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Netgear EX7500 5G channel selection

MEDMAD
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Netgear EX7500 5G channel selection

I have a Netgear EX7500 wifi extender, connected and configured on 2.5 ghz and 5G.  Is there a way to choose a channel other than the 4 default channels, 36, 40,44 & 48?  The online documentaion suggests channels between 145 and 161 (which is what my router is usung on the 5G side).  The extender chose "auto" for my 2.4G network on the extender, which is what my router (Netgear C6300) uses, but the 5G side on the extnder only allows those 4 channels...why??  Thanks for the help!

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plemans
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Re: Netgear EX7500 5G channel selection

There isn't and here's way. 

The EX7500 being a triband device, uses the connection back to the router as the "dedicated" backhaul. That's all it uses that channel for to preserve throughput. If you changed it so both 5ghz channels could use that same channel, only one could broadcast at a time (or it'd create interference). And that'd slow it down big time. 

So whatever you set your router as for 5ghz channels, the extender will use for the backhaul. If you changed the router's broadcast to the lower 5ghz channels, then the extender could use the higher channels for broadcast

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plemans
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Re: Netgear EX7500 5G channel selection

There isn't and here's way. 

The EX7500 being a triband device, uses the connection back to the router as the "dedicated" backhaul. That's all it uses that channel for to preserve throughput. If you changed it so both 5ghz channels could use that same channel, only one could broadcast at a time (or it'd create interference). And that'd slow it down big time. 

So whatever you set your router as for 5ghz channels, the extender will use for the backhaul. If you changed the router's broadcast to the lower 5ghz channels, then the extender could use the higher channels for broadcast

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MEDMAD
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Re: Netgear EX7500 5G channel selection

Thank you, makes sense. Haven’t experience any issues, but was just curious as to why they were locked down.
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plemans
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Re: Netgear EX7500 5G channel selection

Hope it stays working well!

 

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