Question Question about Netgear Router - Don't Connect Devices via Ethernet Cable?

bpatters55

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Hello All,

I have a Netgear AC1900 WiFi Range Extender (EX7000) which setup in Access Point Mode. The Netgear is in my living room and it connects via an ethernet cable to the main router (Residential Gateway, I have UVerse Service) which is in my office. Connected to the Netgear are various WiFi devices and My TV and Receiver connect to the Netgear via ethernet ports. I was re-reading my Netgear manual and I came across this:

Note: In access point mode, you can connect your computer or WiFi device to the extender only using a WiFi connection.

The statement seems obvious but to me it means that you cannot connect any devices to the ethernet ports on the Netgear. Everything must connect to the Netgear via WiFi. As I said, my TV and Receiver are connected to ethernet ports on the router and everything seems to work for the most part. Would it make more sense to put a switch in between my UVerse Gateway and the Netgear Router? I would then connect my TV and Receiver to the switch vs the Netgear.

2nd question. As I move around my house, I change from the UVerse WiFi to the Netgear WiFi and vice versa depending on which device I am closer. Its not a big deal to switch WiFi networks but I wondered if there is a way to avoid having to switching between the Netgear and UVerse.

Thanks, Bill
 

bpatters55

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Thanks Ralston18.

Yes correct on all. I find the two statements are in conflict but maybe I am not understanding them correctly.

After applying the settings, connect your devices wired or wirelessly to the EX7000's new SSID and click Continue (From Step 10 of the link you shared)

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Note: In access point mode, you can connect your computer or WiFi device to the extender only using a WiFi connection. (From page 19 in the manual)

The second statement is telling me that I cannot connect wired devices when the Nighthawk is in Access Point mode. Maybe they are saying that during the setup process, the only way to connect to the Nighthawk is to connect wirelessly? That might be it. I am using wired devices with it, so that must be it.

Any thoughts on my second question? If I change the network name and password of the Nighthawk to the same name and password as the UVerse router, would that allow me to move around my house without having to connect to different WiFi networks?

Thanks, Bill
 

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