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Nighthawk r7000 AC1900 with MESH X6S XS8000 AC3000

oillogger
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Nighthawk r7000 AC1900 with MESH X6S XS8000 AC3000

I currently have a Nighthawk r7000 AC1900 router located in the far corner of my home and I am unable to move it closer to the center of my home for better Wi-Fi coverage.  I am considering purchasing the Nighthawk XS8000 AC3000 Mesh extender to assist with Wi-Fi coverage for the opposite corner of my home.  I currently stream from my PC next to my router quite a bit every night and also stream my cable channels with occasional minor hiccups.  Almost everything would end up passing thru the Nighthawk XS8000 AC3000 Mesh extender.  Has anyone here ever used the Nighthawk XS8000 AC3000 Mesh extender with an Netgear router and what were their results?  Pros, cons, caveats, installation notes, etc.  This potential solution would cost less than purchasing a Orbi system since I already have a decent router. 

Model: R7000|AC1900 Smart WIFI Router,EX8000|AC3000 Nighthawk X6S Tri Band WiFi Range Extender
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StephenB
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Re: Nighthawk r7000 AC1900 with MESH X6S XS8000 AC3000

I have used the EX8000 - for eval some time ago, as my router system is an Orbi RBK50.

 

The EX8000 has the same radio performance as the Orbi RBS50 (triband), so it should give good results for you.  If you use it in extender mode, you can dedicate one of the 5G radios for the EX8000->router connection (using fast lane), and use the second 5G radio for your devices.  That gives you the best performance in extender mode.  The main drawback (which applies to all extenders) is that you need to place the EX8000 where you can get a solid (preferably 5G) connection to the R7000 WiFi. 

 

If you can run ethernet to the EX8000, then you could also use it in AP mode, which eliminates any concerns about the quality/speed of the wifi backhaul.  If you do that, you'd also be able to use all three bands for your clients. 

 

 

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StephenB
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Re: Nighthawk r7000 AC1900 with MESH X6S XS8000 AC3000

I have used the EX8000 - for eval some time ago, as my router system is an Orbi RBK50.

 

The EX8000 has the same radio performance as the Orbi RBS50 (triband), so it should give good results for you.  If you use it in extender mode, you can dedicate one of the 5G radios for the EX8000->router connection (using fast lane), and use the second 5G radio for your devices.  That gives you the best performance in extender mode.  The main drawback (which applies to all extenders) is that you need to place the EX8000 where you can get a solid (preferably 5G) connection to the R7000 WiFi. 

 

If you can run ethernet to the EX8000, then you could also use it in AP mode, which eliminates any concerns about the quality/speed of the wifi backhaul.  If you do that, you'd also be able to use all three bands for your clients. 

 

 

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oillogger
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Re: Nighthawk r7000 AC1900 with MESH X6S XS8000 AC3000

My Nighthawk r7000 AC1900 router is dual band so does this mean my router will have its only 5G radio dedicated to communicating with the EX8000 leaving one 5G radio on the EX8000 available for device access and the other EX8000 5G radio dedicated for communicating with the router?  If so this will be fine as the EX8000 would end up being the primary communications device.  I would place the EX8000 at about the 50-75% signal range from the router.  Too bad AP is not an option for me since it would be difficult to run CAT 6 cable in my home.  I also considered a Powerline device but would also need a switch to increase the number of ports on my router.

Model: EX8000|AC3000 Nighthawk X6S Tri Band WiFi Range Extender
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StephenB
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Re: Nighthawk r7000 AC1900 with MESH X6S XS8000 AC3000


@oillogger wrote:

My Nighthawk r7000 AC1900 router is dual band so does this mean my router will have its only 5G radio dedicated to communicating with the EX8000


No.  One radio in the extender is dedicated to communicating to the router.  But the router 5G radio isn't dedicated, clients can still connect to it.

 

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oillogger
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Re: Nighthawk r7000 AC1900 with MESH X6S XS8000 AC3000

Thanks a bunch!  I understand how the dedecated channels are set up.  My router and the EX8000 will still have 5G available for devices.  In my home almost all of the devices would be handled by the EX8000.  One more question.  I have an Arlo Pro five camera system.  Would it be possible to connect the Arlo Pro base via Ethernet to the EX8000?  Currently with the Arlo Pro base location two of my cameras are a long ways from the base and relocating the Arlo Pro base to where I would place the EX8000 at would position all of the Arlo Pro cameras closer to the Arlo Pro base.  I'm not sure how the Arlo Pro base would handle being repeated back to my router.

Model: EX8000|AC3000 Nighthawk X6S Tri Band WiFi Range Extender
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StephenB
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Re: Nighthawk r7000 AC1900 with MESH X6S XS8000 AC3000


@oillogger wrote:

 Would it be possible to connect the Arlo Pro base via Ethernet to the EX8000? 


Yes.  I do that also (but through an Orbi satellite).

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oillogger
Apprentice

Re: Nighthawk r7000 AC1900 with MESH X6S XS8000 AC3000

Thanks StephenB for your answers and support!  I was using the Netgear Wi-Fi analyzer the other day and noticed my Arlo Pro base was using the same 2.4G channel as my Netgear r7000 AC1900 router.  I changed my router to another more vacant and typical router channel 6. 

Model: EX8000|AC3000 Nighthawk X6S Tri Band WiFi Range Extender
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oillogger
Apprentice

Re: Nighthawk r7000 AC1900 with MESH X6S XS8000 AC3000

I found out later my Arlo Pro base automatically follows the strongest 2.4G signal so it will always change soon to whatever channel my router is on. 

 I did purchase the Netgear EX8000 extender and my Netgear AC1900 r7000 router and updated the same day.  The Netgear EX8000 setup went smooth and worked well where I had planed to place it.  I also updated the firmware in the Netgear EX8000 extender and my Netgear AC1900 r7000 router purchased in 2015.  Soon I started having issues with android devices and access speed.  A few hours later there were websites no one could reach including one PC connected directly to my Netgear AC1900 r7000 router.  I rebooted all devices (extender, router, modem, devices) a few times to no avail.  Most websites did not work but some worked well.  Checked and tried changing a couple of router settings without success. Finally I tried hooking my PC directly to the modem without the router.  All of the issues went away which meant the router was the issue.  Uploaded some saved router settings from Jan 18 and all issues went away.  In the end the Netgear EX8000 has sped up my access speeds and increase my coverage.

Model: EX8000|AC3000 Nighthawk X6S Tri Band WiFi Range Extender
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