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Can I connect a a modem/router combo to a nighthawk AC1900?

fliphusker
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Can I connect a a modem/router combo to a nighthawk AC1900?

My Nighthawk AC 1900 is limited by only 32 connections (I think) but I need more. I do have my old NETGEAR C3000-100NAS N300 WiFi Cable Modem Router (Not sure how well it works.). Can I plug the C3000 into my AC 1900 and get more available connections? 

If I can, can someone give me step by step instructions or link me to how to do it? Both routers would have the same SSID and password, is that an issue?

 

Thanks in advance. 

Model: R6900|Nighthawk AC1900 Smart WiFi Router
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antinode
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Re: Can I connect a a modem/router combo to a nighthawk AC1900?

> My Nighthawk AC 1900 is limited by only 32 connections (I think) but I
> need more. [...]

   Have you actually observed a problem?  (I'd wait until I did.)

> [...] Can I plug the C3000 into my AC 1900 and get more available
> connections? [...]

   Perhaps, but I wouldn't expect much speed.  With no Ethernet
WAN/Internet port, you may be able to configure it as a wireless access
point:

      https://community.netgear.com/t5/x/x/m-p/1463500

That's written for a C6300, but the steps are about the same for any
other router (any make/model) which lacks a one-step WAP option,
including yours.

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fliphusker
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Re: Can I connect a a modem/router combo to a nighthawk AC1900?

Ya, tested with over 32 devices. Seems a bit buggy even over 30.

I would be curious about the speed part and not even positive if the router works properly. I will give it a shot at least. 

 

I assume I would not be able to up the number of devices that could connect, correct?

 

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Re: Can I connect a a modem/router combo to a nighthawk AC1900?


@fliphusker wrote:

I do have my old NETGEAR C3000-100NAS N300 WiFi Cable Modem Router (Not sure how well it works.). Can I plug the C3000 into my AC 1900 and get more available connections? 

If you do add anything to your R6900 (AC1900 is a wifi speed indicator, not a Netgear  model number), then you will need to, put it into wireless access point mode.

 

The C3000 is a cable modem/router. So you may have to work out how to make that happen.

Just another user.

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antinode
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Re: Can I connect a a modem/router combo to a nighthawk AC1900?

> I assume I would not be able to up the number of devices that could
> connect, correct?

   If the router hardware/firmware limits the number of wireless
clients, and you can't change that hardware/firmware, then there
wouldn't be much which you could do about that limit.  However, if a
device is connected to a separate WAP, then the main router would see
that as a wired connection. which should not be affected by a limit on
wireless clients.


> If you do add anything to your R6900 [...] then you will need to, put
> it into wireless access point mode.

   Not really.  You could add a router, with its own subnet.  But,
because it lacks a WAN/Internet Ethernet port, doing that with a C3000
could be tough.

> The C3000 is a cable modem/router. So you may have to work out how to
> make that happen.

   Or you could follow the link already provided.  (Which was the point
of providing it.)

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