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  #2492966 27-May-2020 16:40
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Any way to turn the light off in the front. Wanting to use the mesh/modem In a bedroom space and the light distracting ?

I’ve been trying to get spark support to look into getting a mesh instead of a modem when I sign up to a 12 month plan. Going around in circles, one person says yes we could consider it or look into an exception then goes quiet, next person provides default answer of no. Next person comes back and says maybe an exception then goes quiet , next person a no.?going in circles . Figured getting a mesh over a modem as part of the 12 month plan wouldn’t be so hard. After all it is cheaper on the site

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  #2492975 27-May-2020 17:02
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mrhaboobi: Any way to turn the light off in the front. Wanting to use the mesh/modem In a bedroom space and the light distracting ?

 

Yes for the Smart Mesh (when running in standalone mode). Page 14. :)


 
 
 
 


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  #2493061 27-May-2020 18:10
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mrhaboobi: Any way to turn the light off in the front.


You can enter the Mesh's web config by typing its IP address in a web browser. There's an option in there to dim or disable the front LED. However, it's broken and trying to set it brings up an error message. Hopefully it will be fixed in a future firmware update.

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  #2493062 27-May-2020 18:10
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mrhaboobi: Any way to turn the light off in the front.


You can enter the Mesh's web config by typing its IP address in a web browser. There's an option in there to dim or disable the front LED. However, it's broken and trying to set it brings up an error message. Hopefully it will be fixed in a future firmware update.

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  #2493990 28-May-2020 22:58
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mrhaboobi: Any way to turn the light off in the front. Wanting to use the mesh/modem In a bedroom space and the light distracting ?


I have one in my bedroom space, with a light dim across the light. Equally insulation tape does the job.

https://www.lightdims.com/index.php

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  #2494602 29-May-2020 19:26
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I have also just put a small piece of insulation tape over the light of our MESH unit in our bedroom - works perfectly!

 

I have not found a way to independently control the Mesh unit when it is part of the Smart modem network - any attempt to login to the IP directly just redirects me to the Smart Modem config page.




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  #2494603 29-May-2020 19:28
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PJ48:

 

I have not found a way to independently control the Mesh unit when it is part of the Smart modem network - any attempt to login to the IP directly just redirects me to the Smart Modem config page.

 

 

That's by design.





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  #2494689 29-May-2020 22:31
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PJ48:

I have also just put a small piece of insulation tape over the light of our MESH unit in our bedroom - works perfectly!


I have not found a way to independently control the Mesh unit when it is part of the Smart modem network - any attempt to login to the IP directly just redirects me to the Smart Modem config page.



That's weird. I can access mine via its IP, and view its config. It won't let me change its admin password though, or dim the LED.

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  #2495105 30-May-2020 14:35
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Do these routers support full cone nat like the previous Huawei HG659b did?

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  #2495792 31-May-2020 16:50
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I have a Smart Modem on the way to replace my HG659b. Now I'm just wondering if I switch from using my Unifi AC Lite and get a Spark Mesh instead. Any experience with Unifi vs the Spark Mesh? Used as an AP with ethernet connection to the modem. 




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  #2495807 31-May-2020 17:26
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Dochart: Do these routers support full cone nat like the previous Huawei HG659b did?

 

are you looking for loopback/pinhole nat?





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  #2495815 31-May-2020 17:27
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lookout:

 

I have a Smart Modem on the way to replace my HG659b. Now I'm just wondering if I switch from using my Unifi AC Lite and get a Spark Mesh instead. Any experience with Unifi vs the Spark Mesh? Used as an AP with ethernet connection to the modem. 

 

 

the Smart Mesh unit's on paper have twice as good wifi, which would certainly help in peak load.

 

Personally i use it for my wifi over my E400s (which are basically the equivalent to the AC Lite) but i do still run the E400s for my extra VLAN's





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  #2495820 31-May-2020 17:46
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hio77:

 

lookout:

 

I have a Smart Modem on the way to replace my HG659b. Now I'm just wondering if I switch from using my Unifi AC Lite and get a Spark Mesh instead. Any experience with Unifi vs the Spark Mesh? Used as an AP with ethernet connection to the modem. 

 

 

the Smart Mesh unit's on paper have twice as good wifi, which would certainly help in peak load.

 

Personally i use it for my wifi over my E400s (which are basically the equivalent to the AC Lite) but i do still run the E400s for my extra VLAN's

 

 

 

 

Thanks hio77. I've ordered a Smart Mesh unit. I'll test and if it works well I'll probably sell my AC Lite.

 

Any advantage to keeping it connected by ethernet (ie, access point mode)? 


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  #2495827 31-May-2020 17:53
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Smart Mesh - Much better performance with Ethernet. If you can, you should.



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  #2495833 31-May-2020 18:05
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lookout:

 

Thanks hio77. I've ordered a Smart Mesh unit. I'll test and if it works well I'll probably sell my AC Lite.

 

Any advantage to keeping it connected by ethernet (ie, access point mode)? 

 

 

As above, if you can i'd highly recommend ethernet backhaul.

 

that's not to say anything bad about wireless, just allows it to show it's full potential rather than also be hampered by backhauling.

 

 

 

I've got a pretty average sized flat, so would ideally expect a single modem will do it, but the ONT is at one end of the property. My 'Office' is down stairs at the other end Being down stairs is basically a converted workshop at some stage in the life of the place, the floor is all lined with insulation etc so it really doesn't let the 5ghz signal through very well. 

 

 

 

I just have a mesh unit sitting on my desk, gives me 600mbit of real throughput for anything i do down here and actually happens to give an extra 200mbit throughput in the bedroom upstairs.

 

 

 

Recently i needed to do a bit of testing with the wireless backhaul too, and then i realized. what bugs me the most about my setup is when i drive into the garage, devices latch onto 2.4ghz.

 

so went and stuck another mesh node right up in the corner, must be about 50M with Iron and two Brick walls between my desk and the mesh unit, so it's on the edge of where the mesh backhaul works well for but honestly... it's perfect... (this is also perfect to keep devices from latching onto this AP and having an unideal path from the house) 

 

 

 

full 5ghz coverage across all the property, since it's a proper mesh it's not reliant on devices having to roam

 

 

Not many devices on the wifi tonight, but just as an example.

 

 

 

Please ignore the name of one of my units, it's a pre-production unit

 

Also let's be honest... if i'm not getting 250mbit on my phone, i feel like my connection is too slow... so I've got slightly excessive expectations :) 





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