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using 2 Orbi RBR850

UrbanL
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using 2 Orbi RBR850

Hello - I have a relatively large house >280 square meters. From the room coverage it would be very helpful to connect two "routers" via LAN cable and then cover the area with one satellite each. I bought two RBR850 and two RBS853. Is this possible? See picture.

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FURRYe38
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Re: using 2 Orbi RBR850

No, you'll still have MESH and a signle SSID name if you connect the RBS to the RBR. The only thing that changes is the backhaul method, goes from wireless to wired is all. 

My Setup (Cable 1Gbps/50Mbps)>CM1200 v2.02.03(LAG Disabled)>RBK50 v2.7.2.104(WW)/RBK853 AP Mode v3.2.18.1
Additional NG HW: C7800/CM1100/CAX80/CM2000, Orbi CBK40, R7800, R7960P, EX7500/EX7700, XR450 and WNHDE111

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FURRYe38
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Re: using 2 Orbi RBR850

You would have two separate wifi SSID networks. It would work if you kept wifi channels far apart from each other. 

Would these be configured for AP mode with main host router upstream from the NR1 switch? 

My Setup (Cable 1Gbps/50Mbps)>CM1200 v2.02.03(LAG Disabled)>RBK50 v2.7.2.104(WW)/RBK853 AP Mode v3.2.18.1
Additional NG HW: C7800/CM1100/CAX80/CM2000, Orbi CBK40, R7800, R7960P, EX7500/EX7700, XR450 and WNHDE111
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Bandito
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Re: using 2 Orbi RBR850

You can do what you are proposing, but why?  You lose the benefit of having a mesh system that covers your entire home seamlessly.  With your proposed setup, you'll likely have to change networks manually on your devices if you move from one part of the house to the other.

 

I would highly recommend one router using the wireless backhaul and as many satellites as you may need.  That way you'll have a unified system rather than two separate networks with the potential to interfere with one another.

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UrbanL
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Re: using 2 Orbi RBR850

Okay - maybe I didn't make myself clear. Of course I only want to have one network, but from the room situation there is no good WLAN transmission possible between the two routers. Would it be possible to connect a satellite to the router via a LAN cable? I would have a router (with one satellite over WLAN) and then a satellite (with another satellite over WLAN). With this I would probably cover the building perfectly.
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FURRYe38
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Re: using 2 Orbi RBR850

Yes you can connect RBS to RBRs via ethernet:

https://kb.netgear.com/000051205/What-is-Ethernet-backhaul-and-how-do-I-set-it-up-on-my-Orbi-WiFi-Sy...

 

The two systems would not be connected wirelessly as a mesh system. You would have two separate wifi SSIDs. RBRs can not be used like RBSs as well. 

My Setup (Cable 1Gbps/50Mbps)>CM1200 v2.02.03(LAG Disabled)>RBK50 v2.7.2.104(WW)/RBK853 AP Mode v3.2.18.1
Additional NG HW: C7800/CM1100/CAX80/CM2000, Orbi CBK40, R7800, R7960P, EX7500/EX7700, XR450 and WNHDE111
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UrbanL
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Re: using 2 Orbi RBR850


thank you very much for the quick response. Just so I understand correctly. I can attach a satellite to an Orbi Router RBR850 via LAN cable but then mesh would no longer work and I would have two SSIDs again, which means two different networks. This is of course not what I want. I want to connect a mesh network to a router and depending on the satellite either via WLAN or LAN cable. If I've got this right, I can't do that with Orbi. Is that right?


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FURRYe38
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Re: using 2 Orbi RBR850

No, you'll still have MESH and a signle SSID name if you connect the RBS to the RBR. The only thing that changes is the backhaul method, goes from wireless to wired is all. 

My Setup (Cable 1Gbps/50Mbps)>CM1200 v2.02.03(LAG Disabled)>RBK50 v2.7.2.104(WW)/RBK853 AP Mode v3.2.18.1
Additional NG HW: C7800/CM1100/CAX80/CM2000, Orbi CBK40, R7800, R7960P, EX7500/EX7700, XR450 and WNHDE111

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UrbanL
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Re: using 2 Orbi RBR850

Ok - thanks - I will try this when I get the next RBS. 

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FURRYe38
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Re: using 2 Orbi RBR850

Good Luck. 

My Setup (Cable 1Gbps/50Mbps)>CM1200 v2.02.03(LAG Disabled)>RBK50 v2.7.2.104(WW)/RBK853 AP Mode v3.2.18.1
Additional NG HW: C7800/CM1100/CAX80/CM2000, Orbi CBK40, R7800, R7960P, EX7500/EX7700, XR450 and WNHDE111
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