Deco M5
AC1300 Whole Home Wi-Fi System

The TP-LINK Deco M5 router has Gigabit WiFi, 1 N/A ETH-ports and 0 USB-ports. It has a total combined WiFi throughput of 1300 Mpbs.
It is also known as the TP-LINK AC1300 Whole Home Wi-Fi System.It also supports custom firmwares like: LEDE Project

The Deco M5 is featured in our
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Quick links:
Default password/Login
User Manuals
Flashing Custom Firmwares


Deco M5 router specifications (specs)

System specs
CPU: 717 MHz
RAM: 256 MiB
Flash: 32 MiB
Custom firmwares: LEDE Project
Connectivity
WiFi: Gigabit (abgn+ac)
WiFi bands: 2.4GHz & 5GHz
WiFi throughput: 1300 Mpbs
WAN: 1 x N/A port
ETH: 1 x N/A port
USB-ports: 0

TP-LINK Deco M5 review (quick overview)

Here is the quick comparison of how the TP-LINK Deco M5 compares to other routers on our site:

Average 46/100
Editor 88/100
WiFi 26/100
Hardware 25/100
Current price $80.95

For a full list of routers and how they compare to the Deco M5, check the Router Buying Guide which will help you buy the most price-competitive router.

Hard reset instructions for TP-LINK Deco M5

If your Deco M5 router is not working as it should, dropping connections or not being responsive, you should first do a reset of the router to see if the problems persist. Other scenarios where you might want to reset your router is if you've forgotten the password or misconfigured it and can't get access anymore.
Your can reset your TP-LINK Deco M5 in the following way(s):

Through the web interface

    1. Open a browser and navigate to the web interface of the router (check default settings below)
    2. In the menu look for System tools and under there find the Factory defaults option
    3. On the Factory defaults page click on the Restore button to perform the reset.

    Withe the RESET/WPS button

    1. Have the unit powered on
    2. Press and hold the reset (sometimes reset/WPS) button for 10 seconds with a paperclip or other sharp object.
    3. When the SYS led start blinking quickly release the reset button and wait for router to boot back up.

    The 30-30-30 reset

    If the above instructions don't work you can always try the 30-30-30 reset as follows:
    1. When router is powered on, press the reset button and hold for 30 seconds. (Use a paper clip or something sharp)
    2. While holding the reset button pressed, unplug the power of the router and hold the reset button for 30 seconds
    3. While still holding the reset button down, turn on the power to the unit again and hold for another 30 seconds.

    This process usually works for resetting any router to it's factory setting. If that doesn't work be sure to check out the questions and answers incase someone else has had similar problems resetting their router.

    Note: It is worth reading more about how to reset routers with the 30 30 30 reset and what the risks and considerations are when resetting your router this way, instead of just rebooting it.


    Default factory settings for TP-LINK Deco M5

    If you have performed a reset of your Deco M5 device or not changed the defaults, you should be able to access it with the following settings:

    Default Gateway IP: 192.168.1.1 TP-LINK login instructions
    Default subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
    Default DNS server: 192.168.1.1
    Note: If you are using the default settings you should change them to increase security and prevent unathorized access to your network.

    Deco M5 Firmwares

    Staying up to date with the latest firmware is a good idea to keep your router even more secure from various security flaws.
    If you want to squeeze a little bit of extra functionality out of your router, consider flashing an open-source firmware like dd-wrt, openWRT or LEDE. Flashing a custom ROM can greatly increase the stability and functionality of your old router.
    Following are the firmwares that we have identified existing for the TP-LINK Deco M5:

    Flashing LEDE Project on the Deco M5

    The TP-LINK Deco M5 is also supported by the LEDE Project.
    To install LEDE aquire the correct firmware from their Firmware downloads page and then follow the instructions on their Quick Start Guide
    Note: Make sure to read the LEDE wikis carefully before flashing.




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