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Offline Ampera

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Would really love help with networking.
« on: September 05, 2016, 02:36:11 am »
Now before I begin I am ready to accept I fked up and bought something useless to my needs, but I have recently purchased an Edimax AC-1200 Wireless dongle (USB 3) for use as an Access point.
Now for some reason, using stuff like Virtual Router Manager (fancy graphic shell for console commands I think) and other similar methods in operating systems like Ubuntu, connectivity is unstable if possible at all. It did work ONCE when I had it on an 802.11 N 2.4 Ghz mode.

So what are my intentions? The 2.4 Ghz band is crowded by everybody's wireless anything and with very few stable channels, I want to use a 5.0 Ghz network with my compatible devices, however I am unable to get the dongle to host an infrastructure network stably (AD-HOC is not supported by operating systems like Android). If any suggestions are available I would love some, but I am willing to accept I just bought something that doesn't work well with that.

Any specific information can be given at request, more info and such. I would love any help.
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Re: Would really love help with networking.
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2016, 02:40:50 am »
Yes, you bought the wrong tool for the job. As you as probably already aware, you could have just picked up a cheap consumer 5GHz router/access point and be done with it.

Whilst it's not impossible, it can be a lot of dicking around. You also won't get anywhere near the coverage you would have with a device with some kind of external antenna. As far as I know, you can configure pfSense to use a wireless NIC to basically act as an access point, however I've personally never tried it.

(AD-HOC is not supported by operating systems like Android).

Also, Ad-Hoc networks are supported by Android and have been for a long time. I use my Android handset to connect directly to a Wi-Fi OBD-II dongle I have plugged into my car. It also works with devices such as printers.
« Last Edit: September 05, 2016, 02:42:41 am by Halcyon »
 

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Re: Would really love help with networking.
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2016, 02:50:24 am »
5Ghz routers aren't cheap. The dongle was 20 bucks and has an antenna that swivels out.

Either way I have used it as it was originally intended as a wireless antenna, so it's not a total waste.

I need to try AD-HOC again, but last I did, it wasn't detected and hasn't been available in earlier versions of Android. I currently run 6 on an NVidia Shield Tab.
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Re: Would really love help with networking.
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2016, 02:52:31 am »
MOST, if not all, consumer WiFi cards do not support 5G in AP mode. Only a few Atheros ones can support 5G, but these are "consumer accessible, but targeted for professional AP apps".
Getting a proper 5G AP card costs only more money than buying a cheap router. The only reason I can see to get an expensive 5G AP card is if you really want to build a high quality, feature rich 5G router with absolute control from hardware to software. Otherwise, get a cheap router and hack the firmware.
 

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Re: Would really love help with networking.
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2016, 02:56:00 am »
Alright, well thanks. 5Ghz routers are never cheap going 100 dollars to higher. APs aren't good either.
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Re: Would really love help with networking.
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2016, 03:07:05 am »
However I have found one for 20 bucks on Ebay.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/D-Link-DIR-820L-802-11AC-Wi-Fi-AC1000-Wireless-Dual-Band-Network-Router-/371552908162?hash=item5682477382:g:7AkAAOSwFnFWE~du

Doesn't need to be stellar, but it needs to handle about 2-3 devices.
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Re: Would really love help with networking.
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2016, 03:42:56 am »
Wait for a deal. I got an AC1200 Trendnet for $30 last year. Install DD-WRT on it for best results.

Just look for 802.11ac since that requires 5GHz by spec. Find out how many MIMO channels your devices support (more than 2 is not very common) so you'll know how many channels the router should support.
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