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Eva888

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  #2476592 4-May-2020 19:29
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Is this going to be difficult? If I’m adding a new router won’t it have its own name and password And how does it become connected to my Vodafone router. Am really not sure how to do this. I understand where everything needs to be plugged into, but the set up will be baffling. I assume I need to do this with a laptop not with an iPad. Having enough electric outlets is also a problem as the Powerline has to plug directly into the wall and not a power board. Was contemplating getting another Powerline that has a plug inlet. Well I won’t get Alzheimers at this rate of learning new things!








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  #2477062 5-May-2020 15:16
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Eva888: Is this going to be difficult? If I’m adding a new router won’t it have its own name and password And how does it become connected to my Vodafone router. Am really not sure how to do this. I understand where everything needs to be plugged into, but the set up will be baffling. I assume I need to do this with a laptop not with an iPad. Having enough electric outlets is also a problem as the Powerline has to plug directly into the wall and not a power board. Was contemplating getting another Powerline that has a plug inlet. Well I won’t get Alzheimers at this rate of learning new things!

 

It's really not difficult - there are plenty of guides on the web if you google "use old router as an access point" (eg https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-turn-an-old-wi-fi-router-into-an-access-point/#).  It is easier to do this setup with a wired connection, because otherwise every time you change anything during configuration you lose connection.

 

In terms of power points, it's only one extra device (your router in it's access point and switch role) and presumably could be powered from the same strip as powers your TV


 
 
 
 


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  #2477503 6-May-2020 09:14
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shk292:

Eva888: Is this going to be difficult? If I’m adding a new router won’t it have its own name and password And how does it become connected to my Vodafone router. Am really not sure how to do this. I understand where everything needs to be plugged into, but the set up will be baffling. I assume I need to do this with a laptop not with an iPad. Having enough electric outlets is also a problem as the Powerline has to plug directly into the wall and not a power board. Was contemplating getting another Powerline that has a plug inlet. Well I won’t get Alzheimers at this rate of learning new things!


It's really not difficult - there are plenty of guides on the web if you google "use old router as an access point" (eg https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-turn-an-old-wi-fi-router-into-an-access-point/#).  It is easier to do this setup with a wired connection, because otherwise every time you change anything during configuration you lose connection.


In terms of power points, it's only one extra device (your router in it's access point and switch role) and presumably could be powered from the same strip as powers your TV



Thanks. I’ve been looking at you tube about this and was concerned about exactly this issue that it could drop connection all the time. It also seemed a waste of a $200 new router when an old Spark one I have in the basement could likely do the same job if I went down that track and I would just sell it if I can’t return it.

My thoughts are also now veering towards getting a different 600Mbps Powerline that has AC pass-through and two Ethernet ports, so I can plug a power board into it, instead of the 200Mbps one I currently use with no AC and one port, Am unsure if it will make a difference or not to streaming Netflix. Will it improve anything? Saw some on Trade Me. This option still won’t give me WiFi there. I have an old TP link WiFi extender that I used in the middle rooms that gave me enough signal for the iPad, but not Netflix, so wondering if the extender would still work in conjunction with Powerline. I took the extender away when I added the Powerline.

All our plugs are close to floor level and we can’t wire anything without wires showing because it’s Lockwood. I am dithering because searching for the simplest and most efficient option and there seem to be a number, so many thanks for any input.






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  #2477587 6-May-2020 09:39
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Hi, can you not just use a basic power strip, and plug the power line carrier device into as well as everything else into that? The power strip should not impact on the powerline carrier unit as long as it has no filters or supressors in it, ie just a basic unit.

 

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  #2477635 6-May-2020 10:18
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Eva888:

Thanks. I’ve been looking at you tube about this and was concerned about exactly this issue that it could drop connection all the time. It also seemed a waste of a $200 new router when an old Spark one I have in the basement could likely do the same job if I went down that track and I would just sell it if I can’t return it.

 

Always better to do your research first and purchasing second!  Lesson for the future.

 

Eva888:

My thoughts are also now veering towards getting a different 600Mbps Powerline that has AC pass-through and two Ethernet ports, so I can plug a power board into it, instead of the 200Mbps one I currently use with no AC and one port, Am unsure if it will make a difference or not to streaming Netflix. Will it improve anything? Saw some on Trade Me. This option still won’t give me WiFi there. I have an old TP link WiFi extender that I used in the middle rooms that gave me enough signal for the iPad, but not Netflix, so wondering if the extender would still work in conjunction with Powerline. I took the extender away when I added the Powerline.

All our plugs are close to floor level and we can’t wire anything without wires showing because it’s Lockwood. I am dithering because searching for the simplest and most efficient option and there seem to be a number, so many thanks for any input.

 

 

If you want to do this simply and properly, your best bet is to replace your current powerline setup with one that supports both wired LAN and WiFi; this will give you one box that delivers all your requirements in your remote room, and will be simple to set up (noting your nervousness about configuring devices).  Something like this: https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/NETTPL8630/TP-Link-TL-WPA8630P-KIT-AV1300-Powerline-Kit-with


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Thanks. I’ve certainly learned that lesson now. I normally research everything carefully but daughter wanted a quick answer as to the fly buys we share. Reason I don't want to use a plain power board was because am also concerned that the TV etc will be connected to the board without a surge protector and that’s how I have it right now.

That Powerline looks very easy to set up. Quite a lot more expensive than what I was looking at but with more features as it incorporates WiFi And has the same ssid with the original router.

Am going to mull this over now. The only thing that bothered me was in the main spiel its saying how this unit is all you need to cover the entire house, then it says further down...you can add extenders to it. Why would you need to if it’s so good? Seems a bit of a contradiction and made me wonder if it was as powerful as they say.

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Eva888:

Am going to mull this over now. The only thing that bothered me was in the main spiel its saying how this unit is all you need to cover the entire house, then it says further down...you can add extenders to it. Why would you need to if it’s so good? Seems a bit of a contradiction and made me wonder if it was as powerful as they say.

 

you dont add exstenders to them, you add additional ~slave~ units if needed

 

This one is cheaper , Ive installed a quite few of these . Ive even got one in my small house .
https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/NETTPL0422/TP-Link-TL-WPA4220-KIT-AV600-Powerline-Kit-with-N3

 


Some powerline units  dont work at the speeds they claim. Its a option of last resort (but an easy fix for wifi range issues)
Powerline units dont work in every house or every room , due to some houses mains wiring issues .

Some houses have walls & floors that really block wifi, thats when you'd add more powerline units to get better wifi in more rooms.

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  #2479213 8-May-2020 12:44
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Appreciate all the advice. Am absorbing all the various aspects and will decide later in the week.

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