Setup two Archer AX50s as single wireless network?

Setup two Archer AX50s as single wireless network?
Setup two Archer AX50s as single wireless network?
2021-07-22 06:52:10 - last edited 2021-07-22 06:53:16
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Hello all!

 

Sorry for the newbie question, but I've been trying to set-up my second Archer AX50 as an Access Point and it doesn't seem to be working.

 

I have an Arris Surfboard SB8200 that is attached to my first Archer AX50 router via an Ethernet cable to its WAN port. I then have an Ethernet cable going from my first Archer AX50 router to the WAN port of my second Archer AX50 router, which is on the other side of the house. I would like to create a single wireless network that works across both routers as described.

 

I've used the TP-Link Tether app to configure the second Archer AX50 router to be an Access Point, but it doesn't seem to work. It's still works as two separate wireless networks. The second Archer AX50 router still retains its original SSID. When I'm on the other side of the house and I connect to the SSID of the first Archer AX50 router, the signal is weak, but when I connect to the SSID of the second Archer AX50 router, the wireless signal is strong. Shouldn't the second Archer AX50 router as an Access Point be seamlessly sharing the wireless network of the first Archer AX50 router?

 

Should I not be using the Tether App to setup the second Archer AX50 router as an Access Point?

 

Thanks for your help!

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Re:Setup two Archer AX50s as single wireless network?
2021-07-22 11:42:17

@Fugie 

 

Sounds like you are trying to set up a MESH system that the AX50 does not support.

 

See this post:  https://community.tp-link.com/en/home/forum/topic/207652

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Re:Setup two Archer AX50s as single wireless network?
2021-07-22 18:50:13

@ArcherC8 Thank you so much for the quick reply and the info.

 

Just so I make sure understand, aside from the One Mesh technology (which doesn't work for AX50s) that you shared in the link below, there is no way to manually configure two AX50 routers that are connected via Ethernet to create one wireless network?

 

I ask because the network I was planning to replace that consists of three 10-year-old Apple Airport Extreme routers is configured to operate the way I describe above. I was just looking to upgrade to new networking technology by moving to the tp-link routers.

 

Thank you again!

 

 

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Re:Setup two Archer AX50s as single wireless network?
2021-07-22 20:29:26

@Fugie 

 

I have not played with APs for a while put currently use an extender. I know some routers, extenders, and APs play together better than others.

 

Having the router and AP to close together can cause issues as they can over power each other or sometimes devices do not swap automatically to the closer one.

 

The WIFI settings for security must be the same if using the same SSID but use different channels. Watch out for channel interference. The main router controls DHCP.

 

I prefer to use different SSIDs so I can control what is on each router, AP, or extender and let the device select the channel it wants for those devices that I allow to be on multiple bands such as iPads and laptops. I do not want my home devices such as TVs, cameras, plugs, and such using all the band width where I might want my faster devices.

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Re:Setup two Archer AX50s as single wireless network?
2021-08-09 21:17:38

Well on my setup My Gateway modem/router is a ZYXEL XMG3927-B50A then I have it connneted via cat5e cable to a Archer AX50 (via LAN) and another cable cat6 to another Archer AX50 also via LAN. I have setup the IP +1 higher digit to each routers and turned DHCP off on the 2 Archer`s.

 

I have set SIDD names up different on all routers that way I know which one I`m logged into. I can relog on to better one if move around. I get great coverage and also full Network viewing all around this set up. NAS HD connected to ZYXEL can be seen and used all round house/garden

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