How to set up a wireless-n mini router

How to set up a wireless-n mini router

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M3DEV

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564 posts

160 months

Saturday 8th March 2014
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Hi, I have purchased a wireless-n mini router.
I had expeted this just to be a plug and play but seems not.
I want to use this to connect the mini router wirelessly to my ADSL router.
This would allow me to have the mini router upstairs so I can then connect my sky box through the ADSL wire connection on the mini router.
The unclear instructions state I have to configure the router via a web browser and offer 4 options:
1)Router mode
2)AP mode
3)Repeater mode
4)WISP mode
I would have thought it would be the Repeater mode, but this asks for a key, which I have no idea what it is?
Any ideas which mode and how to set this up.
Thanks

WinstonWolf

72,812 posts

204 months

Saturday 8th March 2014
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The key is the one you currently use to connect to your existing wireless network.

M3DEV

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564 posts

160 months

Saturday 8th March 2014
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Thanks, I have found a much clearer set of instructions on the web.
It is the repeater mode I need and it seems now to be working.

M3DEV

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Saturday 8th March 2014
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ThoughtI had this sussed!
I am checking this by turning off the wifi on the laptop and connecting through the ADSL cable.
This works if the mini router is close to the ADSL wireless router.
But if I take the mini router into another room it does not work.
Surely the whole idea of these mini routers (if I read the blurb) is it will extend the range to rooms where signals are poor and allow ADSL cable connections to this mini router in the rooms?

WinstonWolf

72,812 posts

204 months

Saturday 8th March 2014
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Try it half way between the two rooms if you can, it might not have a good enough signal to reach your original router.

M3DEV

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564 posts

160 months

Sunday 9th March 2014
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It works up to 4 meters away from the ADSL router, but any further nothing.
I had hoped to have this upstairs where the wifi signal is poor.
My understanding was that these were able to pick up a weak signal and boost this around the house, am I wrong?
If so what would accomplish this?

megaphone

9,418 posts

216 months

Monday 10th March 2014
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Which make and model is the router? Have you checked for conflicting local WiFi channels?

WinstonWolf

72,812 posts

204 months

Monday 10th March 2014
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is it an old house with thick walls? You may need to connect the mini router on a pair of powerline adapters instead.

M3DEV

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564 posts

160 months

Monday 10th March 2014
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No other WiFi signals around.
It's our Spanish Villa, with solid concrete walls and floors, where we are trying to do this.

M3DEV

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Monday 10th March 2014
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megaphone said:
Which make and model is the router? Have you checked for conflicting local WiFi channels?
These are the details of the mini router:

New Upgrad Version 300Mbps Multifunctional Wifi Repeater, can be used as Wireless Router, AP, Repeater, or WISP

For All wireless devices, e.g. Computer, Laptop, XBox, PS3, SKY Box, Blue-Ray, Wireless TV, etc.

Support Windows Windows 98SE, NT, 2000, XP, Vista, Win7,Win8, Linux and MAC OS Systems, etc.

UK Delivery: Royal Mail First Class Service




The item is the latest upgrad version 300Mbps Wireless-N WiFi Repeater. It adopts the latest 802.11n wireless networking standard and MIMO technology for a large coverage area with reduced dead spots. Whether you're surfing the net, using voice over IP, watching streamed videos, playing online games, downloading, or just need a quick connection for a computer or notebook, this item makes an ideal wireless solution for you.

Features:
▪ Upgrad version, supports up to 300Mbps wireless transmission rate.
▪ Universally complies with IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11g and IEEE 802.11b standards.
▪ Supports AP, Router, Client, Bridge and Repeater modes.
▪ Can be used as a wireless router.
▪ Without External power adapter,plug it easily.
▪ Provides one 10/100Mbps Auto-Negotiation Ethernet WAN/LAN port.
▪ Provides one 10/100Mbps Auto-Negotiation Ethernet LAN port.
▪ QoS function assures the quality of VoIP and multimedia streaming.
▪ WLAN 802.11n for wireless high-speed access up to 300Mbps, ideal for video streaming, online gaming and Internet calling.
▪ 2T2R MIMO™ delivers greater throughput at range versus conventional 1T1R.
▪ Easy Setup Assistant provides quick & hassle free installation.
▪ Supports SSID broadcast control,change the SSID as your request.
▪ WMM and WMM-APSD supported.
▪ Built in 2x Internal Omni Directional antenna, make the signal stronger.
▪ Easy wireless security encryption at a push of WPS button, just press 10seconds.
▪ Supports 64/128/152-bit WEP, complies with 128 bit WPA(TKIP/AES), supports MIC, IV Expansion, Shared Key Authentication, IEEE 802.1X.
▪ Supports configuration file backup and restore.
▪ Mini and pocket design, ideal for home or travel use.

