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RobertWycoff
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How can I convert WiFi to Ethernet?

I have an ethernet cable in the room where one of my Orbi Satellites is.  Can I just plug in the ethernet cable to use it or do I have to reboot the Orbi?  What is the procedure?

Model: RBK50| Orbi AC3000 High-Performance Tri-Band WiFi System
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budy
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Re: How can I convert WiFi to Ethernet?

You just have to connect the satellite via ethernet to the Orbi router. It doesn't matter, if you do this directly between them or via a switch. Afterwards, you will have to restart the satellite and wait a couple of minutes. It takes some time, before the ethernet backhaul gets noted in the GUI. What you will also get, however, is the messed up states in the attached devices page, where all clients that are active on the sat are displayed as wired to the router. The sat's web UI will provide correct states.

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Model: RBK40| Orbi AC2200 WiFi System
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RobertWycoff
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Re: How can I convert WiFi to Ethernet?

I guess the ethernet ports on the Satellite are output and not input, so there is no way to connect them to my network with ethernet.

 

Am I correct?

Model: RBK50| Orbi AC3000 High-Performance Tri-Band WiFi System
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budy
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Re: How can I convert WiFi to Ethernet?

You just have to connect the satellite via ethernet to the Orbi router. It doesn't matter, if you do this directly between them or via a switch. Afterwards, you will have to restart the satellite and wait a couple of minutes. It takes some time, before the ethernet backhaul gets noted in the GUI. What you will also get, however, is the messed up states in the attached devices page, where all clients that are active on the sat are displayed as wired to the router. The sat's web UI will provide correct states.

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Model: RBK40| Orbi AC2200 WiFi System
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RobertWycoff
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Re: How can I convert WiFi to Ethernet?


@budy wrote:

You just have to connect the satellite via ethernet to the Orbi router. It doesn't matter, if you do this directly between them or via a switch. Afterwards, you will have to restart the satellite and wait a couple of minutes. It takes some time, before the ethernet backhaul gets noted in the GUI. What you will also get, however, is the messed up states in the attached devices page, where all clients that are active on the sat are displayed as wired to the router. The sat's web UI will provide correct states.


Ah.  Now I remember.  Backhaul?  Is that what this is?  OK, thanks for the warning.  My phiysical layout is gateway ethernet to Orbi, Orbi ethernet to 8-port gigabit switch, switch ethernet to Orbi Satellite.  I will give it a try.  I should be able to go back to wifi if I can't get it running.

 

Thanks.

Model: RBK30| Orbi AC2200 WiFi System
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budy
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Re: How can I convert WiFi to Ethernet?

This should just work fine. My setup is router <-> Orbi router (AP mode) <-> Zyxel Switch <-> Orbi satellite. I suspect some multicat traffic is being generated by the Orbi devices and as long as the switch doesn't block those, they will find each other just fine.

Model: RBK40| Orbi AC2200 WiFi System
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RobertWycoff
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Re: How can I convert WiFi to Ethernet?


@budy wrote:

This should just work fine. My setup is router <-> Orbi router (AP mode) <-> Zyxel Switch <-> Orbi satellite. I suspect some multicat traffic is being generated by the Orbi devices and as long as the switch doesn't block those, they will find each other just fine.


Hmm.  How do I know that it is working?

Model: RBK50| Orbi AC3000 High-Performance Tri-Band WiFi System
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budy
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Re: How can I convert WiFi to Ethernet?

Well… if all of your devices usually connecting to your satellite, suddenly show up as wired on the router, then you can be sure, that they are coming in via the ethernet channel. In that regard, this flaw has something to it, hasn't it? Smiley Wink

Model: RBK40| Orbi AC2200 WiFi System
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RobertWycoff
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Re: How can I convert WiFi to Ethernet?


@budy wrote:

Well… if all of your devices usually connecting to your satellite, suddenly show up as wired on the router, then you can be sure, that they are coming in via the ethernet channel. In that regard, this flaw has something to it, hasn't it? Smiley Wink


Yep, the Orbi web interface shows that satellite's connection is wired.  

 

Thank you for your help.

Model: RBK50| Orbi AC3000 High-Performance Tri-Band WiFi System
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