Network Extender Needed
NEIL13764
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My son has a G3100 router and needs at least 1 extender.  I see that Verizon has a E3100 extender.  Is this extender easy to install, does it require a wired connection to the router and can you use more than 1 extender?

Also, I have heard about mesh routers available from 3rd parties and was wondering if they would be a better alternative.

Would appreciate any information you can share about the above issues.

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Edg1
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I believe you can have 4 E3200s connected to the G3100. They can connect via coax, ethernet or wifi. The mesh router’s can only use ethernet or wireless backhaul. I guess it really depends on the wiring in your house. If you have coax the Verizon extender may be better. If you have both ethernet and coax wired in your house then it’s your choice whether you go with a third party mesh or Verizon. 

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NEIL13764
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Thanks, that manual did provide me with some information.  I now know that it can be connected with and without wiring, but with wire is better.  The home where the extender is required has FIOS internet but not FIOS TV so don't know if wired would work in this situation.

Also, can you give me any advice on the Verizon extender versus the mesh routers?

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Edg1
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I believe you can have 4 E3200s connected to the G3100. They can connect via coax, ethernet or wifi. The mesh router’s can only use ethernet or wireless backhaul. I guess it really depends on the wiring in your house. If you have coax the Verizon extender may be better. If you have both ethernet and coax wired in your house then it’s your choice whether you go with a third party mesh or Verizon. 

NEIL13764
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Thank you for the response, I now have a reasonable feel for the products

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