Extend Home Fiber Internet

I currently happen to have two Safaricon Home Fiber Routers. Is it possible to use the second router to Extend the network received by the First Router…

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Very possible. Niliona swali jana ni ka assume someone else will respond :rofl:. Connect the second one with an ethernet cable (io port #1), then follow online steps on how to disable its modem and turn it to an extender.

People here ni Experts were kublue tick…
Mind sharing those instructions or link…

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:rofl: :rofl:

I’m guessing it’s a Huawei…Safaricom uses EG8145V5 if I’m not wrong. Follow this video below, might help. Ignore the poor voiceover, visual illustration is good

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Lemme try and see how it goes…

We had the same problem at home. We were paying 5k for saf home internet (bronze package) which cost 2500 at that time. Eventually i bought another router which would act as a repeater and paid some guy to connect the two using an ethernet cable. We now pay 4000 for internet and the reach is allover the house.

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Using an existing second Saf Router as an extender didn’t work out.
Eventually bought another router (Tenda) and used it as an extender…

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Sad it didn’t work out. I think someone here with extra router should research for a better way to make it work. It should work

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Step-1 : Set up Primary Router
To set up your primary router, connect the Ethernet cable provided by your internet service provider which carries internet to the WAN port of a router. On many routers, the “WAN” port is also labelled as “Internet”.

Once your primary router is installed and internet is working properly, there are two methods to extend your network.

Method 1

Step-2 : Setting up Secondary Router via Ethernet Cable
Set up a secondary router to expand the network. In order to do that, take an ethernet cable and to connect one of that cable to the LAN port of primary router which has an internet connection. Take the other of ethernet cable and insert it in WAN port of secondary router.

Step-3 : Configuring your Secondary Router
To login into secondary router, turn over the router and enter the website on browser written in front of login details. Once you have logged in router using username and password:

  1. Set internet connection as DHCP.
  2. Set up your WiFi router name.
  3. Set Router Password.
  4. Save and Apply.

After you have clicked save and apply, your secondary router is now set up and ready for use. This secondary router has extended your network.

Method 2 –

Note –
Before performing this method, make sure bridging is enabled on primary router.

Step-2 : Setting up Secondary Router as Wireless Repeater
To set up a secondary router as wireless repeater, keep the secondary router at a place where good signal quality of primary WiFi router is available. If signals received are less, then this method might not work properly.

Step-3 : Configuring Secondary Router as Wireless Repeater
Login into secondary router in the same way as explained in Method 1: Step 3. Once logged in, follow the steps :

  1. Go to Wireless Page.
  2. Set up your WiFi router name.
  3. Set Router Password.
  4. Save and Apply.
  5. Go to Wireless Repeater Section on Wireless Page.
  6. Enable wireless repeater option, if disabled.
  7. Click Site Survey Button.
  8. Select the primary router name from list of WiFi available.
  9. Enter the password of primary router in pre-shared key section.
  10. Click Apply.

There is a Wireless page in which you need to set up the SSID and Password of Secondary Router. Then, you need to go to the wireless repeater section on Wireless Page. There, after enabling wireless repeater option and after survey is done, a list of WiFi names will appear whose signal is accessible by secondary router. Select the name of the primary router and enter the password of the primary router. After completion of above steps, your network will expand as secondary router will act as Wireless Repeater.

Note –
Internet Speed received via method 1 is always greater than method 2. Therefore, to expand network with good internet speed, use method 1.

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Using a router I bought in 2012 thereabouts as an extender.

It’s important to explain the downsides of the diff methods of “extending” your network.

It also brings up important considerations/questions. What are your floor plans? What materials are in your walls and floors(Multi-storey buildings)? Do you need indoor + outdoor access? What gear do have lying around/will purchase for the solution?

Also, get another router, A+ if you can buy one that is DDWRT or OpenWRT compatible, even if you don’t need the coverage! Treat the ISP provided one as the internet, an external device. It cannot be trusted! For enthusiasts and pros you can further have a #pfSense box between your ISP router and local LAN.

If you have IoT devices, yes your internet/wifi connectable TV/Nvidia shields …etc, you should have VLANs(Router + Managed Network Switch) or simply use the Steve Gibson 3 dumb routers method where you create a “Y” network of routers with the inner most router, one of the tops of of the “Y”, having your “untrusted” and/or guest networks and/or IoT devices. They can only see the internet and nothing else. If you want to control the devices you simply join that network. For pros with VLAN compatible routers, switches and/or firewalls you can simply create rules that only allow one direction access. Nothing can be initiated from your insecure networks but only from your secure ones.

Lastly, don’t fall prey to “leasing” or renting repeaters …

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Had forgotten about this clever way of using an existing wiring for a house to carry #ethernet. AC is trasmitted at usually 50 or 60Hz leaving space for other goodies!

Some caveats:

  1. May not be suitable for large houses as signal may degrade too much.
  2. Also for large houses if you want multiple points of access this maybe not possible as collisions increase(congestion).
  3. If not in a detached house your neighbours can spy/use your network if it’s not protected and/or if they have the same idea as you get congestion as no. 2

Btw,i been contemplating this solution for a while, are these adapters sold locally?

That depends on the second router. It can be done in two ways. If the second router has a wireless card, you can set it up to use the main router as a Wireless Access Point and extend the coverage of the main Wireless network. If the second router has a LAN port, you can connect it to the main router with a LAN cable and then use the second router’s Wireless network to extend the wireless coverage area.