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AP Mode and Bridging

Xerethor
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AP Mode and Bridging

Fun question I hope for some of you wireless experts out there. I have a Nighthawk 8300 as my main Wireless Router. A while back, I figured out I could use other routers in client/bridge mode and basically have the same latency as a wired connection. I have both an ac2600 Nighthawk bridged wirelessly for my main computer/gaming room, and a Nighthawk ac1750 bridged wirelessly to run my home entertainment PC and gaming systems. On top of that, i have the usual cell phones and misc. devices attached wirelessly.

 

Only problem I've notice is while using my main computer, my connection will reset sometimes. Seems like the router itself does a soft reboot, and I loose internet for about a minute or so. It may not happen at all or sometimes it will only happen about once a day maybe. I'm wondering if it's a load balancing issue since interference doesn't seem likely with beamforming and mu-mimo. Could be a security update patch that caused it as well since it didn't seem to be an issue at first, but it could be that I didn't notice it right away.

 

Question, would setting my wireless router in AP mode help stabilize the connections? I'd have to get a separate router to do that and I'm wondering if it would be worth the trouble. In a general sense, the answer would normally be no, but I doubt many people have two othter routers in bridge mode acting as a replacement for running ethernet through the house. I'm renting so running wire is not an option atm. Appreciate your thoughts on this.

Model: R8300|Nighthawk X8 AC5000 Smart WiFi Router
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@Xerethor wrote:

I have both an ac2600 Nighthawk bridged wirelessly for my main computer/gaming room, and a Nighthawk ac1750 bridged wirelessly to run my home entertainment PC and gaming systems.

 

Neither of those labels tells us what you own.

 

ac2600 and ac1750 are not reliable guides to model number. Many devices come with an AC tag, but it is essentially a label that Netgear, and other brands, attach to hardware to describe wifi speeds.

 

Look at the label on the device for the model number.

 


@Xerethor wrote:

 

Question, would setting my wireless router in AP mode help stabilize the connections? 


AP mode is, by definition, a wired connection to the router. It is almost certainly better than any wireless connection.

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Xerethor
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Models aren't important for this question. If there's a bug in the setup, I can open a support case with Netgear, give them model numbers, and have them look at that. I'm not convinced that the issue is anything on Netgear's end.

 

By definition, AP mode is a layer 2 networking connection, instead of the typical layer 3 connection that includes routing and Wifi. The question isn't about that. Client bridge mode acts like a wired connection as well. I'm trying to determing if AP mode will help stabilize client/bridge connections.

 

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