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As many of you are aware, we trialed an advertising thread. I for one think it was a resounding failure. Some used it, but it really didn't go anywhere. I also can tell you it did nothing for the unsolicited advertisements (not that I expected anything there anyway).

Today the mod team was approached by a company, asking permission to post something about an event they are hosting wherein people can enter a raffle for networking equipment. A little talking amongst the mod team, and we're thinking of allowing such posts provided they ask the mods first, and that there's no direct selling of products. Now I can already see some of you reaching for your tinfoil hats. The mods here do not benefit from this one bit (unless they enter a raffle on their own, just like everyone else).

Fresh advertisement posts and Amazon affiliate links are still banned. Mentions of products are still only to be in reply to someone asking a question, and the product must be relevant. However, provided there's permission given we're thinking of allowing posts along the lines of raffles/events where you win stuff as acceptable forms of advertisement. Unsolicited posts of that nature without permission will still get nuked and the user perma-banned, as is the standard handling of spam bots now. For those who are still tensing up, these types of posts very rarely come up. I think the last time this actually happened was over a year ago at this point.

The main sub etiquette post will be altered soon to suit the above. That's not to say that's the end of discussion. We still want to hear your thoughts, and/or if you have any suggestions to better handle things of this nature.

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I thought I would give a not-oft seen perspective, where I decided that upgrading my network was not the correct choice for me.

First, some background. I live in a 3 story house with plaster walls full of metal lath. My internet connection comes in via the basement and runs up through the floor into my cable modem. I'm currently using an Apple AirportExtreme for my home router. The router & modem are located quite centrally to the house, on a shelf under the staircase going to my top floor. I have about 20 devices in my house, everything from iMacs to wireless lightbulbs. I only expect this number to increase over time.

I'm a network engineer by day, and have considered dozens of different, new solutions for the house. I was nearly sold on Unifi for the house and even had the equipment in my shopping cart, when I watched a few videos on consumer 'mesh' networks. Google, Plume, Orbi, and UBNT's AmpliFi all pitched their strengths to me and I found myself torn between a full on UniFi solution or a new Plume implementation. Then it occurred to me, I should do my own benchmark testing with what I have.

I started with signal coverage. Using WiFi Explorer and Chanalyzer, I gave my house a good testing from all over. The lowest signal I had was -68dbm, and that was in a far, far distant corner. Most of the house was in the mid 50s, despite what I was expecting from the building materials. Huh. Must be the somewhat open floor plan or brick walls.

I then did a few brief file copy tests and those all seemed adequate, getting around 145 MB/s. That was certainly good enough for me. I'm really the only one in the family who ever does a "file transfer" so ... good enough. The rest of the family streams video or plays Minecraft.

The best test for me, though, was real world experience. No one in the family has ever complained, even with 5 people streaming Netflix, the AppleTV going and 1 person playing video games. The engineer in me wants lots of raw numbers and wants to overthink my home network. I want to see big drops in numbers in different areas of my house so that I can justify new toys, but it just isn't supported by my testing.

One day, I may go full engineer on this place, with a new Firewall w/IPS, separate VLANs for all my different types of traffic and maybe even some DPI so I can see what's really flowing behind the scenes. Right now, though, everything in my home is working great. I'll be patient, let the mesh products mature a bit more, and one day hop on the 802.11ax train.

TL;DR: Testing doesn't support me getting new gear. What I have now really is good and anything else I do is just tinkering.

ps. The astute will note that I didn't address the wired portion of my network. That's because only my computer and the family printer are wired (not even the Apple TVs, and they do 4k no problem!). As a result, I don't need a big switch (and I'm on them all day at work so I don't have much desire to play at home).

pps. Plume and UBNT definitely look like the best two options for home networking

ppps. If I come across a random $500....I might still change my network. ;)

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Main Router: Arcadyan (Arnet Provider- Argentina). Arcadyan Status Page

Second Router/ WIRELESS Access Point: TP-Link Archer C60
Archer C60 Status Page
Archer C60 WDS Page

I've tried differents LAN IP and Internet Ips (Static, Dynamic, PPoe) and I can't manage to make it work.

The Lan IP should be in the same network as the main router, so 192.168.1.2 would be correct. But I have no idea what should be in the Internet tab

There isn't much information about the turning the C60 into an AP.
For example the Archer C2300 has an Operation tab where you turn it to an AP but in the C60 the only options are WDS inside the System Parameters.

