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streetsandtheatres

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Jan 26, 2016
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I have a Deco x50 mesh network, and one of my MacBook pros (14" M1) consistently connects to a node that isn't the closest node. And it also seems to need to have the wifi turned off and on again in order to connect problem. My iPhone seamlessly connects to whatever the closest node is as I walk through the house, but the laptop is not doing this in any kind of consistent way.
Any tips?
 

Fishrrman

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Feb 20, 2009
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This is a guess.
Does the MBP slow down when you move it, and it's still connected to "the old node"?
If not, perhaps it doesn't "change nodes" because it doesn't need to change...
 

streetsandtheatres

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Original poster
Jan 26, 2016
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This is a guess.
Does the MBP slow down when you move it, and it's still connected to "the old node"?
If not, perhaps it doesn't "change nodes" because it doesn't need to change...
It does stay connected to the old node. But then has speed troubles. I see what you mean though, and perhaps the signal is above the threshold for changing nodes, but below where I'd like performance to be? Or should the laptop be always connecting to the strongest signal regardless?
 

arw

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Aug 31, 2010
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TP-link states:
Your phone or tablet automatically connects to the fastest Deco as you move through your home.
Which reads like in your case it doesn‘t behave like intended.
As a test, if the node closer to your desk actually provides better throughput: When you physically unplug the "bad" node to force a different connection to your MacBook, does the speed actually improve?
If so, maybe their AI-driven algorithm to provide the best mesh performance messed up and can be re-trained?
I‘d directly contact their support.
I do not own their mesh system but one from AVM (FritzBox) and there devices switch reliably to the strongest node. I'd (subjectively) say a switch to another node is initiated at the latest if it offers a 20% stronger signal.
 
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