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If I add 2nd router to an existing router & extender pairing, will this incr total # devices on net?

rgaila
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Original Poster: Nathan Grouns 

 

Wanting to know if going out to purchase an additional router might fix a problem.

 
 
Would adding another nest router (that I'm planning to hardwire in to the existing network via Ethernet connection) reduce connectivity issues from the total load of approx 23 wifi devices including phones/laptops/tablets/smart tv that are each drawing bandwidth from an existing setup that incidents a single nest wired router and nest wifi extender. 
 
This existing pairing seems to struggle with the task, but not sure if adding another router to the network (even with it's own direct independent gigabit Ethernet connection) will actually mitigate the problem that seems to be caused by lots of devices trying to connect at the same time.
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rgaila
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Adding one more Nest wifi device by wired backhaul should ease the Wifi load by divising it on more access points. Hers a guide on how to create wired backhaul:

 
 
But. If you have too many Google/ Nest Wifi devices too close, they can affect each others Wi-Fi performance by interferring each other.
 
 
Here is specs on all Nest Wifi devices, for comparison:
 
 
So in summary, some tips:
* Wire as many devices as you can (I have a 8 port switch behind my primary point)
* Don't add too many Nest Wifi devices, as it might hurt performance.
* Nest Wifi router is better at handling multiple devices, as it has AC2200 and 4x4 MU-MIMO and beefier CPU and RAM, vs. Nest Wifi add-on point and Google Wifi which both have AC1200 and 2x2 MU-MIMO.
* If adding more Nest Wifi devices, run wired backhaul. If ethernet is not an option, what about MoCA (ethernet over coax) or powerline adapters?
* Where possible, steer devices that don't need much bandwidth to 2.4GHz (can only be done from the device, not from Nest/ Google Wifi).
* Consider setting up a Asus router as media bridge/ client mode, if you have a media center only reachable by Wifi. Then all devices close to it can be hardwired to this, and thus make it so less devices are connected to Wi-Fi. This also has the benefit that it won't broadcast Wi-Fi, like using a Nest/ Google Wifi in similar manner would.
 
-From OlavRB, Silver Product Expert.

Jeff
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Hi, everyone.
Just one quick final check in here since activity has slowed down. We'll be locking the thread in the next 24 hours, but if you still need help, I would be happy to keep it open. If there's more we can do, just let me know.
Thanks.

Jeff
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Community Specialist

Hi, everyone.
As we haven't had any activity here recently I'm going to go ahead and close the thread. If you have more to add, feel free to start a new discussion.
Thanks