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LINKSYS WUMC710 Wireless Bridge AC1300 @ Currys/PC World - £24.99
LINKSYS WUMC710 Wireless Bridge AC1300 @ Currys/PC World - £24.99

LINKSYS WUMC710 Wireless Bridge AC1300 @ Currys/PC World - £24.99

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If you have a router that is 5GHz Band capable and you have a number of devices that you want to connect to it at 802.11ac speeds then this could be a very cost effective solution.
(£24.99 is the Web Exclusive price so remember to pre order 'cause the instore price is £39.99)

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I don't expect this to go hot because everyone who doesn't know what it is will probably vote cold before continuing to search to chocolate bars!

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(munches chocolate bars and votes hot)

Great bit of kit. Bargain at this price!

Voted hot... now I want a chocolate bar!

Hot. If you have a 3x3 AC router already or will upgrade to one - using this as a bridge can be faster than dLAN power adaptors to link 2 points; in my case (I have a Buffalo bridge) the bridge is 3-4x faster than AV500 dLAN.

Good price!

for an ac access point this is an amazing price..

the nic ports are GigE too ..

note that this device doesn't have a dhcp server so you will need one of your pieces of kit to have routing functions (dhcp server)

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taras

note that this device doesn't have a dhcp server so you will need one of … note that this device doesn't have a dhcp server so you will need one of your pieces of kit to have routing functions (dhcp server)



I'm not sure if I understand you correctly. Surely my router will handle this?

Could this be used as a range extender?

My Dad's currently has this TP-Link extender in the hall tp-link.com/lk/…0RE as his router by the TV can't pick up the signal from his Virgin Media wireless router upstairs. It works OK but only gives 27Mbps, something to do with the fact that it has to use half the bandwidth for the link between the downstairs router and itself and the other half for the uplink to the Virgin Media router. It also tends to lock up randomly, necessitating a restart.

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doveman007

Could this be used as a range extender?My Dad's currently has this … Could this be used as a range extender?My Dad's currently has this TP-Link extender in the hall http://www.tp-link.com/lk/products/details/?categoryid=1247&model=TL-WA750RE as his router by the TV can't pick up the signal from his Virgin Media wireless router upstairs. It works OK but only gives 27Mbps, something to do with the fact that it has to use half the bandwidth for the link between the downstairs router and itself and the other half for the uplink to the Virgin Media router. It also tends to lock up randomly, necessitating a restart.



It can't be used as an extender, no. It doesn't re-transmit a wireless signal that you can pair with.
I can't quite understand your Dad's set up above because it sounds like he has 2 routers!
However, what he could do is wait until Virgin release their Superhub 2ac routers and get one of those. Then he could get something like this and put it behind the TV to connect whatever it is that needs the internet access.

Edit: thinking about it though, if the 'router' (or whatever it is) that is behind your Dad's TV can't directly reach the Virgin router upstairs on what I'm assuming is the 2.4GHz band then it's very unlikely that this Linksys Wireless Bridge will reach the Virgin router either because it operates on the 5.0GHz bandwidth; and although this is quicker it has a shorter range!
Edited by: "KnightInd2000" 10th Dec 2014

KnightInd2000

It can't be used as an extender, no. It doesn't re-transmit a wireless … It can't be used as an extender, no. It doesn't re-transmit a wireless signal that you can pair with.I can't quite understand your Dad's set up above because it sounds like he has 2 routers! However, what he could do is wait until Virgin release their Superhub 2ac routers and get one of those. Then he could get something like this and put it behind the TV to connect whatever it is that needs the internet access.Edit: thinking about it though, if the 'router' (or whatever it is) that is behind your Dad's TV can't directly reach the Virgin router upstairs on what I'm assuming is the 2.4GHz band then it's very unlikely that this Linksys Wireless Bridge will reach the Virgin router either because it operates on the 5.0GHz bandwidth; and although this is quicker it has a shorter range!



Ah, thanks for the advice anyway.

Yeah, he's got two routers, the Virgin Media one upstairs which is also the cable modem and a Buffalo one downstairs behind the TV, which has the TV and other devices wired to it and used the wifi to connect with the upstairs router originally but that didn't work very well, so I got him the TP Link extender to sit in the hall and bridge the two. Unfortunately that hasn't been that reliable either and limits the usable bandwidth to about 27Mbps. Any phones/tablets used downstairs connect to the extender, not the Buffalo router, which is setup as a client only I think, certainly it doesn't broadcast a signal/SSID.

