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September 15, 2013 12:23:16 AM

G'day all, recently I have moved into the bungalow of my parents house (approx 40m away) and want to install wireless internet for several of my devices (iPhone/ps3/smart tv ect) but also need Ethernet as my desktop isn't wireless.

In the parents house they are currently running a netgear DG834GU v5 (54 Mbps Wireless ADSL2+ Modem Router)

I need a strong and fast signal as I game online, torrent, HD stream ect a lot

So on with my question what is the best way to get a good wireless set up in the bungalow? Also any product suggestions will be much appreciated

I have tried researching on the topic but can't wrap my head around it in my situation. My current understanding is that I have to run an ethernet cable to the bungalow where I purchase another wireless router to act as an 'access point' or 'bridge' or something? I have also read that dual band (2.4Ghz and 5Ghz) can increase file transfer speeds and HD streaming so should I look at a dual band router?

Hope this is enough information. If more is needed let me know. Many thanks in advance!

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September 15, 2013 1:16:45 AM

If you do run an ethernet cable from the house to the bungalow you can plug that cable into one of the free ports of your parents access point and plug the other end of the cable in the access point you purchase for the bungalow. Do not plug the cable in the slot that is marked with 'WAN' or 'Internet'. Access points hardwire ports act as switches.

If you hardwire this it means you do not need to take into account what standard wireless your parents are using. You do need to consider what wireless standard all your equipment is using and choose one that can be used by all. But when going with a dual band access point I guess you you got all standards covered. I'd say if it covers the 802.11n standard it covers it all (it should be backwards compatible with a, b and g standards). But do check the box.

What might be good in this situation is that you hardwire as much of your appliances. If you can run ethernet cables from your tv, ps3 and dektop to the access point you will get a stable connection. It will be faster and much more stable then when you use wireless for it. For your phone ofcourse you need wireless. As most access points have about 4 hardwired ports you will have exactly enough (tv, ps3, desktop and your connection to the other access point).

One note of advice, access points have routing functionality. Upon installation make sure of these two things:
1) You disable the DHCP server in the access point
2) You match the IP range of your access point to the IP range of your parents router (where DHCP is active)
If one of the both is not done, you get very neat network errors (meaning sometimes even a full failure). Also, if your access point gets a static IP make sure the main access point does not hand out this IP dynamically to other hosts.
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September 15, 2013 1:30:36 AM

bleijendeckers said:
If you do run an ethernet cable from the house to the bungalow you can plug that cable into one of the free ports of your parents access point and plug the other end of the cable in the access point you purchase for the bungalow. Do not plug the cable in the slot that is marked with 'WAN' or 'Internet'. Access points hardwire ports act as switches.

If you hardwire this it means you do not need to take into account what standard wireless your parents are using. You do need to consider what wireless standard all your equipment is using and choose one that can be used by all. But when going with a dual band access point I guess you you got all standards covered. I'd say if it covers the 802.11n standard it covers it all (it should be backwards compatible with a, b and g standards). But do check the box.

What might be good in this situation is that you hardwire as much of your appliances. If you can run ethernet cables from your tv, ps3 and dektop to the access point you will get a stable connection. It will be faster and much more stable then when you use wireless for it. For your phone ofcourse you need wireless. As most access points have about 4 hardwired ports you will have exactly enough (tv, ps3, desktop and your connection to the other access point).

One note of advice, access points have routing functionality. Upon installation make sure of these two things:
1) You disable the DHCP server in the access point
2) You match the IP range of your access point to the IP range of your parents router (where DHCP is active)
If one of the both is not done, you get very neat network errors (meaning sometimes even a full failure). Also, if your access point gets a static IP make sure the main access point does not hand out this IP dynamically to other hosts.


Wow thank you so much for the fast reply! Have you any suggestions of some good routers?
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September 15, 2013 1:38:12 AM

I'd say you cannot go wrong with a linksys, but I have used, with success, cheap TPlink products.

The main issue is you have to be able to configure the access point that it will not function as a router but more as a bridge / switch. So you do need some configuration tweaks. Lemme check what products I can find I know will work.
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September 15, 2013 1:47:07 AM

I think this product should suit your needs and it will not break your bank:

TP-Link WA801ND 300Mbps Wireless-N Access Point

I used a TP link N range extender, an earlier product from the same range, and I hardwired it to an access point and it worked great (one of my friends had an access point with a range of about 3 metres, so switch port to switch port hardwired and a little tweaking the settings and voila, it worked just great. And it had great output power when set on high, I think on high it might even interfere with your parents wifi :) 

And the price, here in the Netherlands it costs € 28.

Whats nice also, if they do not interfere (choose a different channel then your parents wifi), use the same SSID, security measures and password as your parens wifi. You can walk from the bungalow to the house and it will automatically select the best signal :) .
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September 15, 2013 2:07:37 AM

Ahh brilliant! Thanks a million will have to try to get this going in the coming weeks :) 
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