We designed Circle to be compatible with as many routers and network extenders as possible, but we have not tested Circle with every single one out there. Most routers work just fine, but we have found some routers and extenders that require special configurations to work with Circle and others that are simply incompatible.
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This article has a lot of information about router manufacturers and models. Use the dropdown menus to expand the section you want. You can search the page for your router manufacturer or read through the manufacturers to find your router in the lists.
- Look on the side or bottom of your router for the manufacturer name or model.
- Search the Internet using identifying items on the router, like a name or serial number.
- Talk with your Internet Service Provider to identify your router.
If your router is listed below as having compatibility trouble, you have a few options.
- (Circle Home Plus only) enable Compatibility Mode.
- Reach out to your Internet Service Provider for a different router.
- Purchase a compatible router and connect Circle to that.
You can also check out our Advanced Networking Guide to address common issues that may arise with more complex network setups.
Router compatibility list
Circle has tested or worked with many routers already. Find your router's manufacturer below to see the list of routers that Circle has specific information about to see if yours requires special setup or will have compatibility trouble.
✓ AC1750 (RTA1750)
✓ Airport Extreme
✓ N600 DB
✓ AC750 DB
✓ AC1200 DB
✓ AC1750 DB
✓ AC750 DIR-818L W/D
✓ AC1200 DIR-842
✓ AC1700 DIR-859
✓ AC1700 DIR-868L
✓ AC1900 DIR-879
✓ AC1900 DIR-880L
✓ Eero v2
✓ Airlink 3000DG
✓ Airlink 59300
✓ Lynx 5000
✓ Lynx 7000
✓ Lynx 9000
✓ AC1900 EA6900
✓ AC5400 EA9500
✓ N300 E1200
⚠︎ N600 EA2500 (Guest network issue; Learn more)
✓ N750 E3500
⚠︎ AC1900 EA7500 (Disable express forwarding)
⚠︎ AC1900 EA7500 (Learn more)
⚠︎ AC4000 EA9300 (Disable express forwarding)
⚠︎ AC2400 EA8350 (Learn more)
⚠︎ AC2600 Max-Stream EA8500 (Disable express forwarding)
⚠︎ Velop Whole-Home Mesh Wi-Fi (Disable express forwarding)
⚠︎ N600 WNDR3500RP (Requires special setup; Learn more)
✓ N900 WNDR4500
✓ AC750 R6050
✓ AC1200 R6100/R6220
✓ AC1750 R6300
✓ AC1750 R6400
⚠︎ AC1750 Nighthawk R6800 (Compatibility Mode Recommended)
✓ AC2300 Nighthawk R7000P
✓ AC1900 Nighthawk R7000/R6900P/R6900
✓ AC3000 Nighthawk X6 R7900
✓ AC3200 Nighthawk X8 R8000
✓ AC3600 Nighthawk X6S R7960P
✓ WPN824 RangeMax
⚠︎ AC1600 R6250 (Incompatible with guest network; Learn more)
⚠︎ AC1750 R6400 (Incompatible with guest network; Learn more)
⚠︎ AC2350 Nighthawk X4 R7500 (Learn more)
⚠︎ AC2600 Nighthawk X4S R7800 (Learn more)
⚠︎ Nighthawk XR500 (Learn more)
⚠︎ AC3000 Nighthawk X6S R7900P (Only compatible with Circle Home Plus, not Circle 1st generation)
⚠︎ AC4000 Nighthawk X6S R8000P (Only compatible with Circle Home Plus, not Circle 1st generation)
✓ N600 TL-WDR3600
✓ AC1750 Archer C7
✓ AC1750 Archer C8
✓ AC1900 Archer C9
⚠︎ Ubiquiti AP (Disable 'Auto-Optimize')
Mobile hotspots, satellite connections, and extenders
Mobile hotspots that connect via 4G or 5G data or satellite connections tend to be incompatible with Circle and we do not guarantee that Circle will work to manage these types of networks.
In addition, Circle does not recommend pairing your Circle unit directly with an extender. We designed Circle Home Plus to work with most extenders on the market when properly configured, but Circle with Disney and Circle Home Plus should be paired with your main 2.4ghz network, not with the network created by your extender.
For more information on using Circle with extenders, check out this article.
NETGEAR routers with Circle 1st generation built in
Wondering which NETGEAR routers come with Circle 1st generation built in? Check out this article detailing those and how to get started using it.