Linksys MR7350 Wifi6 Introduction

chadster766

Very Senior Member
MR7350-Box.jpg


The MR7350 is a Mesh Wifi6 router which is designed to work with the Linksys Velop Mesh system as either a primary node (router) or as a secondary node in an existing Velop system.

A power cycle was required after initial setup especially when I configured it as a secondary node with the MR9600. The MR7350 connection to the MR9600 was unstable and the MR7350 LED would flash red when it repeatedly disconnected. After a power cycle the MR7350 was very stable and had a good connection to the MR9600.

I've only tested the MR7350 with the Velop MR9600 and the MX5300 Wifi6 systems but plan to test compatibility with an older Velop system.

MR7350-Front.jpg


The MR7350 has an Internet\WAN port, four 10/100/1000 Mbps LAN ports and a USB3.0 port.

MR7350-Back.jpg


Primary MR7350 Node WAN to LAN (Ethernet) throughput test:
Topology: WRT3200ACM (McDebian) 192.168.1.1 => Primary MR7350 (10.100.1.1) => WRT3200ACM (McDebian) 10.100.1.196

Code:
[email protected]:~# iperf3 -c 192.168.1.1 -R
Connecting to host 192.168.1.1, port 5201
Reverse mode, remote host 192.168.1.1 is sending
[  5] local 10.100.1.196 port 52534 connected to 192.168.1.1 port 5201
[ ID] Interval           Transfer     Bitrate
[  5]   0.00-1.00   sec  40.6 MBytes   341 Mbits/sec               
[  5]   1.00-2.00   sec   112 MBytes   937 Mbits/sec               
[  5]   2.00-3.00   sec   112 MBytes   937 Mbits/sec               
[  5]   3.00-4.00   sec   112 MBytes   936 Mbits/sec               
[  5]   4.00-5.00   sec   112 MBytes   937 Mbits/sec               
[  5]   5.00-6.00   sec   112 MBytes   937 Mbits/sec               
[  5]   6.00-7.00   sec   112 MBytes   936 Mbits/sec               
[  5]   7.00-8.00   sec   112 MBytes   937 Mbits/sec               
[  5]   8.00-9.00   sec   112 MBytes   937 Mbits/sec               
[  5]   9.00-10.00  sec   112 MBytes   937 Mbits/sec               
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
[ ID] Interval           Transfer     Bitrate         Retr
[  5]   0.00-10.00  sec  1.02 GBytes   880 Mbits/sec  924             sender
[  5]   0.00-10.00  sec  1.02 GBytes   877 Mbits/sec                  receiver

iperf Done.
Primary MR7350 Node WAN to WLAN (5Ghz, WPA3, Wifi6, strong signal) throughput test:
Topology: WRT3200ACM (McDebian) 192.168.1.1 => Primary MR7350 (10.100.1.1) => Samsung Galaxy S20 10.100.1.161

MR7350-Signal.jpg


MR7350-Wireless_throughput.jpg


:cool:
 

chadster766

Very Senior Member
I hope you enjoyed this introduction of the MR7350 Wifi6 mesh router.
 

chadster766

Very Senior Member
Below are some of my standard Velop setup recommendations:

  • 5Ghz doesn't pass through building materials very well so I wouldn't worry about a strong outside 5Ghz interference too much.
  • According to my previous Velop testing Bridge Mode will provide the most performance since the Velop won't be doing NAT and firewalling.
  • Use your sysinfo.cgi bh_report to maximize your coverage by keeping the AP\STA signal strengths to approx -70 between nodes. This will also help your wireless client roaming between nodes.
  • Disable Prioritization, Node and Client Steering.
  • Set Prioritization speeds manually to 1024mbps for both download and upload even though it's disabled
  • Have separate SSIDs for 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz.
  • Try to get a hub and spoke topology instead of a daisy chain.
Instructions to get the Velop sysinfo.cgi report:

  1. Linksys App => Velop Administration => Click on first node in list
  2. LAN => IP Address
  3. Use the LAN IP Address of the node in the below URL
  4. http://<your node ip address>/sysinfo.cgi
  5. Login using your Velop system password and username of "admin"
  6. The report will display in browser, search for "bh_report" to find the backhaul report section
The output should look like this:

Code:
bh_report
  Node (MAC)  NODE IP          PARENT IP        Intf.  Chan.   RSSI(AP/STA)      Speed  State Timestamp   
------------  ---------------  ---------------  -----  -----   ------------  ---------  ----- ------------
149182854304  192.168.200.107  192.168.200.131    5GH  161          -70/-59  155.89500     up 1581717301
If you have wired nodes disconnect the Ethernet cable, wait 5 minutes and re-run the report to make sure those nodes are placed properly as well.
 

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