I am a new Google Fiber customer, and they set me up with two Google WiFi units, operating in a mesh mode, with one unit connected to the Google Fiber jack, and the other unit remote (mesh).
I want to use a different device as my router on Google Fiber (a PFSense firewall), and I would like to re-deploy both Google WiFi units as wired Access Points (no mesh), operating in Bridge Mode. My previous (pre-Google Fiber) home network was set up in a similar way.
My home has Cat5E wiring to nearly every room in the house, so I prefer to use wired Ethernet for all of the APs, and use the wired network to reach the router/firewall.
Is there any problem with setting up the Google WiFi units in this manner?
Do you understand what I am trying to do? The two Google WiFi units will not be connected together as part of a mesh. They will be two independent WiFi units, running in Bridge Mode, with one wired Ethernet connection each.
Neither one will be routing. A separate router will be on the network. This is not the standard scenario that these units are normally deployed.
Well, I found this page:
So, it looks like one Google WiFi device must be running as a router, with the others connected directly to it, not to a third party router. The mesh can either be wireless, or wired Ethernet, but in any case, the mesh units need to be connected directly together (or through a dedicated switch) and then the main (routed) unit can connect to a 3rd party router or firewall via its WAN connection. So basically the Google WiFi mesh routers will be part of a separate subnet in my home, and the 3rd party router will provide routing to the Internet for it, as well as any connectivity to any other networks that are on the LAN side of the 3rd party router.
I was hoping to avoid that, but it looks like the only choice I have for now. It means that the mesh connected devices will be double NATed to get to the Internet. I have a work from home router connected to my current he network in the same way, and double NAT has not caused any problems, so I guess it should be okay.
This will make IPv6 interesting as well, as I will need to take the /56 network from Google and break it up into a /64 for each home iPv6 subnet.
I factory defaulted both Google WiFi units and then set both of them up, independently, in Bridging mode, wired to my home Ethernet network. They work this way, but you lose many of the features, such as the ability to have a Guest network.
When I had the mesh set up, and the WAN interface on the routed Google WiFi unit connected to my home LAN (so double NATing), it caused a problem with MDNS in the home network, so Google WiFi connected devices could not find the AirPrint printer connected to the home Ethernet network. So unless I put everything (Wired and Wireless) on the Google WiFi LAN, it won’t work properly. I need three separate networks in the house - Home User network, Guest User network, and IOT/Home Automation network, and the ability to control/limit communications between the three networks. So the Google WiFi capabilities are too limited for me.
I will use them as bridged Access Points for now, and eventually replace them with more capable Access Points.
I appreciate the update on your network setup. I wish we could do something about the features that will be unavailable once Google Wifi devices are in bridge mode; however, this is a limitation for this kind of network mode. I highly suggest sharing feedback about this with our product engineers, who continuously work on improving the features on our devices.
If there’s anything else I can help you with, please let me know.