Why two Ethernet ports?

Why two Ethernet ports?
Why two Ethernet ports?
2019-07-24 13:36:27 - last edited 2019-07-29 01:37:27
Model: Deco M5
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I just got Deco M5 installed and working. But I'm curious about two Ethernet ports. One is connected to a router CTS FWR5-3105, a device with ports for Ethernet (Deco M5 connected), optical fiber (Internet), and wi-fi. So what is other Ethernet port (in Deco M5) for? Is it a passthrough for a desktop computer without wi-fi hardware? Can I use Ethernet ports to connect desktop computers without their own wi-fi hardware?

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2019-07-25 02:14:04 - last edited 2019-07-29 01:37:27

@Matti 

 

There are 2 ethernet ports on each Deco, one for the internet source/modem, the other one can be used to get internet with wired cable connected. In other word, you can connect your desktop computer to the 2nd port to get internet. 

 

 

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2019-07-25 02:14:04 - last edited 2019-07-29 01:37:27

@Matti 

 

There are 2 ethernet ports on each Deco, one for the internet source/modem, the other one can be used to get internet with wired cable connected. In other word, you can connect your desktop computer to the 2nd port to get internet. 

 

 

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Re:Why two Ethernet ports?
2019-07-27 12:47:50

I plugged M5 to a desktop computer without its own wi-fi, and it works. Windows 10 seems to think that it Internet connection is by the way of Ethernet. All seems to work as expected, no problems whatsoever. Though lack of instructions in this detail had me bit worried.

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2019-07-29 01:36:43

@Matti 

 

Thanks for your reply, glad to hear that they are working properly.

 

You can refer to the user guide for more information. 

https://www.tp-link.com/support/download/deco-m5/ 

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Re:Re:Why two Ethernet ports?
2020-01-13 13:21:16

@Kevin_Z  hallo Kevin can I use the ether et port to connect my Nas storage and share it to the whole network through it? 

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Re:Re:Why two Ethernet ports?
2020-01-13 13:56:53 - last edited 2020-01-13 13:58:26

@Mgmsyq Yes you can; same as any other router.

 

I personnaly have a Deco M9 Plus set and, I have a NAS and an Ooma Telo plugged in a switch that is then plugged in the main Deco router second Ethernet port. This also gives me the option to plug my office laptop via Ethernet if I ver need to.

 

I assume the Deco M5 Ethernet ports has the same functions and, as such, if you Nas is the only equipement you need to connect by ethernet then, yes, you can use that port.

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Re:Re:Why two Ethernet ports?
2020-01-13 14:20:14

@TheClerk  thanks buddy 

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Re:Re:Why two Ethernet ports?
2020-07-30 19:34:06

Hey @TheClerk I'm struggling to get anything to work through a TP-Link switch that I have. Would you tell us what switch you're using?

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Re:Why two Ethernet ports?
2020-09-23 07:39:09

@Kevin_Z 

Can i connect a D-Link 24 Hub to one of the Ethernet Ports of the mesh?

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Re:Why two Ethernet ports?
2020-09-23 14:36:54

@Matti AFAIK another use for the ethernet ports, if you have a cabled network, is to connect the AP's through it instead of WiFi (Ethernet Backhaul)

 

 

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