EDIT: What he should probably do is wire the Buffalo router to the single port on the extender and maybe then the extender would use the full bandwidth just for the uplink and the Buffalo could be setup as a normal router and phones/tablets could connect to that at full bandwidth as well. Unfortunately that would require knocking a hole through the hallway wall into the living room and for some strange reason he's reluctant to do that
Edited by: "doveman007" 10th Dec 2014

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doveman007

Ah, thanks for the advice anyway.Yeah, he's got two routers, the Virgin … Ah, thanks for the advice anyway.Yeah, he's got two routers, the Virgin Media one upstairs which is also the cable modem and a Buffalo one downstairs behind the TV, which has the TV and other devices wired to it and used the wifi to connect with the upstairs router originally but that didn't work very well, so I got him the TP Link extender to sit in the hall and bridge the two. Unfortunately that hasn't been that reliable either and limits the usable bandwidth to about 27Mbps. Any phones/tablets used downstairs connect to the extender, not the Buffalo router, which is setup as a client only I think, certainly it doesn't broadcast a signal/SSID.EDIT: What he should probably do is wire the Buffalo router to the single port on the extender and maybe then the extender would use the full bandwidth just for the uplink and the Buffalo could be setup as a normal router and phones/tablets could connect to that at full bandwidth as well. Unfortunately that would require knocking a hole through the hallway wall into the living room and for some strange reason he's reluctant to do that



I get you now Sounds like the Buffalo has been set to wireless bridge mode and is now pretty much acting the same as the Linksys above. Not sure what to suggest. If it's the original Virgin Superhub 1 upstairs you might want to upgrade it because it's wifi was never very good. For £49.99 Virgin will switch it for the Superhub 2 which is a lot better and may reach the Buffalo directly (which is the set up I'd be looking to achieve). Even better would be to hang on until the Superhub 2ac routers start being dished out but Virgin won't say when this will be.

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ooooh,... 6 Lion bars for a pound

KnightInd2000

I get you now Sounds like the Buffalo has been set to wireless bridge … I get you now Sounds like the Buffalo has been set to wireless bridge mode and is now pretty much acting the same as the Linksys above. Not sure what to suggest. If it's the original Virgin Superhub 1 upstairs you might want to upgrade it because it's wifi was never very good. For £49.99 Virgin will switch it for the Superhub 2 which is a lot better and may reach the Buffalo directly (which is the set up I'd be looking to achieve). Even better would be to hang on until the Superhub 2ac routers start being dished out but Virgin won't say when this will be.



I seem to recall he's already had his VM router upgraded but it may have just been from the old modem with a single wired port (which he used to have the Buffalo plugged into to provide some extra ports) to the Superhub 1. I told him about the Superhub 2ac anyway and suggested he give them a call and see if he can get them to send him one

Even with Superhub 2ac, I suspect he might still need an extender downstairs for phones and tablets though, as their aerials might still struggle to pickup the signal from upstairs even if the Buffalo's external aerial can and I don't think the Buffalo will be able to act as an access point at the same time as connecting to the VM router and providing connectivity to the TV, etc that are wired into it.

EDIT: Actually, I think this Linksys might be worth getting for him, as his Buffalo router is only 54Mbps so when he gets a SH2 or 2ac (I checked some pictures and he's got a SH1 at the moment) and assuming it can see the router upstairs OK, the Linksys will be much better for streaming HD video. Then I guess I can plug the Buffalo into the Linksys and use it to provide 54Mbps WiFi downstairs for phones/tablets if necessary.

EDIT2: Never mind, it seems this Linksys has severe problems with dropping connection, requiring reboots or leaving it idle for 15-20min, so I don't think my Dad would thank me for buying this for him! Everyone thinks it could be fixed with a firmware update but as one hasn't been provided yet, it's unlikely to ever appear.
community.linksys.com/t5/…970

Edited by: "doveman007" 11th Dec 2014

Wifi Extenders that copy and that retransmit wifi signels can produce lower speeds..

If you need 100mbit plus speeds, then use either cat5e or powerline av500 to povide a link to between wifi points.

Dhcp server = the router part ..

Adsl Wireless modem router = wireless access point/ adsl modem/ router (dhcp server).

