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Re: RBKE963 2.5ghz ports

Kad2
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RBKE963 2.5ghz ports

I am looking to buy the orbi 6e mesh system rbke963 and need to know if the 2.5ghz port can be used to link a switch at 2.5ghz speeds or can it only be used as a backhaul port to the satellites?  I currently have a nighthawk ax router with its 2.5ghz port connected to a high speed nighthawk switch and want to be able to keep that 2.5ghz connection with the orbi.  The manual I downloaded was not clear about it.

 

 

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Mikey94025
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Re: RBKE963 2.5ghz ports

I think your question boils down to this - Can the 2.5G ethernet port be used to connect LAN devices (or a switch) as well as for backhaul?  I had assumed it could, but when I read through the User Manual I notice the same thing you did... It only talks about using that 2.5G ethernet port to create a wired backhaul.  Connecting a "LAN device" is only mentioned for Gigabit Ethernet ports 1-3.

 

I assume that Netgear folks here will clarify that the 2.5G port can also be used to connect a LAN device.  The product page also shows this attached picture, annotating the 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet Port "for higher-speed connections OR wired backhaul."  That would seem to indicate it can be used besides backhaul purposes, similar to prior Orbi model LAN ports.

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FURRYe38
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Re: RBKE963 2.5ghz ports


@Kad2 wrote:

I am looking to buy the orbi 6e mesh system rbke963 and need to know if the 2.5ghz port can be used to link a switch at 2.5ghz speeds or can it only be used as a backhaul port to the satellites?  Yes. I currently have a nighthawk ax router with its 2.5ghz port connected to a high speed nighthawk switch and want to be able to keep that 2.5ghz connection with the orbi.  Yes. The manual I downloaded was not clear about it. There are 2.5Gb LAN port on each RBS and the RBR. There is not 2.5Ghz ports. Smiley Wink

 

 


 

My Setup ISP SparkLight | Internet Cable 1000↓/50↑ CAX80 Modem Mode |  Wifi Router RBK853 (Router Mode) | and R9000 (Router Mode) | Switches NG GS105/8, GS308v3, GS110MX and XS505M | Additional NG HW: C7800/CAX80/CM1100/CM1200/CM2000, Orbi: CBK40, CBK752, RBK50, RBK853, RBK752, RBK953, SXK30 | NightHawk: MK63, MR6150, R7000, R7800, R7960P, R8000, R8500, R9000, RAXE500, RAX50, XR450, XR1000, EX7500/EX7700

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TC_in_Montana
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Re: RBKE963 2.5ghz ports


@Kad2 wrote:

I am looking to buy the orbi 6e mesh system rbke963 and need to know if the 2.5ghz port can be used to link a switch at 2.5ghz speeds or can it only be used as a backhaul port to the satellites?  I currently have a nighthawk ax router with its 2.5ghz port connected to a high speed nighthawk switch and want to be able to keep that 2.5ghz connection with the orbi.  The manual I downloaded was not clear about it.

 

 


I don't like how the user manual describes it either.

 

However, with that being said, I have a switch connected to the 2.5G port on the router and it works with no issues.   It is not a 2.5G switch, but rather a 1Gbps switch (Netgear GS108Ev3) but having no issues.

 

I would think that if it is working with a 1Gbps switch, then it would work as well with a 2.5Gbps switch.

 

 

My Setup ISP Spectrum | Internet Cable 400↓/20↑ Technicolor E31T2V1 Modem (ISP Provided) | Wifi Router RBRKE963 (RBRE960 w/ 2RBSE960) Wireless BackhaulSwitches Netgear GS108EV3 | 

Additional NG HW: Orbi RBK752 (v4.6.7.5), Orbi RBK53 (v2.7.3.22), RBS40V (v2.6.2.8), RBS50Y (v2.7.3.22), RBW30 (v2.6.2.6), RAX50 (v1.0.5.106), R8500 (v1.0.2.156), R6700 (v1.0.2.26), EAX80 (v1.0.1.70)


 


 


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FURRYe38
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Re: RBKE963 2.5ghz ports

It should be backwards compatible. However Having mine connected, I used the 1Gb ports with a 1Gb switch just for same rate operation. One or these days I'll get a 2.5 Gb switch system in...still kinda spendy. 

My Setup ISP SparkLight | Internet Cable 1000↓/50↑ CAX80 Modem Mode |  Wifi Router RBK853 (Router Mode) | and R9000 (Router Mode) | Switches NG GS105/8, GS308v3, GS110MX and XS505M | Additional NG HW: C7800/CAX80/CM1100/CM1200/CM2000, Orbi: CBK40, CBK752, RBK50, RBK853, RBK752, RBK953, SXK30 | NightHawk: MK63, MR6150, R7000, R7800, R7960P, R8000, R8500, R9000, RAXE500, RAX50, XR450, XR1000, EX7500/EX7700

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