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Thread: Mesh Wifi systems in old house?

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    Ive a house made of reinforced concrete. essentially a large faraday cage.I use the main incoming broadband router, then ran four rj45 cables around the house to different points, then used old routers and stuck them on the end of the rj45 cables.Ive now 5 different wifi points. use the same password everywhere, and Robert is your Dad's brother.You can also use old bt routers, which are very powerful, but tied in with bt, you fire the signal into one of the outlets and the wifi works and you get three more rj45s.It wont work if you put the signal into the inlet.it expects a bt signal i guess. i found it online.Ive also run an rj45 straight into my audio sound system and freeview box rather than use wifi.I felt there were so many wifis it would get a bit messed up.plus the router for the freeview is next to the freeview box, so just plugged it in.

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    Bought a range extender in Lidl for €25, found a spot in the hall where the signal from router is ok and the extender signal is decent in the kitchen and bedroom overhead (these are in an extension to the return off the back wall of the old house.) So far, so good. I also set up an old sky modem wifi router to a fixed ip address and dhcp off, and have tested this as a wired extension wifi, works well. However, for now, staying clear of the wired solution. Mesh would probably be better than extender but this seems adequate for now anyhow, let's see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marki_GSA View Post
    Ubiquity is amazing kit for the money. It's not tplink cheap but then it's way better hardware and a bargain when you look at the competition like cisco and HP.

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    Just found this thread and am intrigued... I have an old house with thick walls and a large footprint, so my wifi is a bloody nightmare. Going 'mesh' sounds a very interesting possible solution to me.

    Having just read up on a few websites about it, I'm still confused on the very basics - can someone enlighten me? If I were to install 3 mesh wifi nodes around my house, where do these devices actually obtain their network input? Wirelessly from each other? Or is it mains electricity-borne? Or via RJ45 cables connected to my network by whatever method?

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    The mesh starts from your router connected by ethernet cable to the new mesh base station which re-broadcasts by wifi to the mesh nodes. I think the Netgear Orbi Tri-Band is the best one according to the reviews.... no doubt there are many views.

    One view is that a Ubiquity wifi hub located centrally in the house will penetrate all parts, I doubt this will in an old house.

    Powerline should work if the wiring has been renewed in a ring-main config, but not if in spur config. I use DEvolo devices in my 1990's house but could not make it happen in the daughter's old house. It has been rewired but separate circuits defeat the powerline.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddyfruitbat View Post
    Just found this thread and am intrigued... I have an old house with thick walls and a large footprint, so my wifi is a bloody nightmare. Going 'mesh' sounds a very interesting possible solution to me.

    Having just read up on a few websites about it, I'm still confused on the very basics - can someone enlighten me? If I were to install 3 mesh wifi nodes around my house, where do these devices actually obtain their network input? Wirelessly from each other? Or is it mains electricity-borne? Or via RJ45 cables connected to my network by whatever method?
    They vary, but the better option is to go for those which communicate with each other (one of them needs a wired internet connection) on 2.4GHz which penetrates further, and you connect to them on the 5GHz band. You will need to keep them close enough together to link at a decent speed. For some places, running black external ethernet round the house behind downpipes and gutters can be a cost effective solution, wired is always better if you can find a way to do it.
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    Agreed external ethernet cable seems to work

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