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#306570 4-Aug-2023 10:48
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Hi Team,

 

 

 

My parents are outside of the range to get fibre but it apears they have One NZ 5g coverage - going by the coverage map.

 

Just wondering if anyone knows what modem comes with the 5g Wireless broadband plan and if installing a fixed antenna will make a difference.

 

 

 

I''ll be looking to get the 5g modem linked to the main router WAN port which serves as the controller for 2x wireless AP's

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  #3111749 4-Aug-2023 11:14
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TP-Link Deco X80 5G that supports dual band AX6000


 
 
 

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  #3111758 4-Aug-2023 12:00
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Awesome - so theoritcally If I put that into bridge mode could I just connect the TP-Link to the current routers WAN port and make the entire network live? I'd prefer to just use it as a SIM Card modem and let the other router do all the grunt work


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  #3111770 4-Aug-2023 12:39
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Starlith:

 

Awesome - so theoritcally If I put that into bridge mode could I just connect the TP-Link to the current routers WAN port and make the entire network live? I'd prefer to just use it as a SIM Card modem and let the other router do all the grunt work

 

 

 

 

Hiya.

 

 

 

The ideal way of doing this is actually putting additional routers in access point mode, and just letting the Deco X80 handle all of your devices connected to the X80 OR third party router. That way you avoid Double NAT, double DHCP and any other issues.

 

 

 

But also the X80 is fairly grunty itself, you could expand your WiFi coverage with other Decos (I.E X20s and up).

 

 

 

Can you elaborate on the setup you need/trying to achieve?





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MaxineN:

 

Starlith:

 

Awesome - so theoritcally If I put that into bridge mode could I just connect the TP-Link to the current routers WAN port and make the entire network live? I'd prefer to just use it as a SIM Card modem and let the other router do all the grunt work

 

 

 

 

Hiya.

 

 

 

The ideal way of doing this is actually putting additional routers in access point mode, and just letting the Deco X80 handle all of your devices connected to the X80 OR third party router. That way you avoid Double NAT, double DHCP and any other issues.

 

 

 

But also the X80 is fairly grunty itself, you could expand your WiFi coverage with other Decos (I.E X20s and up).

 

 

 

Can you elaborate on the setup you need/trying to achieve?

 

 

So I have Grandstream Router and 2x Grandstream AP's in place. Grandstream Router handles DHCP/NAT and is also the controller for both AP's.

 

I want to keep the remaining infrastructure in place without having to change things while avoiding the double NAT/DHCP issues you described.


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Starlith:

 

So I have Grandstream Router and 2x Grandstream AP's in place. Grandstream Router handles DHCP/NAT and is also the controller for both AP's.

 

I want to keep the remaining infrastructure in place without having to change things while avoiding the double NAT/DHCP issues you described.

 

 

 

 

Ahh, I see. Unfortunately no bridge mode exists on the X80. Just confirmed from someone in the device team.





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  #3111798 4-Aug-2023 14:42
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OP may be able to play with the DHCP settings and have the Grandstream router's LAN port connected to the network so it can work as a controller for the WiFi APs, but not route traffic through it.  The scenario may be:

 

  • TP-Link DHCP turned off
  • Grandstream router LAN connected to the same network as the TP-Link LAN
  • Grandstream router acts as the DHCP server (I'm guessing this would be needed for the APs to find it as their controller)
  • Grandstream router gives out DHCP information that includes the TP-Link's IP address for the default gateway and DNS server for cabled and wireless devices connected to the network.

It's a little messy but should work reliably.





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Dynamic:

 

OP may be able to play with the DHCP settings and have the Grandstream router's LAN port connected to the network so it can work as a controller for the WiFi APs, but not route traffic through it.  The scenario may be:

 

  • TP-Link DHCP turned off
  • Grandstream router LAN connected to the same network as the TP-Link LAN
  • Grandstream router acts as the DHCP server (I'm guessing this would be needed for the APs to find it as their controller)
  • Grandstream router gives out DHCP information that includes the TP-Link's IP address for the default gateway and DNS server for cabled and wireless devices connected to the network.

It's a little messy but should work reliably.

 

 

I think I missed something..

 

What if I remove the Grandstream Router from the network and just use the TP-Link + Grandstream AP's?

 

I was thinking I could just set one of the Grandstream AP's as the new Master controller and the other as the Slave which allows the TP-Link can do DHCP/NAT duties for the network.




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You'll be better removing the Grandstream router and just using the access points. I'd strongly recommend factory resetting them then you can either use https://gwn.cloud (their free cloud controller) or one of the AP's in master mode for management. You're better to turn off WiFi on the router also.

 

Just note that despite the service technically being 5G you'll see speeds can be all over the place depending on load like any wireless service. I've known a few people on 4G/5G broadband now and especially rurally they've noticed the speed drop to the point they can't stream Netflix. Many of the people I know who once had mobile service have since moved to either fixed wireless through a wireless internet service provider or Starlink (which is also not problem free). This all depends however on how many subscribers you have in your area - I know a few of the cells here in Paraparaumu get really bad.





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