Firewalla Gold Tutorial: Google Wifi or Nest Wifi Mesh network with Gold (Beta)

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    Michael Stump

    Disappointing that some of the advice from firewalla is to not use Google Nest WiFi. My entire home network has been running on this solution for over a year without issue. Until there's a true solution for this problem, my firewalla gold is sitting on my desk collecting dust.

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    Firewalla

    @Michael, the problem with Google / Nest Wifi is, it does NOT do access point or bridge mode when in mesh, this is a limitation on the google side. It has nothing to do with Firewalla. All the major mesh (orbi, eero, velop ... ) have true bridge/AP mode when in a mesh. Google is the only one that supports bridge only on one unit, not a mesh.

    What you see here is just a way for us to get around that problem, until google starts to support bridge mode in mesh. Feel free to post to their forums and may be they listen to customers like we do :)

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    Michael Marrah

    Should DHCP service on the switch be enabled?

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    Taylor

    @ Michael Marrah... in my setup I do not use DHCP on the switch as firewalla has to serve as the DHCP server for all devices to track them. Hopefully you figured this out in the last four months:-) (noting for future readers).

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    jmraffin

    Hi, any word if the new Nest Wifi Pro will allow it to be set up in AP mode?

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    Matt Hudson

    No it hasd bridge mode for a single point but no AP mode or bridged mode for mesh.

     

    The guide does work for the new Nest Wifi Pro however as another user mentioned I had to add an extra few addresses in the google wan dhcp scope to get all 3 points meshed together.  After that it worked fine after the last 2 steps were completed

     

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    Pejman

    I have TP-Link Omada and purchased the Firewalla gold. my problem is that the Omada router doesn't have any bridge mode so I can't put the Firewalla between my ISP and Omada router. 

    I tried to setup the Firewalla using other option available to put the Firewalla between my main switch and the Omada Router (Firewalla in bridge mode). now the issue is I can't do any port forwarding because when I open it on my router, the Firewalla blocks it and doesn't support the port forwarding in the bridge mode.

    anyone managed to setup Firewalla and Omada router and use the full capability of Firewalla ?

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    Firewalla

    @Pejman

    Can you double check with TP-Link again? they are pretty good with AP/Bridge mode support. I have not heard any router they have not supporting. (AP mode or bridge mode)

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    Pejman

    Hi, 

    thanks for your prompt reply. TP-link supports all that when it is not being managed via Omada SDN. once you use a Omada controller to control all the TP-link devices in the network, then I don't see any functionality of putting the TP-link gateway in to bridge mode. 

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