Welcome to TP-LINK Tech Support Forum
+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 15 of 15
  1. #1

    DECO 5 AP Mode and Guest networks + access NAS

    Model :

    Hardware Version :

    Firmware Version :

    ISP : [/COLOR]

    Hi,
    I am on the point of buying a Deco 5 system but cannot find answers for several points;
    Although a support engineer answered my initial question, I wish to keep my existing BT router/modem in place as I have several IP cameras, NAS Server and Web Server all setup using port forwarding. However, the BT units are not good with WiFi and I will disable the BT WiFi and install the Deco5 units as APs. I also have a TP-Link powerline setup exclusively for the main entertainment system (TV/BluRay/Set top unit).
    In AP mode, I am told that the Deco units will provide access to all units connected to my existing router/switch as it will be the same network (no sub networks). What is the position if I want to set up Guest access? Can this be done with all the Deco units in AP mode? If in a future firmware release the units create their own sub-net, would one be able to set up access to NAS devices on the primary network?
    Many questions, but I want to try and make sure that the TP-Link solution will be d to a degree future proof - especially if I later get a TP-Link AC2800 as my primary router/VDSL modem.
    Thanks.

  2. #2
    As far as I know, with wireless as the backhaul, once you enabled the guest network, deco creates two wireless links, one for the main network, the other for the guest network, as soon as any of the Slave Deco detects a Ethernet backhaul to its front Deco, it will turn off its Guest Network automatically.
    Regarding the sub-net, the default working mode on the Main deco is router mode which create its own sub-net, if you connect it in this way: Internet---BT router---Main Deco (working as router mode), it may have some problem, or even the internet works, the devices connected to the Deco is in different sub-nets from the devices connected to the BT router, they still cannot communicate with each other, so the AP mode is still recommended.

  3. #3
    Thank you.
    So, the essential question is;
    If I have , say, a TP-Link 2800 router/modem with all my IP cameras, NAS media servers etc connected (and a guest wifi network enabled), can I then connect the first Deco to the router using ethernet and 2 more Deco units as a Mesh system, run all the units in AP mode and have a guest wifi network as well? I am happy to disable the wifi on the main router if needed. It is just that I am unsure if the Deco units, if they are all in AP mode, can provide a guest network for internet only access. I do obviously need the Deco network on the same as the router so that one can access all the media devices and cameras.
    Thank you.

  4. #4
    How do you want to connect the two slave Deco? wirelessly? or through ethernet cable? if you are going to connect the other two Deco through ethernet cable, you want to connect them to the first Deco or to your main router or switch?
    Quote Originally Posted by stewartv View Post
    Thank you.
    So, the essential question is;
    If I have , say, a TP-Link 2800 router/modem with all my IP cameras, NAS media servers etc connected (and a guest wifi network enabled), can I then connect the first Deco to the router using ethernet and 2 more Deco units as a Mesh system, run all the units in AP mode and have a guest wifi network as well? I am happy to disable the wifi on the main router if needed. It is just that I am unsure if the Deco units, if they are all in AP mode, can provide a guest network for internet only access. I do obviously need the Deco network on the same as the router so that one can access all the media devices and cameras.
    Thank you.

  5. #5
    2 slave Deco units wirelessly if possible. The first (primary one) connected to the switch via Ethernet cable.

  6. #6
    Then I think the guest network would work on all the three Deco units

  7. #7
    Thank you - I wonder what the answer from TP-Link might be? I have some conflicting data as some suppliers say that a guest mode can only be supported by the router connected directly to the internet - this is to stop connections to other network devices. It all really depends on whether the APs can support multiple SSIDs......

  8. #8
    You can email tplink directly to confirm it,
    Launch the Deco app, tap the "三" icon at the upper left corner, tap Help -> Email Us

  9. #9
    I would email them via the app if I had purchased the units - this is more of a pre-sales inquiry.

  10. #10
    I am sure guest network won't be supported when it's AP mode yet

  11. #11
    Final Q !
    If all Deco units are in AP mode, will it still act as a mesh system with the same SSIDs and handing over between APs when moving around the house?
    Thanks!

  12. #12
    The answer is yes
    Quote Originally Posted by stewartv View Post
    Final Q !
    If all Deco units are in AP mode, will it still act as a mesh system with the same SSIDs and handing over between APs when moving around the house?
    Thanks!

  13. #13
    This is great. I know that I have to put the first Deco into Router mode to add additional nodes and hope that TP-Link may address this in later firmware. Apart from being the best looking mesh units, at least in the future I can use all the router functionality should the need arise. In the meantime, I will leave all my IP cameras, NAS and printers (plus TVs) on my main router/switch as I now know they can all be accessed if every Deco unit is in AP mode and getting its IP addresses from my primary router - and as a result can access all my devices.

    One additional thought that comes to mind; can one update firmware using the App if all the units are in AP mode? Or must one put a 'master' unit into router mode?

    Thanks.

  14. #14
    you can update no matter it's AP mode or router mode.

  15. #15
    Thanks to everyone - off to the shops now!


 

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Copyright 1996-2017 TP-LINK Technologies Co., Ltd. All rights reserved.