Nach dem Wechsel meines BT SmartHub mit einem pfsense Router, Ich habe mich das Haus WiFi als auch ein Upgrade. Die meisten Geräte verdrahtet sind als die meisten Zimmer Anschlüsse verdrahtet ich vor meinen Eltern Jahren ausgestattet, wenn drahtlose kaum eine Realität war. Allerdings Telefone, Tabletten, e‑readers, und Laptops funktionieren wirklich am besten mit Wireless (oder nur mit Wireless in einigen Fällen), und arbeitet auch ein drahtloses System benötigen, die Mobilität ermöglicht.
Our house is old and fairly large — no single wireless point has ever provided reliable coverage, so I previously had 2 netgear EX6150 access points to ensure full coverage. Ich hatte auch 1 PC linked via powerline adaptors which I have been very unimpressed with. I had looked at wireless mesh networks and reviews a few times but felt (und immer noch das Gefühl) that £100-£200 per access point is daylight robbery. There are plenty of basic devices out there for £50 or less than have all the hardware required, so I decided to investigate if these cheap devices could be turned into a mesh network
I should be clear about the difference between a mesh network and a collection of access points, as many other articles are not clear on this point. The key difference with a mesh network is that the access points communicate with each other and then tell client devices which access point to communicate with. With a set of normal access points a client device will stay connected as long as it can and will only switch to a new access point if it loses connection to the original. This means you can have a very low speed signal from a distance access point depite being near to a much stronger signal from a different access point. To put it simply — if you want to be able to roam and always get the best possible connection you need a mesh network.
To turn a cheap device into a mesh-compatible device just means the software on it needs to be able to communicate with the other access points and then issue advice to clients about the best access point to use. Of course no-one if giving away free software upgrades to old or cheap devices — instead they’d rather you junk the old hardware and splash out on new. Fortunately there are several open source replacements available, OpenWRT, MITGLIEDER, DD-WRT, und Tomaten, die auf vielen alten Routern und Access Points geflasht werden kann.
Unfortunately for me, none of the open source builds appeared to be compatible with either my BT SmartHub (v6) or the Netgear EX6150 access points, probably because they’re Vereinigtes Königreich nur Geräte. I considered buying 2 oder 3 cheap routers to flash and had a look around for sales on any routers with wireless-ac support. The only models under £50 were TP-Link devices which were also not listed as supported by any of the open source builds.
I had resolved to wait for devices to come down in price but then spotted that the BT Whole Home WiFi system was on offer with 2 Scheiben nur £ 100. After a little research I ascertained that all devices featured a wired ethernet port, that the system supports wired ethernet “backhaul” and that 2 sets would work together as a single big set. ich bestellte 2 Kits, so für nur £ 200 bekam ich 4 Zugangspunkte.
Initial impressions (nach nur einer Woche) are very positive. Setting up the system was straight-forward — connect each device in turn via a wired connection so that it can receive the settings for the system across the wired network, dann ziehen Sie den Stecker, locate it where you need (within range of another access point) und gehen Sie weg. I connected all of my devices to wired connections and left them there. I now get multi-hundred megabit wireless connections in every room in the house, and when moving between rooms handover works fantastically and seamlessly. For the price I’m very impressed with the system so far.
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