Hi, I am using gigabit service with hitron coda-4582.
I would like to extend my WiFi signal for my house's basement
Any recommendation for WIfi extender (brand or model) to math with the modem?
@earl1I have a Dlink 1620 in my upstairs bedroom, that provides good coverage for the upstairs, and the corners of the main floor. I still get poor signal in one corner of my main floor, just because of the structural design of the house. Unfortunately it is where my couch is.
That device was 59.99 on sale at Best Buy when I got it, and you can always return it (probably) if you find it doesn't do the trick for you.
Mine fortunately is plugged into a cat 5-e cable so I don't lose any throughput speed which you will loose some if you go with the extender doing the load of connecting to the Hitron, and providing IP address and signal to your devices on DHCP. I set the device to fixed IP - it is pretty straight forward to use and the support is great if you contact them.
Best solution in my home is a router, which also has the issue of dead spots, the Hitron is useless for anything but maybe 1/3 of my house. The basement installs are probably the worst place you can have them, but that usually where you cable from Rogers comes - back from the days when they used modems only, you ran cable and a router to somewhere.
The other option, but expensive and probably the best is one of the new Mesh systems from Google and most other companies have them.
Get yourself an app on your phone like WIFI analyzer or anything like that to figure out your best placement. That app will map signals around your home as well as allow you to check strength.
By the way, if you have roaming set on the adapter on a Windows device, it will switch to the best signal. On your phone or tablet, it won't switch unless you switch it.
There are two ways you can set the name of the device - you can name it the same as your hitron and password, and when you need to grab the better signal, turn your wifi off, then turn it back on.
I have mine named two different names, and I just switch manually.
There are apps you can put on your phone to switch from one to the other as you move around, but there is a lag in the switch, and if you are doing a data download or something like that, you will get cut off.
Play with it and figure out what works best - I can't say that it is a perfect solution, but it works for me. I also moved my Hitron, by pulling the coax from its current location (they gave me about 75 feet extra cable and it is in an unfinished area of my basement, and have moved it around looking for a better placement. Corner with concrete on both sides, steel beams, furnace electrical, and all 240 runs to stove, air conditioner, dryer all close by is not a great place.
My best of luck in finding a solutions.
Your case is not unique and like my home does not fit into the new adds on TV and you listen to them in your phone calls to Rogers that are suggestive of connected in your whole home.
Others want to pitch in.
BS has sort of explained the two mindsets on this.
Going with separate access points, which are wired back, will often give you the BEST performance, as you should be getting full throughput to that point, then able to connect to it.
The one downside here, as he mentioned, comes down to the naming of the wifi networks.
Yes, you can name them the same.. but the problem is that they dont always handshake/pass off very cleanly to each other.. you could stay connected to one until its almost completely unusable, before switching over to the other.
Changing it to separate names.. would require manually changing from one to another.
The other option then comes down to repeaters. Either a standard one, a mesh network one, can have inherent issues as well.
Its all about signal. So many people will put the repeater near where they want it the most.. and show that they are connected to it with FULL bars. But thats only that they are full signal to the repeater. But if the the repeater is only getting a signal good enough for say 1/2 the speed.. thats all they are going to get off the repeater.
The repeater needs to be placed in a location where it has a decent enough signal from the SOURCE.
As for what type of repeaters? I have used a few, and all seems to be as good/bad as another.. still only as good as the source, etc.
Only biggest thing to look at would be signal capabilities compared to what your connecting to, etc.
The coda modem is dual band AC. If you got a single band N repeater.. you wouldnt get AC signal to where the repeater reaches, and only on the 2.4
Thats something else to consider as well. that your 5g network doesnt reach as far. So that can then change the placement of where a repeater would go.
I have been playing around with some older gear and porting them over to dd-wrt and experiment with the repeater settings. It is still a lot of work maintaining this, I have an unfinished basement / crawlspace and ran 1Gb to the far corner to get better signal outside. I barely get 5Mb connection there today. I have followed the instructions very closely but alas it will not work consistently. So I was now looking at AmpliFi or solutions like that. The only problem is of course that these connect wirelessly and with the signal being poor as it is I would most likely have to put the router away from the modem/router and put it in bridge mode, which in return gives poor throughput. It is a no win situation but I am trying to enjoy my deck more this year so I am exploring.
I am trying to extend wifi to the other side of the house using a Hawking HAWBN1. It works when plugged in to the CODA modem using a short cable. When I try to use it on the other side of the house, connected through a D-Link DSS-5 Fast Ethernet Switch (since existing cables are not long enough) it connects but cannot access the Internet. Is it the switch? Could it be the cables?
I gave up. Two days of difficulty and frustration.
Bought a D-Link DAP-1325 wi-fi range extender for $29 (CAD). 1 minute setup. Works like a charm.
I was going to suggest that, but let you troubleshoot first. I used one of the D-Link extenders, connected via a cat- 5e cable that went in there a decade ago, going to where my router used to sit. It worked great. I recently finally moved my gateway out of the basement where the wiring was, by dragging the cable over and fishing it up to my living room, which is dead centre to the whole house, and no walls in between, so I actually don't need the extender anymore.
Rogers talks about WIFI all over the home - if they actually had rewired their connections of 10 years ago plus and put them in the most optimum positions, we would have far less problems.
This is why you pay 150.00 for a Bell install, they are putting new wiring in and optimizing for location and use all over the house, then have integrated capability for one of the top Mesh systems out there.
Glad it worked out for you.
roblund Can you tell me how you set-up the extender to connect to the modem? I have a D-Link DAP-1530 extender and the instructions say to press the WPS button on the modem and the D-Link so they connect. Cannot find a WPS button on CODA-4582.