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Connect AP to AP

cciitt1
Community Member

Hi community,

I´ve recently moved to a new house and now I need to extend my wifi setup. I have one Nest wifi router and one nest AP. I borrowed a google wifi router from work to see if I can extend my signal (and the purpose I've taken a google wifi router is so i can get an ethernet port at the end).  And here (at the end) i will connect all my smart hubs, aqara,ikea,telldus.

So my setup should look like this:

Nest router->Nest AP->Google wifi router.

 

I have a very poor signal to my google wifi router so my question is:

Is my google wifi router connecting to the Nest AP, or is it connected to my Nest router? I guess it´s possible for my google wifi router to connect to an AP?

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MichaelP
Platinum Product Expert
Platinum Product Expert

Correct. Going through an intermediate might enable a larger footprint, but every extra hop uses the same channel one more time, which would reduce performance. Since the system is designed for typical single family homes, it's optimized for that sort of environment. 

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MichaelP
Platinum Product Expert
Platinum Product Expert

I'm using my phone so apologies for being brief. The units will connect directly if at all possible. So if that distant Google WiFi unit can get through to your Nest WiFi Router at all, it will. This why the best advice for optimal placement is to have the primary as close to the center as possible with secondaries one or two rooms away from there. They only talk to each other using 5GHz which doesn't go far or penetrate walls all that well. 

cciitt1
Community Member

So if I understand you right. If the google wifi unit is in range of the Nest Wifi router it will connect to it even if an AP is closer and have a better signal?

MichaelP
Platinum Product Expert
Platinum Product Expert

Correct. Going through an intermediate might enable a larger footprint, but every extra hop uses the same channel one more time, which would reduce performance. Since the system is designed for typical single family homes, it's optimized for that sort of environment. 

Jeff
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi, cciitt1.

It looks like MichaelP was able to explain this really well here. I just wanted to check in to see if there's anything else you needed before I mark this as resolved. If there's more we can do, just let me know.

Thanks.

Jeff
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi, all.
As we got our resolution here, I'm going to mark this one as resolved. Thanks to all who helped and contributed. If anyone has any other needs, please feel free to open up a new thread.
Thanks!