Any ideas? Thanks

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Hello,

Looking for a little insight before i purchase some parts. Long story short, I want to connect a device that outputs data over USB to my network so other devices can utilize this data.

The device outputting data via USB is a Vesper Marine xb6000 AIS transciever.

I am trying to connect it to a Microtik router to see the data on various wireless and wired devices. Preferably via ethernet cable.

Would a simple USB to ethernet converter like this one work for this application?

Any input very much appreciated!

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I mean they're supposed to make it better, right?

Here's a link to what they are. I have gig fiber internet, and I use to get around 200mbps on my laptop, however after plugging them in all over the house I'm getting like 75mbps.

Do these actually make the wifi worse the more you have installed? I believe I have 4-5 plugged in all over the house.

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Hey guys, I’m in a three story house in the UK. I have BT fibre at around 30mbps. The router is on the bottom floor, and my PS4 on the top. My sole aim really is to limit lag as much as possible on the PlayStation.

I got some decent Powerline adaptors, and the PS4 is saying it’s getting a 29mbps connection which seems cool, but the light on the adaptors is saying there’s a weak signal and I should use a different plug. All the ones available to try show the same light.

Am I gonna have a shit time?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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So I've just set up a new TP-LINK router as my old BT-supplied router couldn't port forward. I've now attempted to do so on my new router and have hit a wall. I've forwarded port 80 and yet it doesn't seem to be open. I've disabled Windows Firewall, and since made an exception for it too. I've tried testing the public IP and port from my mobile phone using a 4G connection just in case of any hairpinning etc.

What am I doing wrong? Hopefully I've just made a simple mistake somewhere that can be rectified.

I have also linked various images including my port forwarding rules, my computers static IP, my DHCP etc.

https://imgur.com/a/E5DAmg5

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Hi,

so this is a bit confusing for me so i'm asking for help. it's entirely possible that someone in my family screwed with settings, so keep that in mind.

I use my phone and computer daily, and often voice chat so I pick up on whether or not my internet is working well. About a month ago, I realised that my connection was dropping pretty frequently, and that if I was voice-chatting on discord using my phone I wasn't able to access instagram, snapchat, etc without severe cutting out and lagging issues. I seem to have this problem in the entire house, albeit connection is semi-better near the router. here's a screenshot of the inconsistencies in the same, main spot I use my devices.

looking into it, i've come to discover that my phone isn't registering with the router as an online device, even if i connect to the guest list. the way i've solved the bad connection in the past was to prioritise my devices - i can't do that because according to my router, my iphone doesn't even exist. i turned on the guest list to connect my phone, and my router doesn't even register it on the guest list.

the settings are as followed:

a) firmware is updated

b) 2.4 GHz channel and width: 9 -2.452, auto. 5 GHz: auto, 20 MHz only

c) MAC filtering is disabled.

i have no idea what to do or where to really begin since i don't have extensive knowledge. i'm trying to avoid to reset my router settings as it's going to be a pain in the ass for my entire family.

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I live in a college apartment with 4 other roommates and a lot of internet traffic. We've been having issues with internet disconnects and low speeds and I think its due to the crap Spectrum equipment we're renting (didn't want someone to have to invest in network equipment, and didn't want it to be our problem if our internet had issues). So I'm looking for a new modem and router to improve this.

My budget is about $100-$200. I'm hoping to get some good equipment that I can use for myself after I graduate and get my own place. Suggestions?

I'm currently looking at these:

$141.69 ASUS RT-AC68U Wireless-AC1900 Dual-Band Gigabit Router

$58.85 TP-Link TC-7620 DOCSIS 3.0 (16x4) Cable Modem (This modem is accepted by Spectrum, I checked)

The Asus router is also available "Used - Very Good" for $113.90 from Amazon Warehouse and "Used - Like New" for $114.99 from from Sysmel (96% positive). Would you buy a lightly used router from Amazon?

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I have a HDHomeRun, which is a device that allows you to connect a TV tuner to your network. The problem is that it's ethernet only, and I don't want to have to run an ethernet cable to my router.

I'd like to get a wireless bridge of some sort, ideally 802.11AC, and cable of connecting to my wireless network.

Does anyone know a solid / reliable product that can do this?

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Is it possible to use an old desktop with dual nics to provide a network wide vpn. I am trying to keep all my internet traffic away from my isp using expressvpn. Can the openvpn server be used in between my current router and modem? Any recommended software for a novice?

