Use AX21 just as an access point, is it a waste?

Use AX21 just as an access point, is it a waste?

Use AX21 just as an access point, is it a waste?
Use AX21 just as an access point, is it a waste?
2022-07-22 21:39:37
Model: Archer AX21  
Hardware Version: V7
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After buying the ax21 I found out my ISP does not support bridge mode on their modem...

 

Should I:

a. get a different ISP, hard but doable

b. sell the AX21, I can sell it close to buy price

c. use the AX21 just as an access point? this one seems the easier one, but I have the feeling it is such a waste to not use its routing features.

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Re:Use AX21 just as an access point, is it a waste?
2022-07-22 22:06:47

  @sercasti 

 

Its really your choice, but in my opinion.. switch it to Access Point mode

 

Yes you are going to disable the router features, but so what.. the AX21 is a fantastic WiFi device and will be better than anything you can get.   The fact this device can offer a router feature is the bottom of the list of selling points for the hardware, its all about the WiFi..

 

Just my 2 cents  :)

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Re:Use AX21 just as an access point, is it a waste?
2022-07-22 22:41:01 - last edited 2022-07-22 22:50:35

  @sercasti 

 

Hi,

 

Do you have access to the configuration GUI of the ISP's modem? (I assume this is a combined modem-router device, is it?)

 

If yes, then another option would be to run the AX21 in router mode (to be able to enjoy all of its router features) and configure the ISP's modem to forward data packets of incoming connections to the IP address of the AX21's WAN/Internet port. Either via Port Forwarding or by using the so-called DMZ feature.

 

Yes, this will create the infamous "double-NAT" condition, but this is not necessarily as bad a some people claim it to be, especially if you know how to deal with it. I have been running such a setup myself for a few years now, because my ISP's cable modem also can't be switched to bridge mode, and during these years I haven't had any "Dam*, I can't do this because of my double-NAT!" moment yet.

 

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