How to set up 3G/4G or 4G/5G Deco Routers

Configuration Guide
Updated 12-18-2023 08:45:32 AM 61560
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You can set your Deco as a 3G/4G or 4G/5G router or a wireless router to meet the needs of different network scenarios.

Here we take Deco X80-5G for example.

Note:

Features available in Deco may vary by model and software version. All steps and images described here are only examples and may not reflect your actual Deco experience.

Set up your Deco in 3G/4G or 4G/5G Router mode

When working in 3G/4G or 4G/5G Router mode, Deco connects to the internet via a SIM card inserted.

1. Go to Google Play or the App Store to download the Deco app. Install the Deco app on your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet.

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2. Open Deco app. Log in or sign up to set up a TP-Link ID.

Note: If you already have a TP-Link Cloud account, you can log in with your account.

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3. Tap Let’s begin.

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4. Select your Deco model.

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5. Select Use as a 4G/5G Router.

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6. Unpack the contents of the box. Once you verify you have everything, go to the next step.

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7. Insert a SIM card to your Deco.

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8. Place your Deco in an open area near a window and power outlet. Look for a location where it can receive a strong 5G signal.

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9. Power on your Deco and wait until the LED pulses blue.

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10. Connect your phone to the Deco’s default SSID printed on the bottom label (such as Deco_XXXX).

Note: Some phones may connect to the default SSID automatically. The Deco app will notify it found the Deco.

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11. Assign your connected Deco to a room. The location will be also used as this Deco’s name.

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12. Confirm or customize the SIM card information. If you are not sure, contact your ISP.

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13. Create your Wi-Fi network name and password.

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14. Connect your phone/tablet to the Deco’s Wi-Fi.

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15. Setup complete. Now you can connect all your devices to the Deco network. If you have other Deco units in the same package, just plug in these Decos and they will be added to the network within 2 minutes.

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Set up your Deco in Wi-Fi Router mode

When working in Wireless Router mode, Deco connects to the internet via an Ethernet cable. If you already have a modem or your internet comes via an Ethernet cable from the wall, you can set the Deco as a regular wireless router to share the internet.

1. Go to Google Play or the App Store to download the Deco app. Install the Deco app on your Android or iOS smartphone or tablet.

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2. Open Deco app. Log in or sign up to set up a TP-Link ID.

Note: If you already have a TP-Link Cloud account, you can log in with your account.

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3. Tap Let’s begin.

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4. Select your Deco model.

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5. Select Use as a Wi-Fi Router.

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Connect Ethernet cable to your Deco’s one of the WAN/LAN ports from the modem/modem router like Pic 1 &2 or the Ethernet port on the wall like Pic 3.

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6. Unpack the contents of the box. Once you verify you have everything, go to the next step.

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7. Power off your modem and remove the backup battery if it has one.

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8. Connect one of your Deco units to your modem via Ethernet cable and power on both devices.

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9. Wait for the ‘Internet’ light to be stable on your modem.

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10. Wait until Deco’s LED light pulses blue.

Note: If the LED is not pulsing blue, press the RESET on Deco for one second, the LED will turn to yellow. Just wait for about 2 minutes until the LED turn to pulsing blue and go on.

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11. Connect your phone to the Deco’s default SSID printed on the bottom label (such as Deco_XXXX).

Note: Some phones may connect to the default SSID automatically. The Deco app will notify it found the Deco.

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12. Assign your connected Deco to a room. The location will be also used as this Deco’s name.

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13. Select the connection type such as PPPoE, Dynamic IP, and Static IP, and fill in VLAN ID if ISP required, which generally provided by ISP. The Common connection types of regular ISPs we collected is for reference only.

For connection type: you may choose Dynamic IP when the Deco wired to a main router/Modem Router like Pic 1, or you are suggested to confirm with ISP if your TP-Link Modem is wired to ISP/ a bridge Modem directly like Pic 2

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If ISP required a VLAN ID, please get the VLAN ID from your ISP and enter it follow the steps:

  1. Click on IPTV/VLAN Settings, enable IPTV/VLAN, and click on Mode, if your ISP is in the list, tap your ISP name and the VLAN ID will enter on the VLAN page automatically. Here we take "Australia-NBN" for example.

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  1. If your ISP is not in the list, please select Custom, then enter the Internet VLAN ID and Internet VLAN Priority according to the information provided by your ISP, and click on Save to finish the setup process.

If your ISP does not provide Internet VLAN Priority, you can enter 0.

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14. Create your Wi-Fi network name and password.

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15. Connect your phone/tablet to the Deco’s Wi-Fi.

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16. Setup complete. Now you can connect all your devices to the Deco network. If you have other Deco units in the same package, just plug in these Decos and they will be added to the network within 2 minutes.

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