Disclaimer: I’m not very technical and don’t know all the lingo.
I have my AT&T Gateway modem/router in my office and Wyze mesh router in my living room. The 2.4 networks share the same name a password, because I want all my smart home devices to stay on a 2.4 network. My TV and A/V receiver live in my living room but, the receiver is connecting to the wyze mesh and the tv is connecting to the gateway., both on 2.4. This shouldn’t matter, but here’s the problem:
My phone is treating these as two separate networks with the same name and password.
When in my office, near the ATT Gateway, my phone can control the TV in the living room but not the receiver; the Onkyo app that controls it will not connect to my phone from there because it thinks my phone is on the wrong network. When moving to my living room, I expect my phone to seamlessly transition to the Wyze mesh, but it doesn’t, I assume because the signal from my office is still plenty strong. Regardless, I can disconnect my phone from wifi, reconnect to what looks like the same network but actually move to the wyze mesh, and now control my receiver but not the tv.
So, it looks like my AT&T Gateway and Wyze Mesh Router are providing different 2.4 networks, until…
I use voice control on the Echo Dot in my office to control my receiver via Alexa, and it works. This Echo is getting its signal from the gateway. The receiver is getting its signal from the wyze mesh. These devices can still communicate across modems. Across networks, if that is indeed what’s happening. This part is not surprising, I guess, since Alexa can control my home’s smart devices with a voice command to my phone from anywhere in the world, right? Just adding this fact in case it matters in a way I don’t understand.
I have performed a factory reset on both routers and set them up from scratch twice, but nothing changed. The IP address and other identity numbers shows on my phone’s network settings are different depending on which router is providing it service.
What’s wrong here? Shouldn’t everything communicate here? It’d be nice if my phone changed from gateway to mesh router as I move through the house but, even if it did, I still wouldn’t be able to control both the receiver and tv from one location given this current problem.