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Is there a recommended wifi range extender to use with the Motorola NVG510?

I am interested in recommendations for both wireless and hard wired wifi range extensions products.

I am interested in recommendations for both wireless and hard wired wifi range extensions products.

Is there a recommended wifi range extender to use with the Motorola NVG510?

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This model is what one of the forums resident experts recommended to me.

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This model is what one of the forums resident experts recommended to me.

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Along with what BeeBeeSA said Netgear and D-Link will work.

Along with what BeeBeeSA said Netgear and D-Link will work.

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Edited by hpmsrm on Oct 7, 2012 at 4:11:57 PM

I only use a wireless range extender.  It is the NetGear dual band unit. Model #WN2500RP  It has Ethernet ports on it if you need them.  In our case this unit sits on a shelf in our living room....about the center of our house....and plugs into a wall outlet for power.  It essentially is a repeater which picks up the signal from our main router at the far end of the house....then provides nice strong signal for the other half of the structure.  It was a snap to set up.  Instructions easy to follow.

 

NetGear also makes a small single band "cube" which plugs into any convenient electric outlet in the area you need it.  Model #WN3000RP  There are two small antennas on this one....one for receive and one for transmit I assume.  It is also very easy to install.  I know because I did install one of these for a friend.  Worked great.

 

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples' money. .......Margaret Thatcher

I only use a wireless range extender.  It is the NetGear dual band unit. Model #WN2500RP  It has Ethernet ports on it if you need them.  In our case this unit sits on a shelf in our living room....about the center of our house....and plugs into a wall outlet for power.  It essentially is a repeater which picks up the signal from our main router at the far end of the house....then provides nice strong signal for the other half of the structure.  It was a snap to set up.  Instructions easy to follow.

 

NetGear also makes a small single band "cube" which plugs into any convenient electric outlet in the area you need it.  Model #WN3000RP  There are two small antennas on this one....one for receive and one for transmit I assume.  It is also very easy to install.  I know because I did install one of these for a friend.  Worked great.

 

The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples' money. .......Margaret Thatcher
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I switch from Time Warner cable which only supplied me with its modem, so I have an Airport Extreme Base Station all set up with Dual-band 802.11n on 5GHz signal and 802.11g on 2.2GHz signal. My 6GBit U-verse service came with a 2Wire 8201HGV which only supply 802.11B and 802.11G. That technology is so old AT&T must get them dirt cheap. Anyway, after the technician installed the U-verse wireless network all our laptop connection started loosing connection when they are one floor down and over 40 feet away from the 2Wire. I ran a ethernet connection from a LAN port on the 2-Wire, through a crawl-space, to my Airport Extreme (in the middle of the upstairs in a 2-storey house) WAN port and re-configured the Airport Extreme in bridge mode, while keeping its original SSID and encryption key. For my set-up, I had to change the Security on the 2WIRE from "WPA (weak protection) and WPA2 (TKIP)" to "WPA2 (AES).

 

Now my old Window's laptop that is over 40 feet away and downstairs can receive the Wireless-G signal from the 2WIRE without dropping connection, and the rest of our equpment (MBP, Lenovo Thinkpad, iPad 2, iPod Touch and Samsung Galaxy S2) all receive a strong 802.11-n signal where tunnelling to work and access to web services are back to the instant mode from 2-weeks ago when we had our Time Warner cable service.

 

The specific procedure I use is found on this Apple forum entry. Although it is specific to Apple router, I can see doing the same thing with an older Linksys Router that doesn't provide a 'Bridge mode' in its setup, but I used it in an effective Bridge mode to extend the range of the main Linksys router connected to the cable modem. I connecting an ethernet cable between a LAN port on the main router to a LAN port on the bridge router. I setup the Bridge router to the same SSID, Security scheme and encryption key as used on the main router, but the NAT on the Bridge router was bypassed because the input signal was NOT plugged into its WAN port. It worked like a charm for a long time until I upgraded to Wireless-n 2-3 years ago. I also picked a different radio signal for each Linksys router to minimize interference. Our SSID shows up twice and either one worked. I suspect most large public libraries use the same technique to go around book-shelves and cover a large area on the same floor.

 

https://discussions.apple.com/message/16930670#16930670

 

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In the setup I use, all internal IP addresses are handed out by the NAT in the U-verse 2WIRE. The Airport Extreme only supplied the Wireless-n that is otherwise absent and present the Wireless-G from a better location in my house. To us, the Wireless-N from our old router is practical indispensable because 2.2GHz signal used for Wireless-G signal is also used by many household items, such as cellphone and microwave oven. Everytime someone turns on our microwave oven, the whole back half of the downstair of our house (where we have our kitchen) is blacked out as far as wireless web goes!
 
