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In talking about getting the new Fios range extender the tech support agent told me it would use the same ssid as my existing router. In this way I could walk to different areas of my house and keep a strong connection by automatically switching to the better signal. It's installed, but created a separate ssid, or more specifically used the one from my existing network and added -5g to the name to create its own. So this means if I take my laptop and connect it to the regular network, I have to manually switch it to the extender as I move around my house. I can go and stand next to the extender where I should get a strong signal and it will stay connected to a weak signal from my router that's many rooms away. Any way to change this configuration?
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It actually sets up two different SSIDs.  The 2.6 connection has the same name as your regular router and, as you say, you can move around and always get the strongest signal.  the 5G signal is a separate signal.  It doesn't match the other one because it is on a different frequency -- 5G. instead of 2.6G.

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@Dan62103 wrote:
In talking about getting the new Fios range extender the tech support agent told me it would use the same ssid as my existing router. In this way I could walk to different areas of my house and keep a strong connection by automatically switching to the better signal. It's installed, but created a separate ssid, or more specifically used the one from my existing network and added -5g to the name to create its own. So this means if I take my laptop and connect it to the regular network, I have to manually switch it to the extender as I move around my house. I can go and stand next to the extender where I should get a strong signal and it will stay connected to a weak signal from my router that's many rooms away. Any way to change this configuration?

I havent used their extender before, but there should be a way to change the ssid of it in the original routers settings. If not then the easiest thing to do is go into your routers settings and change it to the same as the extender.

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It actually sets up two different SSIDs.  The 2.6 connection has the same name as your regular router and, as you say, you can move around and always get the strongest signal.  the 5G signal is a separate signal.  It doesn't match the other one because it is on a different frequency -- 5G. instead of 2.6G.

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That makes sense. Thank you.
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