TP Link Deco Mesh not compatible with Simplisafe cameras?
I have the indoor camera as well as the doorbell camera. I have a TP Link Deco w6000 system (1 base, 3 nodes). My home is medium size single story. I don't have a single wifi dead zone in this house. I have gigabit fiber. Speed is not an issue. Signal strength is not an issue.
I have the Deco(s) setup in AP mode while using a router with DD-WRT.
On the Deco(s), I created a guest network to operate on 2.4 Ghz that is isolated from the rest of the network (which everyone should do frankly). Beamforming and Fast Roaming are disabled. I found the MAC addresses for the cameras and disabled the "mesh" toggle which to my understanding tells the Deco(s) to not try to switch nodes i.e. "It's got the best connection on this node so don't try to switch it".
I have one Deco that is 10' from one camera and 20' from the other. There is a single wall in between each camera and the deco.
I can get the cameras to connect to the WiFi when I first set them up. Not 5 minutes later, both disconnect and will not reconnect. Occasionally they manage to reconnect but the fun part is that I can view 1 and the other will go offline again. Then they both disconnect again and the cycle repeats.
On my DD-WRT router, I kicked on the 2.4 Ghz radio (which irks me because it's less than 1' from the base Deco), created a guest network isolated and connected both Simplisafe cameras to that SSID. Now I can view both cameras with about 85% reliability.
I have several other IOT devices including cameras from other vendors such as the TP Link Kasa, some cheap WiFi cameras from Walmart, smart light switches, outlets, etc. NONE of them have a single problem with the Deco's 2.4 Ghz guest network.
Something about the Simplisafe cameras absolutely doesn't play nice with TP Link's Deco mesh system. They sent me replacement cameras which had the same issue and the folks working their call centers had no idea what a mesh network was and it was painfully obvious they were reading from the FAQs that are already publicly available. They seem to want to default to having customers use a range extender. I initially thought they were just recommending a range extender out of ignorance. But after some thought, it's probably cheaper for them to peddle range extenders than to recall and replace every single WiFi camera they've put out on the market. The range extenders probably do work most likely for the same reason the cameras work with my DD-WRT rotuer's WiFi.
Anyone else experience something similar? Any working solutions? I've been searching the internet for days and found that most people just deal with their cameras not working, getting a range extender, or switching to something like Ring. Simplisafe is a great system bar their cameras. Unfortunately I have recommended Simplisafe to 2 people close to me and am very much regretting that because both of them are running into very similar issues (one is on TP Link Deco, the other is on a Unifi system).