Using Aliens in wireless mesh configuration behind another router...can it be done?


  • So the title of the thread says it all... Can I run a couple Alien routers (set in bridge mode) behind another router and still have a functional wireless mesh network? My home is not set up for any sort of wired backhaul, so the connection would be totally wireless between the Alien units. I presume that I would just need to turn off the wireless radios on the main router and hardwire the first Alien and set to bridge mode, then pair the second Alien to the connected Alien? Am I missing anything? Thanks in advance for the help!


  • Can I run a couple Alien routers (set in bridge mode) behind another router and still have a functional wireless mesh network?

    Hi @Phil_Ken_Sebben - yes, you are not missing anything and it will work as you described


  • Ok, another couple questions:

    If used in this setup, what would the theoretical speeds be on the Ethernet ports of the satellite be? I have gigabit speeds with AT&T fiber hardwired to my current router. Would it be reasonable to assume any hardware attached to the satellite would get approximately the same?

    Also, how many Alien units can be linked together in this way? I have looked for documentation online about how many units can be in a mesh, but have not found any answers.


  • @Phil_Ken_Sebben said in Using Aliens in wireless mesh configuration behind another router...can it be done?:

    hardware attached to the satellite would get approximately the same?

    Yes, the hardwired speeds will be similar to the wireless performance the mesh point is receiving, which communicates on WiFi-6.

    Also, how many Alien units can be linked together in this way?

    There is no realistic limit, the limit would be the usable signal that could be achieved after chaining multiple Aliens together. But with WiFi-6 backhaul, that performance can be stretched quite a bit through multiple Aliens meshed together.


  • @Phil_Ken_Sebben I'm going to be setting up what sounds like a similar setup. AT&T fiber (I requested BGW modem) and purchased 2 Alien routers connected via wired backhaul. How have you see the performance with this setup? I presume you have tremendous wifi coverage and speeds?

    I'll also have an apple tv plugged in to 1 ethernet point on the 2nd alien mesh, and would hope for nearly gigabit speeds as you as about "theoretical max"


  • I have this exact setup.

    FIOS ethernet -> UDM Base -> Alien 1 <-Ethernet backbone-> Alien 2

    In bridge mode, the UDM does all the routing, firewall and also provides IPS and DPI. All devices use the Aliens for Wifi.

    Works great.


  • Hi. Hope Im putting this question in right place. I will be adding Amplifi ALien routers as mesh points as that's all that's available. Does it matter if the extra points are added as routers versus mesh points? Is there a clear difference in executing the addition of the second unit?


  • Do you want all your devices on one network (I.e the same SSID name)? If yes then you join the additional Aliens to the existing one when setting up.

    If you want them each to be managed separately and have different network names, then set up Individually.


  • I want one network, same name and same password.


  • cool, so then set the first one up as you want, and then as you add the additionals, just add to the existing setup. then they will all do what you want 🙂


  • Thanks Adam. So far its pretty frustrating. House is only 3200 sq ft, 2 levels, plus garage/basement where the router is. I'll keep playing and moving mesh points around. I thought they would be super strong being Cat5 connected to router, but not so
    Stay well.



  • @jamplifi

    I have this same setup. I have the Alien Router in Bridge mode, and I also have my slave Alien in backhaul mode as well. It says in the setup that in order to do backhaul you have to connect Alien 1 to Alien 2? At first I was a little bummed because I ran cables to the ISP router. Low and behold, I found something called

    MDI-X: The Medium Dependent Interface Crossover allows networked devices to connect to each other. So if you go into the Home Network and click on Configure, you can turn on and off this function, so I have my Alien's on Port 1&3, works perfect.

    Hope that helps,


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