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    Default WiFi Range Extender

    I have Fibre coming into my home thru a Vodafone HG659 Home Gateway. The reception in my wife's study, which is the otherside of the kitchen, is at best poor. I have a HG556a which previously handle VDSL, and I wonder if it is possible to set that up, say in the kitchen, to receive and redirect the signal from the HG659? Do-able? Problems I'll likely encounter?

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    Default Re: WiFi Range Extender

    Wireless range extenders are almost never a good option. If you could run a cable from the Huawei modem to your other modem, and configure that second modem correctly (different IP, DHCP off) that will work the best.

    If running a cable is not an option, you could try a Powerline kit - TP-Link make some nice ones. These work pretty well in most situations.

    https://www.pbtech.co.nz/search?sf=tp-link+powerline

    Those HG659 are pretty average - if you are still with Vodafone, you could try and get one of their new Ultra Hubs - they seem a bit better, especially in the wireless department.

    If you are really serious about improving things, a Ubiquiti EdgeRouter and a couple of Ubiquiti UniFi-AC APs would run rings around your current setup, but is a bit more advanced to setup.
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    Default Re: WiFi Range Extender

    If you're considering running cable - why not simply run ethernet cable from the Huawei to the study PC?
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    Default Re: WiFi Range Extender

    I'm not planning on 'Running Cable'. I want to know if a WiFi Gateway can be used as a Router, picking up and re-transmit a signal from the one being fed by the Fibre Connection.

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    Default Re: WiFi Range Extender

    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamB View Post
    I'm not planning on 'Running Cable'. I want to know if a WiFi Gateway can be used as a Router, picking up and re-transmit a signal from the one being fed by the Fibre Connection.
    It probably would be possible but less likely to be reliable. The same function can be had with a range extender e.g. AC750 which is designed to do exactly what you want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wratterus View Post
    Wireless range extenders are almost never a good option. If you could run a cable from the Huawei modem to your other modem, and configure that second modem correctly (different IP, DHCP off) that will work the best.

    If running a cable is not an option, you could try a Powerline kit - TP-Link make some nice ones. These work pretty well in most situations.

    https://www.pbtech.co.nz/search?sf=tp-link+powerline

    Those HG659 are pretty average - if you are still with Vodafone, you could try and get one of their new Ultra Hubs - they seem a bit better, especially in the wireless department.

    If running a cable is not an option, you could try a Powerline kit .
    Are these the ones that transmit over a standard 230V cable?

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    Wratterus has given good advice. Yes, the powerline devices just plug into normal power sockets.

    The old modem/router cannot receive and re-transmit wireless signals.

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    Default Re: WiFi Range Extender

    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamB View Post
    I'm not planning on 'Running Cable'. I want to know if a WiFi Gateway can be used as a Router, picking up and re-transmit a signal from the one being fed by the Fibre Connection.
    This option is worthwhile considering, especially if the house is on one level. you get a direct connection to your Router, giving the best signal strength, in addition it is the cheapest. Just buy a cord of suitable length, , drill a hole in the floor at each location and connect up. I have had this setup for years and found it excellent. A little bit of bog around the holes will stop tiny uninvited guests!

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    Default Re: WiFi Range Extender

    Most routers don't have the software to allow it to work as a repeater so the answer would be no. If however, your router could get the software/firmware, then you could.

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    Default Re: WiFi Range Extender

    Have you considered replacing the Vodafone router? I had the same issue and replaced the Vodafone supplied router with a TP-Link unit. Problem solved...

    I was able to get Wi-Fi outside of my house down to the back fences which was a good 30 or so metres from the router location and up the driveway as well.

    Could be something you can look into.

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