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orubin
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Tue, Aug 9, 2022 5:48 PM

What does the AT&T modem/router considered a mesh client?

I am curious as to what the AT&T Fiber modem/router considers a Mesh device?  I have three AT&T "repeaters" with only one currently connected, and only one of those since the last modem "factory reset (see my other recent post.) However, when I look at my router's Home Network->Status screen, I see the following: 

Interfaces

Interface Status Active Devices Inactive Devices
Ethernet Enabled 29 11
Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz Enabled 4 3
Wi-Fi 5 GHz Enabled 6 2
Mesh Clients Enabled 6 3

Other than the AT&T repeaters, what could it possible be thinking is a mesh client? I do have 3 access point "older" routers set up in Access Point mode attached to the system via Ethernet, as well as one power line repeater set (2 devices) used to carry internet to my garage. But they are NOT acting like routers, set in Access Point mode, all router services disabled, and the ethernet cable plugged into a LAN port.  

So does this router think any access point attached to the device is a mesh device? And how does it know that the device is an access point, since it should just look like a bridge. Typically when looking at connected devices, devices on Wifi though one of the additional access points appears as a "wired" device, which is not surprising since it is talking to the AT&T router via an Ethernet cable. 

My concern is that some rogue mesh devices might be connecting to the router?
Thanks

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tonydi

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I believe what it's showing you is how many wifi devices are connected via the AirTies extenders. 

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Additional note: When I turn off the single repeater, the number goes to zero: 

Interfaces

Interface Status Active Devices Inactive Devices
Ethernet Enabled 31 9
Wi-Fi 2.4 GHz Enabled 8 3
Wi-Fi 5 GHz Enabled 6 2
Mesh Clients Disabled 0

9

So now I am curious as to why 1 device looked like 6? Other devices it was talking to? I do not have 6 of them. 

And turning it back on, the mesh client count started at 1, then climbed to 3 after a minute or so and seems to be staying there now. But my other two devices are not connected. 

Is this thing connecting to neighbor's mesh devices by chance? 

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ATTHelp

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Hey there! We understand how important it can be to maintain a reliable internet connection. No worries, let's see how we can fix this @orubin.

 

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orubin

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Ah. That makes sense.

It does count itself as well as adding the second one went from 3 to 4. And I notice that the WiFi count went up the same number as the mesh count increased. Nothing confusing there. :-)

Thank you. 

tonydi

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Yeah, probably not.  🙄

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Nah. I have what I needed here. Thank you. Question answered. 

madmax988

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I will say another thing that makes it extremely confusing, is I've noticed the count of devices for the air ties themselves and any devices attached via them takes an absurdly long time to update.  You can plug in an airties and easily wait 10-20 minutes for it to be recognized on that screen, even if it starts working immediately.  Also when you disconnect an airties it will also keep showing active for easily 10-20+minutes with all devices attached, even though client devices will switch to gateway/other airties in a few seconds.  It makes diagnostics and troubleshooting quite tedious.

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