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LED that indicates router is connected to internet does not illuminate when used in AP mode

RC-135
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LED that indicates router is connected to internet does not illuminate when used in AP mode

I have two Nighthawk R8000 wireless routers that I hooked up recently.  I set up the second router in AP mode. The LED lights located on the top of the #2 router all light up as expected but the "intenet connected" LED does not illuminate, even though I am able to connect devices to it.  With only the primary router in operation I can access devices from the top two floors of my house.  But the second router has its own SSID and I am easily connecting to it from the basement, something that I can not do with only the primary router.  So why doesn't the LED indicate that I am connected to the internet?  Thanks for any assistance!

Model: R8000|Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Smart WIFI Router
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antinode
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Re: LED that indicates router is connected to internet does not illuminate when used in AP mode

> [...] why doesn't the LED indicate that I am connected to the
> internet? [...]

 

   Sloppy firmware?  You might also check the documentation to see if
this behavior is expected.

 

   A wireless access point doesn't really care much (if at all) about
the Internet -- its job is all-LAN.  I know nothing, but I'd guess that
the "Internet" indicator is relying on the router's WAN/Internet port
being used normally (as a WAN port), so that when it's reconfigured as
another LAN port (for WAP mode), the test for "Internet" v. "No
Internet" doesn't work.

 

   It's a faulty indication, not a serious communication problem (except
between the router and you).

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RC-135
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Re: LED that indicates router is connected to internet does not illuminate when used in AP mode

Thank yiou very much for that answer.  Somewhat related to what I am trying to do...I also bought a Netgear Nighthawk EX8000 Mesh Extender.  I would like this third piece of equipment to be able to cover my finished basement area.  Should I wirelessly connect it to the primary router on the 2nd floor, or can I connect it to router #2 (located on the first floor) which is now being used as an access point.  If the latter, do I need to connect it wirelessly or can I connect it via hard wire ethernet cable.  I do have the cable already running throughout the house as well as in the basement.  Thanks!!

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antinode
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Re: LED that indicates router is connected to internet does not illuminate when used in AP mode

> [...] EX8000 Mesh Extender. [...]

 

> [...] Should I wirelessly connect it to the primary router on the 2nd
> floor, or can I connect it to router #2 (located on the first floor)
> which is now being used as an access point. If the latter, do I need to
> connect it wirelessly or can I connect it via hard wire ethernet cable.
> [...]

 

   I'd vote for a wired connection, if it's at all convenient, reserving
the radios for cases where wired connections are not possible/practical.
See "Use the Extender in Access Point Mode" in the EX8000 User Manual.

 

   I wouldn't expect it to matter much where on your LAN you connect an
extender (or any wireless access point), so long as there's a wired path
between it and the main router.  (The fewer gizmos the better, between
anything and your main router, but, with all wired connections, I'd
expect "the better" to be only very slightly better.)

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RC-135
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Re: LED that indicates router is connected to internet does not illuminate when used in AP mode

Got it. Thanks much!!

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