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Extenders will definitely allow connections from further away, BUT they always cut your speed exactly in half. So an extender is just that a range extender, not a speed increaser, it decreases speed. However the range extension can prevent dropouts so it acts like it is a speed increase but it is really just preventin… see more Extenders will definitely allow connections from further away, BUT they always cut your speed exactly in half. So an extender is just that a range extender, not a speed increaser, it decreases speed. However the range extension can prevent dropouts so it acts like it is a speed increase but it is really just preventing dropouts (and remember it always cuts your speed in half).
On the other hand a Mesh system is actually 2 (or more) routers that you place in 2 different spots and so it does NOT start by cutting your speed in half. It is full speed. But since your computer (or wifi TV or doorbell etc) is closer to one of the 2 (or more) mesh spots it will also extend your range for that reason, and prevent dropouts for that reason. And the closer your device (computer, laptop, etc) is to the router, the chances are the faster the internet speed could very well be (for instance on the ookla online speed test website).

BUT an extender works with your old router. A mesh system IS a router (actually it is 2 or 3 or more routers), so it will not work with your old router. The routers are built in to the mesh system. With an extender you need a router (your old one for instance), the extender(s), and a modem.

With a mesh system you just need the mesh system and a modem. You do not need a router (because it is built in). see less
Extenders will definitely allow connections from further away, BUT they always cut your speed exactly in half. So an extender is just that a range extender, not a speed increaser, it decreases speed. However the range extension can prevent dropouts so it acts like it is a speed increase but it is really just preventing dropouts (and remember it always cuts your speed in half).
On the other hand a Mesh system is actually 2 (or more) routers that you place in 2 different spots and so it does NOT start by cutting your speed in half. It is full speed. But since your computer (or wifi TV or doorbell etc) is closer to one of the 2 (or more) mesh spots it will also extend your range for that reason, and prevent dropouts for that reason. And the closer your device (computer, laptop, etc) is to the router, the chances are the faster the internet speed could very well be (for instance on the ookla online speed test website).

BUT an extender works with your old router. A mesh system IS a router (actually it is 2 or 3 or more routers), so it will not work with your old router. The routers are built in to the mesh system. With an extender you need a router (your old one for instance), the extender(s), and a modem.

With a mesh system you just need the mesh system and a modem. You do not need a router (because it is built in).

Bill King
· May 3, 2021
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Hi! The security message you are receiving is due to a recent update of your smartphone’s mobile operating system. To remedy this message and to make sure your Deco S4’s encryption is optimally configured, please ensure your Deco app is fully updated, then update the firmware of your Deco S4. Once the firmware has been… see more Hi! The security message you are receiving is due to a recent update of your smartphone’s mobile operating system. To remedy this message and to make sure your Deco S4’s encryption is optimally configured, please ensure your Deco app is fully updated, then update the firmware of your Deco S4. Once the firmware has been updated, the Deco S4’s WiFi encryption will be set to WPA2-PSK [AES] by default, so this message will no longer appear.

For detailed instructions on how to update your Deco’s firmware, please visit FAQ 1599 on our official TP-Link website. To locate this FAQ, visit our website and enter 1599 in the top-right search field, then click the corresponding FAQ in the search results. see less
Hi! The security message you are receiving is due to a recent update of your smartphone’s mobile operating system. To remedy this message and to make sure your Deco S4’s encryption is optimally configured, please ensure your Deco app is fully updated, then update the firmware of your Deco S4. Once the firmware has been updated, the Deco S4’s WiFi encryption will be set to WPA2-PSK [AES] by default, so this message will no longer appear.

For detailed instructions on how to update your Deco’s firmware, please visit FAQ 1599 on our official TP-Link website. To locate this FAQ, visit our website and enter 1599 in the top-right search field, then click the corresponding FAQ in the search results.

