EX6200 Ethernet Ports do not function correctly when in extender mode
Until two days ago, I had the following setup and it worked. I was using the R8000 as a router, and the EX6200 as a wifi extender. I connected to the ethernet switch on the back of the EX6200 to give internet to my home server.
|Verizon ONT| ---eth--- |Netgear R8000| )))5GHz "Fast Lane"))) |Netgear EX6200| ---eth--- |server|
On 2019-02-04, I installed firmware version V126.96.36.199_10.1.54 on the R8000. At that point, my EX6200 ethernet ports stopped providing internet.
I then updated the EX6200 to the newest firmware version V188.8.131.52_1.1.123.
After a *lot* of debugging, I have determined that the ethernet switch on the back of the EX6200 will not assign an IP address unless the R8000 is directly plugged in to that ethernet switch. No amount of power cycling or factory resetting on either the extender or the router will fix this. Once an IP address is assigned, removing the ethernet connection between the EX6200 and the R8000 will cause the port to stop receiving internet. The wifi network produced by the EX6200 continues to work normally, even though the ethernet ports do not.
# This will provide internet to the server and the phone |Verizon ONT| ---eth--- |Netgear R8000| )))5GHz "Fast Lane"))) |Netgear EX6200| ---eth--- |server✓| | | | | ---also ethernet--- | | )))2GHz))) |phone✓| # This will provide internet only to the phone |Verizon ONT| ---eth--- |Netgear R8000| )))5GHz "Fast Lane"))) |Netgear EX6200| ---eth--- |server☓| | | | | | | )))2GHz))) |phone✓|
My best guess is the EX6200 ethernet ports are somehow stuck in access point mode, or there is something about the nature of the ethernet ports on the EX6200 that prevents the R8000 from assigning an IP address without a direct ethernet connection under firmware version V184.108.40.206_10.1.54.
Does anyone have a recommended firmware version to roll back to?