Hardware features:
▪ Colour: Black
▪ Housing: Plastic ABS
▪ Weight: 71g / 2.5oz
▪ Size: 7.5cm x 4.8cm x 1.5cm
▪ Interface: 2 * 10/100Mbps Lan ports
▪ Button: WPS button, Reset button
▪ Antenna: 2 * Internal Omni Directional antenna

Wireless features :
▪ Wireless standard IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
▪ Frequency & Rate: 2.4GHz - 2.485GHz, up to 300Mbps
▪ Wireless transmit power: 20dBm (MAX EIRP)
▪ Reception sensitivity:
▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ 270M: -68dBm@10% PER, 130M: -68dBm@10% PER, 108M: -68dBm@10% PER, 54M: -68dBm@10% PER, 11M: -85dBm@8% ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪ PER, 6M: -88dBm@10% PER, 1M: -90dBm@8% PER
▪ Wireless modes: Router, Client, Bridge, Repeater, AP mode
▪ Wireless functions: Enable/Disable wireless radio, WDS Bridge, WMM, Wireless Statistics
▪ Wireless security: 64/128-bit WEP, WPA/WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK encryption

Software features:
▪ WAN type: Dynamic IP/Static IP/PPPoE/PPTP/L2TP
▪ DHCP Server: Client, DHCP, Client List, Address Reservation
▪ Quality of service: WMM, Bandwidth Control
▪ Port forwarding: Virtual Server, Port Triggering, UPnP, DMZ
▪ Dynamic DNS: DynDns, TZO
▪ Firewall security: DoS, Firewall, IP address filter/MAC address filter/Domin filter IP and MAC address binding
▪ Management Access control, Local Management, Remote Management
▪ System requirements Microsoft Windows 98SE, NT, 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 7, Windoes8, MAC OS, NetWare, Unix or Linux

Package Content:
▪ 1 x Upgrad version 300Mbps WiFi Repeater
▪ 1 x RJ 45 Cable
▪ 1 x Quick Installation Guid

How to use it:

1. Plug the Wifi Repeater into the UK mains socket. You will see the "Power" LED lights up, and "WLAN" LED flashes.

2. Open you laptop, check the wireless network connection in the lower right corner of screen.
You will see your laptop searchs the Wifi Repater,the name is "Wireless-N". Click the "Connect", usually your laptop will connect to the Wifi repeater directly. If it asks for "Connect to the network without setting it up", please click these words, do not click the "OK" or "Cancel".

3. Open your browser, enter the IP" 192.168.10.253", you will see the System Login Interface. Enter the Username and Password, they are the same "admin".

4. Log in to Wifi repeater System Setting Home Page.There are four functions:
The first is " Router" : you can use it as a wireless router.You do not need to buy a single - function Wireless Router.This is a perfect multifunctional Wireless router for you.
The second is "AP" : This wifi repeater can connect to uplink router's LAN port by wired connection, user terminal can connect to this router by wireless connection.
The third is "Repeater" : put the wifi repeater in a good position where it can pick up the wireless signal from wireless router, then the wifi repeater can EXTEND WIRELESS SIGNAL comprehensively.
For example, Your home wireless router only can give you a 10 metres signal, If you use this wifi repeater, you can get a extension signal 20~50 metres, might be more, depended on your environment.
The last one is "WISP" : This router can connect to uplink wireless router by wireless connection, at the same time, it can extend wireless signal for other device's connection.

5. Usually we use wifi repeater's main function - "Repeater". Click the "Repeater", wifi repeater will search the wireless routers nearby, If your wireless router's name is"ABC", you will see it in the list, select the "ABC",then it will ask you to enter the key, the key is as the same as your wireless router's key.
There is a option SSID, it is the name when your laptop search the wifi repeater.You also can change the name as your request.

6. Please click the "Save&Reboot". The wifi repeater will save your setting and reboot itself.

7. Please check the wireless network connection in the lower right corner of screen again. Select the "Wireless-N", it will ask you to enter the Security key, it is the key you set just now. Click the "OK", All done!

8. If your setting failed or you want to use other functions, you need to press the "Reset" button more than 10 seconds to reset it, then you can log in to set it, or else you can not open the wifi repeater's Home Pag.



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WinstonWolf

72,812 posts

204 months

Tuesday 11th March 2014
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Your problem is the solid concrete walls. You'll need to run some Powerline network extenders to get the signal into the room where you want wireless access.

sgrimshaw

6,820 posts

215 months

Tuesday 11th March 2014
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Much will also depend on the strength of the signal from the ADSL router.

You haven't said which make of mini router you have.

Also, which ADSL router are you using?

It will be worth also trying plugging mini router into the ADSL router with a cable and then setting the mini router up as a wireless Access Point (AP).

Then trying connecting the AP from the other rooms, not the ADSL router.

You may find that the mini router has a more powerful wifi signal than the ADSL router itself.