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Last edited 10/5/18
Consider moving back to Google Wifi after having used various other products for a while. My home network has moved on considerably, and I'm now able to connect all of the Google Wifi nodes using ethernet backhaul (where I couldn't before). As I have a Unifi Security Gateway acting as router, I only want the Google Wifi points connected in bridge mode (I want the USG managing the routing, firewall, etc.).
So I'd like to run the Google Wifi in bridge mode, ethernet backhaul, 2-3 meshed nodes. I successfully managed to get the primary Google Wifi node into bridge mode, but when I try factory reset and adding the second Google Wifi node (wireless only at this point) it fails to connect to the primary node.
The Google Wifi (iOS) app is happily allowing me to attempt add a second node with the primary node in bridge mode, on the basis of which I'm assuming it is technically possible to do so. I was planning to add each additional node wirelessly first, then later to cable them in.
Is the configuration I'm describing possible, or is the iOS app allowing me to try something that shouldn't be allowed or isn't supported? If it IS supported, what's the trick to getting the second Google Wifi node to join the mesh? I've tried every permutation of factory reset (using the hardware button) but when it gets to the stage of joining the mesh it fails connection every time.
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