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What SSID should I be using?

cew81
Community Member

I feel dumb but I can't figure this out...
Mesh system was originally connected to Spectrum internet using lastnamewifi as SSID.  We configured AT&T Fiber internet the other day and named it lastnamenew.
Today I disconnected the mesh system from Spectrum and hooked it up to the AT&T router.  Thinking lastnamewifi remains the SSID attached to the mesh network, even with new router, I connected to it using my MacBook Air.  But a speed test is showing less than 50mbps download.  However, speed test from the Google Home app is showing at 905mbps.  When I connect back to lastnamenew, assuming now I am connecting back to AT&T router wi-fi without the mesh in the middle, speeds are much higher.  But that doesn't make sense that the mesh would degrade the performance that badly when the Home app clearly shows that everything is functioning correctly?

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olavrb
Platinum Product Expert
Platinum Product Expert

If the Wi-Fi from the new ISP equipment has sufficient coverage around your place, why keep Nest Wifi at all?

If you need Nest Wifi, then best practice is to put the ISP equipment in bridge/bypass mode to avoid double NAT. Else you might experience performance degradation and strange problems. More on double NAT:

So the recommendation is to use either only the A&T Fiber box' Wi-Fi and remove Nest Wifi. Or only Nest Wifi, but put A&T Fiber in bridge/bypass mode, which also disables its' Wi-Fi.

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As for what SSID I'd use, I'd go with "Pretty fly for a Wi-Fi" ( 😉 ).


I don't work for Google.

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olavrb
Platinum Product Expert
Platinum Product Expert

If the Wi-Fi from the new ISP equipment has sufficient coverage around your place, why keep Nest Wifi at all?

If you need Nest Wifi, then best practice is to put the ISP equipment in bridge/bypass mode to avoid double NAT. Else you might experience performance degradation and strange problems. More on double NAT:

So the recommendation is to use either only the A&T Fiber box' Wi-Fi and remove Nest Wifi. Or only Nest Wifi, but put A&T Fiber in bridge/bypass mode, which also disables its' Wi-Fi.

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As for what SSID I'd use, I'd go with "Pretty fly for a Wi-Fi" ( 😉 ).


I don't work for Google.

cew81
Community Member

Thank you so much!  This was very helpful.  And thank you for the name suggestion as well lol.

Alex_S
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi everyone,
 

It seems like your questions were already addressed. I want to make sure that everything is covered on your end. Feel free to reply to this thread if you have additional questions or concerns.
 

Thanks for the help, @olavrb.


Regards,
Alex

LovelyM
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hello cew81,

We want to ensure you are good to go. Please reply to this thread if you still need assistance so we can give you a helping hand.

Cheers, 
Lovely

LovelyM
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hey cew81,

We haven’t heard any updates from you. I’ll go ahead and lock this thread within 24 hours. If you still need assistance, feel free to start a new thread in the Community and we’ll be happy to help.

Thanks, 
Lovely