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Old 11-25-2020, 05:41 AM   #1
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How to extend WiFi signal

I occasionally use my Nighthawk hot spot at home but have found the WiFi signal too weak to be received in some rooms. How can I fix this?
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If you go into the settings there are three broadcast power modes. Default is low power for longer battery life. I keep mine on high because it is always plugged in to power.
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Thanks, I just changed it to long broadcast range. I will be using it a new house we bought that has a second floor. If I still have range issues is there another solution?
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not familiar with nitehakw, if it has an ethernet port you can maybe run it in pass thru and use a better access point..

I have my internal AP disabled in my lte unit and use a Ubiguiti pro upstairs that uses a wireless mimo hop to another Ub AP , I have coverage 250ft around house.. strong..

maybe some has experience with your device.
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If you want to stay in the Netgear line, here is a link to their wireless extenders. I usually recommend the $60-$70 dual-band units.

I have also used Powerline extenders to extend wired Ethernet. Link to Netgear Powerline extenders is here.
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Thanks, I just changed it to long broadcast range. I will be using it a new house we bought that has a second floor. If I still have range issues is there another solution?
One easy fix is to purchase a router with what is called "WiFi as WAN" capability. It will receive the signal from the Nighthawk and rebroadcast it using a more powerful transmitter.

You could even locate the router near the Nighthawk and connect the two via USB or Ethernet rather than using WiFi. If you do that you wouldn't need a WiFi as WAN router.
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One easy fix is to purchase a router with what is called "WiFi as WAN" capability. It will receive the signal from the Nighthawk and rebroadcast it using a more powerful transmitter.



Would that be the same thing as a WiFi extender.


You could even locate the router near the Nighthawk and connect the two via USB or Ethernet rather than using WiFi. If you do that you wouldn't need a WiFi as WAN router.

The Nighthawk is a router. So what would I be connecting to it?
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One easy fix is to purchase a router with what is called "WiFi as WAN" capability. It will receive the signal from the Nighthawk and rebroadcast it using a more powerful transmitter.

You could even locate the router near the Nighthawk and connect the two via USB or Ethernet rather than using WiFi. If you do that you wouldn't need a WiFi as WAN router.
Joel doesn't rebroadcast drop 50%.... OE extenders.

Hopping mimo is typical . or use any Ethernet and diff channel etc....
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The Nighthawk is a router. So what would I be connecting to it?
The OP (timejet) had referred to his Nighthawk hotspot, model MR1100. That is a different device than the Nigthhawk router.
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Hi, I have a question about setting up a dish/satellite for our camping trips. We have a TV in the TT but can't get signals in alot of the campgrounds. Wanting to get a free standing unit but really don't know where to start!! I'm somewhat knowledgeable about cable, PC's, etc but any "where to start" would be appreciated. I've heard that once you buy a unit, there are plans that you can pay by the month, we're not full timers but would like NOT to pay when we're not using the unit. Hope this makes sense & thanks in advance for any info!
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I occasionally use my Nighthawk hot spot at home but have found the WiFi signal too weak to be received in some rooms. How can I fix this?
I am using this https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 with my Netgear 815S. It also gives me a hard wired ethernet connection for my Dish receiver.
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Buy a second router or access point to take the signal from the existing Wifi router and then rebroadcast it. Signal reception depends on distance and the capabilities of the sending unit including its antenna array and the receiving unit. With our newer laptops we get a stronger signal thanks to their improved antenna setup.

Look for a Wifi extender or signal booster which is the least expensive fix. Put one where it can still get a signal from the primary router and it will extend the range for it. The more antennas that it has the more likely the booster's range and performacne.
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The Nighthawk has an ethernet jack from which to run a cable to another router and re-broadcast. If you're comfy with losing a little speed, you can have the Nighthawk broadcast to another router, using a "wifi as wan" setup. The Nighthawk is a great, flexible little device.
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I need to extend the WiFi signal in my house to include 2 upstairs bedrooms so connecting a wire to another router won't work, I want to do it wirelessly.
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