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# 250856 28-May-2019 15:27
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We are in a rural area where ADSL only is available. Our speeds are usually around 9-10Mbps using a Spark supplied HG659b modem. While this modem does need rebooting at times to regain dropped internet connection it does seem to do the job apart from the WiFi range on both bands not being the best. I recently bought a D Link DAP1650 range extender which (after a great deal of frustration setting up) I finally managed to get operating. However its extended range is disappointing on both bands but particularly the 5Ghz band which is supposed to be its strong point. The extender is situated around 5 metres from the HG659 in direct line of site with full WiFi strength. The area I am targeting is around 15m away through 2 walls (wood/gib - no concrete) and while the extended signal is stronger than the original HG659 (on 2.4Ghz) it is not that much better. I have tried shifting the extender to different locations but it doesn't seem to make much difference. Are these D Link extenders any good or can someone recommend a better setup?


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  # 2247176 28-May-2019 15:34
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If you're after any type of inside extender I'd always recommend a Powerline kit over a straight Extender. Plug one in beside the router, the other exactly where you want the Wi-Fi and let the capacity of your power cables do the work

 

 


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  # 2247239 28-May-2019 16:10
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I'll chip in here with the answer you don't want to hear which is my personal view..

 

Wireless extenders are a sham. Unless you understand how they work and why they're bad you will very likely never end up achieving with them what you want.

 

They have their uses when installed correctly, but even then still have a negative impact on a wireless network.

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  # 2247336 28-May-2019 19:18
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My SO has tried them previously with poor results. When I moved in I replaced the whole setup with 2 Unifi APs (more information here in other threads) and overnight everyone was amazed at the difference. Previously performance was poor when everyone was using the network (but especially poor on the extended network). Having two separate APs (but still part of the same network) makes a huge difference compared to using extenders.

 

If you're not very techny, perhaps try the automatic mesh solutions such as Amplifi. I'd go with Amplifi as they're made by the same people as the Unifi APs so should be quite good.




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  # 2247410 28-May-2019 22:48
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sbiddle:

 

I'll chip in here with the answer you don't want to hear which is my personal view..

 

Wireless extenders are a sham. Unless you understand how they work and why they're bad you will very likely never end up achieving with them what you want.

 

They have their uses when installed correctly, but even then still have a negative impact on a wireless network.

 

 

 

 

Haha, even though we mightn't like to hear the reply its hard to go against good advice! I'll take any advice from here and go with the best option. Thanks for taking the time to help..


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  # 2247483 29-May-2019 08:07
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Sorry to hijack the thread but a question related to the Unifi AP’s. The local school has upgraded its wireless systems which is causing massive throughput issues on my 2 degrees Fritzbox Wifi. Tried changing channels but the school wifi seems to follow me around. Would adding a Unifi AP to my home system help?

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  # 2247838 29-May-2019 16:31
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Not sure if those particular modems are compatible but we just set up a second Fritz box with our 2 degrees connection now have a good quality mesh network throughout the whole house!

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  # 2247862 29-May-2019 17:09
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KiwiSurfer:

 

If you're not very techny, perhaps try the automatic mesh solutions such as Amplifi. I'd go with Amplifi as they're made by the same people as the Unifi APs so should be quite good.

 

 

Pretty much this, if you are having coverage issues get a decent Accesspoint and cable it to the Modem...

 

( the wifi hardware in the freebie modem are always going to be pretty rubbish)


 
 
 
 


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  # 2249393 31-May-2019 23:15
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See the link in my signature below. 

 

First option is hardwired AP such as a unifi- or the DLINK extender in AP mode (not repeater mode) 

 

Second best option is the tplink powerline wifi kit - super easy to set up and work well in most houses. 





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