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Topic # 242657 7-Nov-2018 22:35
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Our internet is fibre x with vodafone


The router internet light does not stay on green solid.


It flicks on and off. Its a Vodafone home gateway - colour white HG659


Modem is grey.


The internet works but we are also using two Wavlink Ethernet powerline adapters.


The one furthest away from the router won't connect.


I think the internet light turning off and on intermittently is preventing the signal getting out far enough


Just spoke to Vodafone who said that its normal for that model to have the internet green light turn off and on intermittently.


We can get the internet but at the furthest away pc, the wavlink adapter will keep turning off except the power light.


tried the adapter in another location closer to the router and it picks up the network, but takes several minutes for the other lights to come on and for the internet to work.


Not sure if the problem is with the wavlink adapters or the Vodafone router.


There are two wavelink adapters.


Any thoughts would be great, thanks


Vodafone said they could do a firmware upgrade on the router, don't know if that will make any difference.


The Wavlinks have been installed for about 1 year.







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  Reply # 2121867 7-Nov-2018 22:53
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Steady green The HG659 is connected to the Internet in router
mode, but no data is being transmitted.
Internet Blinking green The HG659 is connected to the Internet in router
mode, and data is being transmitted.
> The HG659 is in router mode, but not connected to
Off the Internet.
> The HG659 is in bridge mode.




Links going off on powerlines, is the propriety network between them not functioning (OFDM ). Or the device itself likely not negotiating the ethernet link



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  Reply # 2121876 7-Nov-2018 22:57
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Vodafone has done the firmware upgrade but hasn't fixed the issue.


the device is still not connecting.


The mode of the router has not changed.


I assume the default is router mode.


So do I replace the Walink adapters or get another router?




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  Reply # 2121907 8-Nov-2018 00:31
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From the info you provided your router is working correctly. The default for the router is router mode. The HG659 User Guide says the Internet light blinking green means "The HG659 is connected to the Internet in router mode, and data is being transmitted." If the light were solidly on then that "The HG659 is connected to the Internet in router mode, but no data is being transmitted."


As Oblivian pointed out, the problem appears to be with the powerline adapters. As they work when you place them closer together then it is possible that something is interfering with the signal so that they lose their connection when their is a longer . The article Oblivian referred to lists some possible sources of interference. 


For power line networkers, it is the collection of dimmers, brush motors, halogen lamps, PCs and anything else that turns up as problematic."


P.S. So if it is interference causing the problem then replacing the adapters may not resolve the problem. You could test this by switching off each device (except the router, powerline adapters and that is plugged in, one by one, and see if the problem disappears.

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  Reply # 2121913 8-Nov-2018 06:22
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Hi, as others have said the router is fine, I suspect the Walink adaptor is the problem. As a test could you move the problematic Walink adaptor to a power socket closer to the main router to confirm it works then. Also check that none of the Walink adaptors are connected to power strips that have filtering of some kind in them as this will impact performance.



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  Reply # 2121914 8-Nov-2018 07:03
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Powerline adapters are hit and miss.
Chances are you may have those two plugs using separate switch boards or they are on different neutral bars etc etc.
They work by sending little pulses out and the other unit can read them. If its a long run or there is a switchboard or however in place then the chances of it working and slim.


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  Reply # 2122986 9-Nov-2018 20:51
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We replaced one of the adapters and that has fixed the issue.


Thanks for all your comments.





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