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How do I set up Wifi access point?

I bought the TP-Link EAP100 outdoor access point. I’m not tech savvy at all. All I want to do is extend wifi to my backyard. We have a cabana about 40 feet from the house with a TV. I bought an Amazon Fire Stick but the wifi signal isn’t strong in the yard. Router is in my basement and the signal doesn’t seem to get through the brick exterior. Can I mount this outside without Ethernet cable and extend the signal? Is there another product that would be better suited? For example, something that plugs in near the door to the backyard that will pull the signal from the basement and push it outside? Any help would be appreciated. 

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  • 2 months ago

    That's an outdoor access point - you'll need to run an ethernet cable from your router to the place you want to install it. Since it's powered via PoE, you don't need to run a power cable, but instead use a PoE power injector at some point in the Ethernet cable connection. It is intended to be mounted outdoors, and is completely weatherproof.

    Not exactly something I would recommend to someone who "isn't tech savvy at all".

    Since you say you have a TV in the cabana, I assume you also have power there. Where does that power come from? Is it on the same phase as the power at your router? In that case, the easiest for you would be to use a powerline (HomeAV) connection from your router to the cabana, then wireless from there to the FireTV. Something like this could do the trick; https://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-PowerLINE-1000-802-...

    Cheaper, but worse in terms of performance, would be a simple WIFi extender - something like this: https://www.amazon.com/NETGEAR-Wi-Fi-Range-Extende... , although there are other models, and you get what you pay for. Be aware that the simpler (cheaper) models will reduce the WiFi bandwidth by 50%, since they will receive and transmit on the same band.

    Somewhere inbetween would be the Powerline option, but instead of plugging the receiver into an outlet at the cabana, plug it somewhere at the house that is on the same phase as the outlet near the router and as high up as possible.

    I am currently in a similar situation - working from home, the weather is promising to turn out nice, and my router doesn't quite cover the garden with a decent signal. I have a couple of ethernet sockets downstairs, though none of them near the terrace. I just ordered this https://www.amazon.com/Extender-2600Mbps-Repeater-... (on offer over here). I plan to connect it to an ethernet socket downstairs in access point mode and rely on the beamforming to reach every spot in the garden.

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  • 2 months ago

    The manual tells you how to set this up. There is no way around using a network cable with this specific setup.

    You will need to run a network cable from your router to the POE injector. The injector will plug into power and will have 2 ports. One is the 'data in' port and the other is the 'data out+power' (or similarly named). From the router, you plug into the 'data in' port. Then you get another network cable and plug into the 'data out+power' port and run that cable to the AP. This cable provides both network and power connectivity to the AP with one cable.

    There are other ways of getting Wi-Fi where you want, but honestly, this is the best in terms of performance. It takes more planning/work to get the cables run, but it is worth it. If you are unwilling to do this, consider buying something like a Wi-Fi mesh network setup (can be very pricey depending on brand/model) or using network powerline adapters. Again, these can vary in performance and cost depending on many factors.

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  • 2 months ago

    Did it not come with a manual?  You can download the manual here: 

    https://www.tp-link.com/us/support/download/eap110...

    AND get steps to connect your accesspoint to the system. 

    It's not hard, and anyone can do it.  

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  • BigE
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Use a powerline adapter that acts as an access point.  It uses the power plug to do networking and then you configure a wifi on it.  This would plug in near your tv, would not wifi your yard but perhaps solve your tv connection.

    First, the powerlines must plug directly into the wall and be on the same power circuit/phase.  Second, the speed can vary, so make sure you can return it. For browsing, works fine but streaming, in theory it should be fast enough.

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  • 2 months ago

    I know you don't want to run Ethernet but it is a better solution. That solution is something like this https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-Wireless-MU-MIMO-Gi... which is an access point using PoE or Power over Ethernet

    For more money, there is this that says it IS a WiFi extender or an Access point. https://www.amazon.com/WAVLINK-Weatherproof-WiFi-E...

    The difference is that an access point makes WiFi at the end of an Ethernet cable. A better solution as it doesn't have to use WiFi to talk to the base station, thus, NOT cutting the speed down.

    Do no be put off by the PoE they do as this is often just a means of supplying power to the device from where ever you can get electricity from.

    Both these and many more solutions are designed to be used outdoors.  CRITICAL in your situation

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  • John
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Google it.......................

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