Ethernet backhaul still broken with firmware 188.8.131.52
Installed the RBR50 with 2 satellites about 1 week ago. Purchased these as I was familiar with the NetGear interface (and advanced features not in Google) and I wanted to leverage the Ethernet backhaul functionality and the built-in switch in the satellites. Did all the required upgrades including the 2 step update to 184.108.40.206 without a problem and all seemed to be working great until a few days ago.
NetGear Engineering teams - the Ethernet BACKHAUL FUNCTIONALITY IS STILL BROKEN.
Main RBR50 is in my "data center" where I have several gig LAN connections to a dumb UNMANAGED Trendnet 8 port switch.
One remote satellite is connected across my house via a 1Gbps Cat 6 Ethernet connection to my home theater where I have another 6 LAN devices connected to an identical 8 port switch. This connection has been verified for full duplex 1Gbps.
2nd Satellite is connected wirelessly back to the RBR50 router with a great signal and in the center of my home.
I work from home full time and had not noticed any problems until a few days ago when my primary Windows 10 Desktop showed no Internet connection. This was the same for a few of my other wired devices. Long story short, I did lots of rebooting and cable swapping and even removed the unmanaged switch and connected direclty into the main router and no luck. Eventually my home network started to work again after 3 hours of screwing troubleshooting. (At this point I didn't try Wifi).
Next day, same thing happened. More screwing around and it eventually started working. then yesterday the network kept going up and down. And then I noticed my dekstop switched to Wifi and could get to the Internet. Same for other typically wired devices which switched to Wifi. All my mobile devices worked as well which pointed me to bad Ethernet switch (again) or ports on the RBR50.
Called support yesterday and they told me it was a quick fix to change my MTU size to 1475 and I won't see this problem again. Seemed simple enough but didn't make sense since all my previous Netgear products worked fine for 7+ years. 2 minutes after hanging up, the network goes down again!
Doing some reading it appears that many people, running Ethernet backhaul had similar problems. Read about the Daisy chain option, which I hadn't even seen before, and tried disabling that (it was enabled). A spanning tree loop of some sort made sense (but not that it would block the 1Gbps LAN as opposed to the lower speed WiFi). Network went down again within the next hour. Extremely frustrating situation. Also, I actually wasn't aware they introduced the daisy-chaining option as it's not in their marketing docs and I WANTED to use the Ethernet backhaul.
As of last night, I disconnected the Ethernet backhaul and I am using the daisy-chain feature to connect to the router (is there a way to find out if a satellite is daisy chaining to another satellite?) As of this morning, the network has stayed up.
At this point, I'm going to leave it as is, and wait for the next software update to see if they realize there is still a problem. Anyone else had any success or similar problems?