By way of background, I currently live in a 3-floor townhome serviced by Verizon FiOS entering my house via an ONT and is connected to a Quantum Router. My house is hardwired to most rooms with Cat5e cabling that terminate at a panel in the garage where my Quantum Router resides. The Quantum Router has 5 ethernet ports which are connected to the 5 ethernet ports in the panel. My current setup has been to attach two Asus Routers on my middle and top floors, respectively, by plugging them into an Ethernet port on each floor and setting up each to broadcast it's own SSID. As a result I have 2 SSIDs broadcasted in my house labelled "Top" and "Middle" (I turned off the Quantum Router's own SSID broadcast). This has been a real pain when moving up and down the house and Asus's Mesh setup is inordinately cumbersome that I simply couldn't make it work, even after flashing custom firmware to the routers. Google's mesh system was appealingly simple so when I saw a good deal on a "Nest Wifi Router and Point" package, I purchased two of these, giving me a total of 2 Nest Wifi Routers and 2 points for $269.
I haven't yet sought to setup the Nest system, since I can't afford a lot of network downtime, and thought to reach out here, before I do. My principal question is how can I best set up a mesh network? I suspect that I can't simply swap out the current Asus Routers with the Nest WiFi routers and achieve a mesh network, as I'll have two Nest Wifi Routers each wired back to the Quantum Gateway Router. Alternatively, can I simply remove the Quantum Router entirely and stick a Nest Wifi Router in its place? This leaves me with the question of how to populate the panel that services all the wired connections up through the house.
I apologize if what I have explained above is confusing and am happy to provide more detail. Believe it or not, I consider myself somewhat savvy with technology -- I've built my own computer, etc -- but conceiving of the setup of the Nest Wifi routers and points to ensure a mesh network, for some reason, is proving confounding.
Many thanks in advance for any information you can provide!