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Add two bands for quad radio on the cheap.....

Discussion in 'NETGEAR AC Wireless' started by jsmiddleton4, Nov 20, 2019.

  1. jsmiddleton4

    jsmiddleton4 Very Senior Member

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    Wanted to try it first.

    I have a decent router, have two actually. Netgear R7800 and an Asus RT-86U. Not sure where I should post this as a result.

    Both have plenty of muscle. Wanted to add a dedicated 5GHZ channel as office on far side of house needed stable fast network/internet access and I didn't want to drop a cable, cost, hassle, slopped ceiling, etc.

    Set the two routers up, Asus in Media Mode. Worked well enough. Worked very well actually. But the 5ghz band getting crowded with family use, entertainment center use, and now a Media Mode router hanging off it too.

    Buying a new three band router, one band dedicated to my office media mode router, while what I was looking for pricey. The performance was more than acceptable with the dual bands.

    Poking around saw several wifi extenders with at least one LAN port, not all of them have a LAN port, which can be used to set the extender into AP mode. The Netgear EX7300 was on sale on Amazon so picked it up for not much. I was maxing out the radios in both of my routers at its performance level and while they're are faster wifi extenders, they are also more expensive.

    Set it up just now. Works great. My Asus in Media Mode talking to its 5ghz as the only client. You can see my speeds. They are jaw dropping faster, they are faster, but all my web sites, data flow over my network noticeably snappier.

    I now have a quad band R7800..... :)

    This is my MACBOOK hung on the ASUS RT-86U in Media Mode talking to the Netgear 7300 extender in AP mode which is connected to a LAN port on the Netgear R7800.

    I haven't played with any settings yet either.
     

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  2. L&LD

    L&LD Part of the Furniture

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    This is a duplicate post. Please ask a moderator to remove it (you have many more replies on the other thread). :)