We have a NetGear Nighthawk X6 and purchased two EX6200 extenders to extend our wifi.
My boss has been less than impressed with the ability of the extenders and he is looking to try something a little different but I am wondering how it all works, exactly. Perhaps someone with more in-depth knowledge of this type of configuration could school me a little bit. Because to be completely honest, I think he is making assumptions the same way I am, but they are conflicting.
My boss seems to think the extenders are crap, because they take an already degraded signal and just re-broadcast it, which to me, seems perfectly acceptable. This is what your mobile phone provider does all over the planet. Their networks are a vast network of "extenders" which are termed "repeaters" in that industry, that do exactly this. He is convinced that if I am connected through an extender, that is then talking back to the router, I am getting a doubly-crap signal. He wants the two extenders to be hardwired back to the NightHawk and basically transmitting a "brand new" wireless signal from both locations at which the Extenders are positioned. This is not an option with our Extenders (or any that I have seen), they only grab an existing wifi connection and re-broadcast.
His idea is to get a second NightHawk X6 and place them at opposing ends of our building to cover everywhere. He want's to run Cat6 all the way back to our switch for each router. So basically if you are on the East end of the building, and walk to the west end while doing something via wifi, you don't just hop along the extenders, you drop off the router completely and get an entirely new IP address from the other WAP. Instead of one WAP hard-wired to the switch, with two strategically placed extenders, he wants two WAP's hardwired back to the switch, negotiating their entirely separate conditions and address ranges. To confuse, he wants it to ACT like an extender in that he wants them to both have the same SSID & security settings, so devices can connect to either one without changing anything.
This is really frustrating me because I can't find a definitive answer saying "this can't be done" but I really feel like the extenders are the right way to go.
Any help that might be available through this community would be greatly appreciated!