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Discussion in 'Networking & Security' started by ng4ever, Jul 29, 2019.
I can't figure it out. Maybe I am just stupid.
First, turn off the router part. You don't want two routers!
You mean the dhcp right ?
That's a big part of it- but you really want to put the device (which is a firewall, router, DHCP server, switch, and access point all in one) into 'AP mode' or something similar. You want it doing nothing except bridging WiFi to wired.
Ok but what else do I do ?
I need a lot more information to begin to answer that. You want the firewall, router, and DHCP servers (at least) turned off.
If the device has an 'AP mode', that's what you want. Really need to know what hardware you're working with at a minimum.
I turned on AP mode.
Though don't know what to put as ip address mode. Static, DHCP, etc
Also do I need to connect the router to ethernet for the wireless to work ?
Once it's in AP mode, try hooking the WAN port to the AT&T router (or whatever) and seeing if you can access internet through it.
You do want the TPLink to be set to DHCP for its own IP- it needs to get that from the main router (AT&T) so that it can be accessed.
Can i connect the router to a ethernet port's in one of the offices instead or will that not work ? Trying to extend the wifi coverage in the back of the house.
Also what do I make the wifi name as ?
That should work, yes.
WiFi name should probably be different than the main WiFI name, but related so people know that it's part of the same network.
Ok. There is no way to make the wifi the same name and make it like a mesh network where my phone or tablet will connect to whatever device (Router) it is closer to ?
I will take a picture of a few screenshots of the tp-link pages one sec.
Potentially, but your phone can do that regardless.
I will warn you that doing the same name can be problematic, as well, roaming between APs isn't the easiest thing to get right. You may have to fight it from time to time by forcing the device to use the closer access point.
Ok so if I have one wifi network called network then another one called network (2) my phone can determine which one to connect to easily depending on which router is closer to ?
It's complicated, as it should be- basically it's based on signal strength. However, devices will also try to stay connected to the same AP, so if you connect in one spot and then move to another, it might struggle.
The basic fix is to turn down the transmit power of each AP so that they don't overlap too much. That obviously involves some trial-and-error.
How do I turn down transmit power ?
I have something called WDS Bridging do i enable that please ?
For that you're going to have to dig through the setup page on each device, if available.
More forward thinking at this point though.
So there is no way to get it to work like a mesh network ?
Disregard everything said in this thread so far. If you're going to use the ATT RG+wireless you may as well just commit to the full ATT solution and, in theory, at least be supportable. Yes, this solution would result in a mesh.
There are a couple of discussion about it over at dsl reports forum which I don't think I can link here.
We already got one. I was trying to use a router as another one if possible. Unless it is better to just buy another one.
That would be how you would extend the mesh. Mesh networks are generally vendor lock in meaning to extend it you add another of the same AP to network. You also would need two to create the mesh as I don't think the RG is part of the mesh. I may be wrong about as my RG sits cold unless needed.
Stupid question what is RG ?
RG = Residential Gateway in att speak. To the rest of the planet the router they gave you.
Wow the ATT tech never told us we needed 2.
We only have one wifi extender
BTW the Wifi extender from the smart connect app never gets used
Is that why our wifi extender never works ?
As I said don't quote me on the airties bit ... I do not use them or the RG. That said, from reading the other threads I mentioned most folks seem to be using them in pairs.
Also is it better to get another wifi extender or invest in a whole mesh network ?
You can use ATT fiber with the RG totally off ?
BTW i tried using a router as my main device instead of the RG on ATT Fiber 1 Gbps but got less speed with it than without it
Yes the router supports up to 1 Gbps
I would get another airties before investing in another soltuion. As for RG bypass .... that's whole different topic ... you can see the 50K foot overview at the end of this thread:
I already tried a RG bypass. It worked just a lot less speed almost half less.
What the fastest you can get on wireless anyway with 1 Gbps ?
400 to 600 mbps ?
That's just a poor router issue. I really can't speak as to what to expect for wireless performance as I don't have them. I have no problems getting over 800mbps through the fortiaps I have here and I expect the bottleneck is the laptop there not the APs.
Well actually I tested on my main gaming pc. It is less than a year old. I get over 900 Mbps download and up on the RG from ATT. Connected by Ethernet of course.
FWIW here is quote from one the aforementioned threads.
You are suppose to configure the same SSID on both bands for the RG and the AirTies 4920s to function properly. Are you using the AT&T Smart Home App? Warning: it doesn't show the device connections to the AirTies Smart WiFi Extenders properly,
My suggestion is go over and check it out. Those folks are using them where I am not.