Ethernet backhaul is supported in both bridge mode or route mode in the Beacon 1 and Beacon 3 (only Beacon 3 shown in the diagrams).

Note: When adding a new Beacon to the network plug one end of the Ethernet cable into any available yellow port (LAN port) to your root device and connect the other end to the blue (WAN) port of the device you are adding.

Linear (or daisy chain) topology is also supported in the Nokia Wifi mesh network.
(<Internet>---(WAN)<root beacon>(LAN)---(WAN)<beacon2>(LAN)---(WAN)<beacon3> )


Limitations in Ethernet backhaul connection:

  • Only one switch is allowed, no cascading switch in the mesh backhaul
  • All mesh elements the WAN Port should be connected to the switch except the root Beacon
  • All elements connected in the home through this switch should access the Internet through the root Beacon's WAN (e.g  if the root Beacon's WAN is connected directly to a 3rd party RGW LAN, one of the LAN ports of the root should be connected to this switch and the switch should not have additional access to the Internet.
  • The Portal &  the Nokia WiFi mobile app will not show the Switch in the cloud.
  • In the Portal topology view data rates reflected on the mesh links in will have same entries on multiple links.

Topology configurations to avoid when using Ethernet backhaul.

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  • As shown by the big red "circle-slash" in the chart one should not install an ENET cable connecting the L2 Switch directly to the Internet.

    Another limitation to bear in mind:

    One should never connect an ENET cable between the two remote bridge BEACON units on the bottom of the graph. I did so and it created a routing loop which caused the network to periodically fail and spontaneously reboot.

  • How can you tell from the app or web gui if the devices are using a wired or wireless backhaul?

  • In the device view you will see either a WiFi connection icon or a Ethernet connection icon -

  • "Linear topology also supported in the Nokia Wifi mesh network." <- Is this the same as daisy chain topology (without any L2 switches)? If so, how to select between LAN/WAN port in each bacon? Is it something like this:

    <Internet>---(WAN)<root beacon>(LAN)---(WAN)<beacon2>(LAN)---(WAN)<beacon3>, where '---' is an ethernet connection...

  • Linear topology is the same as daisy chain topology without the L2 switches. And, yes the connection of LAN/WAN that you mention is correct.


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