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I’m thinking about giving powerline network adapters a try. I have a large 3 story home that is about 35 years old. It has a firewall (not like the firewall you’re probably thinking of) which is a large brick or concrete wall in the middle of the house to prevent a fire from burning the house completely Incase of a house fire so it makes running cable horrible.

Are these things any good? I have a gigabit down at my house. How good of a connection do these powerline adapters provide?

Has anyone used them that can vouch for them?

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Hi folks, I'm hoping someone can help me a bit with how I have my network set up. It's currently working, but I have some unexpected behavior in the windows 10 network window.

Here are the specs on my setup; I'm in Australia, and I have an NBN FTTP connect from the street to the NBN box on our wall. From there the connection goes to the ISP provided Modem/router (Sagemcom F@ST3864V2)

Here is a link to my home network setup: https://www.dropbox.com/s/vnv750yvqdzoyzi/NetworkDiagram.JPG?dl=0

Basically what I had in mind was to carry the internet through to my backyard office, with 3 areas of Wifi access along the way.

The TPLink Access points are all set to "Access Point" mode, and the IP Addresses are DHCP from the Sagemcom, with several reserved IP's for the static hardware.

So, on to the questions: I can't figure out is why when I'm looking at my Network in windows I can see my PC, I can see the Sagemcom Modem/Router, And I can see my closest access point, but it keeps disapearing/reappearing every minute or so. I can't see the other TP-Link access point even though I feel like i should be able to.

  • I can't see my NAS as a shared computer (I used to be able to, in a difference network configuration) but I can access it if I type the name or IP into windows explorer manually. However I can see it in the Storage devices clicking that just takes me to the web interface.

    -- further information, Windows 10 is updated to the latest, and I understand that they removes Homegroups, I'm not sure if that has any relavence, but I've also gone into services and enabled "DNS Client, Function Discover resource publicaiton, SSDP Discovery and UPnP discovery"

  • There are some old Media Devices in the Media Devices section from machines that aren't connected to the network any more.

  • Every now and then I get an odd device pop up in the network, a Roku, which is weird because i don't have one (I do have a chromecast however). I've noted its MAC Address and it doesn't match anything else I have on the network.

So yeah, I'm not having terrible issues , just ones that are beyond my knowledge on windows networking to solve. I imagine they probably have related, easy solutions that I've just not seeing.

Thanks anyone who took the time to have a read.

Cheers

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Hey there, I'm wondering if a router is the best device to use for extending a wireless signal (also wondering how)

I'm including a crude drawing of the layout of my apartment to show you what I'm looking for.

https://imgur.com/a/fPFFlz2

Right now, as you see in blue, is the the wireless modem that broadcasts our wifi. In the back of the apartment we can't get a good connection. I have an ethernet cable hooked from the modem to a router (red) that broadcasts a new wireless signal. Is there a way to turn the router into an extender for the (blue) wireless signal coming from the modem.

Also is the this the best way to boost wifi? Or is there another device I should be using to do this?

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I just bought a edgerouter-x and uap-ac-lite. It took me some time, but finally got my er-x set up and was able to connect to the internet. (baby steps, I know). I decided to apply the latest firmware (ER-e50.v1.10.6.5112725), it said that the router needed to be rebooted to apply them, in which I clicked "yes." As I waited several minutes for router to reboot, reconnect, and apply the update, the router never established connection again.

When I looked at the lights on the er-x, only eth0 was lit (which was connected to my modem), and eth1 was not lit (connected to my pc) nor did any of the other 3 ports on the er-x when I tried them. My network connection said it had no connection. I proceeded to try every possible combination of port swapping that I could think of, but I could not get back to the router's config page again on my browser.

Since I figured that I didn't get very far, I decided to hard reset the router and start the entire process all over again, but I'm not able to do a runtime reset -- no matter how long I hold down the reset button, eth4 refuses to flash. Even when I do a power-on reset, I cannot connect to the default 192.168.1.1, and yes, I changed my IP back to static.

I even tried on another computer, but no difference. Any suggestion on what I should do? Did I brick the router?

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I recently got into a new house with gigabit internet. While hardwired I can get close to the full 1000mbps but over wifi I can't get much past 50mbps.

Both my laptop and my phone are able to handle more than that and I thought the router would be able to push more. Even under the best conditions I can create I can't get much more than 50 on either 2.4g or 5g.

I've checked and changed channels for congestion but that didn't do much.

Would a newer better router be likely to handle faster wifi speeds? Or is it more likely environmental issues that I am stuck with?

