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Setting up a mesh network

Hi bought a Tp link m4 mesh system as our WiFi from hub is very poor signal.

have tried to set up as recommended but when I put the hub in modem mode none of the Ethernet ports will work so therefore no signal to the tp link.

Have put it back in router mode and disabled the WiFi signal from the hub so the WiFi is running on a new network through the tp link however just concerned this isn’t the best way to do it.

any advice on better setup?

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Re: Setting up a mesh network

Put the hub into modem mode then power it off.

Connect the TP-Link by Ethernet but don’t power on yet 

Power in the hub and wait 5 minutes  

Power on the TP-Link and wait 5 minutes. 


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Re: Setting up a mesh network

Is there a specific port to use?

I can’t get an internet connection through any of the ports when it’s in modem mode but they work fine in router mode 

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Only one port works in Modem Mode.

Follow this protocol ...

Put the Hub into modem mode …

To enable modem mode on your Hub

  1. Make sure you are connected (wired or wirelessly) to your Hub
  2. Open your Internet browser
  3. Log in to your Hub's settings page by entering 192.168.0.1 into the address bar of your Internet browser
  4. Enter your Hub settings password. The default password is on the bottom of the Hub.  If you have changed the default password, enter that password instead
  5. Once you've logged in, click Modem Mode on the left
  6. Click the option next to Enable Modem Mode and then click Apply changes and wait for the base light to turn magenta.

Note: Once in Modem Mode, the IP address you use to access your Hub changes from 192.168.0.1 to 192.168.100.1.

then

  1. Disconnect all ethernet cables from the Hub then power off the Hub.
  2. Then, set up your own router with the WAN port set to be in DHCP mode. Make sure it’s fully initialized (leave 5 min) and then put in the Cat 5E/6 cable to the Hub.
  3. Now power up the VM hub and you should get a connection. This order only needs to be done the first time you connect your own router to the VM hub.

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Re: Setting up a mesh network


@gswann wrote:

Is there a specific port to use?

I can’t get an internet connection through any of the ports when it’s in modem mode but they work fine in router mode 


It doesn’t matter. 


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Re: Setting up a mesh network

Thanks, will give that a go tomorrow 

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Re: Setting up a mesh network

Thanks again, this seems to have worked.

just a few more questions to finish.

I assume i now need to plug the Ethernet connection for the virgin tv box into the TP link router and not the virgin hub?

also will the power line adapters still work, the master  was also connected via Ethernet 

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Re: Setting up a mesh network

Everything that was connected to the Hub needs to be connected to the third party equipment.


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Re: Setting up a mesh network

If you have a mesh how you can safely ditch the powerlines if they are Wifi ones.

The output from the mesh will be much stronger and more stable. 


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