If you google "extending U-verse wireless network with router" you will see many different methods, all of them involving setting either the 2Wire or your router in Bridge mode.
 
Setting U-verse 2Wire in Bridge mode:
 
Pick you method based on the equipment you already have. If you subscribed to a much higher bandwidth U-verse Internet service and they gave you the top-end modem/router that has Wireless-n, a signal repeater is the easier way to go, but I read that even that modem/router were set up only for Wireless-G for some customer who got it. So, beware.
 
I'm sure you probably had a working wireless setup with a satisfactory router. You will most likely be able to use your old router as a wireless network extender using some kind of bridge mode.

I switch from Time Warner cable which only supplied me with its modem, so I have an Airport Extreme Base Station all set up with Dual-band 802.11n on 5GHz signal and 802.11g on 2.2GHz signal. My 6GBit U-verse service came with a 2Wire 8201HGV which only supply 802.11B and 802.11G. That technology is so old AT&T must get them dirt cheap. Anyway, after the technician installed the U-verse wireless network all our laptop connection started loosing connection when they are one floor down and over 40 feet away from the 2Wire. I ran a ethernet connection from a LAN port on the 2-Wire, through a crawl-space, to my Airport Extreme (in the middle of the upstairs in a 2-storey house) WAN port and re-configured the Airport Extreme in bridge mode, while keeping its original SSID and encryption key. For my set-up, I had to change the Security on the 2WIRE from "WPA (weak protection) and WPA2 (TKIP)" to "WPA2 (AES).

 

Now my old Window's laptop that is over 40 feet away and downstairs can receive the Wireless-G signal from the 2WIRE without dropping connection, and the rest of our equpment (MBP, Lenovo Thinkpad, iPad 2, iPod Touch and Samsung Galaxy S2) all receive a strong 802.11-n signal where tunnelling to work and access to web services are back to the instant mode from 2-weeks ago when we had our Time Warner cable service.

 

The specific procedure I use is found on this Apple forum entry. Although it is specific to Apple router, I can see doing the same thing with an older Linksys Router that doesn't provide a 'Bridge mode' in its setup, but I used it in an effective Bridge mode to extend the range of the main Linksys router connected to the cable modem. I connecting an ethernet cable between a LAN port on the main router to a LAN port on the bridge router. I setup the Bridge router to the same SSID, Security scheme and encryption key as used on the main router, but the NAT on the Bridge router was bypassed because the input signal was NOT plugged into its WAN port. It worked like a charm for a long time until I upgraded to Wireless-n 2-3 years ago. I also picked a different radio signal for each Linksys router to minimize interference. Our SSID shows up twice and either one worked. I suspect most large public libraries use the same technique to go around book-shelves and cover a large area on the same floor.

 

https://discussions.apple.com/message/16930670#16930670

 

where Bob TimmonsTexas

 
In the setup I use, all internal IP addresses are handed out by the NAT in the U-verse 2WIRE. The Airport Extreme only supplied the Wireless-n that is otherwise absent and present the Wireless-G from a better location in my house. To us, the Wireless-N from our old router is practical indispensable because 2.2GHz signal used for Wireless-G signal is also used by many household items, such as cellphone and microwave oven. Everytime someone turns on our microwave oven, the whole back half of the downstair of our house (where we have our kitchen) is blacked out as far as wireless web goes!
 
If you google "extending U-verse wireless network with router" you will see many different methods, all of them involving setting either the 2Wire or your router in Bridge mode.
 
Setting U-verse 2Wire in Bridge mode:
 
Pick you method based on the equipment you already have. If you subscribed to a much higher bandwidth U-verse Internet service and they gave you the top-end modem/router that has Wireless-n, a signal repeater is the easier way to go, but I read that even that modem/router were set up only for Wireless-G for some customer who got it. So, beware.
 
I'm sure you probably had a working wireless setup with a satisfactory router. You will most likely be able to use your old router as a wireless network extender using some kind of bridge mode.

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Clement6316 wrote:

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Pick you method based on the equipment you already have. If you subscribed to a much higher bandwidth U-verse Internet service and they gave you the top-end modem/router that has Wireless-n, a signal repeater is the easier way to go, but I read that even that modem/router were set up only for Wireless-G for some customer who got it. So, beware.
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The router he has is 802.11N capable, but only on 2.2 GHz.  But it has quite a few other issues.

