Wi-Fi Extender or Powerline Adaptor- Confused!

let me start with the background of my problem, I am having a FTTN NBN and dont get speeds more than 25Mbps, also I believe my house is far from the node Which makes things worse. I had Kogan internet ( vodafone) without much complaints, however I now switched to Aussie BB based on various reviews and their local customer service. ABB is giving almost same speeds and bit less at times but I have noticed a lag in my online game play and live streaming.

I was advised to get the wiring checked and use an wifi extender by few and powerline adaptor by others. I need help from the forum whether any of these would really be useful.

https://www.amazon.com.au/TP-Link-TL-WA850RE-300Mbps-Univers...

https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/p/tp-link-av...

Also thinking to switch back to Kogan.

Comments

  • +3 votes

    You’re better off investing in a mesh network like Netgear Orbis, Amazon Eeros, etc.

  • +1 vote

    Login to the Aussie BB portal to see your node distance and new wiring can improve speeds and stop dropouts.

    If you can't run ethernet cables a mesh system is the next best option.

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      900m is node distance

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        25Mbps is about right at 900m.

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          speed is fine, its the lag and buffer thats frustrating

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            @Ehty: Aussie BB might be able to change the route for you. Ask here

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    What networking equipment (router, modem) you are using right now?

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      telstra smart modem 2

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        There is the option is to use ethernet if you want to stick with that modem. There is an option to switch to another modem/ router if you want to stick with wifi.

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          sorry didnt get this!

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            @Ehty: I was suggest to try another modem router such as a Netgear D7000. You'll lose the home phone functionality if you use another modem router. This is because Telstra Smart Modem 2 only has the settings within that device.

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    First of all, check is it your wifi coverage problem or NBN problem. Connect your PC to your nbn router using ethernet cable, or bring your PC next to the wifi router if you are using wifi.

    If the speed improves then you can start thinking about wifi extender or power adapter.

    If the speed doesnt improve, call ABB as it will most likely be their problem

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      speeds stays same when using Ethernet, given that my line capacity is 26mbps only.

      • -1 vote

        If your place is relatively new, then powerline adaptor should give you better performance.

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    It is possible that there is network co-existence also affecting the speed. When was NBN installed at your location?

    Do you know when ADSL will be switched off in your area?

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    For those with a Telstra service and Telstra smart modem, Telstra now provides a "Wifi Guarantee" using a wifi booster:

    https://www.telstra.com.au/internet/extras/wifi-extender

    If one booster doesn't give reliable wall-to-wall coverage, they'll send more for free - up to four total.

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    Not totally related to OPs question, but I haven't been able to find an answer and would rather not make a new thread.

    Is there any tool that I could buy that would let me see how well a powerline adaptor would perform in my house? I want a lower ping (on Fttp) but running an Ethernet cable isn't viable.

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    https://www.amazon.com.au/TP-Link-TL-WA850RE-300Mbps-Univers...

    This is running at half duplex. 150Mbps each way.