I have ATT Fiber 1000 with an Arris BGW210-700 router+4 port switch+WiFi and I'd like to add two M5 mesh pods. i have a few hardwired ethernet devices using a TP-Link 16port GbE Switch and I'd like to know the best topology for the M5s?
I was thinking, can I run:
Internet -> BGW210 port 1 -> 1st M5 hardware ethernet port1 + ethernet port2 to -> 16 port Switch -> 2nd M5 port1.
Can I still use the other 3 Ethernet ports from BGW210 port 1 to -> (1st M5 Eth port 1) AND (BGW210 port 2 to) -> (2nd M5 Eth port 1) AND (BGW210 Port 3 to-> 16-port Switch
BGW210 port 1 -> 16-port ethernet port 1 and port 2 to -> 1st and 2nd M5 port1.
Also, the Parental Controls feature are very important, and the reason I purchased the M5. I read that if I use the M5 in AP mode, I loose this HomeCare functionality. Is this correct?
Do I need to the Arris BGW in IP Passthrough mode? I can't find a bridging mode? When I use IP Passthrough mode, does that mean I can't use any of the other 3 ethernet ports?
Please advise. Thanks.