WiFi Boost and Ethernet

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Friendly Neighbour

Hi everyone,

 

I've just set up my two Wifi Boost sets, and I'm wondering whether the original one needs to stay connected to the router through the ethernet cable, or whether I can remove it and put it the booster in a different room (the second one is already where I want it to be)? Seems like it's kind of a waste to keep it next to the router, when the room with the router doesn't need any additional boosting. On the other hand, I don't want to monkey around with it anymore since it took a lot longer to set up than it should have.

 

Grateful for any input! Thanks!

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Guardian
What you mean by "the original one needs to stay connected to the router through the ethernet cable"? Did you have a boost before and you just added 2 more?

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Friendly Neighbour

Hi xray, thanks for your reply. The boosters came in a pack of 2, so by original I mean the first one of the pair, which is connected to the router by the ethernet cable. I didn't have any boosters before this, but from what I'm reading, it looks like I'll have to get at least one more. 

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Guardian
You need the first boost to be connected by Ethernet to the router. The boost units run their own mesh network separate from the WiFi the router runs. You should disable the WiFi on the router to avoid interference and signal congestion.
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Community Power User
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@xray 

  The T3200M router requires an Ethernet connection to the first Boost. The newer Arcadian unit does not, once the Boost units are set up, it manages the mesh from the router itself, allowing placement of Boost units away from the router location.

 

 

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Friendly Neighbour

Thanks again, xray. How do I disable the wifi on the router? Will that change the name or the strength of my network?

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Friendly Neighbour

Thanks, NFtoBC! How do I know if this is an Arcadian router? If it helps, it was set up last August.

 

Grateful for the input. 🙂

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Guardian

@NFtoBC Good to know. I have the T3200M and don't use the Boost so I'm just going by the online info which is a bit vague when it comes to the Arcadyan. Does the Arcadyan (WiFi Hub) become one node in the mesh or does it disable it's own WiFi automatically when the boost is added?

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@xray 

  It becomes node 0 in your mesh. AFAIK Wireless Optik set-top boxes need to connect to node 0.

 

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Friendly Neighbour

Looks like the Arcadyan router is white. Mine's black, so going by the link xray showed, I better just keep the first booster connected to the router.

 

Oh well!