I have an existing home network that incorporates three Google WiFi points in a mesh network. I'm upgrading to FIOS Gigabit now, and dropping static IP which I had used for a previous home business, so I'd like to simplify my network.
Because I have a mixed wired/wireless network, I would like to avoid subnetting it. My understanding is that, with the Google WiFi systems, I cannot run them in access point mode while maintaining a mesh network. So, I think my only option (short of changing out my wifi system) would be to take my feed for my entire wired network from the LAN port of one of the Google WiFi units.
My question is: will the Google WiFi unit constitute a bandwidth bottleneck, since ALL my traffic will have to relay through the WAN-to-LAN connection? I couldn't find any specification on this. Thanks for any help!
Well, I saw the reply, but it really doesn't answer my question as to the throughput rate between the ports. I *know* I could "try it", but there would be several hundred dollars worth of electrician expense involved due to the physical location of my Verizon ONT and other network components, and the fact that this is in a 260 year old house where anything involving wiring is problematic. What I was hoping for (and what I asked) was for someone who might either know the spec, or had done some testing in this regard. The Google WiFi system seems to be unique in that it does not support bridge mode in a mesh configuration, which is the nominal cause of the whole dilemma. I'm aware that the ultimate fallback is to discard the Google WiFi system in favor of a mesh system that allows bridge mode, as the earlier respondent suggested, but I'd rather not do that unless necessary. It's a simple question - can't Google answer it?
Ah, I understand better, Ken_8085.
Here are the max speeds for the Google WiFi points (for both 2.4GHz and 5GHz connections).
That's the speed at which data can go from point to point. If you are leaping across points and then running LAN from there, you're going to be capped by the max wireless speed. In order to get full speed on that setup from the WAN to LAN setup, you'll either need WiFi points that can handle the full speed your ISP provides or, as you said, investigate other options. Hopefully this makes a bit more sense.
Thank you, I think we're getting closer. But, what I'm proposing is that the WAN port of one of the Google WiFi units would be connected via 1 GB Ethernet to my FIOS router (fed with 1 GB service), and then my entire wired network would be fed from that same Google WiFi unit's LAN port. So, no wireless link would be involved in the connection path for the wired network, just the potential bottleneck of the data transfer between the WAN and LAN connection on a single WiFi unit. The rest of the WiFi units would serve just to feed various wireless devices which are less critical as to bandwidth.
The whole purpose of this exercise is to keep all my wired devices in the same subnet (e.g., 192.168.86.xxx) as any wireless devices that might need to contact them. It's the wired devices, however, that need the GB access to the Internet.
So, I finally just bit the bullet on this one and went ahead with the install using the Google WiFi unit as an intermediary second router. My Verizon ONT connects to the Verizon router, which in turn connects to a Google WiFi unit's WAN port, and the same Google WiFi unit's LAN port connects to the balance of my wired internal network. Therefore, everything is on the same virtual subnet 192.168.86.xxx.
On a gigabit FIOS connection, the resulting throughput I'm getting (using Ookla speed test from a browser) is 878mbps down and 892mbps up. So, it appears that the WiFi unit is not causing any meaningful reduction in performance. Of course, WiFi performance is limited by the underlying technology, but that was not my concern.
Yes, although with one caveat - this configuration may complicate using DDNS to access certain internal devices (e.g., an NAS and a home automation computer) from the public internet. I'll have to experiment with getting port forwarding to work through two routers or, potentially, dual-homing my NAS with connections both before and after the Google WiFi unit. Never a dull moment.