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A fast and stable WiFi extender, straightforward to configure for use with a BiPAC 7800N,
This review is from: Billion BiPac 3100SN 300 Mbps Wireless-N Wall Plug Access Point Repeater (Accessory)
I bought a Billion 7800N some years ago and, while impressed by its ability to sustain fast connections over an old phone line, found that I still suffered from WiFi blackspots. With the 3100SN sitting on top of a cabinet at the far end of an adjoining room, though, the WiFi signal-strength now hovers at around 85-90%. The signal's also extremely stable, and I no longer have to think twice about downloading very large files for fear that the wireless connection might temporarily cut out.
Some earlier reviews have criticised the documentation provided with the 3100SN. However, I found that I was able to configure a working connection in ten minutes or so by following their online guide. Taking it step by step:
Power up the 3100SN, and connect it up to your PC via the Ethernet cable. Log in to its web interface. Note down the BSSID on the Wireless Settings > Basic page.
Log in to the 7800N. Select the 'Advanced' menu.
On the Configuration > LAN > Wireless page, note down the Channel ID and the AP MAC address. In the 'Wireless Distribution System (WDS)' section, set 'WDS Service' to 'Enable'. Type the 3100SN's BSSID into the first 'Peer WDS MAC address' field. Insert the encryption key that you're intending to set for the 3100SN into the 'AES Key' field. Click 'Apply', 'Save Config', and 'Apply'.
Log in to the 3100SN.
On the Wireless Settings > Basic page, set the 'Channel (Frequency)' to the one currently being used by the 7800N. In the 'Wireless Distribution System (WDS)' section, set the 'WDS Mode' to 'Repeater Mode'. Copy the 7800N's AP MAC address into the first 'AP MAC Address' field.
Click the 'Wireless Security' hyperlink. Set the 'Security Mode' to WPA2-PSK and the WPA Algorithm to 'AES'. Type the 3100SN's encryption key into the 'Pass Phrase' field. Click 'Apply'. Both devices are now configured.
In brief, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the 3100SN which, as other reviewers have commented, is a very reliable tool for extending home WiFi networks.
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Initial post: 30 Nov 2012 19:24:11 GMT
I have to say great instructions on how to set up worked a treat Thanks
Posted on 23 Feb 2013 07:25:33 GMT
JOHN HENEGHAN says:
Thanks for taking the time to post these instructions. Wouldn't have had a hope getting in working without this.
Posted on 2 Oct 2014 10:32:11 BDT
M. Henderson says:
Thanks for the great instructions, I've been struggling with it for a few hours searching all over forums to get it sorted
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