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Orbi 960 - needed outdoor extended range hello

fredricr1
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Orbi 960 - needed outdoor extended range hello

I’ve got a 960 system (RBRE960 and RBSE960 - router and 2 satellites) in my home but I need coverage to reach a camera (2.4Ghz) a ways away outside. A satellite in the window facing that camera is quite weak. I experimented and put a satellite about 20’ away from the house outside and got a strong signal. I guess the camera is just on the edge of coverage. So…what are my options?

1. RBS50Yv2 in extended mode (wFW) - how can I tell if it is v2 and has the extender FW? This is my first choice if it works (unless you have a better option!).

2. Put a 960 satellite in an enclosure outside (bulky and inelegant)

3. Non-Orbi extender that is outdoor rated - will that do what I want? Any recommendations?

4. Wired access point. Not really an option because it would require home penetration for connectivity and I’d rather avoid that for this setup.

5. Other?

I have access to power. I do not need the camera to be able to roam to other satellites since it is stationary. I just want a strong Wi-Fi signal. Lastly, I am decidedly non-tech on networking issues so terms like “backhaul” and “SSID” and even how not being a part of the Orbi mesh network would affect my setup are foreign to me. Please be gentle! But I appreciate your insights. Thank you!
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fredricr1
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Re: Orbi 960 - needed outdoor extended range hello

☺️for the suggestion. As I said, not tech oriented. How will giving the extender 2.4 signal a different name/SSID force the camera to connect to it? Will this 2.4 band have a different password, like having a completely separate network aside from the 2.4ghz band on the mesh network? This is a Blink camera, if that matters.

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CrimpOn
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Re: Orbi 960 - needed outdoor extended range hello

Number 3.  Outdoor rated WiFi extender. There are several brands on Amazon.  Be sure to read the product information carefully.  Even when search terms are specific, Amazon mixes all sorts of products together.  Give the 2.4G signal it produces a different SSID than the primary system so that the camera will attempt to connect only to this access point.

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fredricr1
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☺️for the suggestion. As I said, not tech oriented. How will giving the extender 2.4 signal a different name/SSID force the camera to connect to it? Will this 2.4 band have a different password, like having a completely separate network aside from the 2.4ghz band on the mesh network? This is a Blink camera, if that matters.
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CrimpOn
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This is not a requirement, only a recommendation.  When and device is set up and told to use WiFi "ABC" with a certain password, that is what it will connect to. (and nothing else)  This will  avoid situations we see so often on the forum when users ask, "why does my device connect to an access point with a worse signal?"  Suppose this exterior WiFi extender power is interrupted and its signal disappears.  If the camera is looking for the primary WiFi, it may attempt to latch onto the house unit and get a very poor signal.

 

This also avoids problems such as you arrive home and your smart phone connects to the first WiFi access point it sees (the extender) and hangs onto it after you walk inside because the extender is not a "satellite" and does not communicate with the inside system to support Fast Roaming.

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