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#272193 14-Jun-2020 13:07
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Hi there. 

 

So a family member of mine has this setup; ONT box in garage linked to wall sockets in several rooms. hg659b spark modem in lounge with ethernet cable going from wall to Wan port. Internet works fine. 

 

Is it possible to plug in the same model modem in another room and configure to act as a wifi extender or similar? 

I have x3 of these modems if need be. I'm just seeing if I can extend the range without paying extra. This isn't a necessity, but if I can improve the range in this house with the hardware I have, then why not. 

 

My guess is that I would need to connect both modems somehow, whether directly by Ethernet or by having a modem permanently plugged into ONT and then x1 in lounge, x1 other room? Be nice if I could just plug in another modem into wall now and not setup a third modem.

 

Thought I'd ask the GZ experts to confirm. 

 

Thank you. 


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  #2504416 14-Jun-2020 13:14
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they would need to be directly connected yes. 

 

 

 

I'd recommend upgrading to the smart modem and use the smart mesh with it.  





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  #2504419 14-Jun-2020 13:17
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Best option would be to put your existing modem next to the ONT in the garage and have one of the modem's LAN ports feeding out into the Ethernet ports that go to the wall sockets, rather than having the ONT feeding the wall sockets.

That will mean you're using the Ethernet runs in the house to actually distribute the internet connection, rather than just a connection to the ONT.

Then you can plug the other spare modems/routers you have into the wall jacks around the house and configure them to behave as wireless access points only (disable WAN and DHCP functions).

 
 
 
 


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  #2504566 14-Jun-2020 17:47
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OzoneNZ: Best option would be to put your existing modem next to the ONT in the garage and have one of the modem's LAN ports feeding out into the Ethernet ports that go to the wall sockets, rather than having the ONT feeding the wall sockets.

That will mean you're using the Ethernet runs in the house to actually distribute the internet connection, rather than just a connection to the ONT.

Then you can plug the other spare modems/routers you have into the wall jacks around the house and configure them to behave as wireless access points only (disable WAN and DHCP functions).

 

 

 

to be clear, the ONT can only feed a single modem. any further links would have to be off that modem.

 

So yeah, you would need to move the existing modem if you don't have multiple jackpoints in that location.





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  #2504576 14-Jun-2020 18:31
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Wakrak:

 

Hi there. 

 

So a family member of mine has this setup; ONT box in garage linked to wall sockets in several rooms. hg659b spark modem in lounge with ethernet cable going from wall to Wan port. Internet works fine. 

 

Thank you. 

 

 

Have many wall sockets are there in each room? Basically you're just building a big in and out loop system.

 

The easiest of course is as others have said. Plug the ONT LAN out port into the WAN IN port of the first device, ideally in the garage.

 

Then plug up to 4 house connections in to your device relating to the four locations in the house. At the other end, plug the devices in (in BRIDGE MODE), so they get all their addressing from the one device.

 

 

 

In reading your email though, it sounds like this may not be possible, and only one connection is available between the garage and the house, and that's why you have garage ONT LAN going to House WAN?





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  #2504637 14-Jun-2020 19:28
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Thanks all for the advice. 

 

There are fours ports spread throughout the house; 1 bedroom, 1 different bedroom, 1 lounge, 1 dining room. 

 

If I do anything, I'll move a modem to the ONT and go from there. This is more of an experiment than anything, seeing if I can improve things with what I happen to have on hand (randomly getting x2 hg659b modems for $5). Curiosity. 

 

I managed to move out of the way these big bookshelves and get to the ONT cabinet. Probably hasn't been opened since family moved in 5 or so years ago. 

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  #2504646 14-Jun-2020 20:13
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hio77:

 

they would need to be directly connected yes. 

 

 

 

I'd recommend upgrading to the smart modem and use the smart mesh with it.  

 

 

 

 

I would go with what hio77 is suggesting as hiding the smart modem in the cabinet and having the smaller mesh wifi units around the house.


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  #2504809 15-Jun-2020 10:15
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Wifi access points are cheap (trademe) .

Save your self alot of grief, do it properly .


 
 
 
 


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  #2504820 15-Jun-2020 10:38
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Also a cheap switch in the lounge for wiring the TV etc.


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