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Wi-fi repeater

Post by tamada » May 3, 2022, 1:34 pm

I'm not too impressed with the wi-fi signal strength of my two routers, currently in the front corner of the house, about 15m from my man cave. That's as close as they can get and they have a couple of walls and that metal-reinforced sheetrock stuff in between. Both routers are the non-antenna style: the generic 3BB modem/router and the older Cisco media router.

Is anyone using or can otherwise recommend a wi-fi repeater that can boost 2.4 and 5.0 GHz range? There's dozens on lazada but I recall dragonz commenting a few years back that some claiming dual-frequency don't do it well.

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Re: Wi-fi repeater

Post by kopkei » May 6, 2022, 10:00 am

make a LAN connection (15-20M) from your original router to a 2nd router (used as bridge) in your man cave ? , as i did this to the daughters home next to us ...working perfect ... ;)

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Re: Wi-fi repeater

Post by tamada » May 6, 2022, 10:44 am

kopkei wrote:
May 6, 2022, 10:00 am
make a LAN connection (15-20M) from your original router to a 2nd router (used as bridge) in your man cave ? , as i did this to the daughters home next to us ...working perfect ... ;)
I've already got the Cisco router bridged to the Huawei modem for the security stuff but they are right at the front of the house already. Can't move anything nearer unless it's out on the patio which only gains me a couple of meters.

Ideally, if I would make a run of CAT5 (or 6) from the master bedroom (where the modem/router is) to the man cave, all hidden inside some 3/8" white conduit. However, that traverses a heavily trafficked spot between home and car port. It would also require loft access to make it aesthetically pleasing (I'm big on aesthetics and not having stuff hanging out windows or draped over the shrubbery). I'm averse to holes drilled in external walls too. I used to cringe at the True and TTT "technicians" ignoring the built in conduit and outlets for phone and cable, punch a hole in the corner of the ceiling and staple wires to the bloody wall.

However, there may be a hole from an earlier 3BB plumbing job that may work. I always wondered why the fiber upgrade needed it's own, new hole?

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Re: Wi-fi repeater

Post by noosard » May 6, 2022, 11:59 am

Did they remove old cable
I have 3 older cables as well
Right size hole for 4

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Re: Wi-fi repeater

Post by tamada » May 10, 2022, 8:50 am

The wif-fi was weak as expected despite moving the modem/router about. The laptop connected OK in the man cave but they tend to have a decent sized internal wi-fi antenna. The main PC has a wi-fi card with a 4" antenna that's just above floor level so not a chance.

I found an old portable wireless AP that I reconfigured as an ethernet adapter that connected with the strongest of my 2.4G wi-fi signals so problem solved for now. I will probably still run some Cat6 in some conduit under the eaves at some later date.
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Re: Wi-fi repeater

Post by samuel » May 10, 2022, 12:41 pm

i'm also looking for improvement of WiFi-signal in my sleeping room.
the 3BB fiberoptic router is in the office.

i'm using a new iPad 8.
the difference in WiFi speed is quite stunning:

office:
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sleeping room
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sleepingroom.jpg
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for some reasons i would not like to change the WiFi-router to the sleeping room.
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any recommendations how to improve the WiFi speed in the sleeping room?
TIA

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Re: Wi-fi repeater

Post by tamada » May 10, 2022, 8:29 pm

samuel wrote:
May 10, 2022, 12:41 pm
i'm also looking for improvement of WiFi-signal in my sleeping room.
the 3BB fiberoptic router is in the office.

i'm using a new iPad 8.
the difference in WiFi speed is quite stunning:

office:
.
office.jpg
.
sleeping room
.
sleepingroom.jpg.
.
.
for some reasons i would not like to change the WiFi-router to the sleeping room.
.
any recommendations how to improve the WiFi speed in the sleeping room?
TIA
Since your rooms are in the same building, a wi-fi range extender should do the trick.

https://www.lazada.co.th/products/tp-li ... 16967.html
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Re: Wi-fi repeater

Post by samuel » May 10, 2022, 8:42 pm

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yeah i was thinking of one of these already.
i contacted 3BB already for a recommendation which one(s) would be compatible with my fiberoptic wlan router.
guess what - they could not say (…..).
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so i might go for a blind date and give it a try.
the price is not too high for a failure anyway.
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Re: Wi-fi repeater

Post by tamada » May 10, 2022, 9:09 pm

samuel wrote:
May 10, 2022, 8:42 pm
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yeah i was thinking of one of these already.
i contacted 3BB already for a recommendation which one(s) would be compatible with my fiberoptic wlan router.
guess what - they could not say (…..).
.
so i might go for a blind date and give it a try.
the price is not too high for a failure anyway.
.
Any brand will work with your 3BB wi-fi kit. I chose that one because of brand name recognition. I have used TP-Link stuff before, all good. There's a lot of no-name Xiaomi or Mi branded stuff that's cheaper but it's all generic trash. Careful of ones that have TP-Link in the picture but are actually some other brand.
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