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Old 02-22-2020, 11:38 AM   #1
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Hi, i have a bit specific issue and a problem regarding wireless network expansion and i would appreciate any advice.

I've been having this problem for quite a while now and i still haven't been able to find a solution.

I would like to expand my wireless network coverage, so that my cousin, who lives just 2 houses away from me (around 25 m / 80 feet distance) could connect to it.

I've got a 100 Mbps internet connection and i've been using some ISP provided TPLINK router. My cousin has no internet connection at his home, so we've been trying to find a solution to share mine.

We bought a TPLINK CPE210 outdoor access point (https://www.tp-link.com/us/business-...-radio/cpe210/), connected it to my ISP router and pointed it towards his house that's only 25 m / 80 feet away. Even though there is nothing between CPE210 and his house, we have a perfectly clear line of sight, the unfortunate thing is, his house has pretty thick brick /concrete walls, so his wifi adapter can hardly get any signal, and it's often lost. I mean TPLINK CPE210 is outdoor access point, that can connect 2 points on 10+ km distance (if the line of sight is good), so i thought it would easily penetrate through brick wall at 25 m away, but apparently that's not the case. We've tried experimenting with different setups like CPE210 ----> Wifi adapter , then CPE210 ----> wireless router (in WISP mode) -----> wifi adapter , etc etc, but none of the configurations seem to work as we need them to work. The worst thing is, if he wants to get any connection at all, he has to position his laptop in some exact spot of his house and even then the signal strength is always low and often lost, so we're happy when he can get 5-6 Mpbs connection, even though CPE210 is capable of 300 Mpbs speeds.

Due to the circumstances, I know we won't get 100% speed, but what should we do to get a stable wireless connection an some reasonable speed inside his house?


Our current setup is:

1. My ISP router is providing WAN access to TPLINK CPE210 outdoor access
point via LAN cable
2. TPLINK CPE210 is currently set to wireless access point and pointed
directly to this house, that's only 25 m / 80 feet away
3. He's using his laptop integrated wifi adapter to connect to CPE210 outdoor access point (we did try with some TPLINK external wifi adapter too, but we had the same results

I'm now thinking that CPE210 might not be the right choice for the job.



Please advise what else could we try, thanks!
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Old 02-23-2020, 11:55 PM   #2
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Get another unit of the exact same outdoor cpe and install it on your cousin's house, outside, facing the one at your house, and configure them for a point-to-point connection. Run a cable from the cpe at your cousin's end to a wireless router inside for his WiFi access or wired connection if he wishes. That's how I would do it.
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Get another unit of the exact same outdoor cpe and install it on your cousin's house, outside, facing the one at your house, and configure them for a point-to-point connection. Run a cable from the cpe at your cousin's end to a wireless router inside for his WiFi access or wired connection if he wishes. That's how I would do it.
Thanks for the info. I did just that - i bought another CPE210 unit today --->set it up in client mode ----> mounted it on his outer wall & drilled a small hole through it ---> connected it to his wifi router via lan cable. He's getting 30 mbps average internet connection speed on Wifi (he has 54 mbps 802.11 b/g wifi adapter in his laptop and extremely cheap router that isn't really covering his entire flat 100%- so it's fairly good), and well over 60 mbps internet connection speed through lan, so we definitely solved the problem. I'm sure we might have gotten a better result by testing different channels / adjusting different angles of both antennas, but since he was so thrilled with the results we instantly had, i just left it like that. Thank you very much for your help, it's much appreciated.
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