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Wifi repeaters/range extenders???

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Honestly, just get a standard router, that supports this mode. Newer Asus ones do, they cost less than than fancy range extenders, and they have more antennas.


--- Quote from: madires on May 10, 2022, 01:51:31 pm ---Have you looked into powerline adpaters? There are also models with integrated WiFi. If you prefer WiFi only then look for routers/APs supported by OpenWrt which runs quite stable. I've set up WiFI based networks across multiple buildings and the common consumer stuff with its genuine firmware simply sucks, totally unreliable.

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I have, from 3 makers--all flaky--requiring frequent re-setting and re-configuration...


--- Quote from: Rick Law on May 10, 2022, 07:45:59 pm ---
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--- Quote --- I don't know if the ISPs actually do this, but I can imagine such a modem at the dentist's office paid for by the dentist -- with the virtual access point available for the ISP's "WiFi anywhere" customers.
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BT in the uk certainly did

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--- Quote from: cliffyk on May 10, 2022, 12:19:26 pm ---Here in the "States" Xfinity (Comcast) buries public access into it's modems--you can turn it off, but only via their online account settings with a well hidden option:

Most subscribers do not disable it and it's commonly available (such as at my Dentist's office).

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Now I can consider my suspicion as "well founded".

The trouble with merely an option in their online account settings to "turn it off" is (a) the option needs to continue to exist and (b) they must respect that option.  When they start using your money (ie: your electricity, your hardware) without your explicit permission, they already shown they have no respect for you as a customer...

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It's a "cable" company, that and customer respect and service do no belong in the same sentence...

--- Quote ---When I was doing the research for that year-ago experience, I found this for Verizon:  Some reviewer was recommending that (not verbatim but worded from my recollection) "while the G3100 (then current) was good, one should get the earlier generation of the Verizon modem/wifi which was cheaply available on ebay, turn off the WiFi and use you own for better through put and bang for the buck."   If the earlier modem's WiFi turn off switch is local, that would be a way to ensure your line is indeed yours only -- at least until they stop supporting that earlier modem.

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I am in the process of setting up a new WiFi system in my home now. My old one was, actually is as it is still running, a low end WiFi router from Walmart and a couple of equally low end extenders. We used this for around eight or more years. But the problems were constant. My new system will be a mesh network with at least two repeaters.

One thing I have discovered in many years in broadcast engineering is antenna HEIGHT is, within reason, a prime factor in how far a signal travels. That applies inside a house (at least a one story one) due to the fact that most furniture is below 4 or 5 feet tall so if the WiFi antennae are above that level, then the signal does not have as much to travel THROUGH. I have the new router just a foot below the ceiling in my office and plan to have the repeaters at least six feet off the floor. I/we will see how this works out.

So that is my tip for the day. The higher, the better. For the antennae anyway.

Oh, one more thing. While I do not like buying the lowest cost items, I also have learned that the most expensive ones are often just a lot of glitter and no real performance advantage over the middle of the line models. You need to spend your money judiciously.

I have three ceiling/wall mount access points in the house. All connected to Gbit LAN. These are Zyxel NWA1123AC series (older) and NWA50AX (the newest one). Because I use only three, they run on channels 1, 6 and 11 on the 2.4 GHz band and for various reasons channels 36, 52 and 100 on the 5 GHz band. This allows them to have wide channels and little interference. I recommend the Zyxel NWA50AX, relatively cheap and it supports latest standards and have a strong signal. They run off 12V (also support PoE, but I don't use it) and one of them is connected to a home made UPS consisting of a small 12V lead battery and charger (that also feeds a switch and some other devices).

This is in my opinion the ideal setup for a small house. Rock solid, never any issues. I've never used extenders, but my instincts say to avoid them.


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