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dlmast87
Ohio State Fan
Amish Country
Member since Dec 2007
1806 posts

Hardwire Google Wifi Pucks
I currently have google wifi and it works fairly well not hardwired. However, we are finishing our basement and I want to put a 4th puck down there and to make sure I get a good connection, I would like to hardwire it to the main point. While I'm at it, I would also like to hardwire the other 2. I had cat6 run when we built the house from where the current points are to one spot in the basement. This is how I would like to connect this.

Modem
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Primary Wifi (upstairs)
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Switch - various items connected to this upstairs
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2nd Switch ---->2nd puck
| |
| |_________>3rd puck
|
|___________>4th puck


I hope this makes sense....will it work?



Got Heeem
Presbyterian Fan
Member since Sep 2012
2661 posts

re: Hardwire Google Wifi Pucks
Looks fine to me, but I'm no expert.

This is how mine is set up and it works great.

Modem
|
|
Primary Wifi (upstairs)
|
|
Switch - various items connected to this upstairs
| | |
| | |
| | |---->2nd puck
| |
| |_________>3rd puck
|
|___________>4th puck (I have a switch here with 5 or 6 other things hooked up to it)


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BeepNode
The City of Central
Member since Feb 2014
2420 posts

re: Hardwire Google Wifi Pucks
Yes that will work, especially if it's an unmanaged switch. Preferably you would have the pucks hanging off the same switch that is hanging off the main puck but it's all L2 and likely wont be noticeably slower.

Mine is like this:

{Modem}
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{pFsense firewlal}
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{Main puck}
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[8-port POE switch]
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{two IP cameras
TV
NAS
2nd puck in house
3rd puck in shop
A 4-port POE switch in my office}
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|
{IP Phone
Computer
Docking station}


Works like a champ.

Edit: forgot to add the firewall
This post was edited on 5/9 at 10:04 pm


dlmast87
Ohio State Fan
Amish Country
Member since Dec 2007
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re: Hardwire Google Wifi Pucks
awesome....I'll try it out. Thanks to both


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Brettesaurus Rex
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re: Hardwire Google Wifi Pucks
Hard wiring the pucks to each other kind of defeats the purpose. You can still hardwire devices into each puck though?


Broken Coyote
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re: Hardwire Google Wifi Pucks
No, hard wiring the pucks will improve the strength of your Wi-Fi signal throughout your space. My pucks in my current situation are not hardwired. I get good WiFi throughout, but there is a noticeable drop in WiFi strength when my devices are connected to my unwired pucks. 200-225 mb/s from main puck to 100-150 from the other two...running speed test. That’s plenty for most devices, but if you want max signal, wired is best.

ETA: yes, you can wire a device from a puck that is not wired. I have a TV set up like this.
This post was edited on 5/12 at 9:10 am


dlmast87
Ohio State Fan
Amish Country
Member since Dec 2007
1806 posts

re: Hardwire Google Wifi Pucks
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No, hard wiring the pucks will improve the strength of your Wi-Fi signal throughout your space.


This is how I understand it. Even if it doesn't really benefit, it's no extra work for me to hardwire them. All the wire has been run.


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Upperdecker
LSU Fan
St. George, LA
Member since Nov 2014
22082 posts

re: Hardwire Google Wifi Pucks
You go primary > switch > switch, I’m not sure but seems like this could reduce your speeds, a lot of points to pass through. But I only have a single hardwire puck, so I guess theres more hoops to jump through to hardwire each since each one must connect to the primary and to the hardwire system

My setup:
Modem —————— primary - pucks connect WiFi
|————- switch (parallel to primary) - rest of house hardwired

So I have TVs hardwired, primary hard wired, everything else is either connected to a puck either by hardwire or wifi

What about setting up a second network for your basement? I’ve done that in the past, so that I could have a dedicated router for certain things like online gaming
This post was edited on 5/12 at 10:30 am


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Got Heeem
Presbyterian Fan
Member since Sep 2012
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re: Hardwire Google Wifi Pucks
quote:

No, hard wiring the pucks will improve the strength of your Wi-Fi signal throughout your space. My pucks in my current situation are not hardwired. I get good WiFi throughout, but there is a noticeable drop in WiFi strength when my devices are connected to my unwired pucks. 200-225 mb/s from main puck to 100-150 from the other two...running speed test. That’s plenty for most devices, but if you want max signal, wired is best.

ETA: yes, you can wire a device from a puck that is not wired. I have a TV set up like this.


All this. Yes.

I had most 4 of mine hard-wired and 1 not. I recently decided to hardwire the last one and it was a nice bump in that area.



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