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Nighthawk AC2300 Smart WiFi Router - want to connect two routers or access points via CAT5E

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Nighthawk AC2300 Smart WiFi Router - want to connect two routers or access points via CAT5E

We have a Nighthawk AC2300 which works fairly well in our new home, except on both ends of the house where the wifi fades out/weakens. Since we have Cat5E cabling throughout, I'm thinking about adding two wireless routers or access points (connected to the Cat5) on each end of the house in order to beef up the wireless signal in those areas.  Looking for suggestions on router v. access point, which is most affordable and effective, and model recommendations.  Also, tips on set-up would be great.   Thanks!    

Model: R7000P|Nighthawk AC2300 Smart WiFi Router with MU-MIMO
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Re: Nighthawk AC2300 Smart WiFi Router - want to connect two routers or access points via CAT5E

> [...] Looking for suggestions on router v. access point, which is most
> affordable and effective, and model recommendations.

   Unless you have some reason for breaking your network into pieces,
adding wirless access points would probably make more sense than adding
full-function routers.  However, practically any wireless router can be
configured as a wireless access point.  For example, visit
http://netgear.com/support , put in your own router's model number, and
look for Documentation.  Get the User Manual.  Look for "Use the Router
as a WiFi Access Point".  Most modern Netgear routers have a similar
option, but practically any wireless router can be configured as a WAP.

> [...] Also, tips on set-up would be great.

   Follow the instructions?  

   If you configure any router as a wireless access point, then it
ceases to have separate WAN and LAN interfaces, and becomes all-LAN.  At
that point, it typically gets a new LAN IP address, which would be
specified by either the administrator or the (DHCP server on the) main
router.  That normally means that its administrative web site must be
accessed at its new LAN IP address.  (Names like "routerlogin.net" will
take you to the main router, not to any WAP.)  If that new LAN IP
address was assigned using DHCP, then you may need to scan some kind of
Attached Devices or DHCP Clients report on the main router to see which
adderess it gave to the router-as-WAP.

   And, if the router-as-WAP gets its LAN IP address dynamically from the
main router, then it could change from time to time, unless some action
was taken on the main router to reserve a particular address for it.

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Re: Nighthawk AC2300 Smart WiFi Router - want to connect two routers or access points via CAT5E


@SVL wrote:

We have a Nighthawk AC2300 which works fairly well in our new home, except on both ends of the house where the wifi fades out/weakens.

 


This might be a good place to start:

 

WiFi Range Extenders: Boost Your WiFi Range | NETGEAR

 

Feed in your needs and see what comes up.

 

Orbi might be another option:

 

Orbi: Whole Home WiFi System for Better WiFi Everywhere | NETGEAR

 

I have an Orbi router working as an access point on the end of a Powerline network. Your Ethernet link would be even better.

 

The point of Orbi is that it is aimed at the consumer end, rather than techie nerds. This means that an Orbi should be easier to set up, but at the same time they aren't quite "tweakable" as a standard access point.

Just another user.

My network DM200 -> R7800 -> GS316 -> PL1000 -> Orbi RBR40 -> Orbi RBS50Y -> RBS40V
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Re: Nighthawk AC2300 Smart WiFi Router - want to connect two routers or access points via CAT5E

Very helpful, thank you.  

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