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how do i modify my google nest wifi (router + 2 points) to use my local dhcp server?

fsjeff
Community Member

I recently "upgraded" my Home office wifi to Google Nest Wifi. Its a router + 2 points. I replaced my old cisco wlc with 2 APs. The google nest wifi is soo much faster and was easy to setup but it appears i may be missing some important features that i have used for many years. First, In my home lab I have a Microsoft AD domain control. This server is my domain controller, dns server, dhcp server and my certificate authority. It appears that my new google nest wifi will not let me use my domain controller as a dhcp server. I also can't disable the dhcp server on google wifi unless in bridge mode. well thats good to know but i can't configure my google wireless in bridge mode because i have 2 points as well. 

I'd like to formally request some features but i don't know what your feature request process is. the features I'd like to request are:

1- be able to configure my Google Nest Wifi in bridge mode. 

2- be able to disable dhcp server on Google Nest Wifi and use my own domain controller

3- support the standard of 802.1x for authentication on a secure ssid  (WPA2 Enterprise)

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olavrb
Platinum Product Expert
Platinum Product Expert

There are some workarounds to use an external DHCP server from Nest Wifi itself, but it's not officially supported. Search for "pi-hole"+"nest wifi"+"dhcp" on Google.

1 is already possible, but then mesh won't work, and you can only have one bridged Nest Wifi puck per Google Home home.

2 and 3 are out of scope for a dead simple home mesh system. But you can send it as feedback inside the Google Home app.


I don't work for Google.

Jeff
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi, fsjeff.
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.
Thanks.

fsjeff
Community Member

What I saw was that it doesn’t work. I can’t convert to bridge mode because I have a mesh and I can’t disable the onboard dhcp server. I tried configing it down to one address that would be reserved to one host but after that nothing ever got an ip, there were no dhcp requests forwarded onto the wire so my ad server never saw them. 

I purchased the solution for the speed. I'm very happy with the speed. however i am very disappointed with the lack of configurability. I'm a principal engineer for a cyber security firm. I have an extensive home lab used for testing out solutions form my customer. this simple configuration limits my ability to do discovery and control. 

 
If you have other info that might help I’d appreciate it.  

Jeff
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi again, fsjeff.

What olavrb mentioned is probably the best explanation. Since what you're looking for isn't specifically supported, workarounds start to become the solution. I know it's frustrating to not have the specific functionality you're looking for, and I can pass along your needs to our internal teams as feature request suggestions. Also as olavrb mentioned, you can send that feedback as well using the Home app.

As far as official functionality, it's just not in the product at this time. Let me know if you have any other questions.

Thanks.

Jeff
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hey, everyone.
It looks like we've slowed down here again. We'll be closing up the thread unless anyone else has any input or needs anything else. If so, just let me know and we can keep this open a bit longer.
Thanks.

Jeff
Community Specialist
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.
Thanks