R8000 - Kong build - WL2 Question

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sknyfats
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:48    Post subject: R8000 - Kong build - WL2 Question Reply with quote
Howdy all - I've done a lot of reading, searching and exprimenting. Have used DD-WRT off and on over the years, but am using with my Netgear R8000 triband.

My question revolves around the 3 different radios:

WL0 (5ghz) - set at AC/N Mixed - 80 / upper - upper

WL1 (2.4gbz) - set at Mixed - 20

WL2 (5ghz) - set at AC/N Mixed - 80 / upper - upper

They're all set to the same SSID.

I see plenty of clients on WL0 and WL1 - but I rarely, if ever see any clients on WL2.

I feel like I'm not getting any benefit out of that 3rd radio - and aren't sure if its a configuration issue, or me not understanding something.

Is the only real way to use all 3 radios is to utilize multiple SSID's and choose radios manually?

My assumption was that clients would be split among the 2 5hgz radios - but WL2 get's nothing most of the time (usually only 1 client).

What am I missing - and what other info might you need from me that I failed to provide?

Thanks.
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labo
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:31    Post subject: Reply with quote
On R8000 5Ghz band, the WL2 is limited to channel 48 max with upper-upper.
While WL0 can get to higher channel 149-165 which can in turn gets higher power, 30dBm. This could be the reason why WL0 gets more devices.

You may be better of with manually setting the WL2 with different SSID for nearby clients only.

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sknyfats
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 18:21    Post subject: Reply with quote
That may be it. I'll experiment and change the SSID and just add a few devices to it and see how it goes. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 21:23    Post subject: Reply with quote
Some more updates: R8000 repeater bridge mode
I checked with the latest BS build: DD-WRT v3.0-r34411 std (01/07/1Cool
In this build the channels > 100 are available for WL2 to set, yet didn't work(no clients can get connected).
I also verified that WL2 setting to channels 58 + 64 (upper-upper) which works just fine.
So this is the key.
In addition this build has a fix for connecting to VHT160 mode networks as repeater bridge ( VHT80 ).
You can manually change the power to 999mW for WL2 which at least reflects in the status.

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QNAP QSW-1208-8C 12-Port 10GbE Switch
Nighthawk SX10 10GbE Switch
1 X RAX120 WAP Bridge
1 X RAX75 WAP Bridge
Archer AX11000 WAP Bridge
2 X R7800 DD-WRT Mesh
2 X R9000 DD-WRT Mesh
hazard209
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:41    Post subject: Reply with quote
I use an R8000 as my main router. On wl2, I've had good success with AC/N Mixed, channel 48, and the extension channel set to upper upper when my channel width is set to 80MHz.
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