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Hello! Been researching and don’t see a lot of people getting anywhere so I thought I would ask… 

I have currently modem, google wifi (3), off of main access point i run a 8 basic switch that feeds computers, nvr, Apple TV’s ,pc with storage and a lot more. 2nd point has Apple TV and Bose sound bar. Third is just for mesh.

my question is I want to upgrade my switch to Poe+ and switch (24 port) so I can finish my hard lines. How can I make the google wifi just broad cast wifi instead of going threw it to feed a switch. 
any ideas? 

thank you 


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Platinum Product Expert

For wifi/ access point only, you have the option of putting the Google Wifis in bridge mode:

But then you'll loose functionality like:

  • Roaming:
    • Each Google Wifi will be seperate, non cooperating devices.
  • Single management pane:
    • Must create a seperate Google Home home for each bridged Google Wifi device.
    • You'll have to manually set SSID and password for each of the pucks.

You'll still need a router, firewall, NAT, DHCP in your setup (what the primary Google Wifi does), how are you solving that? I only see mentions of a PoE switch.

I'd suggest you read up on wired backhaul ( and consider having one Google Wifi behind the modem, then a switch, then connect all other gear to that first switch directly, instead of going through the other pucks. But be aware, managed switches + Google Wifi can give you other problems, for instance with STP (spanning tree protocol).

I don't work for Google.

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Community Specialist

Hi, Robbiermjob.
I just wanted to jump in real fast to see if you saw olavrb's reply and to see if you still needed some help on this or if you were able to get it sorted out. If you are still needing some help, just let us know and we'll be happy to continue helping.

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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.