【Deco Beta Firmware】Change wireless security type on your Deco system

【Deco Beta Firmware】Change wireless security type on your Deco system
【Deco Beta Firmware】Change wireless security type on your Deco system
2020-09-18 02:59:56 - last edited a week ago
Model: Deco
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Background:

Some of you may have updated your Apple devices to the latest iOS 14 version and get a “Weak Security” warning message when connecting to the Deco network. This is because iOS14 and some new operating systems consider other than the latest WPA3 and WPA2 AES to have security issues.

 

Why Deco network is displayed as “Weak Security”?

Deco by default secures your wireless network with a mixed WPA/WPA2-AES/TKIP security, and it is not manually configurable. We currently only have the Deco X20 and Deco X60 support WPA3 security, and we will add more:

https://www.tp-link.com/wpa3/compatibility/

 

What to do?

We will soon release official firmware for the Deco devices to allow you to change the wireless security type in weeks, please keep an eye on your Deco app for the updates.

If you do worry about your network security and want to get rid of the “weak security” warning immediately, we have prepared the beta firmware for the Deco devices, you may update your Deco devices to this beta firmware as per your Deco models. We updated the download link in case there are models in your Deco network that don't support this feature yet to change the wireless security:

[Update on 13 Oct 2020] New official firmware for some Deco models is available, the beta firmware is removed from the below list and it is suggested to update to the latest official firmware.

Deco M5_V1/V2/V3: new official firmware 1.4.9 Build 20200924 Rel. 60170 is now available, update it via the Deco app or web interface directly. If someone is currently on the newer 1.5.0 beta, he is not allowed to downgrade to the new 1.4.9 official, and it is suggested to wait for the 1.5.0 official firmware in the near future.

Deco M4(R)_V1/V2: new official firmware 1.4.3 Build 20200918 Rel. 74289 is now available, update it via the Deco app or web interface directly.

Deco M9 Plus_V1: new official firmware 1.4.3 Build 20200918 Rel. 75286 is now available, update it via the Deco app or web interface directly.

Deco M9 Plus_V2: new official firmware 1.4.3 Build 20200921 Rel. 42500 is now available, update it via the Deco app or web interface directly. If someone is still under the older 1.2.x version, he will need to manually download the latest firmware from here, then update it via the Upgrade Tool.

Deco P7_V1: new official firmware 1.4.9 Build 20200918 Rel. 74680 is now available, update it via the Deco app or web interface directly.

Deco P9_V1/V2: new official firmware 1.1.2 Build 20200918 Rel. 74476 is now available, update it via the Deco app or web interface directly.

Deco E4_V1: new official firmware 1.4.3 Build 20200918 Rel. 44982 is now available, update it via the Deco app or web interface directly.

Deco S4_V2: new official firmware 1.4.3 Build 20200918 Rel. 77820 is now available, update it via the Deco app or web interface directly.

Deco W2400_V1: new official firmware 1.4.3 Build 20200918 Rel. 47959 is now available, update it via the Deco app or web interface directly.

Deco AC1200_V1: new official firmware 1.4.3 Build 20200918 Rel. 48343 is now available, update it via the Deco app or web interface directly.

Deco M1300_V1: new official firmware 1.4.9 Build 20200924 Rel. 66278 is now available, update it via the Deco app or web interface directly.

Deco X60_V1: https://static.tp-link.com/2020/202009/20200922/Deco_X60_V1_1.2.5.zip

Deco X60_V2: https://static.tp-link.com/2020/202009/20200922/Deco_X60_V2_1.0.5.zip

Deco X20_V1: https://static.tp-link.com/2020/202009/20200922/Deco_X20_V1_1.2.5.zip

Deco X20_V1.2: https://static.tp-link.com/2020/202009/20200922/Deco_X20_V1.2_1.0.5.zip

Deco W3600_V1: https://static.tp-link.com/2020/202009/20200922/Deco_W3600_V1_1.2.5.zip

Deco W3600_V1.2: https://static.tp-link.com/2020/202009/20200922/Deco_W3600_V1.2_1.0.5.zip

Deco M3W_V1: https://static.tp-link.com/2020/202009/20200928/Deco_M3W_V1_1.0.6.zip

 

Note:

1. Once updated to this beta firmware, your Deco network security will be set to WPA2-PSK (AES) by default. If some of your old IoT devices cannot connect to the Deco network anymore, you need to change the security back to the mixed WPA2-PSK (AES)+WPA-PSK (TKIP) as your devices don’t support the newer AES version.

 

2. To change the security type on your Deco app, ensure you are running the latest Deco app on your phone, Android version 2.2.1, and iOS 2.2.2.

Launch your Deco app->MORE->Wi-Fi, tap the password box and you will be able to change the Security Type:

3. You can only update this beta firmware via your Deco device web interface: https://www.tp-link.com/support/faq/1599/

 

Let the community know if you have any further inquiries, thanks a lot~

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Re:【Deco Beta Firmware】Change wireless security type on your Deco system
2020-09-18 07:00:09

@TP-Link_Deco 

 

Excellent.... Good to see your development team is still with us... 

 

While I am happy to see this update, the ability to choose the channels is yet not implemented in the beta firmware. This is a request from hundreds of users and I am hopeful that it will be included in the final release of the next update. 

 

Would you please update on the channel change option... And confirm if it will be included in the final release? 

 

Thanks. 

