Do range extenders work with Amplifi Alien routers?
I'm looking to replace a failing EA9300 and the consensus seems to be that Amplifi routers have the least number of issues. My problem is my DirecTV receivers have to use a WiFi to Ethernet adapter as they are not close to my router Soni have to use a Netgear range extender with an Ethernet port. Will this work with the Amplifi Alien router? If not what will?
Hi @stephen-o-connell - the Alien is backwards compatible with previous WiFi devices and should work with range extenders
The Alien also has an option to enable a a separate legacy 5GHz radio for enhanced compatibility with some older devices if needed
Hi @stephen-o-connell - just note that one concern with using older range extenders with a new WiFi-6 router like the Alien is how well clients can roam between them and there may be some glitches as the technology matures
What I have done with the Alien when I needed remote Ethernet ports is enable the secondary WiFi-5 5GHz radio and give it a unique SSID and connect the WiFi extenders to that SSID instead of the main WiFi-6 SSID
This allows your roaming clients to use main WiFi-6 SSID and keeps any extended devices on a separate clean channel, and all devices will still see each other on the network
This has worked well so far for my installation that needed them
Don't really use it for clients, I use it only as a wireless Ethernet connection for my DirecTV receiver because it doesn't have WiFi support. This enables the whole home DVR functions nothing more. Sounds like it will work fine.
@stephen-o-connell This should work fine for this case.