wifi repeaters

Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by Simon Finnigan, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. Hi all,
    Just after some advice. I'm looking into getting a wifi repeater to extend
    my wireless coverage. I'm curious though - do they use the same channel as
    the original access point, or a different channel?

    Anyone able to suggest any decent way of doing this, cheaper the better and
    I'm happy to buy old kit and reflash it :)
     
    Simon Finnigan, Sep 10, 2012
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    robert Guest

    If you can get wired ethernet to a suitable location just add another
    wireless Access Point ( use a redundant wireless router) - once you have
    the 2nd one working make the SSID and passphrase the same but use a
    different channel.
     
    robert, Sep 10, 2012
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  3. Does that allow anything attached to it to connect to the strongest signal
    automatically while roaming through the house? I could run a network
    connection to the room I'd like the repeater in, but it would involve using
    power line kit. I'd prefer a solution that just plugs into the mains, gets
    a wifi signal and repeats it, ideally on a different channel to minimise
    interference. The end result I want is for the kit to connect to my router
    while I my house, and then automatically roam onto the repeater (or
    equivalent) when going down the garden, which is where the wifi signal
    formally gets a bit patchy.
     
    Simon Finnigan, Sep 10, 2012
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    Dave Saville Guest

    Should allow roaming. FWIW Develo do a WIFI extender that just plugs
    into the mains socket. Only their latest stuff though. Won't work with
    their old kit. If you have to by a pair of net-over-mains thingys
    anyway might be worth a look. I have used a D-Link DP1160 IEEE 802.11g
    Wireless G Access Point to extend a friends house with great results.
    But that's an wired connection to the AP.

    HTH
     
    Dave Saville, Sep 11, 2012
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  5. When using an old router for this purpose, plug the wired ethernet cable into
    one of its LAN ports and also disable DHCP.
     
    Anthony R. Gold, Sep 11, 2012
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    PeeGee Guest

    Something like the Edimax EW-7416APN would do the job, though there are
    cheaper models without 11n or 11n-300. That model has "universal
    repeater" mode which has its own SSID but uses the same channel as the
    router - as well as allowing a simultaneous cable connection.

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    PeeGee, Sep 11, 2012
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    robert Guest

    Good point I had forgotten !

    Using cable or cheap mains adaptors is the cheap option.
    I use this method (extra router) at "work" and it seems to work well,
    though I am not sure how well it copes with someone walking around the
    house while connected.
    I suggest using different SSIDs when setting it up just to check
    everything is working and accessible , then make the SSIDs the same.
     
    robert, Sep 12, 2012
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    Brian Reay. Guest

    Several access points can be configured to do this "out of the box", I've a
    Belkin one I picked up at an amateur radio rally for £10 which will do it
    (although I don't us it in that mode). However, I'd recommend a unit
    designed for the job, I have a Tp-Link one TL WA830 I found on Ebay (New)
    from on of the dealers for £30. (inc. delivery). It was delivered in under
    24hrs. I bought it for use when on campsite in my motorhome.

    You can set it up in various modes while connected via a CAT5, then leave it
    "standalone" to "relay" your chosen network. It will also act as an ordinary
    access point.

    You can get the manual from the TPlink website before you buy, that should
    answer all your questions.

    Brian
     
    Brian Reay., Sep 21, 2012
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  9. Same channel, so they halve the bandwidth available.
     
    Andrew Gabriel, Sep 28, 2012
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