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Topic # 222958 5-Sep-2017 15:34
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Hi,

 

I'm a bit of a networking noob, so please bare with me.

 

I have an ASUS PCE-AC68 wireless adapter which is supposed to be excellent, I was getting a max signal with our old Vodafone ADSL modem, but now with the new Vodafone fibre modem, I am getting one bar on the wireless signal with download speeds heavily fluctuating. 

 

My room is upstairs, and the modem is downstairs in the living room which is 2 rooms away. The fibre modem was installed about 5m further away than the ADSL modem was in the living room.

 

But I doubt this would make such a big difference though, so I'm guessing its the new modems fault. 

 

 

 

My wireless adapter antenna are probably around 15-20m away, with one floor and about 3 walls in the way.

 

So my question is, what would be the most cost effective option to improve the modem wireless signal output? I'd prefer not to replace the modem if possible. Is there a good router I can connect with ethernet cable to the modem, which I can then connect to?

 

Is this the best way of doing it?

 

 

 

Any other suggestions are welcome. 

 

Thanks


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  Reply # 1859060 5-Sep-2017 15:40
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5 metres of Cat 6 cable to move the modem to the same place as the old one?




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  Reply # 1859062 5-Sep-2017 15:41
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I'm sharing a house with 3 other people, and the fibre comes through the wall on the other side of the room now. Running any cables isn't possible. 


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1859065 5-Sep-2017 15:43
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Pleanty of wifi only routers will do this for you. Ubiquity or Microtik both have wifi bridge or AP only capability.

 

These plug into one of the free ethernet ports and send a better signal from improved or external antennas. (remember to turn off the onboard)

 

Equally, ensure it has the latest firmware if one of these. Wifi is reported to have been fixed.

 

http://help.vodafone.co.nz/app/answers/detail/a_id/27703/session/L2F2LzEvdGltZS8xNTA0NTgyNzk3L3NpZC9IaW5BdFZybg%3D%3D 


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  Reply # 1859076 5-Sep-2017 15:52
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Apart from the above mentioned things..

 

 

 

I'd suspect the other difference you are seeing is possibly sitting on the edge on AC coverage (likely struggling to get through 3 walls)

 

You could try over 2.4ghz and see how this preforms if wall penetration is the cause.

 

 

 

May also be worth looking at Ethernet over Powerline.





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  Reply # 1859086 5-Sep-2017 16:01
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Oblivian:

 

 

 

Equally, ensure it has the latest firmware if one of these. Wifi is reported to have been fixed.

 

http://help.vodafone.co.nz/app/answers/detail/a_id/27703/session/L2F2LzEvdGltZS8xNTA0NTgyNzk3L3NpZC9IaW5BdFZybg%3D%3D 

 

 

 

 

Yes, I have the HG659, but when I login with the default username and password, there is no firmware update option in Device Management.

 

I also tried the Admin and the two passwords they suggested in that document, but neither logs in.

 

Any ideas?

 

Thanks


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  Reply # 1859087 5-Sep-2017 16:03
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Try a different browser the HG659 is very easy to update when logging in as Admin

 

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  Reply # 1859090 5-Sep-2017 16:04
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Linux:

 

Try a different browser the HG659 is very easy to update when logging in as Admin

 

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Nope, I tried another browser, no difference. I'm guessing its to do with admin permissions. 


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  Reply # 1859091 5-Sep-2017 16:05
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Try a reset of the modem then try doing the upgrade

 

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  Reply # 1859094 5-Sep-2017 16:08
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Don't panic unless current info page shows less than B026

 

But the PW also varies for the versions

 

http://help.vodafone.co.nz/app/answers/detail/a_id/24560/related/1 




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  Reply # 1859095 5-Sep-2017 16:11
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Oblivian:

 

Don't panic unless current info page shows less than B026

 

But the PW also varies for the versions

 

http://help.vodafone.co.nz/app/answers/detail/a_id/24560/related/1 

 

 

Ah yep I'm in now, thanks :)

 

I'm running B020 it seems. 


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  Reply # 1859097 5-Sep-2017 16:13
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Cool so it's worth doing the update :)

 

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  Reply # 1859118 5-Sep-2017 17:00
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I upgraded to 026 firmware but no improvement unfortunately :(

 

Strangely, when on 2.4Ghz, I get 90Mbit/s download, but on the 5Ghz channel, I get 196Mbit/s.

 

Is this normal?

 

Does anyone have any specific affordable wifi router suggestions that will do the job?

 

I've looked at PbTech and they're all in the $300 - $400 range, anything more cost effective?


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  Reply # 1859137 5-Sep-2017 17:22
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Yes very normal

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  Reply # 1859144 5-Sep-2017 17:47
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You got 196Mbps right? What's the problem again?

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  Reply # 1859148 5-Sep-2017 17:54
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DarkShadow: You got 196Mbps right? What's the problem again?


What I was thinking as well

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