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Will replacement router be a "drop in" if SSID and PW are the same?

32,004 4,107 June 26, 2020 at 11:45 AM
I am considering upgrading my ~ 5 yo router to a new AX version that will be able to handle more simultaneous connections better as well as have better wifi range, and better intra-LAN speeds (e.g. NAS).

That said my current router's config is pretty in-depth and I have multiple devices that are manually configured - if I upgraded routers this would be a pretty big undertaking to re-configure everything.

That said, if I use the same SSID and PW as the existing router, will this make the swap more plug and play? I understand there will still be some amount of configuration, but if all my wireless devices can at least connect to the router off-the-bat, that would make the transition so much easier.

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Yes. You might need to manually trigger a DHCP renew on devices depending on IP space changes though.

That said, this would be a good opportunity to switch to a new password, especially if you're not sure how many people have it or if it's not a nice long passphrase.
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yes you could also see if your router config could be backed up and restored if you use the same brand?

That said I have used the same SSID and password multiple times testing routers and have only had issues with Mesh systems on older IOT devices, probably 7 times in last 5 years.
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yes you could also see if your router config could be backed up and restored if you use the same brand?

That said I have used the same SSID and password multiple times testing routers and have only had issues with Mesh systems on older IOT devices, probably 7 times in last 5 years.
The devices don't care about the MAC address of the SSID? I guess that makes sense on a mesh network.
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