Extending WiFi range in house ?. (1 Viewer)

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hi,

I am wanting to extend the range of our 3G/4G router.

The problem is, we have a villa in Spain. All on one level. The router has to be in a certain place to get a good signal.

But this means a lot of the automated systems, A/C, garden lighting, security cameras, time out because they don’t get signal from the router.

Any suggestions on the best way please?.

I was thinking !

TP link or
TP link passthrough

But whilst the latter is more expensive, not sure if that means better !.

Anyone any experience or suggestions please?.

TM
 
Mar 26, 2018
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You can get wifi repeaters that plug into sockets....probably wouldn't need more than one or two.

My dad has a few around his house they work well.
 

RetiredPope

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When I converted the loft, had the same issue as 2 floors between router and kids bedrooms. I used 2 Devlo plugs, one is plugged into the socket by router and connected by network cable, the other is plugged in the loft. The one in the loft is a wireless repeater and has a cable connection. Get full coverage and good speeds, 2 kids streaming/online game playing with no issues.

One benefit of Devlo is that you can mix and max unit speeds. When I converted a room to a home office, I bought another pair of Devlo units rated at 500mbps, these talk nicely to the original ones rated at 200mbps.

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Nov 9, 2015
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When I converted the loft, had the same issue as 2 floors between router and kids bedrooms. I used 2 Devlo plugs, one is plugged into the socket by router and connected by network cable, the other is plugged in the loft. The one in the loft is a wireless repeater and has a cable connection. Get full coverage and good speeds, 2 kids streaming/online game playing with no issues.

One benefit of Devlo is that you can mix and max unit speeds. When I converted a room to a home office, I bought another pair of Devlo units rated at 500mbps, these talk nicely to the original ones rated at 200mbps.

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I had no wifi at the front of the property so did this as well. The only difference was that I used an old router that I had rather than buy a wireless repeater

Cheers

Trevor

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Terry

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I am with Eddie on this ....Mesh system is the only one that works for me
 

Lenny HB

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Before you buy any repeaters have you disabled 5g on the Mifi router.
If you router is dual band 2.4g & 5g any device that is 5g capable will try to connect to the 5g.
5g signals do not like traveling through walls it's OK on clear line of sight. Although it's twice the speed of 2.4g after it passed through a couple of walls it's often slower and drops connections.
Also bear in mind each time you put a repeater in line it will halve the connection speed, unless you are streaming it won't make much odds.
 
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Our house is long and narrow, with lots of solid walls. The Router is roughly in the middle of the house, but Wi-Fi coverage was limited.

I have adopted two solutions:

One is using two Powerline adaptors to provide a Wi-Fi signal and Network Port in my lounge (at one end of the house) and also a Network Port in my loft, to access a CCTV DVR.

The second, providing a Wi-Fi signal at the other end of the house is a Wi-Fi repeater, just within range of the Router, which picks up Wi-Fi and then re-transmits the Wi-Fi to the other extremity of the house.
 

Silver-Fox

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Can you not get the wall sockets that have a Wi-fi extender built in to replace your existing socket.

I’ve fitted one in our house and works a treat.
 

GJH

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We had the same problem recently and went for a Broken Link Removed mesh system which, luckily, was on offer at the time.
It works very well and has solved the problem we had.
 
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As @Lenny HB says, that is worth checking. We have a very old Victorian schoolhouse with walls in places up to 3 feet thick so good coverage has always been a problem. We tried the plug in repeaters, both TP and Solwise but these were very iffy and often lost contact with the router. How good they are depends a lot on your mains wiring and any electrical noise on them. Our solution was to use the same system I used on the ship to distribute wifi throughout 5 decks of cabins with steel decks and bulkheads (floors and walls). First off make sure you use a high quality router, we use a Netgear D7000 placed reasonably centrally towards the front of the house then I added a Netgear R7000 repeater towards the rear of the house. These two devices communicate seamlessly with each other and we have no dead spots throughout two floors. We have 5g in most places and 2.4g where it tends to be a bit on the weak side where several walls are involved. These Netgear devices are very good at providing multi path focused beam to optimise reception/speed at 5g and 2.4g. This system has been in place for several years now and is still performing faultlessly dealing with the sort of items you mention, cameras etc. The Netgear setup software can be accessed via a web browser or app and provides a lot of customisable options if you require these. As others have mentioned, mesh systems like Google's may be better now, certainly our Sonos mesh system works really well, though not sure I want to hand even more info to Google than we do already!
 
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We used a couple of Ubiquity UniFi products, they are more of a commercial product but the web interface is quite good. Worked well for us providing WiFi access throughout our house and garden.
 
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TP Link works for us, too.

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MillieMoocher

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We had problems with the house and ended up having Ubiquity network installed. Not cheap but we now get full speed Wi-fi anywhere in the house, and most of the garden.

Definitely gets a thumbs up from me
 

Gellyneck

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We use TPLink powerline adapters and have these set-up on two different networks, one for upper floors and one for lower floor as these areas are on two separate ring mains albeit from one consumer unit. Prior to this we struggled when they were all on the one network.

The difference between passthrough and non-passthrough is simply you can plug a 13A plug into the passthrough so you don't loose a socket when plugging in the powerline adapter.
 

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We have an Orbi system by Netgear. This is a mesh system. Very easy to set up, just plug and play and get the number of satellites you need to give you the square footage coverage. We have a main plus three satellites and an outdoor satellite.

Not cheap but perfect coverage everywhere in the house and garden.
 
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+1 For Tplink powerline adaptors. Worten or Mediamkt will have the best price in Spain, or your local Dynos franchise. Or most local computer shops will have them. We can't get a wired connection here so We have a Movistar 4G router upstairs on the side of the house for best reception.. That gives a good WiFi signal around it, but it is plugged into a powerline master using ethernet. Another powerline plug downstairs gives WiFi downstairs, with the TV plugged into it's ethernet socket as well. We get a good 20 mbs all over. The kit we used is the TPLINK AV500 Powerline WiFi Kit, which I bought from Worten in Motril.

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Had TP Link in the house for the last 7 years with no problems. I use it to send t’interweb up to my log cabin office in the back garden about 30m from the house. Works a treat.
 

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