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steve1

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1,238 posts

141 months

Tuesday 28th February 2012
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I know this has been discussed before, but I can't find it using the search function, so here we go again.
I need to get a better wi-fi signal in different parts of the house, and possibly in the garage, can someone point me in the right direction as to how to do this, is it a plug in thingy that transmits it through the ring main, or did I dream that.

Liszt

4,276 posts

167 months

Tuesday 28th February 2012
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Yep exactly that.

Google "homeplug wifi access point"

steve1

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1,238 posts

141 months

Tuesday 28th February 2012
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So basically you need the home wifi unit plugged into a socket and then a remote unit plugged in to extend the signal to wherever you need it, as long as it's on the same ring main.

ewenm

27,791 posts

142 months

Tuesday 28th February 2012
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Another option is something like an Apple Airport Express that you put near the edge of your current coverage and set it to extend the wireless network from there.

Famous Graham

26,553 posts

122 months

Tuesday 28th February 2012
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To clarify the homeplug thing - it's not extending the wifi. It's extending the wired network. You connect the homeplug to your main router (which may or may not be the same box as is serving up wifi). That enables the other homeplug to have things plugged into it.

If you want wifi at the other end, rather than wired, you'll have to connect another wifi access point into that remote homeplug.

steve1

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1,238 posts

141 months

Tuesday 28th February 2012
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Seeing as it's for my iPad I might take a look at the apple product, does anyone know how far it extends the signal, in the real world, and not what they say.

200bhp

5,285 posts

116 months

Tuesday 28th February 2012
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I was browsing a Maplin catalogue the other day and saw a Netgear device which extends wi-fi range. So if you have a netgear router in one part of the house, you can locate this other device somewhere on the edge of that signal and it boosts it.

This is it:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003LAD8BY/ref=asc_df_B...

Edited by 200bhp on Tuesday 28th February 16:54

ThatPhilBrettGuy

11,628 posts

137 months

Tuesday 28th February 2012
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Famous Graham said:
To clarify the homeplug thing - it's not extending the wifi. It's extending the wired network. You connect the homeplug to your main router (which may or may not be the same box as is serving up wifi). That enables the other homeplug to have things plugged into it.

If you want wifi at the other end, rather than wired, you'll have to connect another wifi access point into that remote homeplug.
There's one that has a WIFI hub built into the homeplug, that's probably what's been seen.
ETA This http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?c...

steve1

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1,238 posts

141 months

Tuesday 28th February 2012
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So simplify things for me, I have a bt home hub wired into the desk top, but also giving the wifi signal for me to use my iPad in most rooms in the house within reason, but when I go upstairs it really does struggle with signal strength, and if I were to take it down the garge it drops out altogether.
So what do I need to be able to boost the signal upstairs and to allow me to use the iPad in the garge as well, ( which has power into it via the house dist. Board ), and is approx 20 mtrs from the house.

Famous Graham

26,553 posts

122 months

Tuesday 28th February 2012
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ThatPhilBrettGuy said:
Famous Graham said:
To clarify the homeplug thing - it's not extending the wifi. It's extending the wired network. You connect the homeplug to your main router (which may or may not be the same box as is serving up wifi). That enables the other homeplug to have things plugged into it.

If you want wifi at the other end, rather than wired, you'll have to connect another wifi access point into that remote homeplug.
There's one that has a WIFI hub built into the homeplug, that's probably what's been seen.
ETA This http://www.7dayshop.com/catalog/product_info.php?c...
Oh cool, didn't know they were out.

