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Tenda MW6 Mesh Issues when Connecting a 4th Unit

Discussion in 'General Wireless Discussion' started by thingsfallapart, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. thingsfallapart

    thingsfallapart New Around Here

    Feb 11, 2019
    Hi All,

    First day here so please be gentle!

    I've got a Tenda MW6 4-node configuration

    Router -> Master Node (Living Room) via WAN port
    2x MW6's in the Dining room and bedroom - wireless.

    The problems have arisen when trying to connect the 4th MW6. (MW6-4)

    If I connect via wireless to the other nodes - it works fine.

    The problem is that I want to use Ethernet (as it's to be placed in a garden room, which is hard wired and it's too far to get a good wifi signal.)

    Apparently, the MW6 supports ethernet backhaul.

    1. Connect MW6-4 to Master via LAN cable (direct) works
    2. Connect MW6-4 to switch or any of the rest of the home network and it fails to operate ethernet backhaul and takes everything down with it!

    If I connect the Master node to the switch it also creates an issue. Do you think there's a DHCP conflict here and there's something going with IP addresses?

    Also, I can't update the firmware to V1.0.0.16 on the MW6-4 - the app keeps failing. I'm getting pretty sick of this buggy experience. It should be plugged into ethernet and we're done!

    Any ideas on this?
  2. Internet Man

    Internet Man Senior Member

    Sep 1, 2017
    Do you mean Modem -> Master Node via WAN port? I assume that you don't have some other router involved.

    This would seem to be an important first step. All nodes should be on the same, most recent, version. Can you first configure MW6-4 using wireless backhaul while it's within range and get the firmware updated that way? Can you start over with MW6-4 as the Master Node so that it can get updated then shift the other updated nodes around?

    From Tenda's FAQ:
    MW6-one node cannot connect to other two nodes,what should i do?
    MW6-How to add a new nova in a mesh network?
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  3. thingsfallapart

    thingsfallapart New Around Here

    Feb 11, 2019
    Thanks Internet man!

    The master node is connected to a BT Smart Hub 2 via ethernet port ont he back of the hub and via the WAN port on the MW6.

    The hub is one of these:


    Everything works fine with it wirelessly and I can manage all the IP addresses of connected devices in here.

    I've put the MW6-4 literally on top of the master node and tried to update the firmware and it just won't work. Tried resetting, restarting, re-adding to network too. No joy!

    FAQ wise - I've done those things fine. I can get a connection to the MW6 - just when I connect via ethernet the whole thing goes down.

    Maybe I need to start all over again, perhgaps in bridge mode?

    Maybe start with MW6-4 as the master node and update the firmware that way?