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2 wifi signals dilemma & Initial impressions of Huawei's new 5G router CPE Pro

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I realise that this is off topic but I wonder if anyone could tell me if this is possible and if so, is it a good idea. So apologies for going o/t

I had a Huawei B628 LTE wireless router connected to a Huawei Hybrid Mesh wifi router. I disabled the wireless signal in the B628 and used the better Mesh wifi. The Mesh system uses a mixture of wireless and powerline technology to provide a strong WiFi signal everywhere in our large Victorian house. Before this, we used a BT adsl router and needed several WiFi extenders.

Somewhat fortuitously, the B628 failed recently and Huawei agreed to a full refund. This has meant that I could replace it with the new 4G/5G router that Huawei has just launched so we are future proofed for when we get a 5G signal in the next few months. This new router (CPE Pro) boasts very powerful wireless so I wonder if it would be good to run it alongside the Mesh wifi or revert to our original setup and disable the wireless. I did have the Mesh system set to automatically pick it's preferred channel but I could force both the router and Mesh to use channels that do not conflict but that would still result in two separate WiFi signals. I vaguely remember years ago doing something similar with two low powered WiFi routers that involved disabling dhcp on one so connecting devices saw only one wireless signal. I am a networking dunce so it is all very vague.

The pragmatic approach is to think that I was very happy with just the Mesh router supplying wifi and be content with that but there is something in me that does not like to 'waste' the new super dooper wifi in this new 5G router .....

Any advice would be most welcome
 

Mark.J

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Generally Mesh systems are designed to replace the original WiFi and so often won't work if you leave the Huawei's WiFi enabled at the same time, not least since both still need to do their networking and internet connectivity through the same router.

Yes there may be ways to manually configure IP assignments by disabling DHCP, as you say, but this strikes me as an ugly approach with lots of possible complications to resolve. Also just because the B628 supports a better WiFi spec doesn't mean to say it would be better than the Mesh setup, you'd need to benchmark your network and see what works best.

Alternatively, just buy a new Mesh system :) .
 
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