Minimum Equipment Necessary For ZyMesh
If your APs are Nebula mode, just connect to the Internet.
Doesn't matter your router brand.
You can refer to this post to set up mesh.
How to extend wireless coverage with smart mesh
Notice you have to wait for the whole AP status to show "up to date".
You can place the repeater AP in another location.
Wish you have a good day
Thanks for the reply, Jay. I've received info about setting up the access points with ZyMesh and Smart Mesh with Nebula. Are those different systems with different ways of setting up a mesh network?
Another question, if I may. If I use several NWA55AXE AP's, all connected directly to a switch, can they still be set up in a mesh network? One as the root and the rest as repeaters? Or do they have to talk to each other via wifi to mesh?
Good day, if all of your APs are connected on Switch, they all have uplink to Ethernet, they don’t use MESH to connect to each other. They will follow uplink to Ethernet.
Mesh is used for the AP without Ethernet cable, the Repeater AP will connect to Root AP via wireless. But according to your article, we think you don’t need to use MESH.
If you have any questions or special needs, please tell us.
The question had to do with hops and losing throughput. I put one NWA55AXE AP 30' up on a pole on the roof of the campground store. It's connected by ethernet to the router. I'm only getting about 60dBm line of sight, 100 feet away, with no obstructions. It's about 600 feet to the most distant campsite, and there are trees. At my camper I can't even see the SSID coming off the store. I thought to put a repeater AP at 200 feet from the root and another at 400 feet. Zyxel documentation indicates I'll lose 50% throughput at the first hop and 75% at the second hop. So, what if I pull an ethernet cable to the 400' location and put a 2nd root AP there. Am I creating two mesh networks? Would they both be members of the same Nebula Site in my Organization? Can that be done? Maybe set them up as two independent sites?0
If your device gets -60dBm at 100 feet, it is normal not to get SSID at 600 feet at your camper. Most of the devices only support the signal directly above -75dBm.
But your idea is correct. You pull an ethernet cable to the 400' location and put the 2nd root AP there. Your camper can get the SSID from the 2nd root AP at 200 feet. And your repeater AP at 200 feet from the 1st root AP will automatically choose the higher signal between the two root APs. They can be managed on the same Nebula site.
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