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mariospants

join:2012-06-05
reply to Cloneman

Re: [Internet] BELL Sagecom Fibe 25 modem... can it be Repeated?

ok, what's the point in going wireless then? I tore the wires out of my century house when we did renovations recently, and now this "latest and greatest" sagecom sucker won't reach everywhere in the house (and certainly not too far outside). I just need to extend my wireless range, not run more cables.

I did run a cable to the 2nd AP and unfortunately the coverage was hardly better. I'm going to attach the 2-wire instead and see if it's sufficient (at 10/10 power it seems to be the best so far). What I want to be able to do is repeat or boost the wifi signal so that it can reach roughly 50-100' with thick walls in the way... I'm betting it probably can't be done, can it?


glussier

join:2002-11-12
Montreal, QC

You would get better wifi coverage, if you would configure your device as an access point. This way the wifi signal of both devices do not have to overlap.

If you don't have network cables running thru your house, and don't want to install them, just get a starter kit network powerline adapters.


mariospants

join:2012-06-05

said by glussier:

You would get better wifi coverage, if you would configure your device as an access point. This way the wifi signal of both devices do not have to overlap.

If you don't have network cables running thru your house, and don't want to install them, just get a starter kit network powerline adapters.

I was considering that... makes sense, I guess then I'd just install that and put the second AP downstairs near the backyard for boosting the signal.

glussier

join:2002-11-12
Montreal, QC

That's what I do. I have the Sagecom modem in the front of the house, I have one of the dlink powerline adaptor connected to 1 of the lan ports of the Sagecom. At the back of the house, I have a dlink router connected to the back of the house and one of it's lan ports connected to the other dlink powerline adapter.

I have full wifi coverage over all the house and backyard. give both modem/router the same ssid and password and wifi security settings and set them to different wifi channel. This way your devices won't have to chase a new wifi ssid all the time, your device will just pick up the strongest wifi signal.

I paid 69,00 for a set of 2 dlink powerline adpators and they work great.

BTW, also note that you have to change the gateway of your repeater device to the same subnet as your sagecom modem (ie 192.168.x), x being a digit wich is not part of the Sagecom dhcp range).

Anyway, if you have any problem configuring your devices this way, post again. This is a real easy setup.


mariospants

join:2012-06-05

said by glussier:

That's what I do. I have the Sagecom modem (SNIP)

Anyway, if you have any problem configuring your devices this way, post again. This is a real easy setup.

OK, that was incredibly helpful information, thanks! I noticed something, however: I tried using a network cable from the Sagecom Lanport 1 to both the repeater and the old 2-wire modem (in case either had appreciably better coverage than the sagecom) and in both attempts - even with same and different ssid - something happened to the quality of bandwidth on the Sagecom. It slowed appreciably and even had some timeouts. The channel setting on the Sagecom was set to "Auto" so I don't think there was a conflict...

glussier

join:2002-11-12
Montreal, QC

Might be that the sagecom was set to the same channel as the other access point. Set the channels manually.

To determine which channels were less used in my area, I used wifi analyser on my cell phone. I then set the Sagecom to channel 1 and the access point (router used as an access point) to channel 9.

Don't set the access point to close to the Sagecom modem, as your wifi devices might try to switch from the Sagecom to your access point repeatedly.



eklm

@bell.ca
reply to mariospants

said by mariospants:

said by glussier:

That's what I do. I have the Sagecom modem (SNIP)

Anyway, if you have any problem configuring your devices this way, post again. This is a real easy setup.

... I tried using a network cable from the Sagecom Lanport 1 to both the repeater and the old 2-wire modem ...

The 2-wire doesn't have a WAN port, I don't think using a LAN port would work

glussier

join:2002-11-12
Montreal, QC

You want the access point hooked to a lan port and not a wan port.