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Wifi extenders or boosters
« on: Saturday 23 May 20 13:11 BST (UK) »
Has anyone got any experience / tips on devices which will extend the distance wifi signal will cover? I have seen them called extenders and boosters which I think are different things and there is something called a mesh. A bit confused what I will need. We have BT home hub 6. The ones I've seen which use the house electrical wiring wouldn't work for us as we have about five or six separate circuits due to the house being extended in several phases over the years.
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Re: Wifi extenders or boosters
« Reply #1 on: Saturday 23 May 20 16:48 BST (UK) »
I use a BT Homespot which plugs in relatively near the router downstairs and the other plug is in a socket just outside the room in which is my computer upstiars.

For what its worth, the two sockets used are on different circuits and although this is a BT product my actual wifi provider is Virgin, so not the same.

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Re: Wifi extenders or boosters
« Reply #2 on: Saturday 23 May 20 17:01 BST (UK) »
I have several of these devices all over the house.  Like Pheno my house has been extended and the fuse board next to the meter has circuits galore.  TP-Link TL-WPA4220 and TL-PA4010.  Argos I think.  They work well.  The router plugs into one of the homeplugs and the wifi extender is plugged in where I want the wifi.  The homeplugs "talk" to one another rather than to the router (except the one that has the router plugged into it).

The standalone products sold as range extenders which communicate direct with your router rather than through a homeplug depend on being able to receive the wifi signal in the first place, and are less reliable.

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Re: Wifi extenders or boosters
« Reply #3 on: Saturday 23 May 20 22:53 BST (UK) »
Using the mains wiring should work fine no matter how many circuits are involved. The circuits all join together at the Consumer Unit. The signals pass through the various circuit breakers and fuses without problem.

The only problem would be where more than one phase of supply is used, as in commercial premises. Domestic supply is always single-phase, unless there is a really good reason for a 3-phase supply (for which they would charge extra).
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Re: Wifi extenders or boosters
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 24 May 20 08:17 BST (UK) »
Thank you everyone. That gives me a few devices to look at. I might even be able to get a signal out in our "garden room" (big shed) about 25 ft from house and on yet another separate power circuit. Does the router attach with a standard ethernet cable to the home plug?
Berks / Oxon: Eltham, Annetts, Wiltshire (surname not county), Hawkins, Pembroke, Partridge
Dorset / Hants: Derham, Stride, Purkiss, Scott, Sibley
Yorkshire: Pottage, Carr, Blackburn, Depledge
Sussex: Goodyer, Christopher, Trevatt
Jersey: Fowler, Huelin, Scott
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Norfolk/Suffolk: Stone, Alexander, Tipple, Ingate

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Re: Wifi extenders or boosters
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 24 May 20 08:33 BST (UK) »
LizzieL yes it does.  And your garden room or a detached garage should be fine with this setup as long as all power is through the same meter.
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Re: Wifi extenders or boosters
« Reply #6 on: Saturday 04 July 20 14:01 BST (UK) »
We got the TP Link one in the end. It worked for 20 minutes and then went completely dead. We thought we were going to have to work out how we could send it back to get a replacement while in lockdown. But when unplugging it to pack it back in the box, I realised that the connector on the supplied ethernet cable seemed rather loose. Replaced the cable with a better one and it works beautifully now. It's plugged into our conservatory (extension phase 3) so the signal has to go through two external thickness walls from the box attached to the router. We get a good signal for at least 40 feet down the garden.

Thanks everyone for your help.
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Dorset / Hants: Derham, Stride, Purkiss, Scott, Sibley
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Sussex: Goodyer, Christopher, Trevatt
Jersey: Fowler, Huelin, Scott
Essex/Herts: Livermore, Holgate, Law, Day, Myson, Boyton
Norfolk/Suffolk: Stone, Alexander, Tipple, Ingate

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Re: Wifi extenders or boosters
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 04 July 20 16:03 BST (UK) »
We have one room in an extension where the signal is weaker than other rooms. If i installed an extender in that room, would it affect the signal from the router in the other rooms?
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Re: Wifi extenders or boosters
« Reply #8 on: Saturday 04 July 20 17:26 BST (UK) »
We haven't found any difference with router in the other rooms. When I use my laptop in the lounge it is about halfway between router and extender and connects to either of them, it doesn't appear to have a preference.
Berks / Oxon: Eltham, Annetts, Wiltshire (surname not county), Hawkins, Pembroke, Partridge
Dorset / Hants: Derham, Stride, Purkiss, Scott, Sibley
Yorkshire: Pottage, Carr, Blackburn, Depledge
Sussex: Goodyer, Christopher, Trevatt
Jersey: Fowler, Huelin, Scott
Essex/Herts: Livermore, Holgate, Law, Day, Myson, Boyton
Norfolk/Suffolk: Stone, Alexander, Tipple, Ingate