WiFi extender which actually works

WiFi extender which actually works

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Roboticarm

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1,009 posts

28 months

Thursday 10th June
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Hi all, likely been asked before but couldn't find anything.

Currently have EE broadband, house has an extension where we have a lounge, the Xbox is in the corner and signal is intermittent, likely because it's technically outside the main wall
Can't easily move the router due to where the wires come into the house.
Tried a WiFi extender but it seemed to work by generating another version of the network which was fine for the Xbox but confused the heck out of my phone.
Anyone recommend a decent, hassle free extender please

Desiderata

686 posts

21 months

Thursday 10th June
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I've got a couple of BT powerlite extenders, it's an old house with 2ft thick stone walls lined with foil backed plasterboard so WiFi doesn't go very far. You just plug in the extenders to any socket and bobs your uncle.

Blockbuster

137 posts

28 months

Thursday 10th June
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Any of the TP-Link Deco range. I'm very happy with my set of 3x M5's.

MattyD803

433 posts

32 months

Thursday 10th June
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Blockbuster said:
Any of the TP-Link Deco range. I'm very happy with my set of 3x M5's.
TP Link Deco's here, work exceptionally well, even without any wired backhaul.

I found the "plug in" type ones (even TP link) to be pretty unreliable.

Road2Ruin

3,872 posts

183 months

Thursday 10th June
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A mesh system is what you are after. I have a BT one, which works with any provided not just BT, but many others are available as above.

jamies30

5,869 posts

196 months

Thursday 10th June
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I bought 3 x Linksys Velop tri-band mesh last Autumn. It was a toss-up between those and the equivalent TP-Link system, but the Linksys ones were on offer. It’s OK, but if I had my time again I’d probably go with the TP-Link - everyone seems happier with theirs than I am with mine. smile

Chuffedmonkey

648 posts

73 months

Thursday 10th June
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As per posts above, get a Mesh system and you will never look back. I have the TP Link Deco and it has completely transformed the WiFi around my house.

S6PNJ

4,274 posts

248 months

Friday 11th June
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Mesh, as has already been said. I have the Tenda Nova MW3 devices. Come in a pack of 3. Just dropped to £60 on Amazon.

DanL

4,108 posts

232 months

Friday 11th June
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Quick and stupid mesh question. I current have a wifi extender, and the separate wifi name (and having to switch to it) is annoying.

A quick read suggests a mesh system will solve this, but:
1. Do I just buy one to replace the existing wifi extender, or
2. Do I need two, to effectively “replace” the wifi signal I currently connect to?

S6PNJ

4,274 posts

248 months

Friday 11th June
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DanL said:
Quick and stupid mesh question. I current have a wifi extender, and the separate wifi name (and having to switch to it) is annoying.

A quick read suggests a mesh system will solve this, but:
1. Do I just buy one to replace the existing wifi extender, or
2. Do I need two, to effectively “replace” the wifi signal I currently connect to?
I can't speak for 'all' Mesh devices, but on my Tenda Nova MW3, it:
1. Replaced the existing WiFi signal / code / name / SSID etc etc. I only have on SSID in my home and the ability to switch n a guest SSID if I want when visitors come round. Keeps their traffic separate from my devices and my traffic.
2. They come in a pack of 3. The first to connect to your router becomes the 'Master' and you control it from there, the other 2 become slaves and you place them around your home to maximise coverage.

Oh - are we still allowed to call them Master and Slave??? Prime and Secondary??

PushedDover

3,470 posts

20 months

Friday 11th June
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MattyD803 said:
Blockbuster said:
Any of the TP-Link Deco range. I'm very happy with my set of 3x M5's.
TP Link Deco's here, work exceptionally well, even without any wired backhaul.

I found the "plug in" type ones (even TP link) to be pretty unreliable.
Also one of these advocates 100%. Best bit of tech bought that simply 'does what it needs to'

Road2Ruin

3,872 posts

183 months

Friday 11th June
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They do replace your existing WiFi, but all I did was change the SSID and password of the mesh system to my existing WiFi one so all devices connected automatically to that without having to change them all.

Henzy

109 posts

118 months

Friday 11th June
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Have a look at power line adapters, much better than any wifi booster in my experience.

Iwantafusca

1,289 posts

42 months

Friday 11th June
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This has been great with our stone farmhouse walls.


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PushedDover

3,470 posts

20 months

Friday 11th June
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Road2Ruin said:
They do replace your existing WiFi, but all I did was change the SSID and password of the mesh system to my existing WiFi one so all devices connected automatically to that without having to change them all.
Fpr me a brucey bonus was how I have just changed the Broadband provider here at home. So a new router. So normally a new wifi SSID and reteaching a hundred devices the new password. But no. Not with Mesh.

That is a day and endless frustrations in the month ahead saved. Well worth Mesh.

Road2Ruin

3,872 posts

183 months

Friday 11th June
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PushedDover said:
Road2Ruin said:
They do replace your existing WiFi, but all I did was change the SSID and password of the mesh system to my existing WiFi one so all devices connected automatically to that without having to change them all.
Fpr me a brucey bonus was how I have just changed the Broadband provider here at home. So a new router. So normally a new wifi SSID and reteaching a hundred devices the new password. But no. Not with Mesh.

That is a day and endless frustrations in the month ahead saved. Well worth Mesh.
You could have changed the SSID and password of the router to the old one if needed and saved the hassle.

menguin

3,654 posts

188 months

Friday 11th June
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Mesh, mesh, mesh. I've also got 3 of the TP link decos and even with huge concrete walls, no issues.

Roboticarm

Original Poster:

1,009 posts

28 months

Friday 11th June
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Thanks for everyone's input, much appreciated.

Sounds like mesh is the way forward. I've looked into all the ones suggested and, based on price and the fact that I had some currys vouchers laying around I've gone with the Nova Tenda MW5 system, should arrive next week

Thank you

TheNewBoy

927 posts

5 months

Saturday 12th June
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If anyone is tempted by the Deco, beware of the E4
It appears the same as S4 but cheaper
However it’s ports are 100mbps, so that is the fastest you’ll get if extending your faster BB

The S4 has 1 gig ports

Edited by TheNewBoy on Saturday 12th June 07:21

techguyone

2,578 posts

109 months

Saturday 12th June
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MattyD803 said:
Blockbuster said:
Any of the TP-Link Deco range. I'm very happy with my set of 3x M5's.
TP Link Deco's here, work exceptionally well, even without any wired backhaul.

I found the "plug in" type ones (even TP link) to be pretty unreliable.
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Powerline adapters are marginally better than 'wi-fi extenders' but very variable dependant on your own properties wiring, plus in my experience have unexpected, annoying random drop outs.

Deco M5 is a good call as they come in 3, have gigabit ethernet ports and each unit has twin ethernets, which I've found rather useful, especially for things like security cams which work a lot better on ethernet rather than wi-fi.

Avoid the earlier range with 100 Mbit ethernet ports, it'll limit you in the long run if your internet exceeds that speed