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Re:【Deco Beta Firmware】Change wireless security type on your Deco system
2020-09-18 09:08:23
And news on the P9?
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Re:【Deco Beta Firmware】Change wireless security type on your Deco system
2020-09-18 09:38:40

@timp78 

 

Thanks for your reminding, just updated.

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Re:【Deco Beta Firmware】Change wireless security type on your Deco system
2020-09-18 09:40:28

@TP-Link_Deco please can you issue a change log?

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Re:【Deco Beta Firmware】Change wireless security type on your Deco system
2020-09-18 15:52:54

@TP-Link_Deco thanks so much for the beta firmware upgrade. I have changed my review on Amazon to reflect the improvement

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Re:【Deco Beta Firmware】Change wireless security type on your Deco system
2020-09-18 18:31:49 - last edited 2020-09-18 18:59:20

@TP-Link_Deco I was able to update my m5 network to the beta. In the app, I verified that the new firmware was recognized. I went to the App Store to verify the version of the app I have (2.2.2 for iOS, updated 1 week ago). However, I don't have the option on the Wi-Fi Settings screen to manage secuirty.

 

However, my i-devices started working again now that the router has been updated.

 

In case some people were wondering: in my case, my Apple devices connected to the network fine, but they just had sporadic or very slow connections to other sites. So, my symptoms were:

  • Wireless network not working on i-devices despite multiple reboots of entire system.
  • Wired network working correctly.
  • Wireless network working ok on non-Apple devices.

 

EDIT: This was resolved by updating to the beta firmware. Thank you for providing that. Unfortunately, after about 10 minutes, my iPad was back to the same intermittent internet problem, while my wired computer is working fine. My Deco app now has a "network optimization" feature that I'm running. But I'm not hopeful at this point.... Yep, as I expected, that didn't help. Bummer. 

 

Will there be an automatic upgrade from the beta to the release software? Sometimes some companies make beta users upgrade manually becuase the release doesn't include an upgrade mechanism from the beta version.

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Re:【Deco Beta Firmware】Change wireless security type on your Deco system
2020-09-18 18:41:49

@TP-Link_Deco 

Thanks for the Updates.

As your mail support already told me - I have an integrated M3W Deco too - this device so far has no firmware update.

So it happens, that my DecoApp doesn't show the security settings.

 

Please keep in mind updating the M3W too! :)

 

Thanks

-- TP-Link Deco P7 Mesh Network @ 1.4.8 Beta-Build 20200916 Rel. 59840 TP-Link Deco M3W @ 1.0.5 Build 20191202 Rel. 63124
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Re:【Deco Beta Firmware】Change wireless security type on your Deco system
2020-09-19 12:37:08

@TP-Link_Deco Thank you to the engineers for pulling this WPA2 update together in line with IOS 14 notification - as an engineer myself, I realize that it is not always easy to make changes quickly and preserve stability! I updated my P9 with no issues on WPA2 settings and everything appears to be stable.

 

Just a few gentle points of feedback about the Deco and firmware in general.

 

On the mesh front, these devices are amazing. I have had the P9 for about 8 months, and it is the first time I have ever been satisified with WiFi at home in 15 years. Many of my friends and colleagues are having problems with reliability of WiFi with school at home and multiple streams, but our connectivity has been solid with several wireless and wired devices streaming. I really like the flexability in the P9 of three backhaul methods. I ended up using ethernet backhaul because performance of the mesh was good in locations where I could run cable and powerline backhaul not needed.

 

Since there is a focus on security with WPA2, on the security front, I just want to mention that living in low density suburban area, my greatest concern is not WPA2 vs WPA. it is really that the Deco does not provide me either [control over UPnP] OR [advanced option of isolation of the WiFi Guest Network as a separate VLAN in AP mode served by a more full featured/configurable router with VLAN isolation support]. Either option would at least provide a pathway to some control over WAN facing ports opened by UPnP. So at the moment, while I have IOT devices isolated on VLAN 591 wired (via VLAN settings on switch) and wireless (via Deco), which is great, it is unsettling to not have visibility on WAN UPnP ports on both main and guest network. I understand there are some websites that will help scan for open ports, but that is just a crude snapshot in time and not a security policy.

 

Thank you again for the WPA2 update and for considering my feedback for future improvements. I really do appreciate all of the engineering on mesh system and in my case excellent stability and performance over the last 8 months. I am hopeful that at some point one of the two pathways above for enhanced security will be offered to those of us that care about it. I would gently mention that for a long time now, the U.S. FBI has issued general consumer advice to disable UPnP on routers, as part of prior prior National Cyber Security Awareness Month tips (e.g. October 13, 2015 tip sheet), so I think it would really valuable to at least one pathway for a conusmer to implement the advice.

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Re:【Deco Beta Firmware】Change wireless security type on your Deco system
2020-09-19 23:31:15

@TP-Link_Deco 

 

Dear, I am currently using a beta firmware on my deco m4 for the 5Ghz channel to receive 149+ channel. Is this firmware restriced to band 1-4? Otherwise, I cannot connect my phones using 5Ghz. Which is really annoying. 

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Re:【Deco Beta Firmware】Change wireless security type on your Deco system
2020-09-20 00:17:27

@TP-Link_Deco 

 

I just upgraded my M5 and M4 and don't see any prompt to change the WiFi.  When I press the password I don't get any prompt.  I verified that the beta software has been successfully loaded onto both devices.  What is the problem?

 

I do now have a "Network Optimization" feature.  Not sure what it does.

 

Any help would be appreciated.

 

Thanks,

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