TP-LINK Support Force
Manufacturer · September 3, 2021
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The nodes talk to each other to form the mesh network. The setup app will guide you in the placement of each node. My base is in one corner of the downstairs, I placed one node in the kitchen which is in the middle of the house and the other node upstairs. That gave me great coverage everywhere in the house.
Glenn C
· August 10, 2020
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The Parental Controls feature on our Deco Mesh WiFi systems is designed to provide robust, yet intuitive and convenient features to help safeguard your network and those who use it. For more details on the Parental Controls feature, please visit FAQ 1598 on our official website. To locate this FAQ, visit our website an… see more The Parental Controls feature on our Deco Mesh WiFi systems is designed to provide robust, yet intuitive and convenient features to help safeguard your network and those who use it. For more details on the Parental Controls feature, please visit FAQ 1598 on our official website. To locate this FAQ, visit our website and enter 1598 in the top-right search field, then click the corresponding FAQ in the search results. see less The Parental Controls feature on our Deco Mesh WiFi systems is designed to provide robust, yet intuitive and convenient features to help safeguard your network and those who use it. For more details on the Parental Controls feature, please visit FAQ 1598 on our official website. To locate this FAQ, visit our website and enter 1598 in the top-right search field, then click the corresponding FAQ in the search results.
TP-LINK Support Force
Manufacturer · January 7, 2021
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Omada Mesh and Deco Mesh are separate ecosystems; however, you can still manually add an Omada access point via Ethernet to your existing network, as with any other network.
TP-LINK Support Force
Manufacturer · January 7, 2021
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As a former Spectrum internet/phone tech support agent, I can tell you that it is not possible to buy a modem for use of the phone service. I mean, you can buy an MTA (phone modem) for hundreds of extra dollars but you can’t use it for the phone service, so don’t do that. For security and network management reasons, ph… see more As a former Spectrum internet/phone tech support agent, I can tell you that it is not possible to buy a modem for use of the phone service. I mean, you can buy an MTA (phone modem) for hundreds of extra dollars but you can’t use it for the phone service, so don’t do that. For security and network management reasons, phone service must go through a company-owned modem. see less As a former Spectrum internet/phone tech support agent, I can tell you that it is not possible to buy a modem for use of the phone service. I mean, you can buy an MTA (phone modem) for hundreds of extra dollars but you can’t use it for the phone service, so don’t do that. For security and network management reasons, phone service must go through a company-owned modem.
Michael Spengler
· June 23, 2021
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Absolutely. I have 3 Deco P9s and on the primary one port is connected to the router (as it has to be) with a computer plugged in to the second ethernet port. My second and third Decos are spread around the house for wifi coverage but also each have a desktop PC and a LAN printer connected to their ethernet ports and… see more Absolutely. I have 3 Deco P9s and on the primary one port is connected to the router (as it has to be) with a computer plugged in to the second ethernet port. My second and third Decos are spread around the house for wifi coverage but also each have a desktop PC and a LAN printer connected to their ethernet ports and are acting like switches for these devices. see less Absolutely. I have 3 Deco P9s and on the primary one port is connected to the router (as it has to be) with a computer plugged in to the second ethernet port. My second and third Decos are spread around the house for wifi coverage but also each have a desktop PC and a LAN printer connected to their ethernet ports and are acting like switches for these devices.
E. Crouse
· September 28, 2020
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As long as your router has an Ethernet handoff I don't see why not.
Jim B
· May 30, 2020
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Yes it does
M H.
· August 9, 2020
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I see that Colombia also uses 110V, so that should not be a problem. I think compatibility between Columbian modem/router can be managed worse case scenario with wired connection to primary mesh unit. Offers both 2.4 and 5ghz connections (I could not find details on what specific requirements for Colombian wi-fi). I… see more I see that Colombia also uses 110V, so that should not be a problem. I think compatibility between Columbian modem/router can be managed worse case scenario with wired connection to primary mesh unit. Offers both 2.4 and 5ghz connections (I could not find details on what specific requirements for Colombian wi-fi). I also do not know if the encryption level is high enough to be restricted to be exported. see less I see that Colombia also uses 110V, so that should not be a problem. I think compatibility between Columbian modem/router can be managed worse case scenario with wired connection to primary mesh unit. Offers both 2.4 and 5ghz connections (I could not find details on what specific requirements for Colombian wi-fi). I also do not know if the encryption level is high enough to be restricted to be exported.
Greg Morrissey
· November 30, 2020