Totally confused - I thought this was supposed to be easy!
Trying to help a mate out, who has his broadband router (PlusNet) - in a bedroom upstairs. The Wifi signal downstairs is terrible(1 bar), due to lots of steel in his house), and he wants the wifi signal to be available outside at the end of his garden (no chance as it is now).
So my plan to assist him. My dad had an unused 2Wire BT Business hub in his garage (it's a few years old) - but did some research on how to set them up as a wireless AP. It's as simple as disabling DHCP, manually assigning an IP, and using a TP link pair, to connect it to the other router right? - It works, but roaming between router A and B gives me endless issues.
I will explain the setup, hopefully someone can help.
ROUTER (A) - Main ADSL Router - PlusNet
SSID:PLUSNET123456 (default plusnet SSID)
Default WPA PIN
ROUTER (B) - Downstairs 2Wire BT Business Hub (2700)
Reset to Defaults.
Booted up, set IP as 192.168.1.10 (I've also tried 192.168.1.253)
Set Subnet 255.255.255.0
Reconnected to 192.168.1.10
Can login OK
Disabled BT Fusion (as not required)
Changed SSID to "PLUSNET 123456 - Down" - done
Changed Channel to Channel 11
Kept WPA password to same as one upstairs
Now - Using 2 paired TP Links, plugged one end into a spare RJ45 on ROUTER A
Connected other one to spare RJ45 on ROUTER B. - TP links are flashing away (good)
Connect another CAT5 cable to Router B, and plug into 4K TV. (downstairs)
4K TV said - connected to internet
Test 4K stream - perfect (we know it's acting as an AP, and getting out to the internet)
Ipad, iPhone, android, Laptop tests.
All can see the new Wireless AP "PLUSNET 123456 - Down" - good!
Connect to it - all are prompted for the password
Enter the password - CONNECTED!
Browse the internet - Speeds as expected, all good.
NOW - The issue!
Take devices upstairs, to ensure it switches to the upstairs Router.
Yes, connects to upstairs PlusNet router - internet speeds are fine.
Now! - move back downstairs, and no devices can talk to ROUTER B any more - without doing anything! - try to reconnect using ipad, IPhone - it gives error "invalid password" - android devices can all see the device with 3 bars, but fail to reconnect. - I know it's not the password, I am just guessing the apple devices are struggling to reassign and reconnect for some reason, but the device is just assuming the password is incorrect.
Tried playing with different channels, and get mixed success - just randomly kicks you off.
Is this a hardware compatability issue with this router, as I would expect a paid for dedicated wireless AP to work seamlessly - just wanted to save him some cash.
I read somewhere, that certain routers, might need to use different Subnets or something, could this be this issue? - if so what do I need to do?
Anyone have any tips, before I throw this router in the bin, and go buy a dedicated AP?