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Is it possible to use the LAN port of a nest wifi Point?

AlienStarDawg
Community Member

I have two nest wifi routers. The primary wifi router is connected to the modem via the router's WAN port. I have an access point setup in another room, completely wirelessly to create a mesh network. I am trying to use the LAN port of this access point and plug it into my computer for a more reliable connection. However, it only worked momentarily. Now I am unable to access the internet with the wired Ethernet connection to my access point, however it seems to be working with wifi. Is this expected behavior?

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olavrb
Platinum Product Expert
Platinum Product Expert

It's expected to work via the LAN port. I've used that for years now, with two Nest Wifi routers in wireless mesh.

What cable? I've read that people have had problems with CAT6a cables, but CAT5e has worked. It shouldn't be any difference, both should work, but worth a try.

One can even add an unmanaged switch if you want more ports. I have a Netgear gs108 on my primary puck, with all my media devices and a NAS wired to it.


I don't work for Google.

AlienStarDawg
Community Member

It is a cat 5e cable. Let me elaborate on my setup of the access point. I have a plud and play Ethernet switch connected to the LAN port of wireless access point. The switch connects to my laptop and a PS4. When I intially connect everything together and restart the access point via the Google home app, everything works perfectly. Both the PS4 and laptop are able to get an IP address from the DHCP pool. The moment I disconnect/hibernate any of the device and try to reconnect after waking it back up, it gets a random self assigned IP address and both the PS4 and the Laptop are no longer able to access the internet via Ethernet. Is this an issue with the switch or am I missing a setting on the access point? 

olavrb
Platinum Product Expert
Platinum Product Expert

Hard to say what's going on there, but could be the switch. What exact switch brand and model? Does it have STP (spanning tree protocol) or any simular loop detection/ prevention festures?


I don't work for Google.

 

Attaching the Amazon link to switch I am currently using below. I am not sure how to find out about STP. 

 

Tenda 5 Port Gigabit Ethernet Network Switch (SG105) | Ethernet Splitter | Plug and Play | Traffic Optimization | Unmanaged | Limited Lifetime Protection (Black) https://a.co/d/6dxTKMC

olavrb
Platinum Product Expert
Platinum Product Expert

Here are the specifications:

I can't see anything specific that should conflict with Nest Wifi use.

You say "it get's a random self assigned IP address". What device and what IP address?


I don't work for Google.

So I am checking on my MacBook pro since it's easier to troubleshoot network issues on than a PS4. So when I intially restart the wifi access point both devices have an IP address like:

192.168.86.xx which is within the DHCP address pool. The moment I reconnect one of the devices both the devices end up with a weird IP address like 169.254.88.xx and on MacBook there is a yellow warn sign which says self-assigned IP address. In this state i cannot access the internet since it's unable to get an IP address from the access point. 

olavrb
Platinum Product Expert
Platinum Product Expert

Did you ever get this working?


I don't work for Google.

Unfortunately not. I found an irksome workaround. Everytime I am trying to access LAN from 2 devices I restart the access point from the Google home app and it starts working.

Hey folks, 

Appreciate your helpful responses, @olavrb

@AlienStarDawg, chiming in to ensure everything is good here. If you're still in need of any assistance, feel free to let us know.


Best,
Mel

Hey there,

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,
Mel

Well the issue is not resolved but at the moment I have a workaround 

Hi AlienStarDawg,

 

Thanks for getting back to us. I'm glad that you were able to resolve your issue with the workaround you mentioned above.

 

If you're still in need of any assistance, feel free to let us know.

 

Best,
Mel

Hi AlienStarDawg,

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

Best, 
Mel

Hi AlienStarDawg,

We haven't heard from you in a while so we'll be locking this thread if there is no update within 24 hours. If you have any new issues, updates or just a discussion topic, feel free to start a new thread in the Community.

Best, 
Mel

Princesss
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi everyone,

 

Thanks for visiting the Community.

 

@olavrb, we appreciate all the help.

 

@AlienStarDawg, hope the info provided by @olavrb helped. Feel free to respond to this post if you hava additional questions and we'd be happy to answer it for you.

 

Best,

Princess