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Every Point a Router

Flyfish
Community Member

I successfully run a Google Wifi setup with one configured as the router (Ethernet connected) and the additional 2 as Wi-Fi points in a mesh network. I have Ethernet connectivity in several rooms in the house and want to directly connect the two additional points as routers for a stronger Wi-Fi signal. Is it possible and practical?

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MichaelP
Diamond Product Expert
Diamond Product Expert

Hello @Flyfish

This is possible, but not in exactly the way you might be thinking. In fact, it's pretty easy, and you don't have to operate all three as "router" mode – the two bridge mode secondaries you have now can remain in bridge mode as they are, just connected back to the primary router-mode unit's LAN Ethernet port through one or more inexpensive, unmanaged Ethernet switches. Don't try to connect them to the same "outer" network the primary unit's WAN Ethernet port is connected to – they need to be connected to the "inner" network created by the primary "router" unit. Connecting them in this way sends traffic from the secondaries back to the primary via Ethernet instead of the 5GHz WiFi mesh interconnect that shares the same radio as 5GHz client traffic. So, it improves performance and allows secondaries to be placed further away from the primary than they might otherwise have to be. Here's a support article with more details: https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/7215624?hl=en

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MichaelP
Diamond Product Expert
Diamond Product Expert

Hello @Flyfish

This is possible, but not in exactly the way you might be thinking. In fact, it's pretty easy, and you don't have to operate all three as "router" mode – the two bridge mode secondaries you have now can remain in bridge mode as they are, just connected back to the primary router-mode unit's LAN Ethernet port through one or more inexpensive, unmanaged Ethernet switches. Don't try to connect them to the same "outer" network the primary unit's WAN Ethernet port is connected to – they need to be connected to the "inner" network created by the primary "router" unit. Connecting them in this way sends traffic from the secondaries back to the primary via Ethernet instead of the 5GHz WiFi mesh interconnect that shares the same radio as 5GHz client traffic. So, it improves performance and allows secondaries to be placed further away from the primary than they might otherwise have to be. Here's a support article with more details: https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/7215624?hl=en

Flyfish
Community Member

Thank you, I understand and appreciate the help! Regards

kassie
Community Member

I'll be doing this exact same thing in the near future.

Nice job man!

AbigailF
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hey folks,

Thanks for lending a hand, @MichaelP.
@Flyfish and @kassie, I wanted to follow up and see if you are still in need of any help. Please let me know if you are still having any concerns or questions from here, as I would be happy to take a closer look and assist you further.

Thanks,
Abi

AbigailF
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi everyone,

Checking back in should you still have some questions here. Let us know by replying to this thread.

Best,
Abi

AbigailF
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hello Flyfish,

As we got our resolution here, I'm going to mark this thread as resolved. I'll be locking this thread if we won't hear back from you in 24 hrs. Should that happen, feel free to create a new one if you have more questions or have other concerns in the future.

Cheers,
Abi