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

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Updated 04-22-2019 03:10:49 AM
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After you setup the Deco network successfully, the Deco units are in the Router mode. When the Deco in the Router mode, it work as a gateway device, so it has more features like the Antivirus, Parental Control, QoS, IPv4 and DHCP server etc.

The user can select Access Point mode according to the actual network environment, but when the Deco works in the Access Point mode, it does not have NAT function, so the features which related to NAT will disappear on the Deco app.

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


Here we use the Deco M5 for example.

When the Deco M5 in the Router mode, when we go to the Deco M5, we can see the below features on the Overview and More page.

After click on Advanced, you can see the below features.

While when the Deco M5 in the Access Point mode, here is the details features on the Overview, More and Advance page.

The Deco M9 Plus is similar with the Deco M5, compare with Deco M5, it has Shortcut and Automation feature and has more options on the Notification.

When the Deco M9 Plus in the AP mode, the Shortcut and Automation function still working, but in the Notification, the option which related to NAT function are disappeared.

By the way, when the Deco works in the Router mode, only the main Deco can connected to the front-end modem/router by an Ethernet cable, the other slave Deco can only connected to the main Deco’s network via Ethernet cable/Wi-Fi. However, when the Deco works in the AP mode, each Deco unit can connect to the front-end modem/router directly via Ethernet cable.

Note: When the Deco in the AP mode, the front-end modem/router should has NAT function.

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