This review is from: Sitecom Wl-330 Wireless Network 300n Range Extender (Electronics)IMHO, the instructions are inadequate. The 'quick start' is too simple and the PDF manual is just too advanced. The latter assumes you know what you're doing. I was googling for a tutorial when I found this review page...
The first time I tried to configure the Extender, I connected it via my network's switching hub down-stream of cable modem & wireless router to save digging behind desk for PC's cable. Following the instructions, all went well until I disabled the Extender's DHCP, after which I lost my network connection *and* had Windows complain that there were two nodes with same address. To recover, I had to reset both router and Extender. IMHO, you must press the Extender's button for rather longer than the 10 secs suggested...
Thinking I'd missed something, I did exactly the same again and again and again...
Anyway: My ISP had supplied a different model of wireless router, so I installed that. Exactly the same happened.
My ISP then upgraded my cable modem to a combined modem/router. Although this was faster and more powerful, it lacked an external aerial, so had blind spots. I tried the Extender again, had the same problems. I tried again, but now with PC directly connected to Extender. This time, it did not crash my network, and our lap-tops' WiFi managed to identify both devices. Unfortunately, I still could not get through to internet via the Extender...
What is most maddening is the feeling that I'm so close to a solution: Like my battle with twin NAS drives, I suspect it just needs a knowing click in the right box...
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Initial post: 3 Mar 2011 14:38:00 GMT
Nik Nik have you had any joy connecting to the internet yet? I've spent almost a day trying but to no avail! Laptop sees the extender, but when I look at my network connections (windows 7) it's not part of the home network and there's no connection to the internet. Very frustrating.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Mar 2013 17:11:51 GMT
I stopped trying to use it as a 'wireless extender'. In the end, I ran a network cable half-way around the house, plugged that into the extender, configured it as a basic 'Wireless Access Point'. In *this* role, it works perfectly. In fact, it has a significantly better range than my cable modem, with scant 'drop-outs'...
I'm still convinced I was only a couple of clicks from a solution, but, d'uh...
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