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Wannabe Geek

Topic # 157688 9-Dec-2014 21:43
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Hi I need some advice on the best soultion for extending my current network configuration from the main house to a sleepout. Current configuration as follows; Connection is VDSL, main house has a patch panel and 8 port switch feeding the house with other switches in main living areas for gadgets etc.

The sleepout is approx 10 meters from main LAN connection and has very limited wireless access. We have laid 2 CAT6 cables underground to feed main living area and bedroom of sleepout . The feed in the living room will need approx 5 ports to service xbox, PS, TV, Apple tv . Bedroom mainly one connection. Also we need wireless connection for cell phones etc

I don't want to have multiple equipments, power line extenders,switches , modems etc. to achieve a reliable connection and nor do I want not compromise speed. At some stage in the Next year I want to upgrade to fibre so do not want to implement equipment that wil need to be changed , old technoglies etc preferably something that will support fibre connection. What would be the best configuration and equipment to use?

Thanks in advance

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  Reply # 1192444 9-Dec-2014 22:41
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You pretty much have the best solution, 2 cables.

All you will need is an 8 port gigabit switch and a wireless access point and you will have everything you need and a few ports spare to boot.

When fiber comes along, your modem is swapped out with a router and if everything is configured correctly you will not have any issues.
Just remember to give your wireless access point a static IP and turn off DHCP. I also recommend that the SSID be different to the one in the house and if you have a dual band access point have a different SSID for 5Ghz and 2.4GHz as some devices i.e. apple don't like wireless devices with the same name.


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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 1192479 9-Dec-2014 23:07
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Thanks in advance for your response John. So to confirm do I need to feed one cat6 cable to the switch and the other to the access point? Or do I feed the access point off the switch?

Also is there some specs that I should be looking for in a access point? And is it possible to convert a ADSL wireless modem to a access point for wireless connectively in my configuration

I hope the above is not a stupid question as still learning about network configurations 😀


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  Reply # 1192482 9-Dec-2014 23:13
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 And is it possible to convert a ADSL wireless modem to a access point for wireless connectively in my configuration

Depends. What model is it?

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 1192487 9-Dec-2014 23:24
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Thanks for your response dark shadow. I have a Linksys model WAG200G Annex A.

Thanks in advance

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  Reply # 1192488 9-Dec-2014 23:26
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I've had this problem in a past house, similar cable trunking etc.

Hook up a 8 port or whatever sized switch required, on the sleep-out side.

I'd recommend an un-managed (if home use, game consoles, browsing) gigabit switch. However you could use other methods, but this would be the easiest and less stressful method in the long run to manage for home use.

The other end of the Cat6 cable you would either hook another switch up to, modem or router or AP.

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