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    lannister80
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    So I ran into this issue recently, and it was completely unexpected.

    I renamed my 2 wifi networks (2.4Ghz and 5Ghz) to the same name so that the devices in our home that can handle either network frequency can hop back and forth to whatever network has the best signal strength/speed depending on where they are in the house. My Asus router supports this feature, unsure about others.

    This spring, I plugged in my trusty BHyve wifi/bluetooth hub and was greeted with some seriously weird behavior: 80% of the time I would get the blinking yellow light indicating that it could not connect to my wifi, but maybe 20% of the time it would be connected and I’d get the solid green light.

    Turns out the issue was this “blended” network environment with two networks (one 2.4Ghz, one 5Ghz) with the same name. I have many devices in my home that only support 2.4Ghz connections, and NONE of them have ever had a problem with this network setup. For whatever reason, the Bhyve hub cannot handle this setup and gets very confused. Unsure if the hub is trying to attach to the 5Ghz network using a 2.4Ghz radio? Who knows…

    The workaround was to create a guest 2.4Ghz network with a different name and have the hub connected to that network. Then my other dual-band devices are free to do the network-hopping stuff and the Bhyve hub still works.

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    #79119
    csdesigns
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    Yes, this is actually a pretty common issue with IoT devices like the B-hyve. Your solution is fine, but some guest networks also have issues allowing ‘guest’ devices to talk with devices on your standard network. Anyway, for the precise reason you noted, I run a separate 2.4GHz network for IoT. I no longer have any devices that are 2.4GHz-only that require any reasonable amount of bandwidth or throughout, so this design also forces all of the devices I do ‘care about’ to use 5GHz.

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    #79120
    lannister80
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    Ah, I see, that makes sense. Right, the whole point of a guest network is to limit access to the intranet, but luckily the Bhyve hub need to talk to precisely zero devices on my intranet, because the hose timers are bluetooth.

    My issue with 5Ghz is most signal strength, so it’s nice to be able to fall back to 2.4Ghz if I’m outside or in an area of my house with “meh” coverage. I recently set up a wired backhaul Asus AIMesh node, though, so maybe my signal issues are a thing of the past.

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