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Boerenerd

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#197928 18-Jun-2016 17:44
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Hey guys. Sorry I'm a bit of a noob when it comes to routers, wifi etc but will try my best.

My partner and I have moved into a small sleep out flat at the back of a friends place. The main house is on Trustpower fibre. We have been having a nightmare of a time with the wifi in the flat. It started out fine, but after a couple months it just got worse and worse. Signal got weakend, we can't run multiple devices at a time any more, Netflix buffers a lot, I can't game online anymore at all. The flat is only +-10m from the the room where the router is in, with a path and caravan between.

Personally I think it's because of the rubbish netcom router in the main house that Trustpower sent them. I've talked to the house owners about that but they say they aren't experiencing the same issues as us. I was hoping to get them to fight Trustpower for a better router, but I don't think they want to. The house owner suggested getting a wifi extender, but I'm not keen on that, as I hear they reduce speed, and I still think it's the netcom to blame.

The other option the owner suggested is running a cable across to the flat, which I think could solve our issues. I have with me a previous Audio Codes mp264 router from WxC. So I'm wondering, if we ran a cable from the router in the main house to the flat and I connected a router to that, would that work? And in particular would the MP264 from WxC work even though their provider is Trustpower??

Thanks heaps for any help

Blake

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  #1576268 18-Jun-2016 17:50
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I wouldn't even attempt gaming over wireless - no matter how good it was.

 

Ethernet is the answer.





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  #1576269 18-Jun-2016 17:56
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Cheers for reply. I'm not a hard core gamer, a bit of wow or gw2 here and there. We mainly just want to have good internet in the flat. So wanna know if I should run cable and use the MP264 router

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  #1576279 18-Jun-2016 18:02
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"The WXC MP264 has been custom-built to operate specifically with the WXC VoIP network only."

 

Why not plug the ethernet cable directly into your PC?

 

You MAY be able to convert the router into a Wireless Access Point.

 

EDIT: There is no way that TrustPower would, or should, provide a better router - your WiFi is not their problem.





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  #1576284 18-Jun-2016 18:14
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"Why not plug the ethernet cable directly into your PC?"

In the flat we want the following to have access, my PC, my partners laptop, smart tv, PS3 and cell phones.

If the WxC router is a no go, should I still consider running cable to the flat and getting a compatible router?

Thanks again

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  #1576285 18-Jun-2016 18:17
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WiFi will suffer interference from neighbours, walls and most likely the distance.

 

String an ethernet cable from the house to the flat and plug a wireless access point there. Make sure to configure the access point to use a different channel from the main router. If you have a smartphone you can get an app to help you find what channels are available. Use channels 1, 6 or 11, nothing in between.

 

If you use the MP264 you have to disable DHCP - and I tell you the MP264 is not the easiest router to configure because it's quite technical. Just get an AP.





 

 

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  #1576286 18-Jun-2016 18:24
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Thanks freitasm good to know about the channels.

Do you think I can use the Audio codes mp264 in the flat, even tho the main house is on Trustpower?

Cheers

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  #1576287 18-Jun-2016 18:34
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You can use it. You just have to be comfortable around it to make sure you disabled DHCP and set it to automatically get the configuration from the router instead of using static addresses.





 

 

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  #1576315 18-Jun-2016 19:41
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Thank you again for your help, great info. Do you know where I can get some info to get myself comfy around doing those changes with the mp264 router? I'm not to clued up with routers and can't find 2 much about that WxC one.

Cheers mate

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  #1576316 18-Jun-2016 19:43
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Not really. It's not too hard though and if anything goes wrong, reset and start over...





 

 

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  #1576336 18-Jun-2016 20:30
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I can't find an MP264 manual anywhere.

 

This is a link to the audiocodes MP252 manual which is extremely similar to the MP264.

 

Hopefully of some use to you - very long (400+ pages) and very technical.

See page 158 - DHCP

 

You may find it easier to buy a Wireless Access Point, as already suggested - it would be much easier to set up.  smile





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  #1576354 18-Jun-2016 20:59
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Awesome, thanks sideface I'll go check out some router/wireless access points and see how I get on.

Cheers mate :)

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  #1576356 18-Jun-2016 21:05
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Boerenerd: Awesome, thanks sideface I'll go check out some router/wireless access points and see how I get on.

Cheers mate :)

 

Remember that you are looking for a WAP, not a router.

 

There is already a router in the system (next door) and you don't need a second router.





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  #1576473 19-Jun-2016 09:29
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Sideface:

 

Boerenerd: Awesome, thanks sideface I'll go check out some router/wireless access points and see how I get on.

Cheers mate :)

 

Remember that you are looking for a WAP, not a router.

 

There is already a router in the system (next door) and you don't need a second router.

 

 

 

 

Actually an old router used as a WAP/switch would be ideal in this situation. Would allow for wired ethernet connections for the PC, TV and PS3 and wireless for the laptop and mobiles.

 

 

 

The old Belkin N300 I used for our lounge even had a selection in the menu for 'Use As Wireless Access Point'. Just give it an IP address on the network (if you want to be able to access it again) and set up your wireless SSID, password and channel and away you go. We have our TV, MySky HDi and PS3 hardwired to it and wireless for the cellphones, Ipads etc.


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  #1576482 19-Jun-2016 09:47
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If you use the old router as a WAP make sure you plug the cable into the 1-4 ports, not the WAN/modem port.


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  #1576495 19-Jun-2016 10:04
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It's a while since I used one, but you may be able to reconfigure the MP264 for use as a WAP - as others have mentioned through, the documentation is scarce, and the GUI not so intuitive, so there may be a little trial and error.

 

It will only be the voice (VFX) that is locked to VNGS/WxC.


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