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Problems with wifi repeater and other devices


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#1 Assilem

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Posted 02 April 2015 - 02:14 PM

I'm having problems with my wifi repeater (I think)..
I have a laptop downstairs that is plugged into the router and then upstairs I have a wifi repeater and a laptop that is working off that signal.. My problem is that the internet doesn't seem to work on my tablet or iPhone unless my laptop upstairs is turned on. It will connect no problem but it won't actually work. Also if I have other people here they cannot connect to the wifi unless my laptop upstairs is turned on (sometimes not even then) .. If I am connected and then turn off my laptop then the internet on my mobile devices stop working. I have no idea what is going on and neither does anyone else so would appreciate any help.
I am using Windows 8 and a Huawei WS320 wireless repeater. I have a BT home hub 3 and a BT Infinity openreach modem
 
 


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#2 CaveDweller2

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Posted 02 April 2015 - 04:15 PM

I'd reset it and do the setup steps again. Unless you've done this already?


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Posted 03 April 2015 - 12:09 PM

Yes I've done this a few times over and exactly the same result. I borrowed some powerline adaptors from a friend today and they work beautifully so it looks like I'll have to invest in some of those unfortunately



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Posted 03 April 2015 - 01:46 PM

There is something out of the ordinary going on. Did you use that laptop for setting up the repeater? I have no idea what a repeater would have to do with your laptop. If I am reading the setup correctly, you plug it in, it has it's own network that you connect a wireless client to, surf into the GUI, and set it to connect to your wireless. Then unplug it and plug it in where you need it. Unless you have the repeater set in some sort of ad-hoc mode to the laptop, I am not seeing any way for it to matter if the laptop is on or not. You did set it to connect to your downstairs wireless network right?


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Posted 03 April 2015 - 01:55 PM

Yes... Plug it in next to the router, let it connect to the router, take it upstairs and plug it in and I get perfect signal on my laptop via wireless (after connecting and disconnecting a few times) I just have to then keep my laptop on for anything else to work. But yes it's very out of the ordinary. And whilst I don't know a whole lot about computers/the internet I can't see how my laptop should make a difference






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