CPE 210 use in RV Park

CPE 210 use in RV Park
CPE 210 use in RV Park
2019-08-27 16:43:02
Model: CPE210
Hardware Version: V2
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I am staying in an RV park and always have issues getting a good signal due to being surrounded by metal and my own being metal as well. I decided to buy a CPE210 and point direct at the parks wifi radio to acheive better wifi. It is working fine as a repeater but I'd prefer having my own SSID and wifi router inside my RV to have a private network. I tried using bridge mode but I can't get internet access from the LAN or WiFi AP it created. I do get DHCP and tried 8.8.8.8 for DNS but nothing seems to work.

 

Ultimately I'd like to plug a AC1000 WFi routers WAN port to the LAN port of the CPE210 creating sort of a traditional wireless in myt RV. I even have a Google WiFI mesh router to use but am concerned that since my testing of Bridge mode above did not give me internet access I am doing somehting wrong.

 

What would be the correct mode to use in my case in order to use a Wireless router inside my RV using the CPE210 to RV Parks wireless AP?

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Re: CPE 210 use in RV Park
2019-08-27 20:10:23 - last edited 2019-08-27 20:13:02

Mtnman1000 wrote

What would be the correct mode to use in my case in order to use a Wireless router inside my RV using the CPE210 to RV Parks wireless AP?

 

It would be "AP Client Router" mode. The CPE's WAN is then the client connection to the RV park WiFi and the CPE's AP can be enabled with your own SSID. The CPE works as a router in this mode, thus no need to add another router. For better indoor WiFi just disable the CPE's AP function in this mode and connect an indoor AP such as TL-WA901ND or EAP110 (not a WiFi router) to the LAN port of the CPE.

 

See "Operation Modes" in the CPE's user guide for more information about this mode.

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Re:Re: CPE 210 use in RV Park
2019-08-27 20:37:33

Thank you very much, I will give that a shot. I think the built in AP ought to work fine as well. I've got it setup as a repeater right now and signal Is good. 

 

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Re:Re:Re: CPE 210 use in RV Park
2019-08-27 22:30:44

You're welcome.

 

Remember that CPE210 has two directional antennas with a beam width of 65º, not omnidirectional antennas. This means the best signal strength is just inside this angle.

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Re:Re:Re:Re: CPE 210 use in RV Park
2019-08-27 23:24:25

Understood on the 65 degree angle. I still can't get this to work though. I am looking for the plkace to input my own SSID for the CP AP but can't seem to find any settings for it. I am in "client access" mode. I did turn on DHCP, perhaps I wasn't supposed to to makes sense it would be used if I am running my own AP. Can you take a look and maybe tell me what I am doing wrong? If I can use the CPE AP with internet I feel I am almost there.

 

 

 

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Re: CPE 210 use in RV Park
2019-08-28 00:50:14 - last edited 2019-08-28 00:50:56

First, set AP Client Router mode. Note that you will temporarily need a wired connection to the CPE for initial setup:

 

 

 

Next, enter SSID and key of the RV park's WiFi (Page »Wireless«):

 

 

 

Check WAN status (Page »Status«):

 

 

Set LAN IP (your local network) and DHCP. Here CPE IP is 192.168.0.254 (default setting), default gateway is the CPE, DNS is whatever, I use the WAN's router (Page »Network«):

 

 

 

You now should be able to access the Internet over a laptop wired to the CPE - if the RV park's WiFi has a portal, it will appear.

 

Now enable the AP of the CPE (Page »Wireless«):

 

 

Finally you should be able to wirelessly access the CPE's local network.

 

If it does not work, just post a screenshot of the »Status« page (sections Wireless Status / Radio Status / LAN / WAN are important).

 

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Re:Re: CPE 210 use in RV Park
2019-08-28 02:07:07

Thanks R1D2, I will give that a try in the AM and update the post. I really appreciate the help you are offering. I do the same in other forums and am always glad to help. Pay it forward huh? Have a good night.

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Re: CPE 210 use in RV Park
2019-08-28 05:31:58

Mtnman1000 wrote

Thanks R1D2, I will give that a try in the AM and update the post. I really appreciate the help you are offering. I do the same in other forums and am always glad to help. Pay it forward huh? Have a good night.

 

That's karma. Yes, you seem to be a nice person according to your postings. laugh

Here in Europe it's already morning, so I wish you a good morning when you read it!

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Re:Re: CPE 210 use in RV Park
2020-01-22 23:43:04

@Mtnman1000 

 

Did you connect 1 google wifi puck or multiple?  I am try to setup google wifi behind a cpe510 and can only get one to work.  As soon as I add a second one activating the mesh any device connected wirelessly will only get .5 mbps download.  Before a second point is connected I will get 30 mbps download.

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Re:Re: CPE 210 use in RV Park
2020-01-23 12:49:35

@attk Seems I forgot to post the results a few months ago. Setting the device to AP Client did the trick. 

 

Anyway, I just use one. If you have issues after connecting more I suspect it would be something with the Google devices. Did you test the mesh in the app to see if it shows any issues? You might try moving them closer for testing for possible interfernce. Also, maybe try to connect to each which you can verify in the app by moving them further apart and connecting while closer to each of them.

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Re:Re: CPE 210 use in RV Park
2020-01-24 03:38:16

 

Mtnman1000 wrote

@attk Seems I forgot to post the results a few months ago. Setting the device to AP Client did the trick. 

 

Anyway, I just use one. If you have issues after connecting more I suspect it would be something with the Google devices. Did you test the mesh in the app to see if it shows any issues? You might try moving them closer for testing for possible interfernce. Also, maybe try to connect to each which you can verify in the app by moving them further apart and connecting while closer to each of them.

@Mtnman1000 

Thanks for your reply

 

AP client or AP client router?

Pharos only gives you the option of access point, client, repeater, bridge, AP router, AP client router.

 

I have 2 CPE 510's

 

I started a post, google wifi seems to be working properly:

https://community.tp-link.com/en/business/forum/topic/189072

 

 

 

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