Deco P7 - Your experience?

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Deco P7 - Your experience?
Deco P7 - Your experience?
2019-07-31 16:18:03 - last edited 2019-07-31 16:19:23
Model: Deco P7
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Looking at options for our very spread out church building (looks like a squared off C - with the ends being the new and old sanctuary - connected by a long hallway that forms the spine of the C - comprised of lots of brick and cinder block).  Only 2 ethernet connections throughout the facility, so wired backhaul limited to 2 of the estimated 6-9 access points needed.  Had been considering the Linksys Velop Tri-Band, but that's $1,000 at Costco for 8 nodes.  So, that leads me to the Deco P7 (actually considered the TP-Link EAP245 V3 and OC200 Controller, but these are only dual-band with no dedicated 3rd radio for backhaul - again, only 2 ethernet connections for wired backhaul).  The Deco P7 is interesting because not only can we connect 2 of the nodes via wire, but the remainder can connect via powerline at up to AV600 - thus avoiding the need for tri-band wireless.  However, reviews on the Net regarding Powerline are all over the place and many are far less than flattering.  I can find almost no real-world info on the Deco P7, so I'm asking the Community if you have experience with this product - what do you think?  Thanks for your help.

 

PS - Forgot to include that we have 100/100Mb service coming in to the building right now.

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Re:Deco P7 - Your experience?
2019-07-31 16:41:29

@YzPlayr 

 

 

Your are correct the real world use for Powerline is really all over the place.  There are many reasons for this. First understand the rating. For instance AV600 means that data transmits up to 600 Mbps between the adapter or in the Deco P7's case the Deco Nodes.  It is also the maximum speed in an ideal enviroment and not a guarantee. This is not a indicator of network speed you as a user will see.  That speed is dependent on your ISP package.  The second thing to understand is Powerline Adpaters can only work on the same panel.  If a sub panel is involved PLC adapters will not work. Third thing to understand is that each hop between circuits can slow your transmit speeds.  We have a thread that talks about this here: https://community.tp-link.com/us/home/forum/topic/150615?page=1.  Lastly load and interference.  Every thing that is connected to the power adds "noise" or interference.  Think of it like mud on a road. The more there is the slower you go.  You can reduce this by connecting items to a Surge Protector, which not only protects those devices from electical surges but also acts as a filter for the noise they add.  

 

The Deco P7 is one of our newest Mesh systems and is the first in the US to feature PLC backhaul.  You will still have the wireless backhaul and ethernet.  Even though Ethernet does not seem to be a viable option for you.  As long as you take measures above to limit the powerline noise you should have a good experiance with the Deco P7

 

 

Best Regards 

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