force device to always connect to a specific deco?

force device to always connect to a specific deco?
force device to always connect to a specific deco?
2019-09-20 13:48:31 - last edited 2020-11-06 06:50:05
Model: Deco M4
Hardware Version: V1
Firmware Version: 1.1.0

Is there any way to force a device to connect to a specific deco? In my home office I have a TP-Link RE450 extending the Deco's WiFi network, but it always seems to connect to the deco furthest away from it rather (ideally) the one just a few meters away from it in the hallway - or even the (main) deco in the kitchen.

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2020-11-06 06:49:43 - last edited 2021-06-02 01:36:28

Hello @WilsonC and all, thank you all for the valued suggestions.

 

Generally, the client device will connect to the nearest Deco node. However, there are still some clients sticking on a Deco node further away, which may be decided by the roaming mechanism of the client device itself.

 A client device decides whether to roam or not depends on several factors.

 1. A shorter distance does not mean a stronger signal.

Obstacles and wireless interference may affect the signal quality of the Deco units. You can get a better understand of the signal quality of surrounding APs via Wi-Fi analysis software such as Wi-Fi Analyzer.

 2. It doesn't reach the roaming threshold.

For AP steering among different Deco nodes, only when the signal strength of the current AP (Deco) becomes lower than a threshold and the signal strength of another AP is good enough, Deco will recommend clients to roam via 802.11k/v standards.

 3. The roaming behavior can vary depending on clients.

Deco can only provide a roaming suggestion. Whether to roam or not depends on the client itself as it has its own roaming threshold as well, which is decided by its manufacturer. In this case, clients may refuse the roaming suggestion or respond slowly causing the delay of roaming. There are also some clients that may decide to roam even though Deco doesn't recommend roaming.

Available suggestions:

Please disable the Mesh Technology option for these clients. Deco doesn't support the feature to fix clients to specific Deco at present.

And we have planned to add this function in future updates. Please pay attention to our firmware updates.

For more details, please refer to this link:

https://www.tp-link.com/en/support/faq/3038/​​​​​​​

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Re:force device to always connect to a specific deco?
2019-09-23 03:15:29

@moloko 

 

Sorry to tell you that there is no option to force connect to a particular Deco yet. While we have noted that and will remind our R&D team about this request once we got more similar data.

 

For now, we may need connect a device to the specific Deco first and disable mesh technology.

 

And theoretically, the device will select and connect to the wifi network with better performance automatically.

 

May it help and have a good day. 

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Re:force device to always connect to a specific deco?
2019-09-23 09:54:46

 

Kevin_Z wrote

 

For now, we may need connect a device to the specific Deco first and disable mesh technology.

 

And theoretically, the device will select and connect to the wifi network with better performance automatically.

@Kevin_Z thanks, as it turns out that's exactly what I ended up trying and it so far it seems to be working.

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Re:force device to always connect to a specific deco?
2019-09-23 22:55:49
If we disable mesh tech on a device, it will only connect to the last deco it was connected to? Or the main deco?
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Re:force device to always connect to a specific deco?
2019-09-24 08:14:54

@moloko 

 

Got cha. Glad to hear that it works well as expected now.

 

You can take more time to test the performance.

 

And please feel free to let us know if there is any updates. 

 

Good day. 

 

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Re:force device to always connect to a specific deco?
2019-09-24 08:16:47

@Razr 

 

With mesh technology disabled, the Deco won't recommend the client to roam between different networks. 

 

And it will connect to the last Deco it was connected to before you disabled the mesh technology. 

 

However, some devices will choose the stronger signal to connect automatically, which we cannot limit on the Deco. 

 

May it help and have a good day. 

 

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Re:force device to always connect to a specific deco?
2019-09-24 08:19:41
Thank you for clarifying. Quick question (not to highjack the thread) are there plans to add a web ui to the Deco p7? I like the added features in the latest update, I just enjoy being able to restart my network from a computer and manage port forwarding and stuff. Thanks!
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Re:force device to always connect to a specific deco?
2019-09-24 09:59:38

@Kevin_Z seems to be working well so far. It certainly would be useful to have an option to force a device to connect to a particular Deco rather than just having to wait until it does.

 

I echo what @Razr says about improving the WebUI. Call me old-fasioned but I do prefer a good old web UI to a mobile app!

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Re:force device to always connect to a specific deco?
2019-09-25 08:13:07

@moloko 

 

Thanks for your reply, great to know that it works so far. 

 

For the new feature, have noted that. wink

 

If need more help, just let us know.

 

Good day. 

 

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Re:force device to always connect to a specific deco?
2019-09-25 08:15:44

@Razr 

 

Hello, the Deco P7 supports web UI since the latest firmware already. 

 

While cause there is not much features supported by web UI, we choose NOT add it under release note.

 

You can access it with the LAN IP address when you connect to the Deco P7.

 

May it help and have a good day. 

 

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Re:force device to always connect to a specific deco?
2019-09-25 08:31:15

@Kevin_Z 

 

Awesome. Thats super convient and exciting, the reboot all option is great, and makes me super happy. 

 

I'm trying to set up a server, and I need to know my local domain name for the Deco P7. Could you help me? 

 

Does each deco have its own domain name? 

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