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Netgear Nighthawk MR62 Wired Backhaul

jmurphy19199
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Netgear Nighthawk MR62 Wired Backhaul

Hi

I have just purchased the Netgear MR62 Mesh System and having issues trying to get Wired Backhaul working.

I currently have it now setup in traditional mesh mode with the satelite connecting wirelessly just so i can use it but i would like to use Wired Backhaul. below is my setup

 

This is how i tried to get the wired backhaul working. 

 

Nighthawk Router - Connected to managed network switch via "Internet" port on the back

Satelight - Connected to same managed network switch via Ethernet

 

Satelite would not show the backhaul connection in settings. Tried putting both in AP mode but this i think it not the right way

 

can someone explain in steps what i need to do 

 

Thanks 

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plemans
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Re: Netgear Nighthawk MR62 Wired Backhaul

What switch are you using? 

what modem are you using?

When you have it setup is it going like this:

modem-----to wan port on router------>router-------->lan port------->switch-------->satellites

 

i've seen people use modem/router combo devices and go like this

modem/router-------switch------->wan port on router

                                   |

                                   |

                            Satellites

 

Current setup: CM2000-> RBKE963B-> Trendnet TEG-S380-> GS716T-> pi-hole
also in AP setup: RAXE500->EAX80
1.4gig download/50mbps upload from Xfinity
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jmurphy19199
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Re: Netgear Nighthawk MR62 Wired Backhaul

So I have Ethernet jacks all over the house they al run back to a hp managed switch 2640. Modes/firewall is an acer.

How I imagined it could work would be

Modem/firewall to switch
Nighthawk router to switch
Satellite to switch

Is this not the case?
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plemans
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Re: Netgear Nighthawk MR62 Wired Backhaul

Again, a lot depends on how you have it wired into the switch. and how the switch is setup. 

There's some conversations on managed switches.

https://community.netgear.com/t5/Orbi/ORBI-and-Switch/td-p/1672848

https://community.netgear.com/t5/Orbi/Orbi-Ethernet-Backhaul-with-Managed-Switches/td-p/1613897

 

you an also run into issues if the orbi is only connected to the switch via the WAN port. 

It should go modem/firewall to wan port on orbi, then orbi connects lan port to switch with other devices connected to switch. 

 

Current setup: CM2000-> RBKE963B-> Trendnet TEG-S380-> GS716T-> pi-hole
also in AP setup: RAXE500->EAX80
1.4gig download/50mbps upload from Xfinity
We’re members of the public helping out on our own time.
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jmurphy19199
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Re: Netgear Nighthawk MR62 Wired Backhaul

so to be clear.. the netgear nighthawk router needs a cable in the WAN port and the Ethernet port?

 

WAN port to my modem/firewall and Ethernet From the LAN to my Switch?

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plemans
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Re: Netgear Nighthawk MR62 Wired Backhaul


@jmurphy19199 wrote:

so to be clear.. the netgear nighthawk router needs a cable in the WAN port and the Ethernet port?

 

WAN port to my modem/firewall and Ethernet From the LAN to my Switch?


If you want everything functioning properly then yes. 

modem/firewall----->wan port on nighthawk------>lan cord from nighthawk to switch

Current setup: CM2000-> RBKE963B-> Trendnet TEG-S380-> GS716T-> pi-hole
also in AP setup: RAXE500->EAX80
1.4gig download/50mbps upload from Xfinity
We’re members of the public helping out on our own time.
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schumaku
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Re: Netgear Nighthawk MR62 Wired Backhaul

No idea, and not much practical experience I'm afraid. So just wild guessing:

Operating Nightawk Mesh in router mode:

Modem/Router (bridged WAN) <-> [WAN] MR60 [LAN] <-> switch <-> [LAN] MS60 

Operating Nighthawk Mesh in wireless access point mode:

Modem/Router [LAN] <-> switch <-> [WAN or LAN?] MR60 AP mode
                                         switch <-> [LAN] MS60  
or patch a dedicated link through the patch panel for the satellite connection
Modem/Router [LAN] <-> [WAN] MR60 [LAN] <-> patch  <-> [LAN] MS60 

The point mentioned in the thread before about Orbi/Orbi Pro (applicable to many other consumer Mesh systems allowing wireless or wired backhaul - because they use the Spanning Tree Protocol STP to discover the better path): One has to disable something very useful on a switch: STP, plus sometimes some more like disabling the ports from praticipating on STP. Even if one would configure a dedicated VLAN for the wired backhaul this would be required because this does work switch-wide, on all VLANs.

I think most of the active people here in the community don't have an official information what is required to operate the MR60/MS60 on a Smart Managed or Managed switch. @arunkmony please, your business! Don't understand why this is still not documented (or I can't find it...).

But then, with an environment in place @jmurphy19199 - I would not play with (read: stay far away from) consumer Mesh systems (except for learning and testing), and head to deploying wireless APs, e.g. Netgear Insight WAC540 ... not WiFi6/AX, but providing same if not more bandwidth over air than the AX1800 (600+1200) MR60/MS60 system.

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