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Google Wifi and a Fortigate firewall

JohanCroijmans
Community Member

Hi,

we are using google wifi at our location, last week we added a fortigate firewall for IPSEC tunnels and some more advanced options, so i want to put all the wifi pods into some sort op AP mode, is this even possible? i understand that i lose some functions of the google wifi, but will the meshing stil works with the 3 pods? the FAQ is not very clear about this and before i break the wifi i thought i drop the question here. 

1 Recommended Answer

olavrb
Platinum Product Expert
Platinum Product Expert

Google Wifi, Nest Wifi router and Nest Wifi Pro supports being used as an access point only, but there are some caveats.

Here is the official guidance on the topic:
https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/6240987?hl=en

Caveats:
• You loose all other functionality, including wireless mesh. Bridge mode = Standalone access point. So each unit must be connected by ethernet cable to something that gives it network access.
• One can only have one bridged Nest Wifi unit per Google Home home. A workaround is to create one Google Home home per unit you'll have in access point mode.

There are mesh systems that support wireless mesh in bridge mode/ AP mode, like:
• Asus AiMesh: https://www.asus.com/support/FAQ/1043044/
• Netgear Orbi: https://kb.netgear.com/000061927/What-is-the-difference-between-router-mode-and-AP-mode
• TP Link Deco: https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/faq/1842/
• Ubiquiti AmpliFi: https://help.amplifi.com/hc/en-us/articles/220979347-Enabling-Bridge-Mode


I don't work for Google.

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olavrb
Platinum Product Expert
Platinum Product Expert

Google Wifi, Nest Wifi router and Nest Wifi Pro supports being used as an access point only, but there are some caveats.

Here is the official guidance on the topic:
https://support.google.com/googlenest/answer/6240987?hl=en

Caveats:
• You loose all other functionality, including wireless mesh. Bridge mode = Standalone access point. So each unit must be connected by ethernet cable to something that gives it network access.
• One can only have one bridged Nest Wifi unit per Google Home home. A workaround is to create one Google Home home per unit you'll have in access point mode.

There are mesh systems that support wireless mesh in bridge mode/ AP mode, like:
• Asus AiMesh: https://www.asus.com/support/FAQ/1043044/
• Netgear Orbi: https://kb.netgear.com/000061927/What-is-the-difference-between-router-mode-and-AP-mode
• TP Link Deco: https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/faq/1842/
• Ubiquiti AmpliFi: https://help.amplifi.com/hc/en-us/articles/220979347-Enabling-Bridge-Mode


I don't work for Google.

Thanks for the reply! that helps a lot, to bad it will not work with the meshing option of google in AP mode. i will look into the other devices you mentioned.

thanks again!

Hey folks, 

We appreciate your help here, @olavrb.
@JohanCroijmans, 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

Jhonleanmel
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi folks,

Chiming in to see if you still need assistance with this. Let us know if you have additional questions ― we'd love to help.

Best,
Mel

Hi everyone,

I'm just checking in to make sure that you've seen our response. Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns as I will be locking this in 24 hours.

Thanks,
Mel

HI, no i think i have the anwsers i was looking for, unless there are other options i could try?

Hey @JohanCroijmans,

Don't hesitate to create a new thread if you have any other questions or concerns. We'd love to help.

Best,
Abi