on 13-11-2011 8h40
I have a BT Home Hub 3 working well in my house, but I do most of my work in a cabin in the garden. The signal there is very weak.
If I get a second BT Home Hub, can I pair it with the first and use it to boost my signal? If so, how?
Any thoughts much appreciated.
13-11-2011 9h21 - edited 13-11-2011 9h36
The later home hubs do not support WDS (Wireless Distribution System) so normal repeaters do not work with it.
If there is a mains feed to the cabin then Powerline adapters may work. These use the mains to carry the Ethernet signal from one of the ports on the home hub, to another power point elswhere, i.e. your cabin.
You then plug your computer into the Ethernet port on the second Powerline adapter or use an additional stand-alone wireless access point.
There is another option you could try, and that is a universal repeater.
I have a T-LINK TL-WA701N which I am using as a wireless access point, but it can also function as a universal repeater, which, when I read the manual, seems to indicate that it will repeat any wireless signal.
As it is only £14.99, it may be worth experimenting with to see if it will work with the Home Hub 3.
on 14-11-2011 15h17
would personally put in a LAN ethernet port. Kits with 50m of cable are on the market for about £30 and you will get fantastic speeds and its more secure
on 15-11-2011 15h20
Update:- I have just tried using a TL-WA701N in the universal repeater mode, and it has no problem repeating a home hub 1 which is using WPA-PSK encryption.
You must not select WDS, but simply scan for the MAC address of your hub, and hit connect. Then set the wireless encryption to the same as your hub, saving the settings on each page of the setup.
Reboot the TL-WA701N , and thats about it. If you position the repeater somewhere where there is a poor signal. It re-creates the network and radiates a strong signal.
I see no reason why it should not work with the Home Hub 3.
on 21-11-2011 13h51
I now have two BT Home Hub 3 units - one that came when I joined the service, and one I was given.
If I ran a phone extension line to my cabin, is there any reason I couldn't have both hubs connected to my BT line?
Thanks in advance.