Solved Benefit of a Wireless Repeater

December 28, 2018 at 09:27:31
Specs: Windows 10, Intel Core i5-4300 / 8 GB
I have a decent size house with 3 above ground floors with a Netgear R6700v2 router stationed on the second floor. Since the first floor has spotty WIFI coverage (the second and third floors have adequate WIFI coverage) I decided to obtain a Meco WIFI repeater. In testing the signal from various locations with speedtest.net, I achieve the following results:

Communicating with the Netgear router only, my average download Mbps speed is 48 and my average upload Mbps speed is 33 all over the house.

When I install (plug in) the repeater on the first floor, even standing right on top of it, I only average 13 download and 9 upload Mbps.

Are these stats reasonable for a wireless repeater? If so, then I'm not sure of its benefit.


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December 28, 2018 at 10:45:56
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Your router supports 802.11ac, which allows extremely fast transfer speeds. You don't say what model of Meco repeater you have, but the chances are it is a cheap one that only supports 802.11a or 802.11b, with slower transfer speeds. New wine in old bottles.

You need to buy a repeater that supports the same WiFi standards that your router does.

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December 28, 2018 at 12:27:50
A better wireless router might provide better coverage, eliminating the need for a repeater. V1 & V3 of the R6700 use Broadcom chipsets, V2 uses a cheaper less powerful Mediatek chipset.

https://forums.anandtech.com/thread...
https://wikidevi.com/wiki/Netgear_R...

Another possibility is getting powerline adapters & setting up a 2nd router as an access point. If you can connect the routers via ethernet cable, the powerline adapters won't be needed. A wireless access point is preferable to using a repeater/extender. Repeaters can decrease bandwidth by as much as 1/2.

https://www.blacknovadesigns.co.uk/...
https://purple.ai/blogs/repeat-afte...


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#3
December 28, 2018 at 21:57:03
I agree, if at all possible set up a wireless access point connected to the main router via an ethernet cable (or powerline adapter). A repeater or range extender uses half its capacity communicating with the router and the other half with your devices. some repeaters/range extenders may be capable of being set up as access points as is another wireless router if one is available, but there are dedicated access points (AP's) on the market that will do even better at it.
My first experience with them was when I purchased a range extender and the capabilities listed that it could do this but the included quick set up instructions did not cover this so I downloaded the manual from their web site which did have the instructions and set up was simple as an AP.
Since then I set up a group of 4 AP's to solve a very hard to Wifi large retail location using enterprise level AP's and that works amazingly well.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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December 29, 2018 at 05:18:13
Agree fully - as per riider and fingers - go with either an physical ethernet connection directly to another router, or use the homeplug system to make the ethernet link to the second router; that router being configured as an access point (wifi) and of course allows four more ethernet ports too wherever it's located.

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