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How to make Ethernet-connected devices and nest mesh network connected device see each others?

jackt
Community Member

Our family have a mesh network, 1 nest router and 3 nest APs, with router in NAT mode and APs in bridge mode. We have some devices connected to ethernet(wired) and some connected to the nest mesh network, below is my network setup.

ATT Fiber---->ATT router----wired---->Desktop PC

----wired----->Nest router---wireless--->3 nest APs----wireless--->mobile devices, laptops, air printers, monitor cameras, etc

Our PC is not on the same network with printers, and I think that's why PC cannot air print but iPhone can. I would like to keep PC wired as top speed is important for our use case. How do we make all wired and wireless devices see each others?

Would this work: add a network switch right after the ATT router and connect PC and nest router to the switch. Would this make wired and wireless devices on the same network?

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SteveyJ
Community Member

Your network needs to be -

ATT Fibre - ATT Router - Nest Router - Desktop PC.

You're not going to lose much by putting the Nest router in-line.

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SteveyJ
Community Member

Your network needs to be -

ATT Fibre - ATT Router - Nest Router - Desktop PC.

You're not going to lose much by putting the Nest router in-line.

jackt
Community Member

Thanks for the recommendation! Unfortunately that won’t work physically for my case due to 1) nest router and PC are located on 2nd and 4th floor direct wired connection is not possible. 2) need multiple wired Ethernet connection spread out on different floors.

I see your solution is to include PC into nest wifi “inner” network, so I assume adding a switch after ATT router won’t work?

SteveyJ
Community Member

No that won't work as the PC would be getting it's IP from the ATT router DHCP still.

Why can't you use the cable from the ATT router to your PC to connect the Nest Router and then cable from the Nest to your PC? You can put a switch between the Nest and PC in that scenario also.

akasbergen
Community Member

Place your Nest Router next to the AT&T modem/router. One wired connection only from the modem: to the router. One wired connection from the Google router to a switch, which connects to all of the wired connections in the house on any floor. Place the Google Router in regular router mode, but on the AT&T modem, place the Google Router in Passthrough (Firewall -> IP Passthrough -> Passthrough, with the right IP address for the Google Router and DHCPS-fixed, linked to the MAC address of the Google Router.
I am operating this way to my complete satisfaction.

AbigailF
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hey folks,

@SteveyJ and @akasbergen, we appreciate your helpful responses.

@jackt, chiming in to ensure everything is good here. Have you had the chance to try the suggestion above? If yes, how is it?

Best,

Abi

jackt
Community Member

That worked! Sorry for the late response and thanks to the folks helping!

AbigailF
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi jackt, 

Awesome — glad to hear that your issue is fixed. It looks like we can consider this one complete, so I will lock the thread shortly unless I can help out with anything else. 

Regards, 
Abi