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.
✓ T1200 VDSL
✓ T2200H VDSL
⚠︎ T3200, T3200M, C3000A
✓ AC1750 (RTA1750)
✓ Airport Extreme
✓ N600 DB
✓ AC750 DB
✓ AC1200 DB
✓ AC1750 DB
✕ Bitdefender Box 2
✓ AC750 DIR-818L W/D
✓ AC1200 DIR-842
✓ AC1700 DIR-859
✓ AC1700 DIR-868L
✓ AC1900 DIR-879
✓ AC1900 DIR-880L
✓ Airlink 3000DG
✓ Airlink 59300
✓ Lynx 5000
✓ Lynx 7000
✓ Lynx 9000
✓ AC1900 EA6900
✓ AC5400 EA9500
✓ AX4200 Velop MX4200
✓ AX5300 Velop MX 5 and MX10 (Disable IPv6 if issues are seen)
✓ AC5400 EA9500
✓ N300 E1200
✓ N750 E3500
⚠︎ N600 EA2500 (Disable the guest network)
⚠︎ AC1900 EA7500 V2
⚠︎ AC2400 EA8350
⚠︎ AC1900 EA7500 V1 (Disable express forwarding)
⚠︎ AC2600 Max-Stream EA8500 (Disable express forwarding)
⚠︎ AC4000 EA9300 (Disable express forwarding)
⚠︎ Velop Whole-Home Mesh Wi-Fi (Disable express forwarding)
✓ AC1200 R6100/R6220
✓ AC1750 R6300
✓ AC1750 R6400 ⚠︎ AX1800 Nighthawk RAX20 (Use Compatibility Mode if issues are seen)
✓ AC1750 Nighthawk R6700 v1/v3
✓ AC1900 Nighthawk R7000/R6900P/R6900
✓ AC1900 C6900 cable modem and router
✓ AC2300 Nighthawk R7000P
✓ AC3000 Nighthawk X6 R7900
✓ AC3200 Nighthawk X8 R8000
✓ AC3600 Nighthawk X6S R7960P
✓ AX6000 WiFi Cable Modem Router (CAX80)
✓ MR60 — Nighthawk Mesh WiFi 6
✓ N900 WNDR4500
✓ Orbi (Most models)
✓ Orbi RBR750, RBK752, and RBK753 (Use Compatibility Mode if issues are seen)
✓ Orbi RBR850/RBS850, RBK852, and RBK853 (Use Compatibility Mode and fully update the router firmware if issues are seen)
⚠︎ N600 WNDR3400, AC1600 R6250, or AC1750 R6400 (Disable guest network)
⚠︎ N600 WNDR3500RP Extender
⚠︎ AC1750 Nighthawk R6700 v2 and AC1750 Nighthawk R6800 (Compatibility Mode Recommended)
⚠︎ AC2350 Nighthawk X4 R7500
⚠︎ AC2600 Nighthawk XR500
⚠︎ AC2600 Nighthawk X4S R7800
⚠︎AC3000 Nighthawk X6S R7900P and AC4000 Nighthawk X6S R8000P (Compatibility Mode Recommended)
Mobile hotspots, satellite connections, and extenders
Mobile hotspots (LTE routers) 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. See here for more info on these types of routers.
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.