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Tuesday, November 1st, 2022 1:52 PM

Setting up mesh network with BGW320-505

What is the best way to setup TP-LINK mesh wifi6 system, AX3000 Deco X55 (times three units)…

with the Nokia BGW320-505, to optimize a wireless network?

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1 year ago

The best way is the one that meets your needs.  You can use IP Passthrough  and maintain all of the capabilities of the Deco or you can set the Deco up in AP Mode and they just become wireless access points on the same network as the BGW320.

Here's a good discussion of some of the pros/cons on a Deco system.

As far as your questions in the other thread, wifi6 capabilities aren't affected and there's no issue with SSID changes.

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1 year ago

Thank you for the links that provide tremendously useful information on setting up the tp- link satellites as a router. I am new to this technology. When I first received TP Links mesh satellites, all I did was connect an Ethernet cable from satellite to  BGW320-505 then follow prompts associated with TP Link app… and ended up with 2 networks… and access points.


 Question? Before I make changes, to ATT BGW320-505 for Passthrough, should I delete the TP Link network, and begin from scratch, with each satellite?

  • Question? When I turn off the firewall on BGW320-505, how will the TP Link router be protected? Is it the, subscription based HomeSheild Pro, within their app?

ACE - Guru

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1 year ago

I would recommend doing a factory reset on the BGW320 by holding down the reset button for >15 secs.  Same for the Deco, which takes a 1 sec push of the reset button.

Now you're starting fresh with no previous settings to complicate things.

If you disable the BGW's firewall the TP-Link still has its own firewall in place, protecting the devices connected to it.  The HomeShield software adds more features than the hardware firewall, hard to say if it's worth it.  As always, this sort of thing can come with side effects as we see with the AT&T offering......blocked legit websites, performance issues, etc.  Looks like some are unhappy that the HomeShield product sends a ton of telemetry about your activity back to TP-Link.  I'm not sure how much of that isn't really related to the job it has to do, however.

If you plan on hooking anything to the BGW besides the TP-Link, then leave the BGW firewall in place.

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10 months ago

The biggest issue I've run into in setting up my BG320 for passthrough to the TP-Ling mesh router is that you wind up with double NAT complications.  You cannot turn off the DHCP server on the BG320 and still properly pass a non-APIPA address.  The TP-Link cannot deal with this like a computer can.  The reason I got into this mess was due to a port forwarding issue.  When trying to use the Roon ARC function of the Roon Core you will wind up with errors that revolve around having the core seeing what it believes are two routers.  Seems the only thing to do, at least in my case, is to let the BGW320 do it's DHCP function and run the mesh network in AP mode.  Let me know if I'm missing something. 

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