Using NAS with Google Wifi


I’ve just moved and therefore also upgraded my entire system.

This is my current set-up:
1 gbit FTTX (i think thats what you call it).
1 google wifi which i only use for wireless network.
Vero 4k connected straight to the FTTX.
1 Synology DS218Play connected straight to FTTX.

My issue is that when i’m on the wireless with my computer I cant find the NAS. They only talk to each other if i connect the NAS to the Google router.

I thought the Google Wifi only ‘strenghtened’ the signal of my network, but it seems that it creates it? Sorry for layman tounge but i’m not a network technician.

Should i get rid of the google wifi and just instead put a router in my network cabinet where I now just have a switch? Or can i work around it with my current setup?

Sounds like you set up the Google wifi device to act as a normal wifi router. Does this thing have any option called access point mode? Also, it is connected to your FTTH box, right?

Yeah so i solved my issue by educating myself on i can actually let my google wifi act as a firewall and have all of my internet activity go through it. This made everything work.

BUT, i just found out that the cables in my walls can’t handle more than 100 mbps, is that enough to stream 4k from a NAS? if both are connected to the network by cable (NAS gets 500 mbps because of being plugged straight into the router).

Yes, very few 4k videos have a bitrate that exceeds 100 mbps, so you’ll be fine.

2 pairs of wires instead of 4 limits you to Fast Ethernet (100 Mbit/s). Is this the case with yours? Could you provide a photo? How did you find out?

As @TheHacker66 already wrote, this won’t be a problem, though. Even UHD BD remuxes don’t saturate Fast Ethernet.

I’ll provide a photo this weekend.

I’ve talked to my isp and we concluded that after numerous tests.

So my network has been setup like this "Data in from ISP -> Google wifi -> Switch (since Google wifi only has one output) -> to number 1-8 of ports in my apartment.

First we thought it was the switch, but since my google wifi can get 500 mbit when connected straight into the “Data in from ISP” instead of going through the wall. This means I have to squeeze my Google router into my cross connection cabinet (this really limits my wireless though).

When i instead let the network run like this “Data in from ISP” -> Port 5 (CCcabinet to apartment) -> google wifi -> port 6 (from apartment to CCcabinet) -> Switch -> out to the rest of the ports. Google wifi only gets 100 mbit.

Therefore I concluded that the issue is with the cables in the walls? although that is strange because this building is built state of the art 2010…

I’m planning on connecting my NAS straight to the switch so should be able to get 500 mbit out of it. But the vero will be connected to the apartment port 3 so its probably limited to 100 mbit.

Anyway, i’ll provide pictures. Maybe you can help me. I’m not a network technician…

If the cables in the walls only have 2 pairs (4 wires), then there’s nothing that can help. The only way to really tell is to pull one of the jacks out (I assume they use wall plates) and see how many wires are connected.

If you do have 4 pairs (8 wires), try the following:

  1. Connect a PC (or other device with wired Ethernet that can be used to test speeds) directly to the “ISP in”. Test the speed (something like

  2. Connect the “ISP in” to a port on the switch, and your PC to another port on the switch. Make sure there is nothing connected to any of the other switch ports. Test the speed.

  3. Connect the “ISP in” to a port on the CCcabinet, and your PC to another port on the CCcabinet. Make sure there is nothing connected to any of the other ports for the CCcabinet. Test the speed.

  4. Move the “ISP in” to a different port on the CCcabinet, then move the PC to another different port on the CCcabinet. Make sure you don’t use either of the ports you used in step 3. Make sure there is nothing connected to any of the other ports for the CCcabinet. Test the speed.

The first test determines what your ISP is giving you. The second checks your switch to make sure it can handle that speed. The third tests your building wiring and the fourth tests it again. If only one of these last two tests give you a low speed, then it’s just one bad wire. If both are low speed, since you verified that the ports have 8 wires connected, then it’s possible that all the cables are done wrong. It’s possible to have the wires in the wrong order to the jacks and have 100Mbps work and 1Gbps not work.

You can test in more detail with something like this or this.

Guys. You rock.

It was just one bad wire!! Now i’m a happy pancake :smiley:

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