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KoolM1
Level 7

Wired connection on a mesh network same thing as Wi-Fi?

Here is the scenario: Two Google wi-fi routers connected as a mesh network. One is upstairs, connected to the modem. The other is downstairs, plugged in, acting as a node. The one that is downstairs has an ethernet cable connected to a TV or game console.

My question is, is the ethernet connection irrelevant? Will the speed be pretty much the same whether it is a wired connection or not since the downstairs router has to wirelessly receive data from the main router connected to the modem? What about reliability in signal?

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Bowers
Level 7

Re: Wired connection on a mesh network same thing as Wi-Fi?

Hello,


A wired connection is usually more reliable and faster (depends on the wired technologies) than a wireless connection. Consider less chance of packet loss in case of wired connection (because packets have to go over the air only once).

Steve Bowers

 

 

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DBDukes
Community Streaming Expert

Re: Wired connection on a mesh network same thing as Wi-Fi?


@KoolM1 wrote:

Here is the scenario: Two Google wi-fi routers connected as a mesh network. One is upstairs, connected to the modem. The other is downstairs, plugged in, acting as a node. The one that is downstairs has an ethernet cable connected to a TV or game console.

My question is, is the ethernet connection irrelevant? Will the speed be pretty much the same whether it is a wired connection or not since the downstairs router has to wirelessly receive data from the main router connected to the modem? What about reliability in signal?


As you suspect, the Ethernet connection on the downstairs device is simply a wired connection to a wireless connection. Will it be more reliable than simply connecting wirelessly? Sometimes it might, under the right scenario, as there is only one wireless connection in the mix rather than two. What @Bowers said is correct.

However, if the downstairs Google WiFi device were to go out, and if you're wired directly to that device, then you lose connectivity; if you're connected WiFi, and the nearest Google WiFi goes out, if your Roku (or whatever) can pick up a signal from another Google WiFi device, you'll stay connected, although degraded somewhat.

So, the answer its: it depends.

DBDukes
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