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Old 31-07-2020, 10:47 PM   #31
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Actually, if u are using asus ac56u now and abit tech savy, can google flash ac56u to become ac68u and also refer to my guide, buy a cheap dir868l to flash to ac66u b1.

From there u got aimesh.

Using the above, i managed to get 400plus on wifi for 500mbps m1 plan.

Ethernet backhual and using s10+ to test.
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Old 01-08-2020, 12:10 AM   #32
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Actually, if u are using asus ac56u now and abit tech savy, can google flash ac56u to become ac68u and also refer to my guide, buy a cheap dir868l to flash to ac66u b1.

From there u got aimesh.

Using the above, i managed to get 400plus on wifi for 500mbps m1 plan.

Ethernet backhual and using s10+ to test.
Thanks but I am not at all tech saavy.
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Old 01-08-2020, 12:25 AM   #33
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Repeaters or WiFi extenders are never intended to be placed where you have weak signal in the first place.
Thanks Xonix. The issue is that because of the way my house is laid out, the only place I can put the router is (1) the kitchen (2) the helpers room. Placing it in the kitchen would be messy given all the wires and the food lying around. Furthermore, the router is quite bulky which is why I had wanted to get one of the more portable wireless repeaters to begin with (eg. D-Link Dap-1320).

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Old 01-08-2020, 09:59 AM   #34
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Hi AMAT and loganrunning,

I ended up buying the Linksys EA7500 and setting it up was a breeze. However, the problem is that I am using a Linksys Velop mesh and the EA7500 can only act as a repeater for the 5GHZ channel.

When I place the EA7500 in my helper's room, the 5GHZ signal is too weak to receive the Velop signal. I have tried to get the EA7500 to connect to the 2.4 GHZ Velop signal but get an error message that signal could not be established. This happens even if I turn off the 5GHZ channel on Velop (so that only 2.4 GHZ is available). I have tried to call Linksys for help but they told me that the EA7500 can only act as a reapeter via the 5GHZ channel as I am using a mesh system.

Any recommendations for something that can work with a mesh system and connect to the nodes via 2.4GHZ?

Thank you.
Yes, ea7500 is bulky

When you set it up, are you using the app in handphone or through lan cable connected to pc/laptop ? So far i have never tried the app. Using laptop/pc is the best way.

1. First bootup the ea7500, after 2 mins press the reset button at the back until the power flashes (about 10-20 seconds)

2. Then connect lan cable from pc/laptop to lan port of ea7500, wait 2 mins, then in chrome go to 192.168.1.1 login as admin (password is blank or admin).

3. Setup the wireless ssid/password for 2.4ghz and 5ghz (eg helper and helper_5g)

4. Then change it to repeater mode, select the 2.4ghz ssid from velop, key in ssid password, save and reboot

5. Try to connect to helper or helper_5g using your phone. If can go in then repeater is setup already.

6. Move the ea7500 to the helper room, power it up and try again.

Linksys has a good step by step guide on for step #4 changing into repeater mode :

https://www.linksys.com/sg/support-a...icleNum=247437

I have a spare ea7500, if still got problem i can check it later in the afternoon or tomorrow.
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Old 01-08-2020, 06:34 PM   #35
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4. Then change it to repeater mode, select the 2.4ghz ssid from velop, key in ssid password, save and reboot
Thanks for the reply.

The problem lies in this step. I previously turned off all 5GHZ band on Velop and tried to connect the EA7500 to the 2.4GHZ band of Velop.

This is the error message that appears.
https://i.imgur.com/LH94PK1.png
https://i.imgur.com/TYN3dkY.png

If I select the 5GHZ option at this step then it works perfectly without any issues.

Thanks.
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Old 01-08-2020, 07:55 PM   #36
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Thanks for the reply.

The problem lies in this step. I previously turned off all 5GHZ band on Velop and tried to connect the EA7500 to the 2.4GHZ band of Velop.

This is the error message that appears.
https://i.imgur.com/LH94PK1.png
https://i.imgur.com/TYN3dkY.png

If I select the 5GHZ option at this step then it works perfectly without any issues.

Thanks.
Have you tried at that location, your phone is able to see the 2.4Ghz velop ssid and connect to it ? You need to make sure at that location your phone can see the 2.4Ghz velop ssid before you setup the ea7500.

Your linksys velop, only 1 ssid for 2.4Ghz/5Ghz1/5hz2 ? I suspect it may be due to band steering :
https://www.linksys.com/us/support-a...icleNum=274488

disable either client or node steering :
https://www.linksys.com/us/support-a...icleNum=316222

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Old 01-08-2020, 09:42 PM   #37
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Your linksys velop, only 1 ssid for 2.4Ghz/5Ghz1/5hz2 ? I suspect it may be due to band steering :
https://www.linksys.com/us/support-a...icleNum=274488
Thank you. Yes, that is correct. I SSID for 2.4Ghz/5Ghz1/5hz2.


Have you tried at that location, your phone is able to see the 2.4Ghz velop ssid and connect to it ? You need to make sure at that location your phone can see the 2.4Ghz velop ssid before you setup the ea7500.

disable either client or node steering :
https://www.linksys.com/us/support-a...icleNum=316222
Let me go try this all out and report back. Thanks!
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Old 02-08-2020, 02:25 AM   #38
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Have you tried at that location, your phone is able to see the 2.4Ghz velop ssid and connect to it ? You need to make sure at that location your phone can see the 2.4Ghz velop ssid before you setup the ea7500.

Your linksys velop, only 1 ssid for 2.4Ghz/5Ghz1/5hz2 ? I suspect it may be due to band steering :
https://www.linksys.com/us/support-a...icleNum=274488

disable either client or node steering :
https://www.linksys.com/us/support-a...icleNum=316222
Tks, AMAT. I was offline, and don't have a EA7500.
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