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MyNameIsInigoMontoya
LSU Fan
Woodlands
Member since Oct 2012
579 posts

Adding google mesh
I'm going to add google mesh for my home wifi. ATT is my provider and I currently have a few rooms hard-wired to my ATT router. When I add the google mesh, I know I have to disable the wifi on my ATT router, but do I need a hub or switch for my wired rooms, or should they continue to stay plugged in to the ATT router?


CarRamrod
USA Fan
Spurbury, VT
Member since Dec 2006
50946 posts

re: Adding google mesh
If your hard wired, why are you going mesh?

Att fiber?


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jennyjones
New Orleans Pelicans Fan
New Orleans Saints Fan
Member since Apr 2006
7343 posts

re: Adding google mesh
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When I add the google mesh, I know I have to disable the wifi on my ATT router, but do I need a hub or switch for my wired rooms, or should they continue to stay plugged in to the ATT router?



You would definitely need a switch to plug your Ethernet into as google WiFi pucks only Have 2 ports per


CarRamrod
USA Fan
Spurbury, VT
Member since Dec 2006
50946 posts

re: Adding google mesh
Your answer is like the answer to the question "How long is a piece of string". There are so many variables to his situation which is why I asked more questions before giving him an answer


MyNameIsInigoMontoya
LSU Fan
Woodlands
Member since Oct 2012
579 posts

re: Adding google mesh
The reason for adding the mesh network is that the wifi on my current router is crap. I have an extender and it's still crap. It's not a huge house, but I assume it's due to the walls, etc (and the router can't be moved to a more central location). Signals drop on hand-held devices constantly. Sitting out on the patio, we have to turn wi-fi off entirely.

As I understand (and correct me if i'm wrong) I need to keep the ATT Router...I'd just be replacing the wi-fi, right? So, my Google puck will plug directly into the ATT router. That said, the reason I'm asking the question is because I have things that work across the network (between wired and wireless) that I still need to communicate. For example, I use my phone or ipad (both wireless) to control my stereo or stream from my Plex (both wired), etc. I didn't know if disabling wifi on my ATT Router and using it on Google would technically be a different "network" if kept the hardwired ethernet plugged into the ATT router.

I hope I'm explaining that to where it makes sense.


slinger1317
Houston Astros Fan
Northshore
Member since Sep 2005
3942 posts

re: Adding google mesh
I have AT&T Fiber and 4 Google Pucks. Put the AT&T router into bridge mode and use Google Wifi

Hardwired the first puck then daisy chained 2 more, and one is wireless. I also have a switch plugged directly into my modem to feed some hardwired applications (TV's).

It is all the same network, all of the devices recognize each other regardless if they are wired or wifi.


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CubsFanBudMan
Chicago Cubs Fan
Member since Jul 2008
3790 posts

re: Adding google mesh
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The reason for adding the mesh network is that the wifi on my current router is crap.


When possible, adding a wired access point is better than mesh. If you are able to run Cat6 from your AT&T router to other areas of your house, then you can simply add access points, which might be cheaper than Google Mesh.


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