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#259887 28-Oct-2019 19:55
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I have several clients supplied with Spark's Huawei HG659b modem. Most of these installations have third party Wi Fi access points to accomodate past the 32 device limit. I have recently encountered an issue where certain services don't work on the external AP because they are on another prefix (as the AP has DHCP). I'm wondering if the device limitation on the Huawei HG659b is to do with actual clients connected to it or if it's about WiFi being utilized. What I'm getting at is can I disable DHCP on the AP and have clients grab an IP from the Huawei HG659b or will the device limit be imposed?


Or, would it be better to have it all run thru the AP instead? I'm just worried clients will have issues and call Spark and be told to hardware reset their routers which would cause conflicts. I guess that's just something I'll have to anticipate.

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  #2344583 28-Oct-2019 20:23
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The 32 device limit seems to be wired and wireless.

You can remove old clients from the GUI.

If you have more and plan to get an external AP then if the AP supports NAT then that works however double NAT can break a lot of things like Chromecast and other multicast from phone to device systems.

Probably easier to just get another router like a Miktrotik or Edge Router Lite and then a decent grade access point.


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  #2344586 28-Oct-2019 20:39
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Device limits are 16 devices per band or 32 devices total.




The New Smart modem has far better limits, I'd say nobody here will go over them but someone will have a monster of a setup that somehow kills it.




It survived my setup, that's better than most CPE's can pull off.

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  #2344592 28-Oct-2019 20:59
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Okay thanks guys


Yes, it was a multicast service that couldn't handle it until I made the device join the AP instead of a wired connection


Will try an idea I had first (using AP as link back to network switch and DHCP from there as it has the capability) before new router





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