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Setting up Wifi 6

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I purchased a Nighthawk AX8 to replace my Orbi 5 system. My goal was to start adding Wifi 6 equipment as it is available.  Although the Nighthawk has pretty good coverage, my house is about 3,000 sq ft and my office is in the opposite side of the house, 3 floors up.  I can still get a 5ghz connection, but it is very weak.  I am considering purchasing a Nighthawk EAX80 Range Extender that also has Wifi 6 (Mesh Network).  

I have two questions.
  1. I assume I will not have to have a hard wire on the extender
  • Since it is not an access point (its a mesh network), I should not lose bandwidth (splitting bandwidth in 1/2)?

My goal is to have a full 5ghz connection throughout the house.  At this time, I am not considering running more wire in the house. I would like to keeps it mostly wireless.
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Jason JohanknechtIT Manager

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If the mesh is connected via one band (say 5GHz) and WiFi on another (2.4GHz), then you should not lose bandwidth.  Just because it is mesh doesn't mean it won't be a repeater.

It appears the Netgear Fastlane3 technology lets you choose the method of connection.  So, yes it would be possible.
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I found out the combination of my VPN, and a Microsoft Windows update was dropping my internet connection. I had the infamous blue screen and crash. I reverted my Windows OS update, removed my VPN, and reinstalled the VPN. I solved that issue.  On to the second issue,  I purchased the Nighthawk by Netgear because it is supposed to be top of the line, WiFi 6, and future proof for at least a little while.  I purchased a new Netgear Modem, Nighthawk RAX80, and Extender EAX80. The signal would not hold in a 3000 sq ft house. Sad.  My speeds were about 100Mbps at best with that setup.  I decided to revert to my Orbi 2 system.  It does not have Wifi 6, but my signal is 90+ percent and about 300mbps to 780mbps, wireless in the whole house.  Sticking with what works. (Orbi is made by Netgear too, go figure?)