Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




75 posts

Master Geek


# 250856 28-May-2019 15:27
Send private message quote this post

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?


Create new topic
184 posts

Master Geek


  # 2247176 28-May-2019 15:34
2 people support this post
Send private message quote this post

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

 

 


28114 posts

Uber Geek

Moderator
Trusted
Biddle Corp
Lifetime subscriber

  # 2247239 28-May-2019 16:10
4 people support this post
Send private message quote this post

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.

 

 


 
 
 
 


531 posts

Ultimate Geek

Lifetime subscriber

  # 2247336 28-May-2019 19:18
Send private message quote this post

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.




75 posts

Master Geek


  # 2247410 28-May-2019 22:48
Send private message quote this post

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..


182 posts

Master Geek


  # 2247483 29-May-2019 08:07
Send private message quote this post

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?

Thanks.

10 posts

Wannabe Geek


  # 2247838 29-May-2019 16:31
Send private message quote this post

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!

3983 posts

Uber Geek


  # 2247862 29-May-2019 17:09
Send private message quote this post

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)


 
 
 
 


3383 posts

Uber Geek

Trusted

  # 2249393 31-May-2019 23:15
Send private message quote this post

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. 





Ray Taylor
Taylor Broadband (rural hawkes bay)
www.ruralkiwi.com

There is no place like localhost
For my general guide to extending your wireless network Click Here




Create new topic



Twitter and LinkedIn »



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Disney+ streaming service confirmed launch in New Zealand
Posted 20-Aug-2019 09:29


Industry plan could create a billion dollar interactive games sector
Posted 19-Aug-2019 20:41


Personal cyber insurance a New Zealand first
Posted 19-Aug-2019 20:26


University of Waikato launches space for esports
Posted 19-Aug-2019 20:20


D-Link ANZ expands mydlink ecosystem with new mydlink Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug
Posted 19-Aug-2019 20:14


Kiwi workers still falling victim to old cyber tricks
Posted 12-Aug-2019 20:47


Lightning Lab GovTech launches 2019 programme
Posted 12-Aug-2019 20:41


Epson launches portable laser projector
Posted 12-Aug-2019 20:27


Huawei launches new distributed HarmonyOS
Posted 12-Aug-2019 20:20


Lenovo introduces single-socket servers for edge and data-intensive workloads
Posted 9-Aug-2019 21:26


The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 6.3
Posted 9-Aug-2019 16:57


Symantec sell enterprise security assets for US$ 10.7 billion to Broadcom
Posted 9-Aug-2019 16:43


Artificial tongue can distinguish whisky and identify counterfeits
Posted 8-Aug-2019 20:20


Toyota and Preferred Networks to develop service robots
Posted 8-Aug-2019 20:11


Vodafone introduces new Vodafone TV device
Posted 7-Aug-2019 17:16



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.


Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.