Windows 10: Need faster Wifi extender - any ideas

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  1.    4 Weeks Ago #1

    Need faster Wifi extender - any ideas


    Hi there

    I've been temporarily sent "by She who must be obeyed" to my shed which I use as an office as she's sick of wires around the place (Lan cable) !!! -- will have to do some plastering etc to hide these later !!!

    I've got a decentish wifi extender -- the 5Ghz band shows up reasonably --just slightly off green but not into the yellow colour but perfectly good enough without having to drop down into the 2.4 GHZ band. I'm about 20 Metres from the main router

    I'd like faster wifi if possible --OKLA is showing this but seems a waste when from LAN I can get nearly 1Gb/s

    Wifi speed :

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    I know on 5Ghz band I should be able to get theoretically around 800 - 900 Mb/s - it will depend also on the wifi adapters in the computer -- but I tested the extender with computer attached to it via a 10 Gb/s Ethernet port.

    Model of extender I'm currently using is netgear Nighthawk EX7000.

    I don't care paying more if the thing works faster.


    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Mac OS Sierra
       4 Weeks Ago #2

    An Engenius EAP-1750H or one of their Turbo units.
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  3. Posts : 583
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       4 Weeks Ago #3

    drill a hole through the house and run your cable through the garden
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  4.    4 Weeks Ago #4

    If the router is AC you can get up to 3gig speeds
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  5.    4 Weeks Ago #5

    sml156 said: View Post
    drill a hole through the house and run your cable through the garden
    Hi there

    That's what I'll do later --been planning that for a long time --I'll enclose it in a plastic sheath so it won't be seen and is waterproof too. I've got similar for Electric supply @220V AC cable to the shed.

    But not doing it now -- you haven't experienced Icelandic Winter -- it's not the cold so much but the wind can make it almost impossible for digging in the garden. !!! Currently -4 deg where I am (deg C) and too windy to do much.

    @Samuria -- home ROUTER is fine it's the wifi EXTENDER extender it has on the spec AC1900 but I can't get anything like the max at Wifi.

    Bit of DIY later to do !!!!

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  6. Posts : 583
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       4 Weeks Ago #6

    I won't be doing any digging myself either just looked at the weather channel say's it's -15 c here and I believe it.

    I would not waste your time making a home made sheath, I would buy the proper outdoor cable.

    Also instead of buying consumer or even what they refer to now as pro-sumer routers I would look at Ubiquity WiFi which has units that are just WiFi and you hook them up to the Lan port of your router, They are about the same price as pro-sumer but better.

    https://store.ubnt.com/
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  7.    4 Weeks Ago #7

    sml156 said: View Post
    I won't be doing any digging myself either just looked at the weather channel say's it's -15 c here and I believe it.

    I would not waste your time making a home made sheath, I would buy the proper outdoor cable.

    Also instead of buying consumer or even what they refer to now as pro-sumer routers I would look at Ubiquity WiFi which has units that are just WiFi and you hook them up to the Lan port of your router, They are about the same price as pro-sumer but better.

    https://store.ubnt.com/
    Ubiquiti Networks - UniFi® AP Outdoor
    Hi there

    I'll do it with PRO quality cable of course -- the problem is the actual WIFI of the extender not the cable fibre optic router installed by the ISP.

    The main ISP cable router has got 4 LAN connectors so I'll run all 4 to the shed from the main router. Good quality LAN cable Ive got "in Spades" !!! metres and metres of it ("nicked" from the cable company when they installed the 1 Gb/s fibre optic broadband soon to be 10 Gb/s and eventually up to 100 Gb/s - probably long after I'm dead and gone) !!!!

    Internally in the main house I have a NAS stowed away in a hidden cupboard / closet with multimedia files on it which can get played around the house on various devices . This NAS is connected to main router via a small wifi extender with a single LAN port - I simply have a tiny piece of LAN cable from the Ethernet cable on the NAS to that extender --good enough for that job. -- standard wifi is perfectly fast enough for that. 110 Mb/s is more than fast enough for Netflix etc and visitors etc.

    If I need more than 4 LAN ports in the shed I'll hook up the extender - so long as I have at least 2 mega fast connections thats fine.

    The cable company can supply an 8 port LAN fibre optic cable router but the extra cost isnt worth it in this case. Im not running a BANK !!!

    Problem with an extender plugged directly into the main cable router is that it's another device near the router -- don't want that and I don't think a 5GHZ signal would be decent enough at 60 - 70 metres or more away.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  8.    4 Weeks Ago #8

    I would look at a WiFi mesh system such as Orbi:
    Orbi: A WiFi System for Better WiFi Everywhere | NETGEAR

    My guess is that the WiFi Extender is just too far away with too many walls in between from the main router and it is not getting a good signal to communicate with the router. You probably need an extender in between, especially at least one on the outside of either the house or the shed.
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  9.    4 Weeks Ago #9

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    I would look at a WiFi mesh system such as Orbi:
    Orbi: A WiFi System for Better WiFi Everywhere | NETGEAR

    My guess is that the WiFi Extender is just too far away with too many walls in between from the main router and it is not getting a good signal to communicate with the router. You probably need an extender in between, especially at least one on the outside of either the house or the shed.
    Hi there

    Thanks for the suggestions -- I think running 4 LAN cables from router to shed is the answer - once the weather gets OK it's not to hard to lay outdoor cable alongside my electric cable -- just have to wait a bit for weather. With LAN I can easily get around 1 Gb/s even at 75 metres --tested it with cable out of the window and plugged into a desktop Ethernet connector in shed. Can't leave it like that of course !!!!but tested fine.

    It's easy to forget sometimes other people in the same house aren't so keen on computer hardware experiments with wires / cables all over the place and tools with bits of hardware also lying around !!!!!!! - What I do in the shed she doesn't care about !!! so long as I don't fuse the whole place !!!

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  10.    4 Weeks Ago #10

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    What I do in the shed she doesn't care about !!! so long as I don't fuse the whole place !!!

    Cheers
    jimbo
    And I'm not going to touch that....even with a 100m LAN cable!
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