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.
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
1 | 2 | 3 
623 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 124


  Reply # 1475477 20-Jan-2016 15:25
Send private message

theobrandt: sorry to ask a question that is undoubtedly covered elsewhere...somewhere!
anyway-
I have a Huawei HG569 at one end of the house. It;s in a lovely cabinet and has ethernet connections going to the other end of the house.
the wifi signal gets a bit crappy at the other end, so I'd like to enhance it.
I have another new HG569 that...I got. I also have a TP Link WR1043 ND I purchased with this in mind.

I simply would like to connect the HG569 #2 or the TP Link to the HG569 #1 by ethernet i.e. wired. and then set that second router up to allow wandering about the house with wifi devices all good. and plug TV or bluray etc into the empty LAN ports on the 2nd router.

I'm unsure if this is bridging or not, but hoped this is easy enouigh to give me a shove in the right direction.

if relevant, I have the main HG569 set to look at the UnBlock US DNS, so presumably everthing goes that way.

cheers
Theo

 

 

 

I've done this with those and it works fine. I switched off DHCP on the second one, set it's private IP to one on the same subnet as the first router. Then make sure it's on a different channel with the same SSID (Network Name) and it works fine.

 

Ray's right about CSMA and halving the speed with extenders due to the radio's being half-duplex.

 

The cheapest option is to use what you've got, give it a shot, measure the speeds and if it works for you, you don't need to buy anything else.

 

 

 

Cheers,

 

Gavin.


7733 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2556

Subscriber

  Reply # 1475486 20-Jan-2016 15:35
Send private message

better to use a higher powered device like a laptop as it likely has a better receiver in it and will give you a better idea of signal.

 

http://www.ekahau.com/wifidesign/ekahau-heatmapper is a good program for mapping everything


3233 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 629

Trusted

  Reply # 1475794 21-Jan-2016 00:16
Send private message

dclegg:  Follow up question: Any routers you'd specifically recommend that do a good job in AP mode? Preferably around the $150 budget. 

 

I would have to recommend a belkin simply because of the "use as ap mode" tick box they have in the web interface.

 

You tick that box, all routing options are disabled and you are simply asked to assign it an ip address.

 

Some people have differing opinions on belkins.

 

There are very few options now to just buy an off-the-shelf residential access point without it being a router also.

 

 

 

 





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




3233 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 629

Trusted

  Reply # 1475795 21-Jan-2016 00:19
Send private message

richms:

 

android phone, wifi analyser. Just keep in mind that how you hold it affects it signifigantly so dont change that as you measure.

 

 

Thats pretty much how I do it.

 

Wifi analyzer on your android phone -50db to -74db is good, anything worse than -74db is bad.

 

Also using a phone means your tablet and laptop will only be better because they have larger antennas built in. A phone will have the worst signal level for the given area.





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




21447 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4354

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1475805 21-Jan-2016 03:52
Send private message

raytaylor:


There are very few options now to just buy an off-the-shelf residential access point without it being a router also.




That's because they sell them as range extenders now. Most with an Ethernet port can be a bridge client or AP as well as a wireless uplinked extender.




Richard rich.ms

1548 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 353


  Reply # 1475974 21-Jan-2016 10:57
Send private message

raytaylor:

 

Also using a phone means your tablet and laptop will only be better because they have larger antennas built in.

 

 

Do they, or are they all just 1/4 wave antenna . It could just be that ph's are more likely to be blocked by a hand/body than a laptop. My Samsung Tablet is much worse than my cheap Samsung ph when wifi signal is low .

 

 


3233 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 629

Trusted

  Reply # 1477983 25-Jan-2016 00:23
Send private message

1101:

 

raytaylor:

 

Also using a phone means your tablet and laptop will only be better because they have larger antennas built in.

 

 

Do they, or are they all just 1/4 wave antenna . It could just be that ph's are more likely to be blocked by a hand/body than a laptop. My Samsung Tablet is much worse than my cheap Samsung ph when wifi signal is low .

 

 

 

 

Tablets may be similar to phones, however I know that most laptops have an antenna going up the back of the screen. Orientation affects it too - you want the signal to be on the same horizontal / vertical / other polarity as the AP. So a laptop is more likely to have a better signal than a phone. Meaning you want to design for the phone.





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




3390 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 464


  Reply # 1477987 25-Jan-2016 00:52
Send private message

6FIEND:

 

dclegg: Follow up question: Any routers you'd specifically recommend that do a good job in AP mode? Preferably around the $150 budget. 

 

I purchased one of these to run in AP mode:

 

https://www.mightyape.co.nz/product/TP-Link-TL-WA701ND-150Mbps-Wireless-N-Access-Point/21010893

 

Never had a problem since, and you can't beat the price :-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

We've been playing around with one of these at work - the distances achieved are top notch.

 

One day we'll run Cat cable... but until we can be faffed, this has worked a treat.

 

The price is a bonus.

 

 


1 | 2 | 3 
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:



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.