Just one OneMesh compatible device to build a mesh network.
Hi @Kevinz and TP-Link crew,
It looks like just one OneMesh compatible device is enough to have mesh system. Could you please explain this phenomenon?
I have one Archer C7 v5.0 router (supporting OneMesh feature, FW V5_190726) and an old TL-WDR 4300 router (no support of OneMesh, latest firmware from 2015) set up as an Access Point. Both devices connected via LAN cable. The signals partially overlap as I have not big but 2-floors house. In this configuration I can clearly see that when I'm moving my device (mobile phone, tablet, laptop) between the floors, the device smoothly and immediately switches to the stronger signal - exactly as the mesh system works. It happens when I move between the floors in both ways (switching from router to AP and AP to router). Moreover, it also happens when I replace the WDR4300 with an old Access Point (TL-WA801ND, latest firmware from 2015) that also doesn't support OneMesh, but the Mesh feature works here as well with C7.
But when I reconfigure my network in an opposite way - use my WDR4300 as a main router and set up Archer C7 as an Access Point (in this mode OneMesh feature is not supported by C7), the smooth switching between the points on my mobile devices is not working anymore (I'm moving to the other floor but my devices still keep connections to the initial point, as long as I completely lose the signal with this point. Only then my devices are connecting to the point with stronger signal).
Could you please explain this phenomenon? As i mentioned in the beginning, it looks like the only thing you ned to build a OneMesh network is to have just one OneMesh compatible device as a router. The other access points must not support OneMesh feature. This finding is also opposite to what you advertise on the website: https://www.tp-link.com/en/onemesh/?utm_source=compatibility&utm_medium=local&utm_campaign=all, where you point that the range extenders (APs) must be also OneMesh compatible devices.
I was planning to replace my C7 with C80 and set up C7 as an AP but it seems like it doesn't make a sense if I'm going to lose Mesh functionality (C80 doesn't support OneMesh).
Thank you in advance and many greetings.