Sorry to hear about the issues you have been experiencing with the Home Zone Box. If it is not too late to return the Google WiFi Mesh, you will be able to extend the Home Zone Box with a standard Netgear WiFi extender (non D-series).
Alternatively, if you have a spare phone line port (pictured below) on the other side of the house, you can plug in a second Home Zone Box which will act as an extender.
To answer your other question, connecting a device that has DHCP enabled after the Home Zone Box is not possible.
Instead of connecting Google mesh into the FZ box, is it possible to plug the FZ box into one of the mesh points (I can’t remember if they are called routers or extenders or something else)? So the FZ box is positioned after the mesh point using your language. This is a more general question about any mesh network (I’m using DLink Covr), I’m assuming that it is the same issue?
I realise that there will then be two networks (mesh and FZ) and the FZ will then be effectively plugged into a router rather than to the modem (NBN in my case). Is that OK? If this is possible, does it then matter which of the mesh points the FZ box is plugged into?
Here is my attempt to illustrate the setup.
NBN Box - Mesh Router 1 - FZ box
- Mesh 2
- Mesh 3
Google mesh towers present a problem with the Home Zone box in that they require DHCP to be enabled to allow them to communicate. Any device positioned after the Home Zone box that has DHCP enabled wont be able to register with us properly.
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