[Solved] Tenda Nova MW6 - Slow Upload Speeds

I've recently set up an MW6 kit at a family friends place, and they mentioned that it was sluggish when uploading attachments etc.
I ran a few speed tests, and sure enough, almost every time the upload speeds were only hitting about 2-3Mbps (on a 50/20 connection), and maybe hitting 20Mbps about 5% of the time. The download speeds hold up fine.
As a variable, I connected a notebook directly to the ISP's modem, and pretty much hit 20Mbps upload every single time.

All the AP's have the green LED indicator (good connectivity), and it doesn't matter how near or far I get to any of them, or which device I use to test, the results are the same.

The firmware is also up to date.

Is this a potential limitation to the MW6? A bug with the firmware? Or possibly a dud kit?

Comments

  • +1

    Have you tried it with a wired connection on one of the units?

    • That I have, jv. Same result unfortunately.
      One thing I haven't done yet though is swap the primary node with one of the secondaries. Could be worth checking..

      • -1

        You could also try connecting your computer directly to the NBN modem to see if it is an issue with the line, rather than your router…

        • +1

          As a variable, I connected a notebook directly to the ISP's modem, and pretty much hit 20Mbps upload every single time

          Unlikely the NBN modem or the line to be a problem?

          • -1

            @avoidfullprice: Depends on the provider… Congestion is not 'unlikely'.

            • +1

              @jv: You didn't read OP has done what you suggest

  • +1

    If you only get slow upload on wifi, what if you turn off all the other AP and try upload via wifi using just the main module? I'm wondering if the "mesh" part is affecting them

    • Thanks, I'll give it a shot.

      • +1

        let us know the result, pls.

        • As per notyou's suggestion, changing the Connection Type to Bridge appears to have resolved the issue.

  • +1

    I have a set of MW6. If it helps, I ran a speed test on my laptop connected to the secondary node and I hit 18mbps upload easy. FYI, your speeds are also dependent on how good the signal is between the nodes. Or maybe you just got a dud set.

  • +1

    Hi mate,
    I had the same issue with mine MW3, upload was so sluggish and could not even send photos and videos over social media without long wait , changed the mode to bridge mode and it solved the issue. However too much of issues with the router so changed to TP Link Deco M5 and no issues at all.

    • Cheers mate, I'll check that.

    • That appears to have resolved the issue, legend 👍

  • Changing the Connection Type to Bridge appears to have resolved the issue. Thanks for everyone's suggestions.

    • In order to put it in Bridge mode don't you need another router attached to the Tenda?

      • Correct. The primary node is connected to the ISP's modem/router as mentioned in the OP.

        • +1

          Thanks it seems to work because I was getting less than 1 for upload speed.

        • Hey so wherein the app do you set bridge mode? I have the same issue.

          Nbn NTD plugged to WAN port of primary node

  • I jumped on this mw6 boat too as my 3+1 pack arrived. Configured the 3 from the same box first and easy to set up. Then scanning the qr from the 4th unit also added the 4th easily.

    Tried to update firmware but failed when in bridge mode. Changed it back to dhcp mode and firrmware was updated to v1.0.0.29(5834) successfully.

    So far so good - download / uploade are both good. Download seems to be a bit slower than my Asus router 47 vs 48 so it is not important.

    What is bugging me is the traffic from these units - it makes a lot of http requests to 2 ip addresses overseas. The addresses appears to be baidu and they are the addresses of www.wshifen.com. Not sure if anyone would have a chance to check. I used a linux box to connect between internet and the routers for analysis.

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