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Can I ethernet backhaul from an access point to Nighthawk RAX-80

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Can I ethernet backhaul from an access point to Nighthawk RAX-80

CURRENT SET UP

  1.  RAX-80 as my router in my basement.
  2. T-25 Gigabit Router
  3. (JGS516) 16-Port Gigabit Ethernet Unmanaged Switch
    1. Arlo Hub
    2. Hue Hub
  4. cAt 5 ethernet from switch to other side of house

CURRENT ISSUE

I am interested in using an ethernet backhaul back to the RAX80 for two reasons.

  1. Slower internet on far side of house
  2. Almost 40 Computers, iPads, iPhones, and other smart home devices I PREFER a wired connection to an access point so I can have the Same WiFi name all over the house.

It seems the NIghthawk externders are Wireless only.  Is that correct?

I saw a WAX240 in the business sioluuitons that could work. (Essentials WiFi 6 (WAX204) Essentials WiFi 6 AX1800 Dual Band Access Point) However iwas not sure if it was compatible with the RAX-80? And could it be controlled by the Nighthawk too?  I do not need a 2nd app.

 

 

 

Model: RAX80|Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream WiFi Router
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plemans
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Re: Can I ethernet backhaul from an access point to Nighthawk RAX-80

you're trying to mix technologies. 

The rax80 isn't a mesh router. Devices won't roam like a mesh network using a non-mesh router. 

Even the mesh extenders only operate in mesh mode while running in extender mode. They do work in access point mode but not with the single ssid function. 

 

You're basically trying to get an orbi setup without using orbi. 

Devices won't roam properly like that. They'll be sticky in that they'll tend to stay connected to the device they originally connected to.

 

Current Setup: CM2000-> RBK750-> GS716v2-> RAXE500-> Pi-hole->
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AmbassadorTim
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Re: Can I ethernet backhaul from an access point to Nighthawk RAX-80

I had a feeling what I wanted to do was not possible.  I really want an ethernet backhaul for better performance. I have. read a lot that the EAX80 and EAX 20 are wirelss backhaul only and the speed drops significantly with them.

 

Do I ahve any options other than going ORBI instead?

 

I really though there could be at least one option for ethernet backhaul.

Model: RAX80|Nighthawk AX8 8-Stream WiFi Router
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plemans
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Re: Can I ethernet backhaul from an access point to Nighthawk RAX-80

Not that I know of currently for consumer gear when just adding 1 and wanting it hardwired.

Current Setup: CM2000-> RBK750-> GS716v2-> RAXE500-> Pi-hole->
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AmbassadorTim
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Re: Can I ethernet backhaul from an access point to Nighthawk RAX-80

Thanks for all the feeedback.

 

I do see my RAX80 has a AP mode to it. 

So maybe I get a Netgear Nighthawk and do an AP mode to a new one.

maybe a cheaper one on facebook marketpace. Some one getting rid of one.

 

This is a good way to learn this stuff.

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