My Homehub 2 wireless security shows two options in the basic setup:
And in advanced there are more options:
Do the advanced settings override what is set in the basic settings?
If WPA2 only is set, will the homehub only use WPA2?
Is this different to Homehub3?
I'm trying to get an Edimax range extender working and it appears that despint the Edimax supporting WPA2, it will only work with WEP on homehub2, but will work with WPA2 on homehub3.
As I hope you will have guessed the QWERTY key is just for testing as I'm typing it in every 5 mins trying out various settings....
I have also found that using WEP, both Edimax and homehub run at a max speed of 54mbps. When WPA2 is selected, the homehub maxes to 130mbps and the Edimax 150mbps.
Also, the Edimax uses 2 channels, 1 and 5 when in WPA2 mode and only 1 channel in WEP mode.
Maybe this is a clue why the Edimax and homehub don't work together in any mode other that WEP???
A wireless repeater should not use different channels if it is set up correctly.
It simply receives and then repeats the same channel.
Are you sure that it is a Universal Repeater ?
Yes its a universal repeater.
It's works fine as such provided everything runs WEP.
Switching to WPA2 or WPA causes the problems, even though the Edimax and the Homehub both support WPA2 and WPA.
The Homehub can use a mix of both WPA and WPA2 and I know the Edimax doesn't support that, but I'm setting the Homehub to Just WPA2 or WPA in the advanced settings wireless security page.
I'm using inSSIDer to look at that channels they are using and what data rates too.
I'm not sure if there are any other tools to see how the router and extender negotiate with each other.
A universal repeater will repeat the same SSID and the same channel, but each will have a different MAC address if you use a wifi scanner.
I think I'm going to give up with the Edimax 7228, there's clearly some incompatibility with the way it and HH2 do WPA2 encryption.
It's odd because BT sell these in their online shop!!!
Maybe I'll give a TP Link a go.
WDS (Wireless Distribution System) only supports WEP, so maybe it is not working as a proper Universal Repeater?
I also believe that the HH does not support WDS.
There is another thread about an Edimax here http://community.bt.com/t5/BT-Infinity/Infinity-Home-Hub-3-0-amp-Edimax-EW-7416APn-V2-Universal/m-p/...
A Universal Repeater is simply a WiFi receiver and a WiFi transmitter coupled together, but they have to work in two phases, as they normally only have one radio module.
One to receive a packet from the home hub, and store it.
Next transmit the packet to the client.
This does however reduce throughput.
This can be seen on the TP Link device, which shows the two parts of the process on a web page.
You can see AP-UP when it is connected to the home hub, in addition to any devices that are connected to it.