Hi. Yesterday I was able to change my network configuration. Since yesterday to this moment it has being about 12 hours and it seems my WiFi and Internet are fine (so far and hope they remain that way
For the DIR-827 I did a factory reset and defined all the parameters manuallyONT GPON 2516:
Wan - Dynamic IP
Static IP: 192.168.15.1
DHCP Range: 192.168.15.10 to 253
DHCP Lease time: 2880 minutes
I've enabled the DMZ and entered my DIR-827 IP: 192.168.15.2DIR-827:
Connection type: Static IP
IP Address - 192.168.15.2
Subnet Mask - 255.255.255.0
Default Gateway - 192.168.15.1 (this is my ONT GPON 2516)
Primary DNS Server: 126.96.36.199 (this is an OpenDNS server)
Secondary DNS Server: 188.8.131.52 (also and OpenDNS Server)
MTU: 1500 (according to the forum FAQ for setting MTU, 1472 gets not fragmentation so by adding 28 it gaves me 1500 wich is also the default value)
MAC Address - The MAC address of the DIR-827
Here comes my first question questions:1) I defined OpenDNS servers since they are faster and more reliable than DNS servers used by several ISP, but would like to know if it's ok to do that or if I should put as primary and secondary DNS server my GPON 2516 (192.168.15.1) ? My goal is to have an stable WiFi and internet and don't know if there is a suggested value here.
If your ONT is passing thru your custom DNS addresses correctly then use the custom DNS settings.
So far after doing this with my laptop and with an ethernet cable I have internet on my laptop.
My laptop was connected to port 1 of the DIR-827 and the DIR-827 "internet" port is connected to the GPON ethernet port 1.
DIR-827 Wireless Network Settings:
Wireless Band 2.4Ghz:
Enable Wireless: checked to always enable
802.11 Mode: 802.11g only (since at this moment will use my DWL-G700AP in repeater mode until my Linksys RE1000 arrives) The DWL won't connect to the 827 if you use Mixed G and N mode?
Enable Auto Channel Scan: disabled
Wireless Channel: set to channel 1 (according to inSSIDer it was the lest congested channel)
Visibility Status: Visible
Wireless Security Mode: WPA-Personal
WPA Mode: Auto (WPA or WPA2)
Cipher Type: TKIP and AES
Group key Interval: 3600 seconds
Wireless band 5Ghz is currently disabled
Router IP Address: 192.168.0.1
Subnet Mask: 255.255.255.0
Device name: dlinkrouter (this is the default)
DHCP Server Settings:
Enbale DHCP Server: Checked
DHCP IP Address Range: 192.168.0.5 to 254
DHCP Lease time: 1440 minutes (Default value)
Always Broadcast: Checked (it says compatibility for some DHCP Clients)
netBIOS announcement: unchecked
Learn NetBIOS from WAN: unchecked (and all below options are disabled)
NetBIOS Scope: in blank
NetBIOS node type: mixed-mode (Broadcast then point to point)
Primary WINS IP address: in blank
Secondary WINS IP address: in blank
Under DHCP Reservation, I managed to add all the clients connected at that moment, so that their given IP never expires
Media Server: I've disabled the media server (unchecked)
Enable web file access: is also unchecked
IPv6 - Auto Detection (is the default value)Set this option to Local Connection.
here comes my second question:2) is it possible that IPv6 has something to do to drop connectons, collapsing WiFi and any other internet issue? the DIR-827 doesn't offer an option to disable it.Yes, there has been some issues with this setting and if your ISP is not supporting IPv6 and your are not fully IPv6 set up, then disable all IPv6 settings on the 827 router.
the DIR under parental control:
None: Static IP or Obtain Automatically From ISP
I noticed that here you can choose several Open DNS and an Advanced DNS options
here comes my third question:3) what is the suggested value here? (again for having a reliable WiFi and Internet and avoid limited connectivity or internet dropouts). I defined earlier the DNS servers to pont to OpenDNS, is it advised to choose any other setting here?Use the DHCP option and if you have already defined manual DNS settings, the other options are not needed.
Advanced Wireless Settings
Transmit Power: High (in order to achieve the maximum coverage)
WLAN Partition is disabled by default
WMM is enabled and could not be disabled
and according to FurryNutz suggestions I've disabled "Short GI"
UPnP is enabled (this is the default value) als it's important to mention that the GPON 2516 has also enabled UPnP
Wan Ping is disabled
Wan port Speed is set to auto 10/100/1000Mbps You can set this to 1000Mb if your ONT modem supports this speed connection. If not, leave it at Auto.
Multicast Streams is disabled
IPV6 Multicast Streams is enabled. Disable this option if you are not using it.
Now at this moment I rebooted the DIR and disconnected the ethernet cable. From now on I was able to connect WiFi and have internet access in my laptop.
Connected via WiFi I tested with my browser and was able to enter the web page configuration of the GPON (192.168.15.1) and DIR-827 (192.168.0.1).Now I configured my DWL-G700AP.
First I did a factory reset. and then disabled the WiFi on my laptop and connected via cable to the DWL-G700AP to the defaul IP 192.168.0.50
Mode: Repeater (it's a dropdown menu that allows to select: Acces Point, AP Client or Repeater)
I enterer my SSID and BSSID values
Authentication: here is where I'm concerned since it has the following options:
So I'm unable to choose Auto WPA/WPA2.
