Hello - I have a SmartThings v3 hub connected via ethernet that I spent the last week (over 40 hours) setting up with about 25 devices (note this included trying to associate two switches to one another (Accessory vs. Master) which I have yet to solve).
I was just given a free Verizon Fios CR1000A router from Verizon to replace my existing Verizon Fios G3100 router that I purchased myself. Benefit of the CR1000A is that it has Wi-Fi 6e.
I’m wondering if it is worth the hassle to swap out the routers. My plan was to make the CR1000A Name and Password the same as my G3100 so that all my connected Wi-Fi devices would automatically connect to the new router (at least that was my theory/hope). Since the SmartThings v3 hub is connected via ethernet, my hope was that I could just plug it into the CR1000A and it would start working with my existing z-wave network of 25 devices.
My history of tinkering has taught me that my “hope” is most likely not reality. Worst case scenario/fear is that all my devices need to be excluded and re-added. When I decide that is not worth the hassle and plug back in the old G3100, somehow the SmartThings hub no longer recognizes it and I need to start all over again.
This post is to test the water to see how crazy I am for even considering making this change for potential small benefit of upgrading to from WiFi 6 to WiFi 6e for my wireless devices. Note I only have a few 6e devices at the moment, but overtime I suspect that will increase.
Thanks all for the advice. One follow-up question to this…upon further research, it looks like my G3100 is actually only 5G capable. On the CR1000A there is an option to enable 6G, but when I click on it, it gives a warning that enabling 6G forces 2.4GHz devices to use a WP3 encryption. All my Z-wave devices are WP2. It recommends connecting 2.4GHz devices to the 2.4GHz IoT network.
I did a bit of googling and it looks like there is a known firmware issue that causes the router to drop the 2.4GHz band, making IoT Devices go offline. See reddit link below: