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Standard User elenmirie
(newbie) Fri 27-Nov-15 15:59:39
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home wifi range extender - I need advice please


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Hello!

I've just moved to a new house and am struggling to get wifi access upstairs. I had a similar problem in the old place but took the easy way out and ran a physical cable to the upstairs. That's not practical now, so I'm trying to educate myself about how best to extend the range by other means.

My router is a Billion 8800NL (just purchased since the old Netgear I had packed up following the move.)

I'm considering getting the Billion BiPac 3100SN 300 Mbps Wireless-N Wall Plug Access Point Repeater. The reviews of it I have been able to find contain much wailing and gnashing of teeth that it is difficult to set up, incompatible with some Billion routers, etc etc.

So before I spend any money I thought I'd ask on here whether this is a decent solution and likely to work, or should I be doing something else? Thanks very much!
Standard User elenmirie
(newbie) Wed 02-Dec-15 06:16:04
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Just as a follow up - I went ahead with this and the end result was good.

Rumours that the BiPAC 3100SN was not compatible with the BiPAC 8800NL were false - it works fine.

Rumours that the manual that comes with the 3100SN was rubbish were absolutely true - I got completely flummoxed. (My knowledge is above average but not expert - I wouldn't expect to be able to set something like this up without instructions.)

I ended up phoning Billion support (in the UK) and they were brilliant, it was set up within 1/2 hour of my first call to them. And it did solve the wifi range problem. So end result very positive!
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Wed 02-Dec-15 11:36:40
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Thanks for posting back your experience, suspect it was a combination of hardware that no-one had, hence no previous replies.

I've found on other manufacturers extenders that instructions can be a bit hit and miss too. When there used to time to do reviews sometimes it felt like I was actually writing the manual for UK users.

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