ETA - OP, that'll work for you. Although it'll be a second, separate wifi signal in the garage. Once you've connected to it, though, the iPad should switch over to that one automatically if the first drops out. Might not work very well if the signal's just very weak though - you'd have to manually switch wifi signals as it'll try and stay on the original one.

ewenm

27,791 posts

142 months

Tuesday 28th February 2012
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steve1 said:
So simplify things for me, I have a bt home hub wired into the desk top, but also giving the wifi signal for me to use my iPad in most rooms in the house within reason, but when I go upstairs it really does struggle with signal strength, and if I were to take it down the garge it drops out altogether.
So what do I need to be able to boost the signal upstairs and to allow me to use the iPad in the garge as well, ( which has power into it via the house dist. Board ), and is approx 20 mtrs from the house.
I had a similar problem and used an Airport Express in the downstairs room nearest the garage - that gave me coverage in the garage, garden and upstairs at the back of the house. Setup was trivially simple - open up the utility and set it to "Extend existing network".

Liszt

4,276 posts

167 months

Tuesday 28th February 2012
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To clarify further:
You need a home plug which will connect via a network cable to your router.

In the dodgy wifi area you plug in a Homeplug with a buil it wifi access point.

You will now have a strong wifi signal in that area.

You could plug another one in your garage and bingo! More wifi coverage.

This, IMHO, is better that units which just repeat the signal.

ETA: have this in my place and works fine, it picks up the strongest signal and I can happily wander around the house and not care which access point it is connected to. It doesn't drop out just switches automagically in the background



Edited by Liszt on Tuesday 28th February 17:01

tank slapper

7,949 posts

180 months

Tuesday 28th February 2012
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Homeplugs are bloody awful devices and should be banned until such time as they conform to radio emissions standards.

steve1

Original Poster:

1,238 posts

141 months

Tuesday 28th February 2012
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So if I bought the edimax unit/s as in the link above they should sort out the problem.

Bleah

119 posts

63 months

Friday 2nd March 2012
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Dont waste your money. Get a single DIR-615 (about £5 on ebay s/h) and install DDWRT on it.
You can then use the DDWRT software to repeat the wireless signal in repeater mode.
I have two DIR-615's at home and am using them for exactly this purpose.

DDWRT is free and is donation based.

A £5 fix to an expensive problem.

Bleah

119 posts

63 months

Friday 2nd March 2012
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tank slapper said:
Homeplugs are bloody awful devices and should be banned until such time as they conform to radio emissions standards.
Couldn't agree more.

Dracoro

7,208 posts

142 months

Friday 2nd March 2012
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As I understand it, the homeplug type devices must be on the same ring - no good if your garage, extension etc. is on a different ring.....

FlossyThePig

3,616 posts

140 months

Friday 2nd March 2012
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Bleah said:
tank slapper said:
Homeplugs are bloody awful devices and should be banned until such time as they conform to radio emissions standards.
Couldn't agree more.
Searching the internet only seems to return hearsay evidence and not that recent either. Are the newer forms as bad as the original?

wikipedia said:
Newer versions of HomePlug support the use of Ethernet in bus topology. This is achieved by means of OFDM modulation that enables several distinct data carriers to coexist in the same wire. Also, HomePlug's OFDM technology can turn off (mask) any sub-carriers that overlap previously allocated radio spectrum in a given geographic region, thus preventing interference. In North America, for instance, HomePlug AV only uses 917 of 1155 sub-carriers.

200bhp

5,285 posts

116 months

Friday 2nd March 2012
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Dracoro said:
As I understand it, the homeplug type devices must be on the same ring - no good if your garage, extension etc. is on a different ring.....
Not so.

The latest homeplugs allow you to use the devices anywhere within the home, regardless of which "ring" it is fitted to. Some more complex homeplug type system manufacturers provide filters to fit in the incoming supply to prevent date from leaving your property.

zcacogp

11,239 posts

141 months

Friday 2nd March 2012
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200bhp said:
Dracoro said:
As I understand it, the homeplug type devices must be on the same ring - no good if your garage, extension etc. is on a different ring.....
Not so.

The latest homeplugs allow you to use the devices anywhere within the home, regardless of which "ring" it is fitted to. Some more complex homeplug type system manufacturers provide filters to fit in the incoming supply to prevent date from leaving your property.
200BHP is underpowered, but correct. wink I fitted one for a friend last night with the two devices on seperate rings, but which both connected to the same meter, and it worked fine. (Rather better than I expected, actually.)


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