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Old 13.02.2019, 19:33
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Network over power adapters - wi-fi extenders

What do you use to extend your wi-fi range?

My place is not massive, all one floor, so I don't need a complex setup.. My laptops and MACs work in the rooms but I've noticed that my kids iPhone reverts to 4g when she's in her room and thus it's costing lots.. (She's on Swisscom kids which charges 2chf per day when it busts the included allowance).

I've never needed to extend my range before so not sure what to buy? I thought it should be a cheap solution but what I'm seeing on digitec is pretty expensive.
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Re: Network over power adapters - wi-fi extenders

What modem/router setup do you have at the moment?
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Old 13.02.2019, 20:04
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Re: Network over power adapters - wi-fi extenders

I have had good luck with the Netgear AC2600 @ CHF 164.- for 1'733Mbps. This should be good enough, and certainly if you are on one floor.

https://en.toppreise.ch/prod_439822.html
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What do you use to extend your wi-fi range?

My place is not massive, all one floor, so I don't need a complex setup.. My laptops and MACs work in the rooms but I've noticed that my kids iPhone reverts to 4g when she's in her room and thus it's costing lots.. (She's on Swisscom kids which charges 2chf per day when it busts the included allowance).

I've never needed to extend my range before so not sure what to buy? I thought it should be a cheap solution but what I'm seeing on digitec is pretty expensive.
Who is your provider?
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Old 13.02.2019, 21:24
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I have had good luck with the Netgear AC2600 @ CHF 164.- for 1'733Mbps. This should be good enough, and certainly if you are on one floor.

https://en.toppreise.ch/prod_439822.html
I got a cheaper (but not the cheapest, at around 70chf, IIRC) Netgear model for our three-storey house, Swisscom router on the top and the extender on the ground floor. Set it up with a different id and password for use of guests, and it's been fine.

I did have to experiment with its placement to get a decent signal from the main router, but coverage within the ground floor apartment is perfectly good. Bought it from InterDiscount who said they'd take it back in exchange for the more expensive model if it proved insufficient, which was nice.
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Old 13.02.2019, 21:38
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What modem/router setup do you have at the moment?
Swisscom provided, the kinda flat, white, black top device.. 2 years old.

I think my place is just a faraday cage..Plus phones are not as good at receiving I guess.. I've already adjusted channels, frequencies etc ..

Checking it now as an example, my speed is rated at 100mb/s and it measures ~99 at the router (wired to the wall). I measure ~99 now wireless on my MacBook, around 8m away direct line of sight.. My iPhone xs max measures 50mb/s right beside the MacBook..
If i walk through to kids room, my iPhone measures 5mb/s . It's kinda just around a corner so signal through wall or bouncing around.
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Re: Network over power adapters - wi-fi extenders

I have a Devolo dlan 1200 'transmitter' and 'receiver' through the electrics (and I'm in a block of 6 flats).. very happy with it

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Re: Network over power adapters - wi-fi extenders

We had these in the house and they worked great. The Swisscom router was in the basement and we had wifi on the ground and first floor. Never remember having any problems. They were by NetGear IIRC. I still have them. They are a co years old but you can have them if you want to try them.
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Re: Network over power adapters - wi-fi extenders

I dealt with the poor wifi signal recently. We have Swisscom as well (about 75mbs) for most of the house. Back bedroom & outside patio often times lose signal. I initially bought some of the small and cheap 20-30 franc plug-in types and was initially excited to see my signal had been extended.

After a short period of time, I realized my speeds had been nearly cut in half. The problem with the small plug-in units is they typically do cut you speed in half because it takes the signal and simply processes it and during this process it loses speed because it is just repeating the signal. I won't go into great detail on why this is but with the cheap plug-ins it will happen.

Proper solution is to get a larger router type of wifi extender as Verbier initially suggested. This type of item will collect the signal, process it and send it out typically in 2.4 ghz and then 5 ghz. I did this and now have 3 wifi channels. original Swisscom and then the 2.4 & 5.0. Works seamlessly 99% of the time and you can choose network name and passwords.

I found an very cheap one that has been running fine for months now. It doesn't have the best ratings on Amazon, but it for sure works! Placed it upstairs on shelf by the outside wall of the house and now get full signal for the whole yard and all areas of the house. No Speed loss.

https://www.amazon.de/Tenda-AC6-WLAN...enda+AC6&psc=1

or Aliexpress

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Tend...27424c4dd6rFWK

The Netgear line is also great and probably better quality.
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Old 15.02.2019, 17:17
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Re: Network over power adapters - wi-fi extenders

In the end i bought a Netgear N300 .. Cheapo 34chf ..

Just plugged it in an hour ago but it seems to be doing exactly what I hoped.. The dead zones in the bedrooms now have signal!

Full signal now but lower speed which is fine for my purpose.
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Re: Network over power adapters - wi-fi extenders

Most WiFi routers operate in one of two modes: 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz. If you want to increase the range of your WiFi reception through barriers such as walls and floors, go into your router configuration settings and select 2.4GHz. The difference is amazing. Where I could barely get a connection down stairs through several walls from the router upstairs, now I get perfect reception (100Mb/s). Try it: switch to 2.4GHz.
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Re: Network over power adapters - wi-fi extenders

Have you ever considered using a mesh wifi?

I'm using the Asus Lyra Trio with my existing router and there are no more dead spots in my 3 bedroom flat anymore.
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