So I selected WPA-PSK but here is another question:4) since my DIR has AUTO (WPA or WPA2) and Cipher type: TKIP and AES. What is the best option for my DWL-G700AP? the one I defined?If the DWL supports WPA2 and AES only then go with that. However in repeater mode, I would think that the DWL would automatically adjust to what is being broadcast by the 827 so you wouldn't really need to configure anything on the DWL. Does the DWL have a setup wizard?
Then the LAN Settings:
Static IP - 192.168.0.2
Subnet Mask - 255.255.255.0
Gateway - 192.168.0.1
DNS Server - 192.168.0.1
DHCP server is disable on the DWL-G700AP
Then under Advanced settings I leave the default values as follows
Beacon interval: 100
RTS Threshold: 2432
DTIM Interval: 3
TX Rates: Auto
Mode Setting: G Mode (This is the only one I changed from Mix Mode to G Mode)
Preamble Type: Long Preamble
SSID Broadcast: Enabled
Antenna transmit power: 100%
Finally saved the changes and rebooted the DWL, and after that I have internet with my laptop connected by ethernet to the DWL G700AP.
I did some browsing and speed test while still wired to my DWL, everyhing was ok
Btw, my Internet speed is 10 Mbps down and 2Mbps up, and I was getting this speed.
it's also important to mention that at this moment the DWL was just 30 cm near the DIR.
After several testings I decided to unplug the ethernet and re-enabled the WiFi on my laptop. and also I was able to connect to my WiFi and have internet.
now I ran inSSIDer and it shows me my two SSIDs the one from the DIR and the one from the DWL, both SSIDs are exactly the same.
inSSIDer reports that both SSIDs signal are betwen 30 and 40db wich is ok since I'm just 30 cm near the DIR and DWL
Also inSSIDer reports both SSIDs as Max rate 54 and 802.11g. which is also ok since I configured them that way
Now I unplugged the DWL, went upstair and exactly at the same location were my DIR is placed on the first floor I placed my laptop to see the signal strength. Windows reports 3 bars and inSSIDer between 50 and 60 db.
So at that point I connected the DWL.
It's important to mention that with my previous ISP (telmex) the modem was placed exactly at the same place my DIR is now (first floor), and on that moment the DWL was also placed there (2nd floor) and my WiFi and internet were ok without any issue or reboot for almost 6 years. (Telmex modem was a 2wire at 802.11g)
I did some testing and the WiFi coverage was extended as expected.
But I noticed some minor hiccups:
- the Samsung Smart TV placed on the second floor sees two SSIDs, even they have the same name they detect them separated, one with 5 bars (this must be the DWL) and one with 2 bars (must be the DIR) don't know why, If I connect to the 5 bars, then it reports the signal with 2 bars and the Smart TV is having difficulties getting a valid IP. it stuck with the 169.254.x.x address. So I manually defined the IP to static 192.168.0.13 (I verified with the DIR and this was not assigned) and added this device to the reserved DHCP. doing that the Smart TV connects but I noticed a very slow speed.This could a compatibility issue wit the built in TV wifi. Does the TV happen to have a wired LAN port by chance? Or only WiFi?
If it happens to have a built in wired LAN port, you could install one of these:D-Link DIR-865L
- The other issue is that sometimes the speed on the second floor is very slow, between 0.5 and 2 Mbps Download and 0.2 to 0.4 Mbps Upload. also the ping sometimes is very high between 100 and 200 ms. With Telmex the Internet speed was 2 Mbps download and 0.5 upload and that same speed was still replicated on the second floor.
So my last questions (for now
) are:5) is there some specific parameter I missed? or I need to change? to get better speeds on the second floor? and a reliable WiFi and Internet?You might try running the DWL in AP mode instead of Repeater mode and see if performance and speeds improve. This maybe a compatibility issue between the DWL and the 827 Wireless.
6) any other configuration change that I must do in order to achieve a reliable, stable WiFi and internet?
7) Since the main thread topic is "Tested and compatible Range Extenders, APs" is there someone else who could share their success? or troubleshooting? to get a tested and compatible Range Extender?
So far it seems that the DWL plays nice, at least it has being almost 13 hours and the internet is fine (my Wife has not called me to complain
The DHCP Lease time of the GPON is 48 hours, so I don't know if after 48 hours my DIR will loose connectivity even that I've set it to static IP 192.168.15.2, remember that GPON DHCP Range is 192.168.15.10 to 253 so 192.168.15.2 is not in the range, is this kind of setting ok? the only device that connects to the GPON is the DIR
9) the DHCP Lease time of the DIR is 24 hours, So I'm not sure if after 24 hours some disconnections may happen or if the DWL will disconnect, remember that the DWL has an static IP 192.168.0.2 and that the DHCP Range of the DIR is 192.168.0.5 to 254 so 192.168.0.2 is not in the rage, is this ok?If your Client and Router IP addresses are reserved, then you don't have to worry about Lease times.
10) In the past I read on another forum that to solve valid IP issues with repeaters and extenders one must enable the DHCP server on the repeater / Range extender. Is this ok? will it improve WiFi and internet stability?
If so I was thinking of segmenting the DHCP ranges as follows:
DIR - 192.168.0.5 to 127
DWL - 192.168.0.128 to 254. is this ok? will it work?
As soon as I get the Linksys RE1000 I will change my Wifi to Mixed n,g or Mixed n,g and b
11) what is the suggested mixed mode? n and g? or n,g and b? I'm not thinking about compatibility since all our devices are g or n, but I'm asking this in order to have a stable WiFi and internet.[/b]You might set up the DWL as it's own separate AP and SSID maybe, Use the DWL as a G only AP, then use the 827 and your newer AP that is arriving soon for N only wireless.