Setup Guide: Mesh Routers Simple and DHCP modes

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    Michael Bierman

    Note that according to eero, if you use use your eeros in bridge mode they must be wired as follows:

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    Carlos Larco

    I have orbi router with two satellites, AP mode, connected to firewall gold, can I turn off monitoring two all, orbi router and satellites? thanks!

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    Firewalla

    @carlos, if you are using the Gold under router mode, you do not need to do anything special.  It should just work.  This document only apply to when you are using the Gold in the traditional simple/dhcp modes.

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    Michael Bierman

    When I had Blue I turned off monitoring on eero, with Gold (in router mode) I left monitoring on for eero and it seems perfectly happy.   

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    Darth Sonic

    Do we need to disable monitoring on main mesh device too?

    and do we need to disable monitoring on satellite if connected by ethernet backhaul?

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    beachdog

    Same question as @S. M.

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    Tirthankar Sen

    i am using TP-Link Deco X68 and it is disrupting the internet. I have tried the simple mode, experimental simple mode, it does not work. I did switch off the monitoring for the two mesh, but I am not able to switch off the monitoring for the main router. There is no option. 

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    beachdog

    @tirthankar sen
    I use Linksys Velop which wouldn't work in simple mode for more than a few hours before killing the network. It only works reliably in DHCP mode.

    Is your main router in the base range of IP addresses? Ie 192.168.1.x? Are your satellites in the base range or in the overlay range of IP addresses?

    In my setup, the main mesh and the satellites are all in the base range. The main mesh didn't need the monitoring off, it was off by default. I've turned off monitoring on both of the satellites but it didn't seem to matter that much if the monitoring was on or off.

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    Don Proctor

    I have followed the above steps in order in an attempt to get my Gold working in Simple Mode with my Nest WiFi mesh (turned off WiFi AP monitoring, turned off Google logging, configured static DNS address, enabled both Simple and Experimental Simple mode).  I have also disabled Advanced Security blocking.

    However, all devices are suffering delayed or blocked connectivity.  AppleTVs time out, web sites do not load, images in email do not load, etc.

    Unplugging the Firewalla resolves the problem.

    Anything I'm missing, other than the complex multi-lan workarounds?  I am a network engineer, but hesitant to make my large home network even more difficult to support.


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    Damiano Ferrari

    I had been using my Firewalla Gold in Router mode with a TP Link X90 (set to AP mode), without any issues for almost two years.

    About two weeks ago, the lights on my TP Link X90 turned red and the Deco app reported that there was no Internet access. Interestingly, the connection seemed to be working fine, if a bit slowly, with one exception: none of my Google Nest Mini devices were able to connect.

    After a lot of tinkering, which included resetting the TP Link to factory settings, I was back to square one - the connection was fine only if I bypassed the Firewalla Gold, which wasn't willing to do.

    I ended up following the instructions included in this page, although in theory they didn't apply to me as I am not using the Firewalla Gold in simple mode... but it fixed the problem anyway. As soon as I stopped monitoring the TP Link satellite, the light turned green and my Google Nest Mini were able to connect again.

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    Firewalla

    @Daminano, you should run the Gold in router mode, it is much simpler and should work with pretty much any AP. https://help.firewalla.com/hc/en-us/articles/4411167832851-Firewalla-Router-Mode-Configuration-Guides

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    Damiano Ferrari

    @Firewalla,

    I have been doing just that since day 1, and that's why I didn't pay much attention to this page at first, since it clearly states that "this does not apply to Router mode in Firewalla Gold or Purple series boxes".

    However, after having attempted in vain a bunch of other solutions, included resetting the TP Link router twice, stopping the satellite unit from being monitored fixed the problem instantly. Maybe a lucky coincidence, but I decided to share my experience here for others who may run into the same problem.

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    Michael Bierman

    @Damiano, After resetting the TP-Link did you put them back to AP mode with FWG in Router mode?

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