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Standard User woodroyd
(regular) Wed 11-Nov-15 09:25:13
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HH5 as a Wi-Fi extender.


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I had a set up with a cat5 cable from my HH5 to another HH5 the other side of the house to get a decent Wi-Fi signal. The cable was connected to a Netgear 5-port 10/100 Fast Ethernet Switch, TV, DVD recorder, Sky and the router were connected to the switch. Connection from the switch to the router via the WAN slot as recommended in various posts. I treated myself to an Amazon Fire TV box and ran out of slots. I connected the Fire TV to the router and everything worked well. Unfortunately it all looked a bit untidy, so I splashed out on a Netgear 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch and connected up as before except the Fire TV was connected to the switch this time. Connecting a cable from the switch to the HH5 router WAN slot and I got nothing. I checked all the cables were plugged in OK, checked the power, everything I could think of and still no Wi-Fi. Eventually I plugged into a LAN slot and Hey Presto, I was back in the game.
Can anybody out there tell me why the WAN slot connection worked from the original switch but not from the Gigabit switch.
Standard User BatBoy
(sensei) Wed 11-Nov-15 09:48:47
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Re: HH5 as a Wi-Fi extender.


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By default, the WAN slot is only configured for a PPPOE connection not an ethernet connection.
Standard User woodroyd
(regular) Wed 11-Nov-15 09:57:28
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Thanks for that but it did work before for nearly a year.


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Standard User MHC
(sensei) Wed 11-Nov-15 09:57:39
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That surprises me ... can you point towards the posts which suggest using the WAN port?


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Standard User mlmclaren
(fountain of knowledge) Wed 11-Nov-15 10:23:48
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Standard User woodroyd
(regular) Wed 11-Nov-15 10:39:47
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Re: HH5 as a Wi-Fi extender.


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This is just one of them that I read.

http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_6883934_use-router-range-e...

As I said before, worked in my setup connected to WAN until I changed the switch.
Standard User woodroyd
(regular) Wed 11-Nov-15 10:47:27
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Sorry, I got interrupted and I don't know if I sent a reply.

This is one of the blogs that I read.

http://www.ehow.co.uk/how_6883934_use-router-range-e...

As I said before, it worked perfectly well until I changed the switch.
Standard User nemeth782
(member) Wed 11-Nov-15 10:57:29
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Use about 3 HH5s in this way, turn DHCP off on them and plug the upstream connection in to a LAN port. Don't want cascaded NAT.

Leave the WAN port empty and live with a blinking orange light, or put tape over it!

May need to change the IP of the HH5 itself to avoid IP address collisions.
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