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RBE971 + 2 RBE970 Satellites Wireless Backhaul Topology

zaguama
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RBE971 + 2 RBE970 Satellites Wireless Backhaul Topology

I upgraded from Orbi Mesh Wifi 6 platform (1 Router + 2 Satellites), to this new Wifi 7 platform (same 1 Router + 2 Satellites) setup.

With my previous wifi 6 mesh system the “algorithm” decided that the best topology was:
satellite B —> satellite A —> main router

I got pretty good performance overall when connected to satellite B considering the bandwidth reduction of having this hop in the middle.

However, new Wifi 7 platform algorithm seems to consider more optimal:
satellite A —> main router <— satellite B

The new routers are placed in the exact same physical locations as the previous ones, however i’m getting poor performance when connected to satellite B, even though this satellite connects directly to the main router, no hops in the middle.

Is this a new platform algorithm or limitation? Any way to force a different topology? Running latest firmware 9.10.2.3
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FURRYe38
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Re: RBE971 + 2 RBE970 Satellites Wireless Backhaul Topology

Would need a diagram from top down and mark where the RBR and RBS are placed. 

WIth concrete material in the mix, this would be a factor in how the system is detect and connecting to the RBS. 

 

If you turn OFF RBS A and B, then turn on RBS A first and let it sync, after it's connected, turn ON RBS B, see if this might get RBS B to connect to RBS A. MIght mode RBS B a bit closer to RBS B maybe.

 

 

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FURRYe38
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Re: RBE971 + 2 RBE970 Satellites Wireless Backhaul Topology

What Firmware version is currently loaded?
What is the Mfr and model# of the Internet Service Providers modem/ONT the NG router is connected too?

 

How are the satellites placed in the home? Got a diagram?

What is the size of your home? Sq Ft?
What is the distance between the router and 📡 satellite(s)? 30 feet or more is recommended in between RBR📡 and RBS🛰️ to begin with depending upon building materials when wired or wirelessly connected.
https://kb.netgear.com/31029/Where-should-I-place-my-Orbi-satellite ‌‌🛰

 

Depending on placement, distance and how the RBS are powered on will give direction to the system using Star for Daisy Chain configuration.

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zaguama
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Re: RBE971 + 2 RBE970 Satellites Wireless Backhaul Topology

Its a two story house, concrete walls all around. I got main router on a “network room” with window access on top floor, satellite A about 50 ft away on top floor and satellite B on bottom floor kind of in between main router and satellite A.

Previous Wifi 6 i’m guessing wasnt powerful enough so satellite B preferred Daisy chain but on this new platform seems to prefer to link directly to the main router. Since Netgear does all behind the scenes and doesnt reveal much to the end user cant really tell if this is the optimal topology indeed or the algorithm might needs some more optimizations.

I know this is a new platform and is not mature enough as Wifi6, that’s why i opened this discussion.
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FURRYe38
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Re: RBE971 + 2 RBE970 Satellites Wireless Backhaul Topology

Would need a diagram from top down and mark where the RBR and RBS are placed. 

WIth concrete material in the mix, this would be a factor in how the system is detect and connecting to the RBS. 

 

If you turn OFF RBS A and B, then turn on RBS A first and let it sync, after it's connected, turn ON RBS B, see if this might get RBS B to connect to RBS A. MIght mode RBS B a bit closer to RBS B maybe.

 

 

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zaguama
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Re: RBE971 + 2 RBE970 Satellites Wireless Backhaul Topology

Thanks again for the suggestion, i tried moving the Satellite B closer to Satellite A, power cycled it and when they synced up it changed to Daisy Chain topology. I'm getting now way better speeds than my previous Wifi 6 wireless backhaul.

 

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FURRYe38
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Re: RBE971 + 2 RBE970 Satellites Wireless Backhaul Topology

Glad you got it working. Be sure to save off a back up configuration to file for safe keeping. Saves time if a reset is needed.
https://kb.netgear.com/000062080/How-do-I-back-up-the-configuration-settings-on-my-Orbi-WiFi-System
Enjoy. 📡

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