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Tips for troubleshooting wifi problems

I have just posted this on my DPNow.com blog and thought it might be of interest to some here

http://dpnow.com/forum2/blog.php?b=331

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Re: Tips for troubleshooting wifi problems

The Amazon link you provide on the page doesn't work, Ian!

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Re: Tips for troubleshooting wifi problems

I use these with my sky box for downloading movies etc. and they work a treat :-)

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Re: Tips for troubleshooting wifi problems

I've had a look at them on Amazon and they might be just what I need.

I have a Buffalo router I've installed DD-WRT on and I can increase the wireless output power. In spite of that I can't reach where I want, I think because there's aluminium foil stuck on the hall ceiling (don't ask!) which screens the signal. I was going to connect another router by cable as a wireless bridge around the problem area, but it looks like a pair of wireless TP Links would do the job without the hassle of running cables. Mind you the pair of TP Links would cost nearly 70 whereas the extra router 'route' would cost under 10.

Maybe a compromise would be to use a pair of ethernet TP Links instead of a cable to connect the 2 wireless routers, which would reduce the cost.

I'll have to think about it!

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Re: Tips for troubleshooting wifi problems

I can vouch for the stability of the TP Link 80Mbps having used three of them (through extension leads as it happens) in a home network for a couple of years. The throughput of data was throttled to about 8MBps vs. 18MBps on a trailing 10m ethernet cable however. Now that I have type N wireless, only the one in the shed gets any use.

It's hardly a significant sample, but I know other people who bought the Belkin version of powerline (more expensive = better, of course) and had loads of trouble.
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The Amazon link you provide on the page doesn't work, Ian!

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Sorry - don't know why it won't work. Have made a tinyurl version and now it works. This is the link:

http://tinyurl.com/cr6jtme

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I've had a look at them on Amazon and they might be just what I need.

I have a Buffalo router I've installed DD-WRT on and I can increase the wireless output power. In spite of that I can't reach where I want, I think because there's aluminium foil stuck on the hall ceiling (don't ask!) which screens the signal. I was going to connect another router by cable as a wireless bridge around the problem area, but it looks like a pair of wireless TP Links would do the job without the hassle of running cables. Mind you the pair of TP Links would cost nearly 70 whereas the extra router 'route' would cost under 10.

Maybe a compromise would be to use a pair of ethernet TP Links instead of a cable to connect the 2 wireless routers, which would reduce the cost.

I'll have to think about it!

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Jim, my blog documents how I repositioned the router away from its position next to where the line comes into the house. I do have cable at home so there is a separate modem that connect to the router via ethernet cable. If you are using ADSL then you should still be able to get a separate modem cheaply so you can do the same thing. At the office we have FTTC and again there is a separate modem. Much better than getting one of the fancy modem routers the telecoms provider sends you and proves to be below par.

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I do have cable at home so there is a separate modem that connect to the router via ethernet cable.
Sounds the same as my Virgin Media set-up.

My query is basically - can I use a pair of TP Links instead of a cat5 cable to connect 2 wireless routers? With the router firmware flashed with DD-WRT I can do it with a cable, but it would be more convenient with TP Links.

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Re: Tips for troubleshooting wifi problems

The powerline adapters are a virtual replacement for ethernet cable, so I think the answer is yes.

For me, I simply moved the wireless router from next to the modem in an upstairs bedroom (which is where the cable comes into the house) to downstairs in the living room which was the best position for where everyone uses wifi around the house. So originally the router was connected to the modem using a short length of ethernet cable and now it is connected to a powerline adapter using a piece of ethernet cable and teh powerline adapter is connected to its pair upstairs, where it is connected to the cable modem.

I did try a wireless bridge once, but I had mixed results. I may well add a second wireless router because we have an 802.11g wireless printer and the wireless LAN drops to the the slowest connection rate (thanks to John Baker for pointing this out to me), so when the printer is powered up the LAN is no longer N-speed. The second router can then be dedicated to Wireless-G devices.

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Re: Tips for troubleshooting wifi problems

This is what I'm thinking of doing:

http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php...s_Access_Point

It looks like the TP Links should do the job. I'll probably order a pair today.

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Re: Tips for troubleshooting wifi problems

I didn't go for the TP Link solution to extend my wireless coverage after all.

I bought another router for under a tenner from ebay and flashed it with DD-WRT. I then set it up as a Repeater Bridge in the area where I needed wireless coverage. It seems to be working fine, although I understand that it cuts the bandwidth on the bridge by half. I'm on quite a fast cable connection, so I can live with the reduction.

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