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David Hess:

--- Quote from: EPAIII on May 28, 2022, 10:01:39 am ---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.
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I just installed this.  If it was any higher, then it would be outside.

EPAIII:
Well, there you go. If it is near the center of your house I bet it works great. Through the ceiling and, at most, one wall. I love it.

Unfortunately for my house, which is U shaped, I would need at least three attic mounted ones and my attic is not easy to access except over the garage. In previous houses I had added additional access holes in places like closets, but I haven't done that in the present one. And I am getting too old for that kind of work. If I get desperate enough, I may hire someone to do it. For now I am trying high (6' to 7') locations on the walls.




--- Quote from: David Hess on May 28, 2022, 11:09:04 am ---
--- Quote from: EPAIII on May 28, 2022, 10:01:39 am ---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.
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I just installed this.  If it was any higher, then it would be outside.

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Rick Law:

--- Quote from: EPAIII on May 31, 2022, 02:36:29 am ---Well, there you go. If it is near the center of your house I bet it works great. Through the ceiling and, at most, one wall. I love it.

Unfortunately for my house, which is U shaped, I would need at least three attic mounted ones and my attic is not easy to access except over the garage.
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Some houses, particularly townhouses, are a bit more packed in.  Narrow but multiple floors.  So it is not just through the ceiling, but floors as well.  Just one floor at an angle would cut the signal down rather significantly.

If cable TV cables are installed in the house, MOCA modem could help nicely.  I was using 2.4G back-haul and it was iffy.  Upgraded to 5G wireless back-haul and watching a movie was still a stop and go affair.  Eventually, I switched over to MOCA for the back-haul and never looked back!

David Hess:

--- Quote from: EPAIII on May 31, 2022, 02:36:29 am ---Well, there you go. If it is near the center of your house I bet it works great. Through the ceiling and, at most, one wall. I love it.
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Performance has been outstanding.  The roof is steel so provides some shielding from the neighbors.  I already had a conduit for antenna coax into the attic so installing the Ethernet cable was not difficult.

Before I was using a Nanostation, which has a sector antenna, in one corner of the house and while it worked, I suspect it was picking up too much of the neighbor's Wifi inhibiting transmission leading to dropped clients.

JohanH:

--- Quote from: David Hess on May 28, 2022, 11:09:04 am ---
I just installed this.  If it was any higher, then it would be outside.


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Wouldn't work in my house. We have thick walls and lots of insulation. I struggle to get 5 GHz signal through one wall, even with open doors. Even in this relatively small house (150 m²), I need an AP on each floor and downstairs I have strategically placed two. Many devices just drop the 5 GHz in next room to the AP and go for 2.4 GHz. Now with the newest AP the 5 GHz signal seems stronger (Zyxel NWA50AX) and I can max out the fiber Internet speed (currently I have 250/100 MBit), even from a phone.

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