Possible to split the dual bands into 2.4 GHz WiFi client and 5 Ghz AP?

ra94no
ra94no Posts: 2
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edited July 2023 in Home Router

I'm wondering if the dual bands of any Zyxel routers can be split into one band as a WiFi client (to connect to the internet wirelessly) and the other band as a AP? I need the 2.4 GHz as a WiFi client, and the 5 GHz as an AP for a dedicated 5GHz device (VR headset). The router will be connected to a computer with cable (wired). The AP and computer would also need to access the internet via the Zyxel's other band.

I already have this setup with another router, but I'm considering getting a faster one. To see if it helps with some intermittent speed drops and stutter.

I don't have any Zyxel router yet but I' considering the ZyXEL NBG7510 AX1800. If any other models support this I'd appreciate any advice. I looked into the user manual of the NBG7510 and from the looks of it, it doesn't seem like this is possible? Ofc I might have missed something.

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  • Zyxel_Jerry
    Zyxel_Jerry Posts: 1,058  Zyxel Employee
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    Hi @ra94no

    The NBG7510 does not support this scenario. If your current router allows setting a static IP for bridge mode before switching, you should be able to access it using the static IP address after making the change. However, if this feature is not available, you will need to check with your ISP to obtain the IP address of the router.

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  • Zyxel_Jerry
    Zyxel_Jerry Posts: 1,058  Zyxel Employee
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    Hi @ra94no

    Yes, the WiFi can separate into two SSIDs.


    You can refer to the User guide to get more information
    https://www.zyxel.com/global/en/support/download?model=nbg7510

  • ra94no
    ra94no Posts: 2
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    edited July 2023

    Hi @Zyxel_Jerry

    Thanks for replying! But can the bands be separated with one acting as a WiFi client, and the other as an AP? And then use the WiFi client band (in my case 2.4 GHz band) to connect to the Internet?

    It seems not all dual-band routers have this functionality. I'm not sure what it's called, or if it has a name except to describe it like this.

    EDIT: Guessing bridge mode would be required for this? I have to say I'm no network engineer, so I'm not sure how this all fit together. In my current router I set up the two bands separately as described, then turn on bridge mode (IIRC). I loose the ability to enter the router's websetup, but it works. I have to factory reset it to enter the setup again.

  • Zyxel_Jerry
    Zyxel_Jerry Posts: 1,058  Zyxel Employee
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    Hi @ra94no

    The NBG7510 does not support this scenario. If your current router allows setting a static IP for bridge mode before switching, you should be able to access it using the static IP address after making the change. However, if this feature is not available, you will need to check with your ISP to obtain the IP address of the router.

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