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#217834 14-Jul-2017 10:21
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I've got quite a long house, and the wifi from the Huawei router supplied with the Spark wireless broadband plan is spotty in places.


I was interested in the new Google wifi system but not sure if it's OK with this system?  Any ideas?  I ask because I was warned off the Netgear Orbi as I was told in Noel Leeming that it downloads 'the internet' (LOL) to speed it up and would use all my data, I don't believe teh Google wifi does this but unsure.


This plan has a 120Gb cap - unfortunately my campaigning in the local Spark store has done no good at trying to get me a special 180 plan.

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  #1822312 14-Jul-2017 10:28
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Downloads the internet? okay.... that is a great sales technique... how to loose a customer in seconds!


Mesh products do appear to provide a far more effective solution than repeaters.




Orbi and google wifi are both Wifi mesh implementations.


I won't comment on if it is an ideal solution, 802.11s requires more reading up on.




As for the cap, watch the space? Currently spark only offer up to 120GB unless your within the rural classed areas.

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  #1822387 14-Jul-2017 12:02
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As above, you should first try to have as many devices wired as possible. Then to improve your Wi-Fi coverage throughout the house a good quality AP placed as centrally as possible and wired back to the router is probably your best bet. (Ubiquiti and Xclaim APs seem to be the most frequently recommended around here!)

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  #1822983 15-Jul-2017 17:33
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Hi I have got a long house too. I simply bought a 15m ethernet cord, had one end connected into Huawei router Spark supplied (LAN 1,2,3 or 4), and the other end into another router.
No special settings required, and the result is amazing: no obvious speed dropping observed.
I'm with Spark fibre, but I think you could give it a try too.
Hope it helps.

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