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Re: Need recommendation for Wifi Extender for Arlo Base Station VMB4540

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squid101
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You might be misunderstanding what I was saying.  My extender does not need an ethernet cable to the main router.  It connects via wifi.  My Arlo Pro 2 requires the Ethernet cable to connect to the network, regardless if it is an extender or not.  I am not sure how the Arlo you have works.

dcfox1
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@Ridgeviewcourt wrote:

I am having the same problem let me know if you find a way to increase the signal with out an extender that requires an ethernet connection. 


All you need is a wifi extender or powerline extender that has has ethernet port to connect your hub to if you move it to closer to the problem cams. 

I used a 40 dollar powerline extender to move the hub to the center of the house and it worked. 

As for your other post in the forum 300 feet is in a perfect word. Many things can cause interference. House construction other devices ect. 

Model: VMB4540 | Arlo Pro 3 SmartHub
JamesC
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Ridgeviewcourt,

 

Every environment is different when discussing signal strength. Physical obstructions as well as other sources of WiFi interference will reduce the distance at which cameras can successfully maintain a connection with the base station/SmartHub. You could add an additional base station or Smarthub to your network closer to where those cameras are located and sync the cameras to that base station or SmartHub.

 

JamesC

Paul_FCCL
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Powerline adapters will always give you a most reliable and stable connection anywhere with an electrical outlet. Either D-Link or TP-Link, reasonably priced ($50.-$60.) will work flawlessly. Been using them for years without any issues.

 

 

Nicperg
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You mentioned you a found Netgear wifi extender that successfully replicated the VMB4540 2Ghz 802.11b signal. which model extender as it?
Model: VMB4540 | Arlo Pro 3 SmartHub
Dion74
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I have the same problem. My cameras have a minimal WiFi connection and are often offline. Is a 2nd base hub the solution to solve this problem?

Can I use the second base in the same arlo smart enviroment?

Model: VMB4540 | Arlo Pro 3 SmartHub
dcfox1
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@Dion74 wrote:

I have the same problem. My cameras have a minimal WiFi connection and are often offline. Is a 2nd base hub the solution to solve this problem?

Can I use the second base in the same arlo smart enviroment?


Yes and yes. You may want to try first moving you Hub to a central location in the house to test before buying a second one but a second one would help. If you need a second connect the distant cams to that one. 

Model: VMB4540 | Arlo Pro 3 SmartHub
Paul_FCCL
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Prodigy

I only use powerline adapters, you can place one wherever there’s an electrical outlet. Brands I have had luck with are D-Link and TP-Link.

WIFI extenders might still cause connection problems, they still require strong signal from wifi router to operate properly. If weak wifi from router is the problem, an extender won’t make much difference. On the other hand, powerline adapters will provide more stable connection from base station to router, almost as good as if directly connected by network cable.

 

Paul_FCCL
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Also a set of powerline adapters will cost less than an extra base station.

damianparker
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Hi - Im picking up on this thread for some help, just before purchase...

 

Ive moved into a new house 2800sqft and want 4 pro3 cameras on the outside of the property. I already have to run Deco M5 mesh to extend my sky Bband to all corners of the house (2 story) and signal is minimal in the garden. My router is placed in the office at the front of the house on the ground floor. 

 

Im resigned to the fact that to reach the back of the house in the corners where the cameras are needed- I will need a second base station. 

 

From what i have read - I could position the main base station more centrally (probably in the loft) using an appropriate powerline adapter? correct? This would give minimal interference and likely better range from the loft?

 

Failing that - can a second base station be used with with a powerline adaptor, with the orginal base station remaining in the original office? Or is the only option for it to be hard wired to the router / original base station?

 

Hope that makes sense before I purchase!

 

Model: VMC4040P | Arlo Pro 3 Wire-Free Camera
Paul_FCCL
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“...........can a second base station be used with with a powerline adaptor, with the orginal base station remaining in the original office?“

 

yes, most definitely. 

Any base station can connect to router whichever way you choose, independently from each other. I have two base stations, both connected to router via powerline adapters. Where WIFI signal is weak, powerline adapters are the best solutions.

txboki
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I bought the following extender

NETGEAR - AC750 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Range Extender - White
Model: EX6100-100N

 

I got it from Best buy, but you can get it from anywhere else. Key thing about the extender, it must support 2.4GHz, 802.11g (old ranges which the Arlo Base Station VMB4540 and its asociated cameras transmit on).

 

Thats the trick. Many Wifi Extenders today no more support older formats at 2.4GHz. Unfortunately Arlo's basestation and cameras still use it. Fortunately Netgear's older extender model (I bought the AC750) still supports it.

 

Hope this helps. 

 

damianparker
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Thanks

 

So - 2 of these then: TP-LINK RE220 AC750 Universal Dual Band Range Extender, Broadband/Wi-Fi Extender, Wi-Fi Booster/Hots...

 

My only question is that I assume this just connects to my Mesh network for connectivity? I place 2 of these in sockets next to the 2 base stations, connect them to the Mesh Wifi, then connect the Basestations to via hard ethernet connection to the powerline adaptor - correct?

 

Ta

damianparker
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Thanks - what is the experience like with 2 base stations - how does it work on the app etc? Obviously 2 cameras will be connected to each station - so do you have to switch in the app to view etc?

dcfox1
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As long as the powerline adapter has Ethernet port you can connect the base to them. All will be in the app together once set up. 

Paul_FCCL
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The app is not aware of (or cares) how your base station is connected to the router. Base station(s) will show in the app once connected, whether through WIFI extender, powerline adapter or directly to router.

 

 

Paul_FCCL
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I still prefer the powerline  connection vs WIFI range extender, mainly for the more stable connection.

 

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