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Setting up Netgear NightHawk AX12 AX6000 RAX120 to Wirelessly Connect to Motorola DOCSIS 3.0


Setting up Netgear NightHawk AX12 AX6000 RAX120 to Wirelessly Connect to Motorola DOCSIS 3.0

Setting up Netgear NightHawk AX12 AX6000 RAX120 to Wirelessly Connect to Motorola DOCSIS 3.0 (Bridge)


I would like to just enable the NightHawk as a grange extender but it would not hurt to also fully brige it so I can use the Hard Wire Ports as well. 

The Motorola is a 200 dollar cable modem and the NightHawk is a 500 dollar router, I can not imagine why they would not be able to work together considering they are both only about 2-3 years old. I must be doing something wrong. I have watched many youtube videos (I must say some people think they got it correct but did not) Some videos are for specific routers and seem to work great. I DO NOT want to run a wire from one router to another to make a wired bridge, I want it wireless, or at least just a range extender.


I have been trying for 7+ hours to connect my Netgear NightHawk AX12 AX6000 RAX120 to Wirelessly Connect to my Motorola DOCSIS 3.0 Cable Modem & Router.


I have tried the Access point Mode (AP) I have tired the Bridge Mode I have Tried the Router mode all in different configurations.


I have tried to let it auto configure, I have tried to configure it manually with IP, MAC, DNS, ETC


I have gone into my Motorola and enabled Wireless Bridging and adding the MAC address for the NightHawk's Main Router MAC, Wireless MAC (2.4GHz & 5GHz) and two other MACs I could find. (Motorola allows up to 5 so I added everything I could find then if I got it working, start taking them off one by one until I could find the working one).


The only problem I am having is getting the 2nd router to grab internet from the main Motorola modem/router. I tried it as just an access point, made sure everything was on different channels, same network ID and password, etc but it did not work for some reason. 


I actually took a class on how to do this about 5 years ago but have not practiced it in a long time and I must be missing something. 


MY MAIN QUESTION BEING.... Is what I am asking of these devices even possible? 

From what I was taught, this can be done with almost any combination as long as you have the correct IP, SUBNET, DNS, MAC addresses, DHCP (should be disabled depending on which method you go with) ETC.


The prebuilt function of AP MODE, BRIDGE MODE, REPEATER MODE (I do not have a repeater mode option) seems to work for most people from what I can see.


I would like a tutorial of how to do this manually, I would prefer not go go with the click and select BRIDGE MODE/ AP MODE for a couple reasons. First, it is not working for me, Second, I would like to be able to set this up on wireless routers that do not have the automatic function.


I have watched MANY videos and read the first 15 pages for each search terms I have entered and they all seem okay and works for some people but none seem to have the FULL detials on how to do it manually like I learned how (then forgot)  to set it up properly. 


If anyone can point me in the right direction or personally help that would be great and I am sure I can return the favor.


If you made it to the end of this, thank you for reading.
















Model: RAX120|Nighthawk AX12 12-Stream WiFi Router
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Re: Setting up Netgear NightHawk AX12 AX6000 RAX120 to Wirelessly Connect to Motorola DOCSIS 3.0

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