CR1000B router & CE1000A extender compatibility
nickbanks
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I just got my Gig internet installed, and the router the agent used is a CR1000B. My plan includes a extender for free, so I ordered the new CE1000A extender model. Is that extender compatible with the CR1000B router or just the A version (CR1000A) of the router?

I tried setting up the extender last night and immediately when I disconnected the Ethernet cords after 15 mins of pairing the extender had a steady yellow light. I also tried the method of pairing when you hold the buttons on the back of the router & extender and that had the same result. 
TIA!

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EricGrobb999
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If you want to use wifi backhaul set things up that way with the CE1000A close to the CR1000B, then move the extender to where you want it to be.

If you want to use wired backhaul set it up that way with a short cable  between the two devices and then move the extender to where you need it and plug it into the wire there.

Wired backhaul is generally faster.

 

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Cang_Household
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CR1000A and B are virtually the same.

I haven't seen a CE1000A yet, not sure whether you could order it, or you meant CME1000?

nickbanks
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The new Extender CE1000A was ordered for me by Executive Relations, I can’t find it online on the Verizon store so it just be exclusive for them to order for now.

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Cang_Household
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I checked the manual, CE1000A can connect with CR1000B wirelessly.

I would try connect them with a short coax or an Ethernet first, after they exchange the information using SSDP, you should be able to disconnect the coax/Ethernet link and they should be able to backhaul wirelessly.

Nonetheless, backhauling an extender wirelessly should be used as a last resort.  Wired backhaul is better than wireless. Wireless backhaul adds latency, occupies two bands (reduces the number of wireless devices you could connect), and is unstable than wired alternatives.

nickbanks
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Thanks so much for responding.

I have a question. What your saying is that it would be smarter to have the router in one room, and connect the extender to it via Ethernet rather than wirelessly? Would that just require running a Ethernet cord from the router to the extender? 

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Cang_Household
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Ethernet is one option.

More likely than not, builders pull coax through house rather than Ethernet for various reasons.

Do you have coax on the wall? If yes, then connect CR1000B and CE1000A with coax. Make sure the coax is not connected to the street so your neighbors could steal your Internet.

nickbanks
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My apartment was mainly wired for XFINITY, so not sure if the coax ports are wired for Fios as well.  When the tech came to do my install, there was a box in the bedroom closet that he ran the fiber cable from, which connects to the black ONT, then the router is connected directly to the ONT, not the coax in the wall. I’ll note as well that I don’t have TV, just internet services. 

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smith6612
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This is where things get tricky. If the Coax lines are wired back to Xfinity, the cabling can't be used with FiOS. The ONTs will cause some issues for Xfinity customers if they get connected up to Xfinity's plant. Best way if you want to use Coax, is to isolate the cable runs from the splitter they connect up to on the Xfinity side, and couple the cables for each room together. That way you have a single, uninterrupted cable run for MoCa to use. The Coax cables if it's a newer apartment may all go back to a media box probably found in your closet.

EricGrobb999
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If you want to use wifi backhaul set things up that way with the CE1000A close to the CR1000B, then move the extender to where you want it to be.

If you want to use wired backhaul set it up that way with a short cable  between the two devices and then move the extender to where you need it and plug it into the wire there.

Wired backhaul is generally faster.

 

nickbanks
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Of coarse, I’m running into issues setting up the Extender wirelessly. 

I am following the instructions provided with the box to hold the button on the extender and router to let them pair. I’ve also tried to pair them via wire and then disconnect once they are paired. Basically, everything goes well, and then at the end, the light on the front of the extender turns Solid Yellow (which according to the instruction manual online, means No Internet Connection). Factory resetting doesn’t do anything as well. Ugh.

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Cang_Household
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MoCA can be used irrespective whether TV server was ordered. They operate on non-overlapping spectrums.

If all room coax are terminated to a central location in your house, that's all set. If not, using MoCA is not viable.