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Re: Satellite/Router Connection Algorithm

fmalloy
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Satellite/Router Connection Algorithm

How does Orbi assign WI-Fi clients to satelites/router?

I have 2 satellites (downstairs) and a router (upstairs). My smartphone is quite close to Satellite 2, yet it's connected to the router upstairs, further away. I get Good connection status for both satellites. I'm guessing that physical proximity isn't the consideration...?


Should I care?

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FURRYe38
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Re: Satellite/Router Connection Algorithm

Distance is a factor. Be aware that Orbi doesn't tell devices where to connect. It helps them get connected, however it's the device themselves that pick and choose which signal source and frequency to connect too based on there design, noise, signal quality and strength and environment. 

My Setup ISP SparkLight | Internet Cable 1000↓/50↑ CAX80 Modem Mode  | Wifi Router RAXE500 and RBKE963; Router mode | Switches NG GS105/8, GS308v3, GS110MX and XS505M | Additional NG HW: C7800/CAX30/CAX80/CM1100/CM1200/CM2000, Orbi: CBK40, CBK752, RBK50, RBK853, RBK752, RBK953, SXK30 | NightHawk: MK63, R7000, R7800, R7960P, R8000, RAXE500, RAX120v2, RAX50v2, XR450/500/700/1000, EX7500/EX7700

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FURRYe38
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Re: Satellite/Router Connection Algorithm

Distance is a factor. Be aware that Orbi doesn't tell devices where to connect. It helps them get connected, however it's the device themselves that pick and choose which signal source and frequency to connect too based on there design, noise, signal quality and strength and environment. 

My Setup ISP SparkLight | Internet Cable 1000↓/50↑ CAX80 Modem Mode  | Wifi Router RAXE500 and RBKE963; Router mode | Switches NG GS105/8, GS308v3, GS110MX and XS505M | Additional NG HW: C7800/CAX30/CAX80/CM1100/CM1200/CM2000, Orbi: CBK40, CBK752, RBK50, RBK853, RBK752, RBK953, SXK30 | NightHawk: MK63, R7000, R7800, R7960P, R8000, RAXE500, RAX120v2, RAX50v2, XR450/500/700/1000, EX7500/EX7700

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fmalloy
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Re: Satellite/Router Connection Algorithm

Thank you! A very clear answer - makes sense.

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CrimpOn
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Is "Fast Roaming" enabled on the Orbi Advanced Tab, Advanced Settings, Wireless Settings?

I love my Orbi.
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fmalloy
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Re: Satellite/Router Connection Algorithm

I do not have Fast Roaming enabled (I left the default). Should I?

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FURRYe38
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FR is someting that you need to test to see if it's needed or not and if it works well for your wireless mobile devices that if your walking around you home alot with your mobile device, does it help or not. This feature is for when your moving around like if your on a phone call or video conference walking around. Not needed for stationary devices. 

My Setup ISP SparkLight | Internet Cable 1000↓/50↑ CAX80 Modem Mode  | Wifi Router RAXE500 and RBKE963; Router mode | Switches NG GS105/8, GS308v3, GS110MX and XS505M | Additional NG HW: C7800/CAX30/CAX80/CM1100/CM1200/CM2000, Orbi: CBK40, CBK752, RBK50, RBK853, RBK752, RBK953, SXK30 | NightHawk: MK63, R7000, R7800, R7960P, R8000, RAXE500, RAX120v2, RAX50v2, XR450/500/700/1000, EX7500/EX7700

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fmalloy
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Re: Satellite/Router Connection Algorithm

 


@FURRYe38 wrote:

FR is someting that you need to test to see if it's needed or not and if it works well for your wireless mobile devices that if your walking around you home alot with your mobile device, does it help or not. This feature is for when your moving around like if your on a phone call or video conference walking around. Not needed for stationary devices. 



My biggest concern is stability. I just came from a Nighthawk R7000 that was absolutely horrible. Constant random wi-fi disconnects and reboots. Orbi came recommended and I'm holding my breath it will be reliable. Even afraid to upgrade firmware.

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CrimpOn
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Re: Satellite/Router Connection Algorithm


@fmalloy wrote:

I do not have Fast Roaming enabled (I left the default). Should I?


"Should" is beyond me.  I have experimented with my smartphone and tablet.  With "Fast Roaming" enabled, I opened the Orbi web interfaced Attached Devices page on the phone/tablet and confirmed that they were connected to the router (that I was standing near).  Walked downstairs to the satellite, and within less than 2 minutes, the Attached Devices display said I was connected to the satellite.  Went back to the router, and my device became connected to the router.

 

I have no idea what would have happened if "Fast Roaming" was not checked, but this is a pretty simple experiment.  Try it without Fast Roaming and then with Fast Roaming.

I love my Orbi.
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FURRYe38
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Re: Satellite/Router Connection Algorithm

I know. The R7000 isn't the same as Orbi. Stability is way better than the R7000. Orbi is newer and newer hardware as well. Different and faster CPU and wifi abilities than the R7000. 

 

My Setup ISP SparkLight | Internet Cable 1000↓/50↑ CAX80 Modem Mode  | Wifi Router RAXE500 and RBKE963; Router mode | Switches NG GS105/8, GS308v3, GS110MX and XS505M | Additional NG HW: C7800/CAX30/CAX80/CM1100/CM1200/CM2000, Orbi: CBK40, CBK752, RBK50, RBK853, RBK752, RBK953, SXK30 | NightHawk: MK63, R7000, R7800, R7960P, R8000, RAXE500, RAX120v2, RAX50v2, XR450/500/700/1000, EX7500/EX7700

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fmalloy
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@FURRYe38 wrote:

I know. The R7000 isn't the same as Orbi. Stability is way better than the R7000. Orbi is newer and newer hardware as well. Different and faster CPU and wifi abilities than the R7000. 

 


Good to know. I have high hopes...

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FURRYe38
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Re: Satellite/Router Connection Algorithm

Keep us posted on how it goes. Don't worry or over think it. 

My Setup ISP SparkLight | Internet Cable 1000↓/50↑ CAX80 Modem Mode  | Wifi Router RAXE500 and RBKE963; Router mode | Switches NG GS105/8, GS308v3, GS110MX and XS505M | Additional NG HW: C7800/CAX30/CAX80/CM1100/CM1200/CM2000, Orbi: CBK40, CBK752, RBK50, RBK853, RBK752, RBK953, SXK30 | NightHawk: MK63, R7000, R7800, R7960P, R8000, RAXE500, RAX120v2, RAX50v2, XR450/500/700/1000, EX7500/EX7700

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