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Topic # 191860 18-Feb-2016 12:57
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Hi,

 

I am doing a network rejig at home and have a few newbie questions.

 

Background

 

I moved my Vodafone cable modem and router to the basement from attic as summer heat has been killing them.
The Vodafone Netcomm NF5 felt like it was going to catch on fire so I have swapped back to my old TP Link WR1043ND.

 

A result is i have used a 20M ethernet cable to reach lounge and connect to Xbox 360.
However rather than run an additional two cables for other devices- I am considering the following switch.

 

http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=SWHTPL1007&name=TP-LINK-TL-SG1005D-5-PORT-GIG-SWITCH-101001000Mbps

 

My Questions are:

 

1. Was I right to ditch the Vodafone supplier Netcomm Nf5 for TP Link

 

2. Will the switch allow multiple devices to connect concurrently ( or is it one device at a time).

 

3. My chimney creates a wifi shadow so may need to extend the signal coverage via extender or AP.

 

Do you have any thoughts regarding the following products or alternatives?

 

http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=NETTPL0850&name=TP-LINK-TL-WA850RE-N300-Wireless-Range-Extender-wi or

 

http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=NETTPL0830&name=TP-Link-300Mbps-Wireless-N-Range-Extender-Atheros-  or

 

 

 

access point

 

http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=NETTPL0801&name=TP-LINK-TL-WA801ND-300Mbps-Wireless-N-Access-Point

 

 

 

 

 

Cheers

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1494913 18-Feb-2016 13:24
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1. Unlikely, unless you're a fairly advanced user or have a compelling reason, stick with what they provided.

 

2. Yes, they can all connect. 

 

3. Save money, just put the TL-WR1043ND into Access Point mode and run a cable to wherever you want it.

 

 





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  Reply # 1494916 18-Feb-2016 13:29
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 Just a note, if you can, get an 8 port switch - surprising how fast 5 ports get used up these days :)

 

 





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  Reply # 1494948 18-Feb-2016 14:16
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Lias:

 

1. Unlikely, unless you're a fairly advanced user or have a compelling reason, stick with what they provided.

 

2. Yes, they can all connect. 

 

3. Save money, just put the TL-WR1043ND into Access Point mode and run a cable to wherever you want it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi

 

Thx prompt reply

 

1. FYI - I am inclined to stay with WR1043ND because Heat was the main reason i swapped out the NF5 (fearing fire risk) and the wr1043nd is running a lot cooler and achieves same speeds.

 

2. Great stuff - hard work feeding cables

 

3. When I tried to use WR1043ND as Access Point off the NF5 via an ethernet cable, my browser could not connect to the routers URL address to set it up.

 

Cheers

 

 


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  Reply # 1494990 18-Feb-2016 14:49
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D1023319:

 

 

 

3. When I tried to use WR1043ND as Access Point off the NF5 via an ethernet cable, my browser could not connect to the routers URL address to set it up.

 

 

Did you find a static IP address outside the NF5's DHCP range, and set that as the WR1043ND's IP address when you configured it for Access Point mode?





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  Reply # 1495027 18-Feb-2016 15:30
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Lias:

 

D1023319:

 

 

 

3. When I tried to use WR1043ND as Access Point off the NF5 via an ethernet cable, my browser could not connect to the routers URL address to set it up.

 

 

Did you find a static IP address outside the NF5's DHCP range, and set that as the WR1043ND's IP address when you configured it for Access Point mode?

 

 

 

 

No - I wasnt aware that i had to do that as most guides simple said connect TP link to NF5 and then configure as AP.

 

I presume I'd need to

 

- check the NF5's DHCP range,

 

- set TP link to AP with Static IP address

 

- then swap out TP Link for NF5 and connect TP link to NF5

 

I'll give it a go so i have that option available if i decide to install a extender (but i am still worried about NF5 heat).

 

 

 

Cheers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1495079 18-Feb-2016 16:35
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xpd:

 

 Just a note, if you can, get an 8 port switch - surprising how fast 5 ports get used up these days :)

 

Even eight ports can be limiting. I've got two * eight way ports and they're nearly full. Gotta remember that you lose one port straight away as it's used as a connection back to the router.


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  Reply # 1495083 18-Feb-2016 16:47
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DarthKermit:

 

xpd:

 

 Just a note, if you can, get an 8 port switch - surprising how fast 5 ports get used up these days :)

 

Even eight ports can be limiting. I've got two * eight way ports and they're nearly full. Gotta remember that you lose one port straight away as it's used as a connection back to the router.

 

 

hes wanting to put it behind a TV so i doubt you will need many more than 4 (5 port switch) and defiantly not more than 7 (8 port switch)




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  Reply # 1495086 18-Feb-2016 17:04
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I feel inadequate.
I only have a TV, Xbox One and 360.
But your right, more is better.



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  Reply # 1495088 18-Feb-2016 17:05
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I feel inadequate.
I only have a TV, Xbox One and 360.
But your right, more is better.

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