 

 


Clement6316 wrote:

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Pick you method based on the equipment you already have. If you subscribed to a much higher bandwidth U-verse Internet service and they gave you the top-end modem/router that has Wireless-n, a signal repeater is the easier way to go, but I read that even that modem/router were set up only for Wireless-G for some customer who got it. So, beware.
 ...

The router he has is 802.11N capable, but only on 2.2 GHz.  But it has quite a few other issues.

 

 

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JefferMC or Clement 6316,

 

I have the standard AT&T 2Wire router that they sell you to which I have one computer directly connected and from which 3 others are receiving wireless signal.  I need to extend the range.  What WiFi range extender would you recommend using with the 2Wire router?  Do you think I should buy a different router that will still work with the AT&T dsl and be easier to connect to a range extender?  Maybe you recommend a specific router and range extender that work well together?

 

I bought one range extender that would have connected to the 2Wire router if it had a WPS button, but it doesn't.  I tried to work around that, but the computer I used to set it up had a IP address conflict with the range extender. It became too complex, so I sent the range extender back to Amazon.

 

Can anyone help?

 

JefferMC or Clement 6316,

 

I have the standard AT&T 2Wire router that they sell you to which I have one computer directly connected and from which 3 others are receiving wireless signal.  I need to extend the range.  What WiFi range extender would you recommend using with the 2Wire router?  Do you think I should buy a different router that will still work with the AT&T dsl and be easier to connect to a range extender?  Maybe you recommend a specific router and range extender that work well together?

 

I bought one range extender that would have connected to the 2Wire router if it had a WPS button, but it doesn't.  I tried to work around that, but the computer I used to set it up had a IP address conflict with the range extender. It became too complex, so I sent the range extender back to Amazon.

 

Can anyone help?

 

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Most everyone has had good luck with one of these.  Easy to deploy.

 

http://www.netgear.com/home/products/wireless-range-extenders/WN3000RP.aspx#

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Most everyone has had good luck with one of these.  Easy to deploy.

 

http://www.netgear.com/home/products/wireless-range-extenders/WN3000RP.aspx#

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BeeBee,

Thanks for rersponding! I will look into it and get back to you. It may take a while, but I'll do it.

Greg
BeeBee,

Thanks for rersponding! I will look into it and get back to you. It may take a while, but I'll do it.

Greg

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BeeBee,

 

I just read the instructions on the NetGear WiFi Range Extender that you recommended.  Step 1 is to press the N connect button on the router.  The (my) AT&T 2Wire router has no buttons whatsoever on it except for the reset button. Is there a way to work around that? Should I buy it and have you help me set it up without an N connect button? The Range Extender that I sent back to Amazon had a work around for pressing the WPS buttons on it and on the router, but no one could help me through it. What is your advice?

BeeBee,

 

I just read the instructions on the NetGear WiFi Range Extender that you recommended.  Step 1 is to press the N connect button on the router.  The (my) AT&T 2Wire router has no buttons whatsoever on it except for the reset button. Is there a way to work around that? Should I buy it and have you help me set it up without an N connect button? The Range Extender that I sent back to Amazon had a work around for pressing the WPS buttons on it and on the router, but no one could help me through it. What is your advice?

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Edited by BeeBeeSA on Oct 8, 2013 at 5:22:09 AM

Reading the installation instructions, it says to plug in the unit and wait one minute then press the WPS button on the WN3000RP and see if it connects.  If it does not then you can connect the the WN3000RP via a web browser and set ti up that way.  Most have just had to plug it in and press the WPS button and off they go.  I would think yours should be no different.

"If you find this post helpful and it solved your issue please mark it as a solution.  This will help other forum members locate it and will also let everyone know that it corrected your problem. If they have the same issue they will know how to solve theirs"

Reading the installation instructions, it says to plug in the unit and wait one minute then press the WPS button on the WN3000RP and see if it connects.  If it does not then you can connect the the WN3000RP via a web browser and set ti up that way.  Most have just had to plug it in and press the WPS button and off they go.  I would think yours should be no different.

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Hey BeeBee - Can you elaborate on how WPS works?

I see that the WPS on the 2-wire requires a PIN. So, it appears to me that one would need to enter the PIN in the new device & activating the WPS process in both devices simultaneously synchronizes on the PIN and populates the new device appropriately (network, security type and code).

My experience has only been with connection wizards that the user enters the security type & code ( after finding the right wireless network). That seemed to work OK.

Seemed to me the two processes are the same, just different codes. But, maybe not.

WPS is a "standard/consistent" way to connect. Whereas, connection wizards may vary.
WPS eliminates security decisions. The user only needs to know a simple pin.
The user does not need to know the wireless network name.

