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Using another Orbi Router as a Satellite that is hard wired

Rikerrock
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Using another Orbi Router as a Satellite that is hard wired

Bought a 3 pack orbi system from costco and want more satelites for speed so I bought the 2 pack mini orbi system from costco on sale.  The satelite connects no problem, but how do I turn the router into a satelite and connected back to the router.  All satelites are hardwired back the router via direct cable or gigabit switch.

Please advise.

Thanks

D

Model: RBR20|Orbi AC2200 Tri-band WiFi Router
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FURRYe38
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Re: Using another Orbi Router as a Satellite that is hard wired

You can't. The RBR's do not support working as an RBS. 

 

They only support main router mode or AP mode. 

 

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ekhalil
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Re: Using another Orbi Router as a Satellite that is hard wired


@Rikerrock wrote:

.......  All satelites are hardwired back the router via direct cable or gigabit switch.

.......


Since you have the possibility to wire the nodes, you can use the new Orbi Router in AP Mode wired to the main Router to provide additional coverage.

In this case please make sure the new router uses different radio channels than those set in the main Router.

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randomousity
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Re: Using another Orbi Router as a Satellite that is hard wired

If you want four satellites (the two included in the three-pack, plus two additional ones), you should return the two-pack and just buy two satellites (from Best Buy, Amazon, direct from Netgear, whatever). Orbi routers don't have the ability to work as satellites. Short of that, your options are to just use the one additional satellite and put the second router on a shelf, as a spare, sell it, or, as someone else suggested, put the second router in AP mode and connect it with a wired connection to your main Orbi router. Or, use both Orbi routers as routers, and have two different Orbi networks that won't coordinate with each other (ideally, as peer networks, with both Orbi routers having their own direct connection to the modem, not hierarchically with one Orbi connected to the other one).

 

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