Deco M5 source signal selectable?

Deco M5 source signal selectable?
Deco M5 source signal selectable?
2019-10-19 07:42:20 - last edited a week ago
Model: Deco M5
Hardware Version: V2
Firmware Version: 1.3.1

Is there an optimize command from the Deco App so that Deco slave units find their best signal source?

 

Is the signal source for slave decos selectable from the Deco App?

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Re:Deco M5 source signal selectable?-Solution
a week ago - last edited a week ago

@Hylure  @Sherowveer  @APrince  @tlx  @R144N  @Greenones 

 

Hello all, sorry to respond late.

 

Normally, Deco will select the best source unit to connect automatically, and there is currently no option on the Deco app to force it to connect to a certain source unit.

We actually have feedback this as a feature request to our developers and they will evaluate the feasibility to improve it.

Please wait patiently and keep an eye on your Deco app in case there are any updates.

 

Note: You may try to relocate the 3rd Deco unit and ensure it is 100% closer to the 2nd Deco, or you may turn off the main Deco first and ensure the 3rd is connected to the 2nd successfully, then turn on the main to give it a go.

 

Thank you all and have a nice day~

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Re:Deco M5 source signal selectable?
2019-10-21 01:18:16 - last edited a week ago

@MackPhoenix62 

 

Hello, sorry to tell you that the singal source for specific Deco is not selectable yet, it will find the signal source automatically.

 

While we have noted that and will keep an eye on the similar feedbacks. Then we can remind our product engineer and they can work on it. 

 

You can wait for the updates on official website. 

 

Best regards. 

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Re:Deco M5 source signal selectable?
2019-12-24 03:18:27

@Kevin_Z Hi , i found that my third deco m5 keep connect to main deco with weak wifi signal , while my second deco actually at the middle of both , i try to connect my third deco to second deco but dun know how , is that suppose to connect to second deco automatically or actually all sub deco must connect to main deco?

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Re:Deco M5 source signal selectable?
2019-12-25 02:58:31

@Eric_Yong 

 

Hello, the singal source is not selectable right now, the Deco connects to the front-end device automatically based on the signal strength. From what you mentioned, it seems that the signal the third Deco get from the main one does not reach the threshold value, therefore, it failed to trigger the AP steering. 

 

You can move them further away from each other. And you can reboot the third Deco and verify whether it will connect to the 2nd one. 

 

May it help. 

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Re:Deco M5 source signal selectable?
2020-04-03 07:05:43

@Kevin_Z 

Hello,

I connected my slave Deco with Ethernet cable to the main Deco and it still connect through the WiFi.

Shouldn't it prefer the cable connection?

 

Thanks.

Guy.

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Re:Deco M5 source signal selectable?
2020-04-20 05:34:46

@Eric_Yong @Kevin_Z I have this same problem. The third Deco can make a weak connection to the base station, so conencts it there instead of connecting to the second Deco in the chain. If the third deco would connect to the second it would have a faster more robust connection. But, because it connects to the wrong unit, I have weak internet and poor reception from my third Deco. Rebooting the Deco only works until the third Deco sees the main Deco. As soon as it sees the main unit it re-establishes it's poor connection. It would be really helpful, and make for a better network, if we could manually configure which station each deco connects to. Please help us tp-link.

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Re:Deco M5 source signal selectable?
2020-04-21 11:04:46

Yes, having exactly the same challenge :)

main deco front of the house (25 meter away from slave deco 2)

1st slave deco back of the house (13 meter away from solve deco 2)

2nd slace deco in the garage

 

It constantly keeps picking the signal from the main deco, having the signal indicator showing minimal signal in yellow...

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Re:Deco M5 source signal selectable?
2020-04-26 14:08:34

 

I found a solution, 

1. in the deco app click on the globe icon (says internet)

2. click on the three dots column in the top right - select "Set Main Deco"

3. Choose the main deco to be the unit in the middle of your chain and click SAVE.

4. You will see a warning that says "make sure this deco is connected to your modem or ethrenet" - IGNORE IT even if your main unit is not connected to the internet it will still work.

All your units will now connect to the new "main Deco" that is in the middle of your netwrork regardless if this is the one that is physically conected to the internet. 

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Re:Deco M5 source signal selectable?
2020-04-30 17:30:13

@Jack2222 

Nope, not gonna work anymore with this method.

The internet will only work with the Main Deco.

 

I feel about changing to any new devices if they support a select source signal.

 

If TP-link keep ignore us, they will just lose customers anyway.

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Re:Deco M5 source signal selectable?
2020-04-30 21:08:40

@Bready 

 

Same problem here!

 

@tplink please fix issue! DECO P7

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Re:Deco M5 source signal selectable?
2020-05-05 00:56:31

@MackPhoenix62 Same issue. This is crazy TP-Link. Figure this out or you are going to lose customers. You need to have a preferred (primary) unit for the Deco slaves. Doesn't make sense to have 3 units if the one that is the farthest away picks the worst signal to connect to. 

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