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Nighthawk/R7000 as Wireless Repeater Connectivity Issues

nyxus
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Nighthawk/R7000 as Wireless Repeater Connectivity Issues

I am running Windows 10 and live in a basement. To reliably connect to the Internet, my landlord and I agreed that a wireless repeater was the most suitable solution, as the Fios router/modem is on the second floor, in his office. My dad offered me his Nighthawk R7000 router due to its high wireless range and flexibility. After a factory reset on the Nighthawk, I followed the instructions on the Netgear Support page on setting up the router as a wireless repeater: I went to routerlogin.com, set the Security Options to "none" (this still confuses me as to why that is necessary), went to Advanced > Advanced Setup > Wireless Repeating, clicked "Enable Wireless Repeating Function," filled in 192.168.1.1 as my repeater's IP address (please correct me if I'm wrong on that being the IP after a factory reset), and filled in the base station's MAC address (I assume "base station" refers to my landlord's router). Step 9, "To prevent wireless clients from associating with the repeater and allowing LAN client associations only, select Disable Wireless Client Association. You can leave the check box cleared if you prefer wireless clients to be able to associate with the repeater," was a little confusing to me. I'm not particularly tech savvy, so I don't understand exactly what is meant by "wireless clients." Would checking this box prevent me from connecting via anything but a wired connection? That doesn't intuitively make sense to me.

 

After this, the router reboots itself. The router's network, originally "Netgear 11," now appears as "Netgear 11 2," showing that it is Open (due to turning off the security, I assume). When I try to connect, Windows tells me that I cannot connect to this network. I can no longer access the router via my browser without doing a factory reset, and, of course, I have no access to Internet this way.

 

I hope I have provided enough details. Please let me know if I missed anything. Thank you in advance for the help.

Model: R7000|Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band WiFi Router
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antinode
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Re: Nighthawk/R7000 as Wireless Repeater Connectivity Issues

> [...] I followed the instructions on the Netgear Support page on
> setting up the router as a wireless repeater: [...]

   An actual link would be much more helpful than "the Netgear Support
page on <some topic>".

> [...] set the Security Options to "none" (this still confuses me as to
> why that is necessary), [...]

   I've never done this, so I know nothing, but my guess would be that
you're about to make your R7000 stupid, and assign responsibilities like
security, DHCP, and so on to the main router in this arrangement.

> [...] filled in 192.168.1.1 as my repeater's IP address (please
> correct me if I'm wrong on that being the IP after a factory reset),
> [...]

   Sounds wrong to me.  I'd expect this to be some (available) address
on the LAN of the main router, which you're about to join.

> [...] (I assume "base station" refers to my landlord's router).

   Sounds right.

> [...] I don't understand exactly what is meant by "wireless clients."

   That part's easy.  A wireless client is a device like a computer or
phone or tablet which you want to connect wirelessly to the LAN.  Who
"associates" with whom, and why, is a mystery to me.  I'd leave that box
in its default state until I found out what it means.

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nyxus
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Re: Nighthawk/R7000 as Wireless Repeater Connectivity Issues

Hi, antinode, thanks for your quick reply. To answer some of the points you brought up:

 


@antinode wrote:

An actual link would be much more helpful than "the Netgear Support
page on <some topic>".


 Haha, yeah, duh! My bad. Here is the article I consulted.

 


@antinode wrote:

Sounds wrong to me.  I'd expect this to be some (available) address
on the LAN of the main router, which you're about to join.


Any idea what I should be using, then, or how to find what IP address I should be using?

 

Thanks again for your time and help so far.

Model: R6700|Nighthawk AC1750 Smart WiFi Router
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antinode
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Re: Nighthawk/R7000 as Wireless Repeater Connectivity Issues

> Any idea what I should be using, then, or how to find what IP address
> I should be using?


   Depends on the (unidentified) main router.  Generally, you want some
address outside the DHCP pool of the main router, so that the DHCP
server on the main router doesn't issue it to someone else.  (Netgear
routers tend to default to a pool which covers the whole range (".2" -
".254").  In a case like that, you'd want to shrink the pool a little to
make room for such a static address assignment.)

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nyxus
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Re: Nighthawk/R7000 as Wireless Repeater Connectivity Issues

Right now I don't have access to the router, so I can only tell you it's some Verizon Fios router/modem hybrid. For when I get a chance to look, though, exactly what kind of information do I need to find? On the router, via ipconfig, whatever. Let me know what and how, and I'll find it.
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antinode
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Re: Nighthawk/R7000 as Wireless Repeater Connectivity Issues

> [...] Let me know what and how, and I'll find it.

   Knowing nothing about your "some Verizon Fios router/modem hybrid", I
can't tell you where to look (or what you'll find), but you want to
configure its DHCP server so that there are some LAN IP addresses which
are not in its pool.  (It might already be configured that way.)  Then
you want to specify one of those non-pool addresses as the "Repeater IP
Address" when you configure the R7000-as-repeater.

   That should make it possible for the R7000-as-repeater to join the
LAN established by the Verizon router.

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nyxus
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Re: Nighthawk/R7000 as Wireless Repeater Connectivity Issues

I went into the router settings and couldn't find anything on DHCP, but I found the DNS server settings. I added an IP address (192.168.1.69 because I'm immature) and labeled that as my repeater's address. When configuring the Nighthawk, I used that as the IP address and also left the box about the wireless client option blank as default, as you said. This time, I could successfully connect to my router's network, but I still have no Internet connection. If I try to access my router via routerlogin.com, I can't connect because I don't have an Internet connection (is what I'm told).

Model: R7000|Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band WiFi Router
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JamesGL
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Re: Nighthawk/R7000 as Wireless Repeater Connectivity Issues

Hi nyxus,

 

To configure wireless repeating function, you need to make sure that the main router supports this functionality and it has the same configuration page. If not, then it will not work. Either you configure it as Access Point and run a cable from the main router or purchase a wireless extender instead.

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JamesGL
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Re: Nighthawk/R7000 as Wireless Repeater Connectivity Issues

Hi nyxus,

 

We’d greatly appreciate hearing your feedback letting us know if you need further assistance.

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nyxus
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Re: Nighthawk/R7000 as Wireless Repeater Connectivity Issues

Sorry for the late response.

 

I have not gotten anything to work, so I am probably going to give up on the Netgear and just pursue other options. I did not realize that there might be compatability issues as you said, and that is probably the case here, unfortunately.

 

Thank you all for your help.

Model: R7000|Nighthawk AC1900 Dual Band WiFi Router
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