The only "extra" work is to pre-populate the WPS section on the 2-wire.

Do I have the correct perspective on WPS?
Hey BeeBee - Can you elaborate on how WPS works?

I see that the WPS on the 2-wire requires a PIN. So, it appears to me that one would need to enter the PIN in the new device & activating the WPS process in both devices simultaneously synchronizes on the PIN and populates the new device appropriately (network, security type and code).

My experience has only been with connection wizards that the user enters the security type & code ( after finding the right wireless network). That seemed to work OK.

Seemed to me the two processes are the same, just different codes. But, maybe not.

WPS is a "standard/consistent" way to connect. Whereas, connection wizards may vary.
WPS eliminates security decisions. The user only needs to know a simple pin.
The user does not need to know the wireless network name.

The only "extra" work is to pre-populate the WPS section on the 2-wire.

Do I have the correct perspective on WPS?
*The views and opinions expressed on this forum are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote, or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider, or party.

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Since I have not personally used or set up one of the Netgear extenders, I am simply relaying what the installation instructions say to do.  It says to push the WPS button on the extender, and if it pairs up, off you go.  If not, it says to access the extender via browser and set it up by inputting your SSID and password. 

 

It must not be too difficult to deply since I have recommended this unit several times and people have said it was an easy set-up.  I didn't bother to ask them what procedures they took to make it work though.

 

AT&T does sell them at their on-line store so that's why I recommend them.  Don't think they would sell something that won't work with their equipment. 

http://www.att.com/equipment/accessory-details/?q_categoryid=cat2990041&q_sku=sku6610387&q_manufactu...=

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Since I have not personally used or set up one of the Netgear extenders, I am simply relaying what the installation instructions say to do.  It says to push the WPS button on the extender, and if it pairs up, off you go.  If not, it says to access the extender via browser and set it up by inputting your SSID and password. 

 

It must not be too difficult to deply since I have recommended this unit several times and people have said it was an easy set-up.  I didn't bother to ask them what procedures they took to make it work though.

 

AT&T does sell them at their on-line store so that's why I recommend them.  Don't think they would sell something that won't work with their equipment. 

http://www.att.com/equipment/accessory-details/?q_categoryid=cat2990041&q_sku=sku6610387&q_manufacturer=&q_model=

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BeeBee,

 

Thank you for the link to the AT&T Store and the NetGear Range Extender which they sell. I will take my questions to them and see what they have to say, whether they may offer some set up assistance, etc. Thank you so much for all your help.

 

Greg

BeeBee,

 

Thank you for the link to the AT&T Store and the NetGear Range Extender which they sell. I will take my questions to them and see what they have to say, whether they may offer some set up assistance, etc. Thank you so much for all your help.

 

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I looked up WPS in wikipedia & it says that "push a button" on each unit and match on a pin are the top two different "simple methods" to link the two devices. There are two more, more obscure methods are in the standard.

I also bought the recommended extender & the instructions say plug-in, turn on, push WPS button on extender, within two minutes push WPS button on router & the two are related.

I was frustrated because I could not see feedback & it took a number of tries, but it does work. Here is more detail -

Make sure WPS is enabled on the RG.
Turn on extender - see yellow light - wait for green light - Push WPS button - WPS light will blink green,

On RG WPS button is at bottom front of a vertical RG (right if horizontal). Push that or push on RG gui ( this asks for password, maybe button does too)

LIght on extender stops blinking & stays green.

See new account on a wireless wizard on a computer. Had to sign on to second account on ipad. We will see if it is seamless.

It appears to hold setting when removed from power.
I looked up WPS in wikipedia & it says that "push a button" on each unit and match on a pin are the top two different "simple methods" to link the two devices. There are two more, more obscure methods are in the standard.

I also bought the recommended extender & the instructions say plug-in, turn on, push WPS button on extender, within two minutes push WPS button on router & the two are related.

I was frustrated because I could not see feedback & it took a number of tries, but it does work. Here is more detail -

Make sure WPS is enabled on the RG.
Turn on extender - see yellow light - wait for green light - Push WPS button - WPS light will blink green,

On RG WPS button is at bottom front of a vertical RG (right if horizontal). Push that or push on RG gui ( this asks for password, maybe button does too)

LIght on extender stops blinking & stays green.

See new account on a wireless wizard on a computer. Had to sign on to second account on ipad. We will see if it is seamless.

It appears to hold setting when removed from power.
*The views and opinions expressed on this forum are purely my own. Any product claim, statistic, quote, or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer, provider, or party.

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