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Combine Ethernet network and Google Wifi : good idea ?

berlingo35
Community Member

Hello,

I have a house of nearly 200 m2 but with very thick walls: Google Wifi is struggling to be effective despite a 5-point network.

I plan to wire part of the house to Ethernet (RJ45) thanks to the arrival of optical fiber.

My question is: is there any point in connecting a Google Wifi access point (in addition to the router) to this network via the LAN port? Does this extend the mesh network? Or does it "only" (and this is already a lot) allow this access point the same speed as that leaving the router?

Thank you for your opinions !

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MichaelP
Platinum Product Expert
Platinum Product Expert

Hello @berlingo35 

If you have thick walls, the 5GHz mesh interconnect is going to struggle to provide reliable connectivity. So, connecting (preferably all) of the secondary/mesh Google WiFi units back to the primary's LAN Ethernet port via a wired network will significantly improve the performance and coverage of the system. However, it's important to understand that you can't connect them to the same "outer" network the primary Google WiFi unit's WAN Ethernet port is connected to. They need to be on the "inner" network created by the primary Google WiFi unit (which is a router+firewall). Here's a help page with more details: https://support.google.com/wifi/answer/7215624?hl=en 

Once you have the secondaries connected to the primary via Ethernet, they should all provide similar performance for nearby clients to what is possible near the primary.

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MichaelP
Platinum Product Expert
Platinum Product Expert

Hello @berlingo35 

If you have thick walls, the 5GHz mesh interconnect is going to struggle to provide reliable connectivity. So, connecting (preferably all) of the secondary/mesh Google WiFi units back to the primary's LAN Ethernet port via a wired network will significantly improve the performance and coverage of the system. However, it's important to understand that you can't connect them to the same "outer" network the primary Google WiFi unit's WAN Ethernet port is connected to. They need to be on the "inner" network created by the primary Google WiFi unit (which is a router+firewall). Here's a help page with more details: https://support.google.com/wifi/answer/7215624?hl=en 

Once you have the secondaries connected to the primary via Ethernet, they should all provide similar performance for nearby clients to what is possible near the primary.

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Jeff
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hey,  berlingo35.

I just wanted to check in real fast to see if you read MichaelP's reply and to see if that answered your question. Also, let me know if you have anything else you need that we might be able to help out with.

Thanks.

Jeff
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi, everyone.
As we haven't had any activity here recently I'm going to go ahead and close the thread. If you have more to add, feel free to start a new discussion.
Thanks