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Standard User woodroyd
(regular) Wed 26-Nov-14 09:27:40
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Wi-Fi Hotspot


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I have finally sorted out the idiosyncrasies of the BT HomeHub5 but still unhappy with the reach of the Wi-Fi.
I have switched off the 5Ghz channel as a complete waste of time. Reach is poor and if any one else is on in it loses connection.
My router is in a downstairs bedroom where the BT master socket is and my little home office, with my laptop permanently wired to the router.
Way over the other side of the gaff is the tele, sky box and dvd recorder that I have connected up to a Netgear 5 port Ethernet switch connected by a 35m cat5 cable.
Unfortunately the Wi-Fi is very weak. I have read about hotspot equipment that can be connected up through the powerline, such as the BT Wi-Fi Home Hotspot 500 Kit, but I would have thought that there must be something I could just connect up to the switch to create a hotspot.
I have done the usual searched but cant't find anything suitable.
Any suggestions?
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Wed 26-Nov-14 11:05:17
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It is called a wireless access point and connects to existing network using Ethernet

Though some wireless routers also include a wireless access point mode.

The range of 5GHz is lower than 2.4 GHz due to the attenuation of walls.

What buy depends on budget e.g. there are Linksys units at £100 that are ideal for ceiling mount, thus avoiding clutter at usual shelf height down to the TP-Link kit in the £20 to £40 range.

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Standard User philippercival
(fountain of knowledge) Wed 26-Nov-14 11:35:07
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Delighted with my TP-link TL-WA901ND about £37.00

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Standard User woodroyd
(regular) Wed 26-Nov-14 12:32:50
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Thanks for that. It says the cable powers the AP and it is virtually plug and play with the Wps button. What worries me is the other stuff it mentions. Access point client, universal WDS repeater, wireless bridge. I have no idea what these things are and could not set them up.
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(staff) Wed 26-Nov-14 13:09:45
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The Ethernet cable supplies the broadband connection but not normally the actual power supply.

It will work with PoE which is power down an Ethernet cable, but don't believe you meant that.

The other stuff they are just different operation modes, basically when setting it up you want to use the Access point mode which is most likely to be the default mode of operation.

While the WPS button is nice, they are security risks of leaving WPS enabled, and you should always change the encryption keys for the wireless network from the default supplied by the router.

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Standard User woodroyd
(regular) Wed 26-Nov-14 17:38:45
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How do you know all this? They never had it at my school. Mind you, Japan had just surrendered.
Standard User philippercival
(fountain of knowledge) Wed 26-Nov-14 18:26:00
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In reply to a post by woodroyd:
Thanks for that. It says the cable powers the AP and it is virtually plug and play with the Wps button. What worries me is the other stuff it mentions. Access point client, universal WDS repeater, wireless bridge. I have no idea what these things are and could not set them up.


It also comes with a power supply. AS far as I remember it was more or less a case of plugging it in connecting it to the ethernet cable and it worked. I did go to the management screen, change the password and make sure that DHCP was switched off as that is dealt with by another device on the network.

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Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Wed 26-Nov-14 19:06:48
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I was born before they landed on the moon, just a lot of reading and playing with kit

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Standard User ian72
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 27-Nov-14 10:05:14
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How do you know all this? They never had it at my school. Mind you, Japan had just surrendered.


Very few schools teach anything useful about IT anyway - everything to do with IT that most of us know has happened since leaving formal education.
Standard User gomezz
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 27-Nov-14 15:42:25
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A lot of what happened in IT that is worth knowing happened before many of us started formal education.

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Standard User ian72
(eat-sleep-adslguide) Thu 27-Nov-14 16:07:27
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I realise I should have said "been learnt since leaving formal education" rather than "happened since". As in, they taught little of real use at school for me but I learnt pretty much everything useful since leaving school.
Standard User woodroyd
(regular) Fri 28-Nov-14 11:21:53
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I had a quick look at your home link and spotted the instructions to set a DGN2200 as an access point. I have an old HomeHub4 and thought I will have a go. There is no mention of the SSID or password so I imagine you recommend keeping the original. However, I did a bit of a search and found most blogs recommended using the SSID and password from the main router.
It works a treat, BUT, every now and then it freezes. My iPad shows that I have a full signal but it will not connect. Sometimes it will after a minute or so, other times I have to switch off Wi-Fi then re-connect. I suspect that the iPad is switching between routers, even though the main router has a reasonable signal in the room that has the access router. If I set a different SSID to my HomeHub5 I imagine there will be the same sort of problem when I move about the house. 5Ghz is switched off on both routers indecently as it has always been a problem in the past
Your comments would be appreciated.
Administrator MrSaffron
(staff) Fri 28-Nov-14 11:29:56
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In theory the same SSID should be fine, but I've found having both different is useful, so I can force a device if in an area where networks overlap to use just the one I want.

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Standard User woodroyd
(regular) Sat 29-Nov-14 10:45:39
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In reply to a post by MrSaffron:
In theory the same SSID should be fine, but I've found having both different is useful, so I can force a device if in an area where networks overlap to use just the one I want.

I might give that a try.
Meanwhile I've got the HH4 next to the tele. I've put insulation tape over the flashing yellow LED that comes on when the DCHP is switched off as it is distracting when watching the box but I am not sure if it would be OK to cover the main LED as I don't know where the transmitter is and don't want to reduce the signal. Anyone know?
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(staff) Sat 29-Nov-14 10:51:12
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Plastic insulation tape should make noticeable difference and antenna are larger than an LED usually, so cut down tape slightly and even if you have Wi-Fi blocking tape it should be a non-issue.

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