Deco M5 Signal Source

Deco M5 Signal Source
Deco M5 Signal Source
2019-12-21 20:29:47
Model: Deco M5
Hardware Version:
Firmware Version: 1.9.13

I purchased the Deco M5 as a solution to poor wifi reception at certain areas of the house, esp the garage. The AP I have set up in the garage insists on connecting to the signal source furthest away instead of the one about 5 feet away from it. Kind of defeats the purpose of buying this setup. Any update on when signal source will be a selectable item?

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Re:Deco M5 Signal Source
2019-12-23 03:02:41

@Plagmar 

 

It seems that the signal strength obtained by the garage Deco does not reach  the threshold value which failed to trigger the AP steering. You can try to move them further away between each other. 

 

Meanwhile, you can power cycle the garage Deco and verify whether it connect to the cloer Deco automatically. 

 

Still the same, you can power off the main Deco and turn on the other 2 Decos only and then you can turn the main Deco on once the third one connects to the second one. 

 

May it help. 

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Re:Deco M5 Signal Source
2019-12-23 16:07:29

@Kevin_Z Okay, thanks. I'll give that a try.

Merry Christmas

Kevin_Z wrote

@Plagmar 

 

It seems that the signal strength obtained by the garage Deco does not reach  the threshold value which failed to trigger the AP steering. You can try to move them further away between each other. 

 

Meanwhile, you can power cycle the garage Deco and verify whether it connect to the cloer Deco automatically. 

 

Still the same, you can power off the main Deco and turn on the other 2 Decos only and then you can turn the main Deco on once the third one connects to the second one. 

 

May it help. 

 

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Re:Deco M5 Signal Source
2019-12-24 01:43:42

@Plagmar 

 

Okay, take your time to do that.

 

Any updates, please let me know. 

 

Merry Christmas. 

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Re:Deco M5 Signal Source
2020-03-12 11:11:05
Hi Kevin, Any update on when signal source selection will be able via an update? Thanks Steve
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Re:Deco M5 Signal Source
2020-03-13 02:27:14

@SteveMassart 

 

Not yet, we will keep reaching out to our RD team, any updates, we will keep you posted immediately. 

 

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Re:Deco M5 Signal Source
2020-04-25 00:01:01
I have the same problem. Remote unit connects to the far-away main unit directly instead of another in-between unit. I'm on Deco M4 but the issue is exactly the same.
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Re:Deco M5 Signal Source
2020-04-25 00:46:15

@Jack2222 Mine seems to have worked. I unplugged everything except the one I wanted to connect to. Plugged in the one in the garage and it connected to the closest one. Then plugged in the furthest/main one and all seems good now but this has to be a selectable option in future updates

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Re:Deco M5 Signal Source
2020-04-26 14:07:50

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 Signal Source
2020-06-09 20:46:37

@Jack2222 I'm not sure this works anymore.  I have latest firmware and I've changed my default to a unit that isn't connected to the internet and it doesn't work.  Has anyone done this with latest firmware as of June 2020?

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Re:Deco M5 Signal Source
2020-06-09 20:53:51

@AU1994 

 

Yep, it's not working anymore.

To be honest this issue is well known for a few years now (you can find forum posts on this exact issue dating back to E4 units and older). I think tp-link is just not interested to fix this problem at all. would not recommend people to buy Deco unless their internet router happens to be in the exact center of the house.

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