Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2020 1:19 Post subject: r6400 as an Access Point
I can get a solid Wi-Fi signal to the edge of the patio with my R7800 if I move it to the back of the house, which I don’t want to do as I lose in house signal strength.
Currently most Extenders are crap below $100, especially the ones that have a gigabit Ethernet port to connect to the main WAN. I refuse to get a Wi-Fi extender as the transfer rates are brutal connecting back to the central Wi-Fi.
As the R6400s are sitting well below $100 Cdn I was thinking of using one at the closest wall of the house which should give me an excellent signal. I am planning to use the same SSIDs on it so that transitions are seamless. Channel choices are excellent with 11 on the main Wi-Fi and either 1 or 3 for the patio. Both have (currently) very weak usage by the neighbours, so that is not an issue.
This will also benefit my Wi-Fi TP-Link external plugs for bark yard lighting and fountain.
I have installed many DD-WRT r6400s for friends who needed better coverage for their TV devices, but never needed the mesh type SSID setups.
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Posted: Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:02 Post subject:
The R6400 isn't a bad choice, however do you need only 2.4 band or both? You may be able to get away with any supported Atheros TP-Link (Archer C5, Archer C7, WDR3500, WDR3600, WDR43*0, WDR4900v2, WR*N* with the 7xx MHz CPU) - except the WR1043Nv5, still trying to figure out how to flash one...
For the current requirement, 2.4 is a primary requirement (the current TP-Link Wi-Fi devices do not have 5). No one is streaming on the patio so 5Ghz is not mandatory...though if work from home keeps going I will start having video conferences on the patio with beer as the beverage of choice.
As 2.4 has greater distance and the above devices only support it...
Currently I have a r6400 in my cart at $72 Cdn, so I am sure this is the best test scenario I can think of. I tried a couple of old Buffalo, Linksys and TP-Link devices, but just not holding a good signal strength. _________________ NetGear R7800 x2
NetGear R6400V2 x 4
Linksys WRT54G x3