Can I use the same network name on deco and main router. I don't want to have two different network

Can I use the same network name on deco and main router. I don't want to have two different network
Can I use the same network name on deco and main router. I don't want to have two different network
2020-06-24 00:46:42
Model: Deco M5
Hardware Version: V1
Firmware Version: 1.10.5

I recently got Virgin Media broadband. It comes with router which is quite good but since I have a mesh already, I thought of using it to extend the network connect.

 

The virgin media comes with a network where I have out a personal network name. Can I use the mesh to just extend the same network without creating a new network name.

 

Can I use the same network name on deco and main router. I don't want to have two different network names. 

 

I could use the network name as guest but I already have that on the main router. 

 

Can someone pls help. Thanks

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Re:Can I use the same network name on deco and main router. I don't want to have two different network
2020-06-24 18:16:23

@ikaz1106 

 

If you want to just keep using your existing router with the Deco, set the Deco operation mode to Access Point. 

 

The Deco will still provide you a mesh network, but will just work as AP units and not a router. 

 

I would recommend renaming the Deco to be the same network name and password of your router, and just disable the Wi-Fi on your ISP router. Leave the wireless coverage to the Deco.

 

Just to clarify, you must have at least one Deco wired to the ISP router.

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Re:Can I use the same network name on deco and main router. I don't want to have two different network
2020-06-25 00:55:40

@Tony  Similar setup, but need clarification. If 3 Decos are in use, just the one cabled to the router (with WiFi access point disabled) in access point mode? Or all three Decos in AP mode?

 

And it seems obvious, but I hate to assume: Can gig ethernet devices (PCs, printers, etc) be connected to all unused ports on all three Decos?

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Re:Can I use the same network name on deco and main router. I don't want to have two different network
2020-06-25 20:41:51

@edp 

 

Router mode or AP mode will apply to all nodes at once.

 

You can leave the Deco network in router mode if you still want to take advantage of all the available features. Running in AP Mode will get rid of most features as it no longer handles routing. 

 

As far as the other slave nodes, you can wire devices into those ports to get wired connectivity. You could also attach a switch if you want to expand the available LAN ports as well on a Deco.

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