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I might be able to get one used cheaply, quite a bit cheaper than a new separate router and modem. Since it is a a wireless gateway, what is the quality of the modem, router, and wireless AP in the unit?

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Hey

I've been struggling with the WiFi range of the Linksys WRT1900ACS for quite some time now(running latest official LEDE version 18.x.x) and it doesn't meet my needs so i figured that getting 2 more AP and placing them where the signal is lacking might be a good idea.

Since i never had a setup with multiple APs i need some advice..

- both AP will have a wired connection
- 1 needs to be quite small and the range of the 5ghz needs to be for no more than 5-10m
- 1 needs to have PoE and will be placed under the balcony on the porch - so it must be "somewhat" outdoor(no direct sun, no direct rain)

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Hello all, I am pretty new to network setups. I know how to do minor things like port forwarding. I have a new synology NAS and I am trying to make it as secure as possible. Basically I want to make it so that the NAS is only usable on my local network. I have visited r/synology and they have helped a bit. Basically what I understand is that my router (Asus N66U) firewall is able to keep my NAS safe as long as ports are not forwarded to the NAS. I originally had XBOX ports open to the whole network (noob). But i just changed them to my xbox ip address. My question is, since the ports are directed to the xbox ip, then those ports are not open to the synology NAS. Is this correct?

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I have IPv6 configured on my DD-WRT router and it works fine - I can hit IPv6 websites all over the internet just fine - but my internal resources are having a lot of problems. Turns out, Comcast's IPv6 DNS servers are being pushed out to my local clients against my will. Any ideas why this is happening? I have DD-WRT set up to serve out my internal DNS forwarders, which is what ought to be happening.

F'ing Comcast.

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See title. I’m troubleshooting a nighbor’s CenturyLink service. The WAN light on his Calix ONT is not lit up. His Zyxel modem recognizes a “CenturyLink WAN connection”, which I assume means that it recognizes VLAN 201 tagged traffic from the LAN interface on the Calix, I assume but the Zyxel says it has no internet connection. I imagine the WAN light on the Calix should be on, but something is up with the ONT or between the ONT and CenturyLink? I looked in his demarc and the splice or whatever in there looked ok...

Edit: the automated CenturyLink tests say everything is A-OK. Right...

Edit edit: there is nothing useful on Calix’s website and everywhere else online :-(

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Okay so another update:

Laptop on WiFi OR ethernet kills the DSL randomly, but VIDEO still buffers on YouTube if it was brought up before. No DNS resolves, or any other network activity. When the laptop kills the network it does at random, and sometimes isn't even transferring data. DNS is not an issue. No malware. Firewall checks out. No clue in hell what is going on......

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First, my mother works from home and her computer is connected via Ethernet. She needs internet to work. My room is on the second floor on the opposite side of the house where my WiFi is between 5mbps to 20mbps on a good day.

Without drilling for a wire to my room, what is the most optimal way for me to setup better connection to my router. I’ve tried: Power WiFi adapters, using 2.4GHz connection , WiFi extender, PCI adapter.

Is there someway I can setup a second router for upstairs.

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Connected my PlayStation 4 and phone to my WiFi. Connection test says I’m getting 30up/9down, but that quality connection only lasts for minutes. My connection will cycle from great to ok to no connection then back to great, etc. in 10 minute intervals and it makes online gaming or video streaming miserable.

It’s a Motorola DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem and an ADT pulse gateway router. I’m one room away from the devices so range shouldn’t be the issue.

Has anyone experienced something like this before? Bad router?

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I live in the U.S., but I'm moving to Spain. I have an SB6141 modem with an ER-X SFP router, which I was considering bringing. I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with ISPs in Spain, (or other parts of Europe). Do they even have cable broadband, or is it all FO?

Any advice or info on ISPs in Spain specifically, but also other parts of Europe as well, would be appreciated. Thanks!

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My home is 6000 square feet (2 stories and basement). Router is on the main floor to the side of the house (in the office). I get great signal near it but pretty weak/spotty on the far side of the house, in the basement, as well as upstairs. I find myself just turning off Wi-Fi on my phone just to be able to use the internet. I am using the router provided by the ISP (MetroNet). I get 200mbps (what I’m paying for) in the office but 30-40 elsewhere if anything at all.

So my question: would a better router or a mesh network be a better solution for adequate coverage? I am willing to spend around $250-350 to get the right setup if that matters for your suggestions.

Thank you for your time and responses.

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