Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




247 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 11


Topic # 185639 30-Nov-2015 13:15
Send private message

Just moved into a new much bigger single level house, the 2nd lounge at the other end of the house has poor wi-fi so looking at an extender to reach down there.

I currently have a TP-Link TD-W8960N router and if I can get a good signal to the 2nd lounge I'd want one with an ethernet connection on it to run a switch for some non wi-fi devices there.

View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2
13347 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2247

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1437804 30-Nov-2015 13:24
3 people support this post
Send private message

Can you run Ethernet cable? How about a powerline network with a basic access point closer to that room? Either tends to work better than an extender, but may cost a little more - $100 for the powerline, $50 for the WAP. Ethernet is best but the most hassle.




AWS Certified Solution Architect Professional, Sysop Administrator Associate, and Developer Associate
TOGAF certified enterprise architect
Professional photographer


837 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 46

Subscriber

  Reply # 1437821 30-Nov-2015 13:31
Send private message

Buy a powerline device - (ethernet over power).  And at the far end, instead of using ethernet you can get a powerline wifi to extend the wireless signal - this way your effectively running a network cable between your existing TP-link and the wireless AP.

Something like this would work.

 
 
 
 




247 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 11


  Reply # 1437855 30-Nov-2015 13:59
Send private message

Thanks for the suggestions, should have mentioned at our previous place I run a heap of CAT5 cable and do have plans to do it here one day also but can't see it happening in the near future.

837 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 46

Subscriber

  Reply # 1437896 30-Nov-2015 15:02
2 people support this post
Send private message

Understandable - that's why even though I prefer wiring where possible the powerline/homekit units are great.  Nearly as good as running a cable and works nearly everywhere.  I never use an AP in repeater mode as that's always a solution that plays up - instead powerline with built in wifi works so much better quite a few places I've set this up and its been a few years I've never had to go back.

54 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 3


  Reply # 1438256 1-Dec-2015 07:12
Send private message

Powerline is usually the go-to option if hard-wired isn't possible. You can also buy powerline hardware where one end works as an access point to provide WiFi at full strength.

If it is your own house and you have the ability to start running cat5e/6 instead of a powerline solution it will still be more reliable and secure. In some instances with powerline, nearby neighbours can access your unsecured network either intentionally or accidentally with another device.



247 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 11


  Reply # 1438338 1-Dec-2015 09:46
Send private message

The D-Link-PowerLine-DHP-W311AV-500Mbps-Starter-Kit the actual unit you'd recommend or that was an example?

Another question, if I get that device which has one extender, can you buy more extenders if needed to increase the coverage more or its one to one? Not one to many?

837 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 46

Subscriber

  Reply # 1438348 1-Dec-2015 09:58
Send private message

Just an example.

837 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 46

Subscriber

  Reply # 1438350 1-Dec-2015 10:01
Send private message

CB_24:
Another question, if I get that device which has one extender, can you buy more extenders if needed to increase the coverage more or its one to one? Not one to many?


You can add more devices process is usually similar to this.  I would recommend sticking with the same brand and preferably same model if you do this.


3095 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 510

Trusted

  Reply # 1438799 1-Dec-2015 18:45
Send private message

Personally I recommend the TP-Link set

http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=NETTPL0422&name=TP-LINK-TL-WPA4220KIT-ADVANCED-300Mbps-Universal-W

As an ISP we have them deployed as standard kit for our customers. Price is good too and there are options to add more devices as they seem to have the biggest range in powerline. Eg. you can buy another 200mbit unit and it will work where as other brands seem to loose interest in powerline every so often and so finding a compatible unit sometimes isnt easy.





Ray Taylor
Taylor Broadband (rural hawkes bay)
www.ruralkiwi.com

There is no place like localhost
For my general guide to extending your wireless network Click Here






247 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 11


  Reply # 1438980 2-Dec-2015 00:15
Send private message

Doing some further reading I see mention of "The Powerline Adapters need to be connected in the same electrical circuit".

