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Nighthawk R8000P connect range extender

I expect delivery of the Nighthawk R8000P router today. In preparation I've been reading the documentation. I see no instructions on how to connect a range extender to this router. If that's the case, I will have to return this router without even opening the box.

 

We have an existing Netgear WNDR?????  router that is more than 5 years old that has a range extender attached. Does the Nighthawk R8000P have the same capablity? I can't find this in the manual.

 

Thank you for any response

Model: R8000P|Nighthawk X6S AC4000 Tri Band WiFi Router
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Re: Nighthawk R8000P connect range extender

Most range extenders will work with other routers. They just need the setup assistant ran.  I've mixed and matched extenders and routers for a while for testing and haven't found any that I can't get working together fairly easily. 

 

You didn't put which range extender you had from the wndr**** router you had with it. 

 

go to netgear.com/support/   type in the range extenders model number and it'll have instructions on how to add it to other routers. 

 

One thing though, the R8000P is a quite a bit of a step up over any of the wndr series. You might not even need it. And if it was a single band extender, their performance tends to be pretty aweful. Reason why is they take a 50% throughput hit because they have to send and receive using the same chip. And they can't do both at once. Add in the fact the 2.4ghz is pretty slow to start with and it made single band extenders performance horrible. 

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Thank you for the response. Tomorrow I will try to get this setup based on your suggestion, rather than returning it because the manual has no reference to "Range Extender". I will post the reult. Again, thank you.

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Hope it goes smoothly. If you do need help, just let me know what model extender it is and firmware on it. 

 

When you get the R8000P, I'd recommend installing the latest firmware on it over a hardwired connection, factory reset it, and then fully set it up for use. This tends to have the best results with the R8000P. 

 

Again, I'd also try just using the r8000P and test the speeds. That way you can compare how well the extender actually works when you install it. 

CAX80-> RBK53-> GS716v2-> TP-Link M9Plus
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Hi,

I spent the day replacing the previous WNDR3400 router with the R8000P. We have sveral wireless cameras that were connected to the internet through a wireles extender that worked well. The extender is EnGenious ENS202EXT (https://www.engeniustech.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/ENS202EXT_Manual.pdf). 

 

It's not obvious to me how to connect this extender to the Nighthawk.

- From the extender, do I choose the WDS Bridge Mode capability?

- What is the Nighthawk feature that should be used?

 

Thank you

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> It's not obvious to me how to connect this extender to the Nighthawk.

 

   Was it obvious when you connected this extender to your old router?
I'd expect a similar procedure to work with any router.  You have
instructions for the extender?  Follow them again?  Perhaps reset the
extender first, and then pretend that it's a new extender?

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@antinode wrote:

 

   Was it obvious when you connected this extender to your old router?


Well that brings me back to my original question... Using the WNDR3400 there is a paragraph entitled "Wireless Repeating (Also Called WDS)". In the 142 page R8000P user manual there is no reference to WDS, Extend or anything else that would make it obvious to me. So I am asking once again if I should have returned this before opening the box? I do appreciate your prompt responses but maybe this router simply doesn't have this capability.

As I recall, there is a limited time technical support offered by Netgear. Unless you can suggest something else, that will be my next effort.

 

Thank you

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> [...] Using the WNDR3400 there is a paragraph entitled "Wireless
> Repeating (Also Called WDS)". [...]

 

   I doubt that you were using that feature.

 

> [...] In the 142 page R8000P user manual there is no reference to WDS,
> Extend or anything else that would make it obvious to me. [...]

 

   That might be because you need no special router features to use a
wireless extender with it.


   I'd bet that nothing in your car's owner's manual mentions
north-south roads, but that does not mean that the car won't work on
them.

 

> [...] As I recall, there is a limited time technical support offered
> by Netgear. [...]

 

   90 days, I believe.  But this is not a router problem; it's an
extender set-up problem.

 

   Did you read any of that ENS202EXT User Guide to which you provided
the link?  I see:


      2.1 System Requirements
      [...]
      o An existing router or access point (AP) with SSID broadcast
      [...]

 

   That would appear to be the entire list of router requirements.  And,
unless you disabled its radio(s) or their SSID broadcast, the R8000P
would seem to satisfy that requirement.

 

   Forget about the router, at least until you run into something in the
extender set-up which mentions the router.

 

   Concentrate on the extender set-up.  Consult the ENS202EXT User
Guide.  Chapter 3 of that manual ("Web Configuration") seems to deal
with it.

 

   I doubt that any other router would make this process any easier.
You'd still need to configure the extender so that it connects to your
router, no matter what that router might be.


   I know nothing, but I'd guess that if you configured the appropriate
wireless credentials (SSID, passphrase) on the R8000P to match those on
the old router, then the extender might just work with no extra effort.
But I might still consult the User Guide for the thing.

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OK... Thank you for your time. You seem certain that the Nighthawk router has the ability to host a wireless extender. thank you . that was my concern from the beginning. Spending $280 and not having this capability has been my concern. If it has the capability, I'll figure it out. Again, thank you.

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