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Why Does My Netgear Extender Drop Connection?

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March 7, 2014 11:26:26 AM

I have a Motorola SBG6580 SURFboard® eXtreme Wireless Cable Modem/Router as my main router with a Laptop and printer wired into it then via Wi-Fi I have a Wii, 2 iPhones, 2 Tablets, a Roku, and an iPod Touch connected to it. Then I have a Netgear WN2000RPT Extender halfway through my house and via Wi-Fi I have a printer, Apple TV, 2 tablets, a laptop, and a smartphone connected to it. I used to have them set to two different ssids one was visible as the default name and the other was hidden with a name I had assigned, it worked perfect on the laptop but all other devices would work then stop working and not load anything I would have to disable then re-enable Wi-Fi on the device I was trying to connect to the internet with. So I gave the extender the same ssid and assigned the router to channel 11 and the extender automatically switched to the same channel as the router. My devices switched between the two based off which had the higher reception and detected it as one network like I wanted, but then it started dropping the connection again on the second day. So now I am back to square one. What could the problem be and how would I fix it? Thanks in advance for your help. I am asking this question for the second time because I accidentally clicked pick this as solution button.
March 7, 2014 12:55:46 PM

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March 8, 2014 10:09:19 AM

Please answer I need help!
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a b D Laptop
March 8, 2014 12:55:54 PM

Pretty much that is one of the reasons I recommend people never use repeaters unless there is no other solution. You are running 2 radio signals that directly interfere with each other intentionally and you have other signals coming in from neighbors and such. Wireless is extremely sensitive to interference and you get drop all the time with just a router. When you add the extender it makes it many times worse and your bandwidth drops at least 50%.

It can also be partially related to how WDS works. This is not a standard so there are strange issues sometimes with the repeater losing connection to the main router and the main router dropping all the sessions that were connected thought he repeater.

This pretty much is just one of those things you have to live with. You only other option is to not use a wireless repeater and use ethernet cable or something like powerline networks to extend your network.
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March 8, 2014 5:53:15 PM

bill001g said:
Pretty much that is one of the reasons I recommend people never use repeaters unless there is no other solution. You are running 2 radio signals that directly interfere with each other intentionally and you have other signals coming in from neighbors and such. Wireless is extremely sensitive to interference and you get drop all the time with just a router. When you add the extender it makes it many times worse and your bandwidth drops at least 50%.

It can also be partially related to how WDS works. This is not a standard so there are strange issues sometimes with the repeater losing connection to the main router and the main router dropping all the sessions that were connected thought he repeater.

This pretty much is just one of those things you have to live with. You only other option is to not use a wireless repeater and use ethernet cable or something like powerline networks to extend your network.
Would it work well if I bought a powerline adapter and ran the other end to a router on the other end of the house with the same SSID or will I still have the same time? I could do ethernet but I have things that cannot do ethernet on the side where the weak signal is that I use such as my iPad Mini and Nexus 7 (2013). Also my laptop works perfectly fine on the network and never has any issues. Thanks for your help!

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March 8, 2014 7:19:49 PM

You can put a router at the other end. You really should run it as a AP instead to make network easier. You can use either the same SSID or different up to you. You should use a different channel but it may not matter a lot if the signal is weak between them they won't interfere much.
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March 9, 2014 10:10:06 AM

bill001g said:
You can put a router at the other end. You really should run it as a AP instead to make network easier. You can use either the same SSID or different up to you. You should use a different channel but it may not matter a lot if the signal is weak between them they won't interfere much.

Ok, thanks for your help. If the problem continues I will probably do this.
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April 28, 2014 12:48:45 PM

I fixed this by setting my main router to N-Only.
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