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  #2007619 4-May-2018 09:13
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froob: Actually, if you do want a low budget option, I have a couple of Vodafone wifi extenders which might do the trick. I know that will look hypocritical, after literally telling you not to go for an extender in the post above... but they are extenders in name only.


Thanks for the kind offer, but I think I'll pass. It looks similar to what I've attempted to achieve with my current setup. Which has us in a state where we have to manually flip between wireless access points when perf degrades on one of them.

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  #2007640 4-May-2018 09:41
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No worries!


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  #2007705 4-May-2018 10:49
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Re the Grandstream APs - I’ve recently installed two of these in my house. I started with one, hoping the coverage would be adequate for the whole house, but no matter where I put it one end of the house suffered to the point of it not being a good solution, hence why I added a second. Note, this isn’t too shocking, as we have a considerably longer than wider coverage requirement, with an external home theatre thing at the back of the section.

Note, these don’t come with PoE injectors (unlike the Unifi products). The recommendation is to ceiling-mount them, but they do include instructions for wall mounting. I’d imagine that the height of your Ethernet ports may be relatively low compared to where you’d ideally want the APs mounted on the wall, so that may still be an issue! I elected to get an electrician in to put cabling into the ceiling, as I thought I’d rather get the job done properly, than continue to do a half-arsed attempt and wonder why the results weren’t great!

That said, I’ve had some problems with my APs, as well-documented in the thread I started a few weeks back, asking for advice on which AP to pick. These problems are still not sorted, but their help desk has been relatively onto it, and based on the logs and config file I’ve sent them said they’ve identified the problem and are working on a fix. Others here on GZ have had no such issues with their Grandstreams, so don’t take my experience as typical.

Agree, though, with some of the earlier comments re mixing different brands of WiFi devices - I’ve gone with two of the same model of APs rather than use my router’s WiFi (despite it being in the perfect place for full-house coverage) - simply because I’m over the failure of devices to be handed over from one point to another, so are hanging onto the weakest possible signal. This happened whether they had the same or different SSID. I must say I’ve noticed handover is pretty damn good on these new APs as I’ve not experienced this problem - all these hassles will be worth if it just to achieve this!

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