What’s the difference between Access Point mode and Router mode on the Deco?

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Updated 07-12-2021 05:56:55 AM 329849
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After setup the Deco network successfully, the Deco units will work in Router mode by default. When the Deco works in Router mode, it performs as a gateway device, so it has some gateway features like Antivirus, Parental Controls, QoS, and DHCP Server, etc.

Users can select Access Point mode when there is an existing router in front of the main Deco. In this case, the existing router will work as a gateway device and the main Deco is used to share the internet connection by connecting to the LAN port of the existing router. In Access Point mode, the gateway features will disappear on the Deco app.

If you want to configure the Deco to Access Point mode, please refer to this link.

Below are the feature differences between the Router and AP mode.

Note: Different models may differ in the feature.

Features

Router mode supported

AP mode supported

Test Internet Speed

Yes

Yes

Network Optimization

Yes

Yes

Backlist

Yes

Yes

Update Deco

Yes

Yes

WPS

Yes

Yes

Monthly Report

Yes

Yes

Managers

Yes

Yes

Fast Roaming

Yes

Yes

Beamforming

Yes

Yes

LED Control

Yes

Yes

Operation Mode

Yes

Yes

Connection Alerts

Yes

Yes

Smart Actions

Yes

Yes

Antivirus

Yes

No

Parental Control

Yes

No

QoS

Yes

No

HomeShield

Yes

No

IPv4/IPv6/LAN IP/DHCP server/MAC Clone

Yes

No

IPTV/VLAN

Yes

No

Address Reservation

Yes

No

Port Forwarding

Yes

No

DDNS

Yes

No

SIP ALG

Yes

No

UPnP

Yes

No

Notifications

Support Update Firmware, Security Database Updated, Antivirus Alerts, Parental Controls, Monthly Report, and Device Alerts notifications

Support Update Firmware, Monthly Report, and Device Alerts notifications

 

Note:

When the Deco system works in Router mode, the Main Deco is a gateway router, other Deco units are similar to normal client devices, they are connected to the main Deco through wireless or Ethernet cables.

When the Deco system works in Access Point mode, there has to be the main Router in front of the main Deco, providing Internet. In this case, the main Deco and other Deco units are basically equal, they are clients of the main Router.

 

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