on 02-09-2021 10:38 AM
I’m having problems with my home network. My set up is Windows 10 PC in upstairs study. Talktalk router downstairs connected to TP-Link AV600 Powerline. AV600 in upstairs study plus AV600 in upstairs bedroom. My available networks show Talktalk router and TP-Link. If I connect my network to Talktalk the speed is below 20 mbps but TP-Link is over 50 mbps so obviously I want to use TP-Link but my problem is it keeps dropping signal and automatically switching to Talktalk and slow speed. I can go into network settings and change it back to TP-Link but any advice on how to stop this happening would be welcome.
on 07-09-2021 03:35 PM
No worries, I quite understand Brooksie. I will enjoy the virtual pints, once I have fed them through a virtual/real converter!
If you ever do want to have another go, I'd be pleased to help further.
Cheers to you too.
on 07-09-2021 03:32 PM
Thanks for the info. When I asked the question about my network I never realised that several days later we'd still be discussing it. I'm very grateful for all your assistance but we'll have to call it a day now as I'm away now for several days. All is not lost though as my network still works even if it's not quite like it should be. I've enjoyed our discussions and I've probably learnt something and if my network bothers me again I may pick up where we left off but when I get back I may also disconnect & reset all and start again. In the meantime I think you deserve a pint or two for your patience - unfortunately they're only virtual pints.
on 07-09-2021 02:59 PM
Thanks for that, it seems to have made no difference. What I propose now is something rather different. The problem to me is that when both extenders are on the same powerline network, the settings of one is cloned to the other & they use the same channels & interfere with each other.
So what I want to do (I have done this with two sets of TalkTalk extenders working over powerline before) is to create two, totally separate power line networks. I can't guarantee it will work, but the worst-case scenario is that you put it back as it is. This will involve temporarily using your PA251, disconnecting whatever is currently using it. So you may prefer to do this at a time that is convenient.
What I'd like you to try is this:-
We will need to do a bit more testing, but leave that until we see if this does work or not. Obviously, if it was to work, you would need to think of getting another PA251 (the 4220s still seem to be sold), so hopefully, you would be OK, but that is further down the road.
Sorry for it being rather involved.
on 07-09-2021 01:29 PM
I think you tried a factory default of these extenders, didn't you? If not, try that & get one more screenshot.
07-09-2021 12:52 PM - edited 07-09-2021 12:53 PM
Thanks very much, it still has a very low signal strength, I wonder if there is something wrong with this extender. Despite what I asked you to do before, please can you now turn this extender off & reconnect the TP-Link_E88E40 in its place & get (sorry for this) yet another screenshot (Acrylic or Android, take your pick).
on 07-09-2021 11:33 AM
Please turn the TP-Link_E88E40 off & get another screenshot with the Android.
on 07-09-2021 11:13 AM
Either will do if Android or iPhone/iPad. Personally, I prefer the analysers for Android, either way, please see my guide & it will tell you which ones I recommend & how to use them.
on 07-09-2021 11:06 AM
Whilst brick walls will absorb the signal a bit, I would not have thought it would be that bad. I assume there is no obvious metal in between the extender & PC (it is almost impossible to predict the path it will take)? Do you have any other WiFi-connected device that you could use in the study, just to prove that it is not a problem with the Wireless card in the PC?
on 07-09-2021 10:39 AM
What type of walls will the WiFi signal from the Brooksie extender have to pass through to get to the study? Are they by any chance plasterboard with insulation in them? If so, that insulation can be covered in aluminium foil (no, please stop drilling into it to find out for me)! If it is like this, the foil will black a WiFi signal stone dead.
on 07-09-2021 10:29 AM
That looks better, no stray networks & Brooksie's configuration is fine, but the signal strength is very low. Where in the property did you take the latest screenshot in relation to the location of the Brooksie extender?
on 07-09-2021 10:03 AM
No this is still not right, please can you ensure that there is only 1 extender (Brooksie) turned on, if the other one is on that will make it bad. It looks like the channel width still needs setting to 20MHz, channel 1 is OK. Then please can you get me another screenshot like that?