I could add switch to that name just be pedantic

doveman007

I seem to recall he's already had his VM router upgraded but it may have … I seem to recall he's already had his VM router upgraded but it may have just been from the old modem with a single wired port (which he used to have the Buffalo plugged into to provide some extra ports) to the Superhub 1. I told him about the Superhub 2ac anyway and suggested he give them a call and see if he can get them to send him one :)Even with Superhub 2ac, I suspect he might still need an extender downstairs for phones and tablets though, as their aerials might still struggle to pickup the signal from upstairs even if the Buffalo's external aerial can and I don't think the Buffalo will be able to act as an access point at the same time as connecting to the VM router and providing connectivity to the TV, etc that are wired into it.EDIT: Actually, I think this Linksys might be worth getting for him, as his Buffalo router is only 54Mbps so when he gets a SH2 or 2ac (I checked some pictures and he's got a SH1 at the moment) and assuming it can see the router upstairs OK, the Linksys will be much better for streaming HD video. Then I guess I can plug the Buffalo into the Linksys and use it to provide 54Mbps WiFi downstairs for phones/tablets if necessary.EDIT2: Never mind, it seems this Linksys has severe problems with dropping connection, requiring reboots or leaving it idle for 15-20min, so I don't think my Dad would thank me for buying this for him! Everyone thinks it could be fixed with a firmware update but as one hasn't been provided yet, it's unlikely to ever appear.http://community.linksys.com/t5/Social-Media-Support/Amazon-com-WUMC710-drops-connection-to-EA6500/td-p/587970



Take the tp product off of extender mode and into wireless access point mode

taras

Wifi Extenders that copy and that retransmit wifi signels can produce … Wifi Extenders that copy and that retransmit wifi signels can produce lower speeds..If you need 100mbit plus speeds, then use either cat5e or powerline av500 to povide a link to between wifi points.



He can't wire up cables and I wouldn't recommend powerline adapters, they're just evil

I'm not sure what speed he'd actually need to stream HD video, he's managed to play some 720p mkvs I've given him from his Plex server on the PC upstairs. It would be an improvement if all the devices downstairs could just get 54Mbps though.

taras

Take the tp product off of extender mode and into wireless access point … Take the tp product off of extender mode and into wireless access point mode



I'm not sure the TP-Link extender can be set to work as an AP but even if it could, then I don't think the Buffalo would be able to use it as a bridge to the VM router upstairs and he'd have no Internet access to his TV, BD player and whatever else is plugged into the Buffalo.

Or maybe it's already working as both and extender and AP. I know that it broadcasts a SSID and tablets/phones can connect to it, whilst the Buffalo connects to it but then uses a different subnet for it's DHCP server to the TV, etc.

yeah the tp doesn't do an acess point mode (stupid).

Question now is, what model is the buffalo device ? if it actually a router-switch then he will need wireless.

But wouldn't Vm > power line av500 plus > buffalo and then a wireless access point be better ?

taras

yeah the tp doesn't do an acess point mode (stupid).Question now is, what … yeah the tp doesn't do an acess point mode (stupid).Question now is, what model is the buffalo device ? if it actually a router-switch then he will need wireless.But wouldn't Vm > power line av500 plus > buffalo and then a wireless access point be better ?



I'm pretty sure it's the WHR-G54S newegg.com/Pro…173

I really don't like powerline adapters, what with them leaking RF all over the place and causing problems for neighbours, so wouldn't want to use them or recommend them to anyone. frequencycast.co.uk/pow…tml

This looks like a much nicer alternative but it's too expensive at the moment at £135 for two boxes frequencycast.co.uk/ech…tml

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For that kind of money you could pretty much copy the set up I'm going for. I'm going to put my Superhub into modem only mode and I'm buying a R7000 Nighthawk router to put next to it. Then I plan to use one of these Linksys Wireless Bridges to connect several devices, that are on a different floor, via Cat5e's. If it works as well as I hope, your Dad could dump the WiFi extender from the chain.
However I won't be able to tell you how I get on until I set it all up after Christmas.

KnightInd2000

For that kind of money you could pretty much copy the set up I'm going … For that kind of money you could pretty much copy the set up I'm going for. I'm going to put my Superhub into modem only mode and I'm buying a R7000 Nighthawk router to put next to it. Then I plan to use one of these Linksys Wireless Bridges to connect several devices, that are on a different floor, via Cat5e's. If it works as well as I hope, your Dad could dump the WiFi extender from the chain.However I won't be able to tell you how I get on until I set it all up after Christmas.



That's OK, he's not in any real rush. If he gets the Superhub 2ac or even just the 2 it might improve things enough to not need the extender anyway.

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Just a report back now that I have got the LINKSYS WUMC710 Wireless Bridge up and running.
I'm must say I am very please with the product, especially considering the price.

It was pretty easy to set up and I now have 2 computers upstairs cabled to it that are giving speedtest.net results of 8ms ping and 140Mbps download speeds. For reference the R7000 router this bridge connects to, is virtually beneath it but one room along (if that makes sense).

To buy two wireless adapters, capable of these speeds, for the upstairs computers would've cost me a lot more than £25!

Just picked one of these up, finally can pull my Homeplugs out, I am a HAM so homeplugs are the spawn of the devil for me.
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