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Topic # 189597 5-Jan-2016 18:25
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Can anyone tell me the wifi device limit for the Vodafone Huawei HG659? I've had a search on GZ and the Vodafone community etc but can't see it anywhere obvious.

What happens when you reach the limit? Does an inactive device get kicked off?

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  Reply # 1461896 5-Jan-2016 20:00
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How many devices are you going to connect?

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  Reply # 1461897 5-Jan-2016 20:03
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and how long are devices inactive for? you can always reduce the DHCP lease time if there are heaps of devices but they are there irregularly

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 1461902 5-Jan-2016 20:09
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johnr: How many devices are you going to connect?


Up to maybe 20 - two laptops, Suface Pro, four iPads, three iPhones, two MySky, two Apple TVs, a smart TV and Fitbit scales (as clearly with so much tech we need the exercise) - plus family and friends visiting at times.

Never noticed an issue with the Vodafone standard ADSL modem but the VDSL one is new.

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  Reply # 1461906 5-Jan-2016 20:15
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should be fine with 20 as they are all not likely to be using the wifi at once.

i was thinking you were going to say 60 or something at the same time :)

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  Reply # 1461918 5-Jan-2016 20:53
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We have easily had 20 devices on ours without issue.  All our normal stuff plus at times 8-10 teenagers at once gaming doesn't seem to phase it one bit.  Not everything connects all the time. 




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  Reply # 1461930 5-Jan-2016 21:04
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Spark version of the HG659 has a 32 device limit (Ethernet and wifi combined). Caused port forwarding to break if the limit was exceeded. Maybe Vodafone one has the same? http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=39&topicid=189198





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  Reply # 1462589 6-Jan-2016 19:27
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We have one of these modems too. It came as part of our new Fibre package which includes Vodafone TV with Sky. When we accepted the contract we were assured this router could cope with all our household devices - 2 Mac laptops, 2 IPads, a smart TV, and Apple TV box, a wifi printer and 2 cell phones (9 devices). Everything works except for the Apple TV box, which we need to stream movies. We have tried to get help from Voafone, who did something remotely to the router. This improved the streaming seeped on our IPads, but did not fix the problem of the Apple T. Running at a slower speed and breaking up the picture on the TV screen. The retailer from whom we bought the APple box and the TV then came to look at it and concluded the problem was the router. We were advised to use the 5g band (it's a 2 band router) but the Apple TV box can't see the 5g band. It is 5g capable; my daughter in Auckland has her identical router working fine with an Apple TV box and streaming movies OK. So we reached an impasse and all we can do is use an HDMI cable from the computer yo the TV, bypassing the wifi Apple box entirely. We are not tech savvy enough to fiddle with the settings on the router, but I did read forums online somewhere (forget where) that suggest this router is not Mac friendly.

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  Reply # 1463646 6-Jan-2016 20:37
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Hi @Retiree13 Have you done the latest update to the modem? This does have a WiFi fix in the update

http://help.vodafone.co.nz/app/answers/detail/a_id/24400/

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  Reply # 1464649 6-Jan-2016 20:57
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I thought Airplay was ad-hoc (i.e. Wi-Fi Direct), if so the HG659 shouldn't have an impact as it's a direct connection between iPad/Mac and Apple TV? 

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  Reply # 1464658 6-Jan-2016 21:05
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I don't know. It doesn't work properly when streaming movies although copes with photos etc.
the movie streams ok on the iPad or computer but won't communicate at the same speed with the TV. There is a lag between the sound and image on the device and that on the Tv screen.

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  Reply # 1464669 6-Jan-2016 21:16
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yitz: I thought Airplay was ad-hoc (i.e. Wi-Fi Direct), if so the HG659 shouldn't have an impact as it's a direct connection between iPad/Mac and Apple TV? 


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  Reply # 1464676 6-Jan-2016 21:19
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Can you please explain how the Apple box relates to the router? We had to select the router and band for the Apple TV so it is not entirely independent.

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  Reply # 1464679 6-Jan-2016 21:22
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Retiree13: I don't know. It doesn't work properly when streaming movies although copes with photos etc.
the movie streams ok on the iPad or computer but won't communicate at the same speed with the TV. There is a lag between the sound and image on the device and that on the Tv screen.


This is a different issue to the OP's - you should probably start a new topic to avoid confusing it with the original discussion. Having said that, it's probably as simple as a poor WiFi signal, wireless should supplement a wired network, not replace it, especially for streaming video etc.

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  Reply # 1464687 6-Jan-2016 21:39
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I know with Wi-Fi Alliance Miracast screen mirroring many devices (i.e. the 'sending' laptop, tablet, phone etc.) will use the same channel they use to connect to the AP to transmit the mirrored picture to the receiver. If the channel was already poor quality as suggested above, it may not be able to handle the data throughput required for screen mirroring and this can have an impact, so in this way whatever channel the HG659 has picked to transmit on can have an impact on screen mirroring.

RunningMan: Having said that, it's probably as simple as a poor WiFi signal, wireless should supplement a wired network, not replace it, especially for streaming video etc.
Screen mirroring is becoming a big thing with wireless docks etc. (there was another thread discussing this evening) these are close range high data capacity applications.

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  Reply # 1464691 6-Jan-2016 21:45
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johnr: Hi @Retiree13 Have you done the latest update to the modem? This does have a WiFi fix in the update

http://help.vodafone.co.nz/app/answers/detail/a_id/24400/


Have you tried the above that johnr posted?

Also is your router in a position or able to be moved to a position where you could have the ATV connected via Ethernet instead of WiFi?

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