wireless router bridging mode

March 16, 2018 at 17:07:21
Specs: windows 7
Got a linksys ea9300 v1 and linksys ea9500 v2. I want to bridge them together to extend wireless range/cover, the ea9500 will be the main one connected to the modem and the ea9300 will be the access point.
Since these 2 routers dont support wireless bridge, but does support wired bridge, I wanted to bridge them by powerline adapters. I dont wanna run a super long ethernet cable to bridge them.
Im wondering if this is possible to make it work since the powerline adapters are basically extending ethernet cables?, and I just have to set the ea9300 in wired bridge mode or both routers in wired bridge mode?
Wasnt sure if this would work, so Im asking before I buy the powerline adapters.

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#1
March 16, 2018 at 18:11:38
Connect (with a cat 5 or 6 ethernet cable) main router to one homeplug adapter. Similarly connect the “remote” router to another homplug adapter conveniently located to that router, and you have equivalent of an ethernet connection between the two routers.

Simples...

Using a wired link between the routers, rather than wifi, means you have a more stable, faster, and secure connection.


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#2
March 16, 2018 at 18:31:20
Power-line adapters are like wireless connections over power-wires. The are equally susceptible to length and disturbances/interference. Encryption is used as a security measure. Not much different from WiFi.
The electrical wiring of your house, age and the way it is wired. can also affect Power-line adapters operation.
It is a nice solution to pass through reinforced walls and ceilings, but don't expect too much of it.

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#3
March 17, 2018 at 02:38:41
mmm... In my own, albeit limited experience, I’ve never had any issues with homeplug adapters. I’ve used them in several situations, large homes of varying age (and wiring). Key item is to ensure the mains sockets are not worn, have good solid, firm contact with any device (plugs or homeplugs) inserted; as otherwise contact/insertion resistance “could” be an issue - though highly unlikekly in most modern nhomes?

I am of the view that some brands are better than others; and in the UK (and that irritating place across the North Sea) we have the Devolo brand which are the best; but they’re not available in N. America. Devolo, a German make, was the first in this field and are my first choce.

I started with their 14/85Mbps modules, and now have their 500Mbs integrated into the setup as well.

They do not like being plugged into power strips or multi socket adapters; they perform best when directly plugged directly into the mains outlet - and Devolo strongly advise this.

All homeplug systems need to be on the same consumer unit, distribution box etc. if there is residual current device (a GFI in Canada/USA) across the wiring involved, installed as main/master swich for that consumer unit.

I don’t think in your situation you‘ll have any problems and will find homeplugs will be fine.

These discussions cover strengths (and perceived) weaknesses in a pretty fair, balanced way.

https://www.mymemory.co.uk/blog/wha...

https://www.frequencycast.co.uk/pow...

https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/8-thi...

https://www.techradar.com/news/netw...

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#4
March 19, 2018 at 10:51:45
I've done well with PowerLine type adapters too. It means the router location is only dictated by portable devices that need to use WiFi.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#5
March 19, 2018 at 13:51:20
I’ve edited my earlier response to correct a mis-type...

I implied that homeplugs wouldn’t be appropriate; whereas they will be fine (based on my own experience), and my response now reflects that clearly.


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