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sigelnz

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#151267 19-Aug-2014 21:57
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I have just had Fibre installed and the ONT is installed next to an 8 port patch panel in the garage. I have plugged the ONT directly into a port in the patch panel that terminates in my home office. I have connected the Huawei router in the home office to that wall network port and it accepts the connection and works well. I have other devices plugged directly into the router and I also have the wireless access point on the router turned on and that works well too.

The issue I am having is how to extend the network to other wired network ports around the house. I tried running an ethernet cable from the router into another wall network port in the home office but that didn't extend the network. I also tried running an ethernet cable between the router and a small network switch, and then plugged the network switch into the wall ethernet port but that didn't work either. I suspect it could be something to do with connecting the router to the ONT via the patch panel rather than directly. 

With my old setup I had an ADSL modem plugged into a router and the router was plugged into a wall network port and this distributed the network around the house just fine. 

Any advice appreciated!

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  #1111651 19-Aug-2014 22:03
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It will need to go back to your patch panel and from there run a switch then run leads to the remaining ports. I could fully setup for the cost of a $59 switch :).
If you live in Auckland i might be around if you need a hand.

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  #1111665 19-Aug-2014 22:16
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I would move the Huawei router into the garage and have the ONT plugged into the WAN port of the it. Then connect as many LAN ports on the router as you can to the patch panel which terminates to other wall network ports around the house. Get a separate wireless AP and plug into one of the wall network port for wireless.

 
 
 
 


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  #1111666 19-Aug-2014 22:19
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There is 1000 ways to do it. My offer remains if you want me to have a look if you are in Auckland.

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  #1111678 19-Aug-2014 22:59
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Thanks TimA, I appreciate the offer of help but I live in Hamilton. That makes sense running a switch in the garage. Is there anyway to achieve it without having the switch or the Huawei router in the garage?

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  #1111679 19-Aug-2014 23:01
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Thanks for the reply mrgsm021. I will install the Huawei in the garage if I absolutely have to but I was hoping to avoid that. And if I do that, I will need to install a switch in the garage too as the Huawei only has 4 ports but I have an 8 port switch. 

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  #1111804 20-Aug-2014 09:16
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sigelnz: Thanks for the reply mrgsm021. I will install the Huawei in the garage if I absolutely have to but I was hoping to avoid that. And if I do that, I will need to install a switch in the garage too as the Huawei only has 4 ports but I have an 8 port switch. 


Sounds like you'll have a good setup when it's all up and running. Remember that the network cables in your walls are basically extension cables, with one end of each numbered cable in your wiring cabinet and the other end in the lounge, bedroom, office, wherever the other corresponding numbered socket is in your home. But each numbered port will just be one cable. To join the cables together and get the Internet connection running on them all you'll need to have a network switch plugging into each of the sockets you want to activate in your wiring cabinet.

Here's some information that might help you plan the configuration that best suits you.
http://www.chorus.co.nz/file/18485/13.0-2006-CHO-Home-Owner-Brochure_AW2-web.pdf

http://www.tcf.org.nz/content/95569cab-9c46-4d2b-b644-41540a148468.cmr

And a useful diagram from the above


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  #1111863 20-Aug-2014 10:11
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You will need to have either a switch or the Huawei in your garage. Cheapest option is having the switch in the garage, and the Huawei in your home office (if you have the Huawei in the garage then you will need to buy another wireless access point to get good coverage in the home office/house)

 
 
 
 


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  #1112153 20-Aug-2014 15:22
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Thanks NickB800, I will look at the switch in the garage option to complete the network. Really nice to have Fibre now. I tested uploading the same 120Mb file to Dropbox I did the other day on ADSL2 and the time reduced from 20 minutes to 2 minutes! 

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  #1112154 20-Aug-2014 15:23
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Thanks for the useful info VodafoneDylan. All this info has helped make it clearer in my head so I have a few things I can try to complete the network. 

Cheers

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  #1112423 20-Aug-2014 21:22
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I am in Forest Lake. If required, I could come and give you a hand if you still can't get it sorted.
I have recently set-up a network system at home.

sigelnz

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  #1112668 21-Aug-2014 10:15
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Cheers Andrew. I will give it a crack this weekend and if I don't have any luck I'll give you a shout!

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  #1113280 22-Aug-2014 09:13
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Hi guys

So what am I doing wrong? I ran a cable from my Huawei in the office back to a 2nd wall network port and then in the garage I ran a cat5 cable from the corresponding hub port into Port 1 of my 5 port switch. I then ran another cable from Port 2 of the switch to another hub port which routes back to my lounge where my PS3 is. The PS3 appeared to receive a connection but could not receive an IP address from the Huawei. 

Another thing I want to do is try to bring my Airport Extreme into the mix, as a wireless repeater at least. I setup the Airport to 'Extend the wireless network', entered the credentials but it could not connect. So probably an incompatibility between the Huawei and the Airport? 

I also tried connecting the Huawei directly to the Airport in the office, turned off DHCP on the Huawei and turned DHCP on for the Airport but couldn't get the Airport to function as the DHCP router. 

Its a bit frustrating - I've taken one step forward and two back as my network was running nicely before on ADSL!

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  #1113435 22-Aug-2014 13:40
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sigelnz: Another thing I want to do is try to bring my Airport Extreme into the mix, as a wireless repeater at least. I setup the Airport to 'Extend the wireless network', entered the credentials but it could not connect. So probably an incompatibility between the Huawei and the Airport? 


AFAIK Apple's airport will only work as a repeater for other Airport devices.    Running it as a repeater is a bad plan anyway, a better plan would be setting it up connected to the wired network with the same SSID/passphrase as the Huawei on a different channel and let devices figure out which one to get to.




Warning: reality may differ from above post

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  #1114531 24-Aug-2014 13:33
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since you already have the airport you could put the router in your garage, connted that directly to your ONT and then set the WiFi up on the airport.

is there any particular reason you wanted the router to be separated from the ONT?





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  #1115764 26-Aug-2014 11:20
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Hi Qyiet, thanks for your suggestion - I didn't know it was possible to set a second wireless router up on a different channel so I did that and it works a treat. The Airport Extreme is running directly off the Huawei and my other Airport Express boxes are working as repeaters via the Airport Extreme so I have great wireless coverage right through the house now (which is 340m2 so not small). 

I'll now try moving the Huawei back down to the garage now that I'm not reliant solely on the Wireless from that device. I can then leave the Airport Extreme in the office, connected to the Huawei via the wired ethernet and then hopefully that will also solve my problem of the wired network not working. 

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