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Standard User thegooner90
(newbie) Sat 06-Apr-13 15:31:23
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Wifi access points


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My internet is currently networked round the house as follows:

Netgear DGN2200 wireless/router
A number of TP-Link TL-PA211 AV200 Mini HomePlugs
TP-Link TL-SF1005D 5-Port Fast Ethernet Desktop Switches
and a TP-Link TL-WA830RE Wireless-N Range Extender (300Mbps) being used an access point.

The network is stable and works well with a number of devices. However, I would like to improve the wifi coverage in the garden and have considered adding a further access point (a second TL-WA830RE).

Would this work? Would my network support a third access point?

I welcome your comments.

Vivaciti
Sync speed around 17000 Kbps
DL around 13,000 Kbps
UL around 830 Kbps
Standard User ukhardy07
(fountain of knowledge) Sat 06-Apr-13 18:43:14
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Should work fineee smile
Standard User ukhardy07
(fountain of knowledge) Sat 06-Apr-13 18:46:20
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If you are connecting the extra TP-Link TL-WA830RE to the current main router via a cable that's cool...
If you are going to wirelessly repeat the signal I'd advise against.
If this is the case I would replace your homeplugs with ones that broadcast a wifi signal as then it's all wired in (even if it's over the home wiring) which always beats wifi repeating IMO.

With the current TP-Link TL-WA830RE are you repeating the wireless or is it wired into the DGN2000?

Wireless repeating is really not good.


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Standard User thegooner90
(newbie) Sat 06-Apr-13 19:12:40
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In reply to a post by ukhardy07:
If you are connecting the extra TP-Link TL-WA830RE to the current main router via a cable that's cool...
If you are going to wirelessly repeat the signal I'd advise against.
If this is the case I would replace your homeplugs with ones that broadcast a wifi signal as then it's all wired in (even if it's over the home wiring) which always beats wifi repeating IMO.

With the current TP-Link TL-WA830RE are you repeating the wireless or is it wired into the DGN2000?

Wireless repeating is really not good.


The TP-Link TL-WA830RE is connected by ethernet cable to a TP-Link TL-SF1005D 5-Port Fast Ethernet Desktop Switch, which is connected to a TP-Link TL-PA211 AV200 Mini HomePlug via a ethernet cable.

I plan to connect the new TL-WA830RE to a TL-PA211 via ethernet cable to pick up the internet.

How does that sound?

Vivaciti
Sync speed around 17000 Kbps
DL around 13,000 Kbps
UL around 830 Kbps
Standard User ukhardy07
(fountain of knowledge) Sat 06-Apr-13 19:42:49
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Sounds fab it's all wired and good!
Standard User MHC
(sensei) Sun 07-Apr-13 14:57:23
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You can have as many WAPs as you want - well maybe not limitless but a 100 should be manageable.

I was playing around with my home network and I have 5 WAPs running normally and upped that to 11 all though the same switch.


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Standard User thegooner90
(newbie) Tue 09-Apr-13 19:46:35
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Thank you for all your help and ideas.

I am going to try the 300Mbps AV200 Wireless N Powerline Extender (TL-WPA281). I will let you know how it performs.

Vivaciti
Sync speed around 17000 Kbps
DL around 13,000 Kbps
UL around 830 Kbps
Standard User Pipexer
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Tue 09-Apr-13 20:08:58
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11 standard APs in a home (even a very large home) is going to cause a hell of a lot of collisions, both on 2.4 and 5Ghz bands - it depends if you literally want some sort of coverage for internet browsing or any sort of throughput in which case I imagine it would be quite low. Have you thought about a managed system? Would be more expensive but if you want throughput its essential.

That said, with 802.11ac it might be worth holding off till that is properly ratified.

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Standard User MHC
(sensei) Tue 09-Apr-13 20:28:40
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I did say playing ... back to 4 or 5 again now! Having steel plates over my floors to spread the heat means signals don't get through!


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Standard User thegooner90
(newbie) Sun 21-Apr-13 21:01:55
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The TL-WPA281 did not work out as well as planned.

Back to the drawing board.

Ideally I would like an external wifi antenna, but the cable run would be tricky.

Vivaciti
Sync speed around 17000 Kbps
DL around 13,000 Kbps
UL around 830 Kbps
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