It is equipped with an AC1200 dual band configuration.

However, the inclusion of powerline capability distinguishes it from the competition. The Deco P7 has the capability of using a powerline as the backhaul of a mesh wireless network, resulting in even greater performance overall. It’s also a clever one since it can combine the bandwidth of both powerline and wireless backhaul, and it can automatically determine which is the most appropriate to employ.

Design

I said in the opening that there is no physical difference between the Deco M5 and the Deco P7; both systems have compact form-factor units that are supposed to look like seashells on the top side, and their circular cases allow them to be conveniently placed in any location inside your room. Aside from that, each Deco P7 is finished in matte white and has a glossy band around the outside of it; the system is available in two or three device configurations.

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In contrast to its larger sibling, the M9 Plus, the Deco P7 has retained the same proportions as the M5, measuring 4.7 x 1.3 inches and weighing the same 0.48 pounds as its predecessor. However, the four silicone feet on the bottom section ensure that it does not tumble off the table, even when all of the ports are connected.

Similar to most (if not all) other WiFi systems, the new minimalist design is a significant improvement over the previous industrial-looking routers. However, there are some drawbacks, including the inability to mount the Deco units on the wall or ceiling and the inability to upgrade the antennas (because they are built into the unit).

In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, these compact gadgets will not take up a lot of shelves, tables, or desk space and will blend in with any room’s decor. To be sure, packing all of the essential technology into a little device is not always a good idea due to the increased risk of overheating. However, just as with the Deco M9 Plus and the M5, TP-Link has included those punctures holes on the bottom region which do assist a little with the heat management (more so than the Google WiFi or Eero which completely lack any type of ventilation cut-outs).

In certain cases, though, it’s more about chipset efficiency than it is about size, as demonstrated by the comparison between the old Asus RT-AC68U (which ran hot) and the current RT-AC86U (which has borrowed the same casing and is more powerful but runs at a suitable temperature).

Performance

The Deco P7 is extremely well-tuned thanks to the efforts of TP-Link. It’s a highly developed product that performs admirably in practice. This mesh WiFi system provides incredible speed, and because it works so effectively, you may not even notice that you are utilizing a mesh WiFi system. We have had no problems with roaming or disconnection, and the performance has always been constant.

I can wander about my entire flat and my phone seamlessly changes between multiple Deco nodes without a single decrease in performance. The Deco app could use a little more information, and I can’t even check the powerline connectivity speed at the moment because TP-Link does not supply any.

When it comes to raw numbers, the performance has been rather satisfactory. When tested on my iPhone X, which supports AC1200, we were able to obtain about 450Mbps from the main Deco P7 device. The satellite units, which we refer to as mesh nodes, are also doing a good job in terms of performance.

One thing I must point out is that the Deco P7 will not be any quicker than the Deco M9 Plus because it is intended for completely different use. The Deco P7 is designed for consumers that want to enhance their Wi-Fi coverage by employing a mesh Wi-Fi system with powerline backhaul, which is the entire objective of the device. That is one of the reasons why it is such a unique product since I have seen instances when wireless backhaul does not operate effectively in various situations.

Specifications

WIRELESS
StandardsWi-Fi 5
IEEE 802.11ac/n/a 5 GHz
IEEE 802.11n/b/g 2.4 GHz
WiFi SpeedsAC1300
5 GHz: 867 Mbps (802.11ac)
2.4 GHz: 400 Mbps (802.11n)
Powerline SpeedsHomePlug AV2
600 Mbps Powerline
WiFi Range4-6+ Bedroom Houses (3-pack)TP-Link Mesh Technology
Optional Ethernet backhaul work together to link Deco units to provide seamless coverage

Powerline Technology
Uses your home’s electrical wiring to create stronger connections between Deco units, reducing the impact of walls or other obstacles on signal

4× Antennas (Internal)
Multiple antennas form a signal-boosting array to cover more directions and large areas

Beamforming
Concentrates wireless signal strength towards clients to expand WiFi range
WiFi CapacityMediumDual-Band
Distribute devices to different bands for optimal performance

MU-MIMO
Simultaneously communicates with multiple MU-MIMO clients
Working ModesRouter Mode
Access Point Mode
HARDWARE
ProcessorQualcomm 717 MHz Quad-core CPU
Ethernet Ports2× Gigabit Ports

*Per Deco Unit
Supports WAN/LAN auto-sensing
USB Support1× USB Type-C Port
ButtonsReset Button
Power12 V ⎓ 1.2 A
SECURITY
WiFi EncryptionWPA-Personal
WPA2-Personal
Network SecuritySPI Firewall
Access Control

HomeCare™ AntivirusMalicious Site Checker
Port Intrusion Prevention
Infected Device Isolation
Notification and Log
Guest Network1× 5 GHz Guest Network
1× 2.4 GHz Guest Network
SOFTWARE
ProtocolsIPv4
IPv6
Service KitsHomeCare™
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Parental ControlsHomeCare™ Parental ControlsCustom Profiles
Content Filtering
URL FIltering
Time Limit
Time Schedule (Bed Time)
Log Insight
Usage Monitor
Monthly Reports
WAN TypesDynamic IP
Static IP
PPPoE
PPTP
L2TP
Quality of ServiceHomeCare™ QoSQoS by Device
QoS by Application
Cloud ServiceOTA Firmware Upgrade
TP-Link ID
DDNS
NAT ForwardingPort Forwarding
UPnP
IPTVIGMP Proxy
IGMP Snooping
Bridge
Tag VLAN
DHCPAddress Reservation
DHCP Client List
Server
DDNSTP-Link
ManagementDeco App
PHYSICAL
Dimensions (W×D×H)4.7 × 4.7 × 1.5 in
(120 × 120 × 38 mm)
Package ContentsDeco P7 (3-pack)
3 Deco P7 Units
1 RJ45 Ethernet Cable
3 Power Adapters
1 Quick Installation Guide

Deco P7 (2-pack)
2 Deco P7 Units
1 RJ45 Ethernet Cable
2 Power Adapters
1 Quick Installation Guide
OTHERS
System RequirementsAndroid 4.4 or later
iOS 9.0 or later
CertificationsCE, FCC, IC, NCC, BSMI, IDA, RCM, JPA, JRF, VCCI, KC, RoHS
EnvironmentOperating Temperature: 0℃~40℃ (32℉ ~104℉)
Storage Temperature: -40℃~70℃ (-40℉ ~158℉)
Operating Humidity: 10%~90% non-condensing
Storage Humidity: 5%~90% non-condensing
TEST DATA
WiFi Transmission PowerCE:
<20 dBm (2.4 GHz)
<23 dBm (5 GHz)
FCC:
<30 dBm

Verdict

The TP-Link Deco P7 mesh WiFi router is an excellent mesh WiFi solution. The hybrid powerline and wireless backhaul system have been meticulously designed and performed admirably. Better WiFi speed across my entire home than good WiFi speed while I am near the router but terrible WiFi speed anywhere else is something I would prefer over the other.

The Deco P7 is also quite easy to set up, and I had no negative feedback about the TP-Link Deco app while testing it. This hybrid concept appeals to me much, and I hope that additional models based on this concept will be introduced in the near future.

I would recommend the Deco P7 to those who live in a house with extremely thick walls, in which a traditional mesh wireless solution would be ineffective due to the thick walls. The Deco P7’s ability to connect to a powerline can help to alleviate this problem.

Even when compared to the Deco M5, the powerline capability has been demonstrated to be capable of working effectively in locations where standard mesh Wireless backhaul is unable to provide coverage.

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