EAP225-Outdoor as repeater or extender?

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EAP225-Outdoor as repeater or extender?
EAP225-Outdoor as repeater or extender?
2020-11-21 18:09:44
Model: EAP225-Outdoor  
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I would like to know if the EAP225-Outdoor could be setup to get a wiresless signal from a campround WiFi. Then use that to provide internet acces for devices connected to a access point or router inside my RV.

 

It would be wired like:

 

RV AccessPoint/Router----------wired-----EAP225-Outdoor~~~~~~~~wireless~~~~~Campground WiFi.

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Re:EAP225-Outdoor as repeater or extender?
2020-11-21 23:33:42

Hi @MattinNC,

 

Sorry, no.  The EAP225-OD doesn't have that function.  It cannot act as a "client" (aka STA) on someone elses wireless network.

 

But the CPE series can.  I'd recommend the new CPE710 ideally.

 

https://www.tp-link.com/us/business-networking/outdoor-radio/

 

https://www.amazon.com/TP-Link-Transmission-Wireless-Passive-CPE710/dp/B08D71HC9L/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3B3HE1JOATGUF&dchild=1&keywords=cpe710&qid=1606001304&sprefix=cpe710%2Caps%2C194&sr=8-1

 

BUT, this will not really re-broadcast the Wifi for use inside of your RV (due to the directional nature of it's antenna).  Also because an RV is a metal box.  You would need to run Ethernet from this (or the CPE210/510) back into your trailer to either a PC, switch, or an indoor AP -- like the EAP225V3. 

 

But, before you invest, make sure the campground actually has good Wifi/Internet.  Move close to their AP and test with your phone / laptop / etc.

 

Many of the campgrounds I've stayed at have terrible Wifi -- too many clients, slow/overloaded broadband connection, poor signal.  In almost all cases I have to use cellular/hotspot/Jetpack.

 

-Jonathan

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Re:EAP225-Outdoor as repeater or extender?
2020-11-23 15:34:16

@JSchnee21 Thanks for the reply! I've looked into the CPE devices but was hoping to find one that was dual-band.

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Re:EAP225-Outdoor as repeater or extender?
2020-11-23 15:40:33

Hi @MattinNC,

 

No worries.  Check out:

 

https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/

 

They review all things RV/Mobile Internet releated.  There are a number of RV specific devices to mount on top of (our outside) your trailer for this purpose.  Many contain cellular modems as well.

 

In a pinch you can also check out small travel routers like these from GL-iNet.  They're not water/weather proof but you can put then in a bag, tupperware, under an awning, etc.

 

https://www.gl-inet.com/products/gl-mt1300/

 

-Jonathan

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