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TP-Link Deco M5 Whole-Home WiFi System (2-pack) vs. TP-Link Deco S4 Mesh WiFi System (3-pack) + 1

Communication protocol
Wireless Multimedia Extensions (WMM), Quality of Service (QoS), IPv6
Wireless Multimedia Extensions (WMM), Quality of Service (QoS), IPv6, Virtual LAN (VLAN)
Wireless Multimedia Extensions (WMM)
Data link layer
Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5)
Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5)
Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11n (Wi-Fi 4), Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5)
Support for Jumboframes
Support for mobile broadband
Throughput WAN-LAN
VoIP (SIP)
Wireless network
Yes
Yes
Yes
2.4GHz
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data transfer rate (2.4GHz)
5GHz
Yes
Yes
Yes
Data transfer rate (5GHz)
6GHz
External antenna
MIMO
Yes
Yes
Yes
Beamforming
Yes
Yes
MU-MIMO
Yes
Yes
Yes
Number of antennas
4
2
Supported bands
Dual-band
Dual-band
Dual-band
Total data transfer rate (theoretical)
1300 Mbit/s
Wireless security
WPA, WPA2, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK
WPA2, WPA-PSK
WPA3
Support for alternative firmware
Communication mode
Number of LAN ports
2 ​
2 ​
Number of WAN ports
2 ​
2 ​
USB
Yes
USB version
Built-in DSL modem
Features
Mobile app for controlling features, Support for mesh network
Mobile app for controlling features, Support for mesh network
Support for mesh network
Active cooling (fan)
Management interface
Number of units
2 ​
3 ​
1 ​
Target audience
Home users
Home users
Home users, Company
Release year
2019
Operational Power Consumption (min-max)
Power over Ethernet (PoE)
Yes
Router security
VPN protocol