Internet Boost at Home

I need internet access on the other side of the house and the TPG NBN modem is pretty crappy and not getting much WiFi signal at the other end.

What is everyone using these days to boost connectivity around the home?


  • Mesh system
    Really long lan cable

  • If you want cheap, you can get a Xiaomi repeater for $10. I am using one at home, works fine.

    • this works fine.

    • You even get free packet sniffing from the Chinese government for free.

      • You can sniff my packets all you like. A clear conscience fears nothing and I look more ugly than usual in tin foil hats. I guess if you are worried about privacy, then you probably need to spend more than $10.

  • Threw the TPG provided modem in the bin (I don't need home phones anyway), use a 10 year old Mac Mini as a pfSense router (with the thunderbolt to ethernet adapter), two WAPs (one at each end of the house) and two network cabinets with a 10GBe uplink between them. Switches are all pre-loved enterprise gear from HP and Cisco. There's also a 100mbit POE switch with 1GBe uplinks used for IP cameras. Whenever a device can be hard wired it is to avoid saturating the WAPs.

    • Reminds me of the Dr Suess IT manual;

      If a packet hits a pocket on a socket on a port,
      And the bus is interrupted as a very last resort,
      And the address of the memory makes your floppy disk abort,
      Then the socket packet pocket has an error to report!
      If your cursor finds a menu item followed by a dash,
      And the double-clicking icons put your window in the trash,
      And your data is corrupted ’cause the index doesn’t hash,
      Then your situation’s hopeless, and your system’s gonna crash!
      If the label on your cable on the table at your house,
      Says the network is connected to the button on your mouse,
      But your packets want to tunnel by another protocol
      That’s repeatedly rejected by the printer down the hall,
      And your screen is all distorted by the side effects of gauss,
      So your icons in the window are as wavy as a souse,
      Then you may as well reboot and go out with a bang,
      ’Cause as sure as I’m a poet, the sucker’s gonna hang!
      When the copy of your floppy’s getting sloppy on the disk,
      And the microcode instructions cause unnecessary RISC,
      Then you have to flash your memory and you’ll want to RAM your ROM:
      Quickly turn off your computer and be sure to tell your mom!

      Or the Comic Book Guy
      'I'm interested in upgrading my 28.8 kbps internet connection to a 1.5 Mbps fiber-optic T-1 line. Will you be able to provide an IP router that's compatable with my token ring ethernet LAN configuration?'

    • So you went from one powered device to enough devices to melt a power station. Nice.

  • The cheapest, free step is to position your modem/router for the clearest signal distribution.

    Ensure it is distributing through as few walls and things as possible.
    Generally elevate your modem as high as possible (so it's distributing over the top of most furniture), and especially ensure it's not hidden behind something RF reflective like a Steel Filing cabinet, Washing machine, Dryer, Fridge, or Oven.

  • Ubiquiti AP

    Lite version shows up in the low $100 range often.

  • If the tpg modem is shite, is it cheaper to buy a better suitable modem rather than repeaters mesh systems etc?

    • That's what I was thinking. If Officeworks or whoever will allow me to return an NBN and try it, return it if I'm not happy, I'd be willing to try another

  • Put your router in the middle of the house

    • Unfortunately the phone line is in a room far from everything else. I don't know why though.

      • The TPG NBN modem wifi works at at my folks place. Getting a stronger router won't solve your problem, even with beamforming tech in wifi 6 standard. Assume there are a few walls before the ends of your house.

        Use EOP (powerline) from your internet point to middle of the house, and put router in the middle of the house. Assume the PowerPoints are on the same circuit. No exact model to suggest, but get one rated min 500mbps.

        Your next best bet is a range extender in the middle of your house. Your network speed and lag suffer.

        Both similar price point