09-07-2018 12:11 PM
you got it. Your config is very similar to something i setup for one of our VIPs. ( even the switch is the same)
yep its better to turn off the SSID if its going to be in a cabinet. reduce interference and RF footprint.
Also just make sure the decos can see each other (wirelessly) as well, as it needs to know RSSI, and neighbour AP to do the mesh transfer properly. (some just put it so far apart and complain that it disconnects)
tip: connect and power on 1 deco at a time. ! but have them all next to each other when you are configuring it. then place them where u want it.
Use an wifi analyser to check the signal before you connect the second and third unit makes it much easier.
09-07-2018 01:21 PM
One more question that I have, with this setup would I need to put the Deco Units into Access Point Mode or can they stay in Router mode?
09-07-2018 02:43 PM
ah... i remember the app has a description of it. as you are not doing any PPP or IPOE or anything like that it should be in ap mode.. what does the apps screen say. can you give me a screen shot?
09-07-2018 03:03 PM
I haven’t actually got the Deco system yet or downloaded the App, I’ve ordered it and hope it arrives in the next couple of days.
Here is is a screen shot from the TP link website for setting up the Deco in AP mode. There are 2 choices. Router Mode. Or Access Point Mode.
09-08-2018 10:41 AM
Sorry for the late replies. New member in the family!
@mfb@For the deco Units i have used both. I prefer router mode coz the all the functionality is there. AP mode is just and extention of WiFi.
the picture on the TP link shows something like a daisy chain. i prefer a star. like
ISP router> Switch--Deco
switch can be managed or unmanaged. If its unmanaged then just imagine it like having lots of extra ethernet ports so you can extend your network thorugh wires. ( thats what you usually want in the house) managed switches have some router functionalities.
12-08-2018 07:51 PM
Thanks @Bogemon, and congratulations on a new family member!
Your explanation was very helpful. Do you connect the deco units by an ethernet star - and is there a downside to do it all by wifi?
I am now seriously considering a mesh solution to bring a stronger signal to my desktop (ultra hub and dektop are about 22m apart, on different levels, after a recent change). I just saw that there is now also a "deco M9 plus" (not in NZ though). Any thoughts? Will Vodafone be marketing them?
09-08-2018 09:30 AM
Please excuse my ignorance :-)
What is the device that you call a 'switch' above? Is that what one can buy under the name of 'router'?
(I am trying to get my head around networking my home...and terminology gets a bit confusing; bear with me.)
13-08-2018 01:37 PM
I have had the Deco system set up for about a month now and it’s running really well.
As per the TP Link picture below this is how I have set mine up. This setup allows for “Ethernet Backhaul”.
So the UH connects to a Deco Unit, which becomes the “Main Deco” or “Router” as per picture.
That then connects to my Switch, which runs the other 2 Deco units via Ethernet. I have also connected my AppleTv, TV etc via Ethernet to the switch. The 3 Deco units then talk to each other and provide my wifi network for our phones and iPad etc.
I now have maximum coverage across my whole house as well as out in the back yard. And all the other devices are “hard wired” via Ethernet.
I have turned off the UH wifi network to eliminate unwanted chatter on the wifi channels. All my wireless devices connect via the Deco wifi system. And I can seamlessly roam throughout the house without dropping the connection as my device swaps from one Deco to the other.
Some things to conisider though:
As the main deco unit is essentially a Router, (as is the UltraHub) they both do what is called NAT (Network Address Translating). So you have 2 devices doing the same thing. Now this doesn’t actually cause any of my devices an issue however it may cause an issue with such devices as an Xbox etc. If I decide to get an Xbox or gaming device in the future, I will connect it via Ethernet directly to the UltraHub and therefore eliminating the double NAT issue for the Xbox.
The other thing to consider, is you can also set up the Deco units without Ethernet and they still do the same thing, however there will be a small drop in speed as they use the wifi bandwidth for talking to each other. For most users the small drop in speed will be negligible. With Ethernet this is eliminated. (Ethernet Backhaul).
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