What's the changes a standard house (that has had a lot of modifications done to it) whould have different electrical circuits?

'That VDSL Cat'
6771 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1284

Trusted
Spark
Subscriber

  Reply # 1438981 2-Dec-2015 01:05
Send private message

Due to the way wireless extenders half throughput, i could never advice anyone lets them near the network.

We do however have an UPNP/airplay receiver on the network which also acts as a wireless extender that i cant rip that functionality out.. It gains its unique password and is quite approately named to never touch it! 


I would look at powerline if possible, or even straight out running a cable along the floor/roof! before even considering the idea of an extender.




#include <std_disclaimer>

 

Any comments made are personal opinion and do not reflect directly on the position my current or past employers may have.


7047 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2232

Subscriber

  Reply # 1439031 2-Dec-2015 08:18
Send private message

CB_24: Doing some further reading I see mention of "The Powerline Adapters need to be connected in the same electrical circuit".

What's the changes a standard house (that has had a lot of modifications done to it) whould have different electrical circuits?


how many fuse panels do you have? are you on three phase power?

if the answer is 1 and no then in all likelihood everything will be on the same "electrical circuit"



247 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 11


  Reply # 1439103 2-Dec-2015 10:35
Send private message

Appears to be only one fuse panel around the house.

1150 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 140

Trusted

  Reply # 1439188 2-Dec-2015 12:13
Send private message

I bought a Netcomm NP508, a Powerline extender that has two Ethernet ports and also creates a wifi network. I'm actually really impressed with how well it works. I've not tried any optimising and it makes a connection of about 200Mbps. The connection is completely stable and the initial setup was essentially zero, plug in device, connect to router, plug in other device and a small config of the wifi and done.

Cheers,
Joseph

1809 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 268

Subscriber

  Reply # 1439555 2-Dec-2015 21:21
Send private message

josephhinvest: I bought a Netcomm NP508, a Powerline extender that has two Ethernet ports and also creates a wifi network. I'm actually really impressed with how well it works. I've not tried any optimising and it makes a connection of about 200Mbps. The connection is completely stable and the initial setup was essentially zero, plug in device, connect to router, plug in other device and a small config of the wifi and done.

Cheers,
Joseph


I have one of these deployed at my parents' place, because their wireless doesn't make it to the far end of the house. Works great - the wireless network it generates is the same speed as their primary network from their router.




Geek girl. Freelance copywriter and editor at Unmistakable.

 

Currently using: Modified 2008 Mac Pro, HP M6-1017TX Laptop, iPad Pro, iPhone 6S, iPhone 5, AppleTV4, Minix Neo Z-64.


 1 | 2
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

UAV Traffic Management Trial launching today in New Zealand
Posted 12-Dec-2017 16:06


UFB connections pass 460,000
Posted 11-Dec-2017 11:26


The Warehouse Group to adopt IBM Cloud to support digital transformation
Posted 11-Dec-2017 11:22


Dimension Data peeks into digital business 2018
Posted 11-Dec-2017 10:55


2018 Cyber Security Predictions
Posted 7-Dec-2017 14:55


Global Govtech Accelerator to drive public sector innovation in Wellington
Posted 7-Dec-2017 11:21


Stuff Pix media strategy a new direction
Posted 7-Dec-2017 09:37


Digital transformation is dead
Posted 7-Dec-2017 09:31


Fake news and cyber security
Posted 7-Dec-2017 09:27


Dimension Data New Zealand strengthens cybersecurity practice
Posted 5-Dec-2017 20:27


Epson NZ launches new Expression Premium Photo range
Posted 5-Dec-2017 20:26


Eventbrite and Twickets launch integration partnership in Australia and New Zealand
Posted 5-Dec-2017 20:23


New Fujifilm macro lens lands in New Zealand
Posted 5-Dec-2017 20:16


Cyber security not being taken seriously enough
Posted 5-Dec-2017 20:13


Sony commences Android 8.0 Oreo rollout in New Zealand
Posted 5-Dec-2017 20:08



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.