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Where (not) to put your wi-fi router

signalGet the best out of your wi-fi access point and router by choosing the right place in your home.
The best place may not always be convenient for you, so it may need some extra cabling between your ISP’s modem and your wi-fi router. But even the best router on the market will not perform well if you place it in the wrong spot. Consider these tips to get the best coverage and stable wi-fi connections:

Place your wi-fi access point or router in a central location in the middle of your home rather than at one end. Solid surfaces slow down wi-fi speeds and a central location reduces the number of walls it has to go through. The thicker the wall, the harder it is for the wi-fi signal to pass through. Hiding away the router in a corner may not be a good choice.

Don’t put it on the floor. Try and position it on a shelf, cupboard or table. Do not put it in a cupboard or closet, which will reduce the wi-fi signal speed and distance. Wi-fi signals go down as well as up, so if you put it on the floor, a proportion of the signal will go through the floorboards. Compare the signal performance with a light bulb. Mounting the light on the ceiling shines better.

Keep your wi-fi access point or router away from material that can reflect the signal and dispersing it: metal objects like a TV, mirrors and glassware. Water can absorb the wi-fi signal, so it reduces the travel distance of the signal. Also micro-waves may interfere with the wi-fi signal.

Finally, test your wi-fi signal before you settle with the location of your access point or router. Connect as many devices as possible from the different and the most used locations in your home. Use streaming services to see if your signal is stable. If you have portable devices, like tablets and smartphones, walk around your home to detect the ‘weak’ spots. The position of the antenna(s) or the position of the router itself (if no external antenna is available) will also influence the performance.

Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 R7000

nighthawkNetgear Nighthawk AC1900 R7000

AC1900 WiFi—600+1300 Mbps speeds

  • Simultaneous dual-band
  • Wireless AC, Wireless G, Wireless N
  • 1 USB 3.0 port
  • 4 Gigabit Ethernet (1000 Mbps) LAN Ports
  • 64/128-bit WEP,WPA / WPA2,WPA-PSK / WPA2-PSK encryption
  • SPI-Firewall, NAT-Firewall

Firmware Version V1.0.7.6_1.1.99

GUI Language Version V1.0.7.6_2.1.38.1

thumb up excellent performance and coverage – Netgear’s firmware has well advanced with extra features for convenience and VPN support

Xerox® Phaser® 3260

xeroxXerox® Phaser® 3260

Monochrome laser printer for double sided printing. Full network and airprint support (wifi and wired).

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Belgacom b-box 3 – port forwarding

bbox3Belgacom B-box 3

The B-box modems are used by Belgacom to support the triple play service offers (telephone, TV and Internet).

thumb up  The Belgacom b-box 3 supports  seamless VLAN integration. All four LAN ports can be used for Internet connections or decoders.

thumb down The administration menu is very restricted and gives very limited control of the router through the user profile login.

Check the online documentation published by Belgacom.

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if you do not wish to use the WiFi features, make sure the two LEDs below are off:

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more information about the LED indications can be found on the Proximus site

 

How to configure port forwarding for VPN Servers

Any server installed behind the B-box router will remain unreachable from the Internet unless you configure the firwall (open ports) or use the port forwarding. Here is how you make a VPN Server reachable through the B-box 3.

Login as user to your B-box 3 router (see instructions published here).

Select the Access Control Menu item.

Choose Portmapping and Create a new portmap.

Select in the Service menu ‘PPTP Server‘ and enter the Internal host IP Address.

Confirm with OK to save the settings.

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Check also the Firewall Level setting:

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Netgear GS108Ev1

PROsafeG5108ENetgear ProSAFE Plus 8-port Switch – GS108Ev1

  • 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports deliver up to 2000Mbps of dedicated, non-blocking bandwidth per port
  • Small and silent desktop form factor
  • VLAN and QoS support

 

TP-LINK AV500 Powerline adapter

TL-PA4015PKITTP-LINK TL-PA4015PKIT 500 Mbps

AV500 Powerline adapter met geïntegreerd stopcontact startset

500 Mbps power line extension

Plug and Play

thumb up works well in old wired, non grounded (earth) environments – easy setup

VPN Clients with DD-WRT firmware

serveVPNThe DD-WRT firmware Version v3.0-r30082  includes VPN Client support.

These are the steps that did the job to use the PureVPN client. Other clients like the vyprVPN or the ExpressVPN client may work as well.

Logon to the router and first make a backup of your current configuration (go to the Administration tab and select Backup).

On the DD-WRT control panel, in the Setup tab, go to “Basic Setup

  • Change the WAN Setup (from Automatic Configuration – DHCP) to “PPTP” protocol.
  • “Gateway (PPTP server)” select the Domain Naming Server (DNS) address for PPTP/L2TP from the PureVPN server list (vyprVPN server list)
  • “Username” enter the username provided by PureVPN (not your email address).
  • “Password” enter the password provided by PureVPN.
  • “Use DHCP” select “Yes” (all other options are set to “No”)
  • “Additional PPTP Options”: write “refuse-eap” in the option box.
  • Network Address Server Settings (DHCP): “DHCP server” is “enable

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click “Apply Settings” and then hit “Save”.

On the DD-WRT control panel, in the Security tab, go to “VPN Passthrough

  • “IPSec Passthrough” is “enable
  • “L2TP Passthrough” is “enable

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Note that PPTP Passthrough may need to be enabled to make some VPN Clients work correctly.

click “Apply Settings” and then hit “Save”.

On the DD-WRT control panel, in the Status tab, go to “WAN

“Login Status” click the Connect (or Disconnect) button to start/stop the connection

Note that you may need to remove static DNS settings on both the router and your personal devices (PC, Tablets, etc.):

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Be aware that the use of the VPN Client may drastically reduce the throughput on the Internet.

To revert to its previous value or disable the use of the VPN, ‘reset’ the WAN Connection Type setting. (e.g.  “Automatic Configuration – DHCP”).

Internet streaming outside country of origin

serveVPNExpats and globetrotters may share the challenge to watch their favourite programmes from home, while accessing the Internet from abroad. You will need a stable and high speed on the local Internet connection to make the VPN work.

These VPN solutions have done the job so far:

logoRTVE outside Spain on iPad and iPhone try ExpressVPN.

bbciplayeroutside UK on MacBook try PureVPN or vyprVPN.

sporzaoutside Belgium on MacBook try PureVPN.

 

Read also the thevpn.guru-Retinaarticle(s).

If you have a router with DD-WRT firmware, read this post for VPN Clients use on the router.

 

MyPhoneExplorer – synchronisation tool for Android

MyPhoneExplorer is a free backup/restore/synchronisation tool for Android phones.

Works well with Windows XP and Windows 7, 8.x, 10 and Microsoft Outlook 2007 and 2013

  synchronisation works well with Android phones:android-icon

Samsung Galaxy Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505)
Samsung Galaxy S DUOS GT-S7562
Samsung Galaxy Ace (S5830i)
EFOX SMART E5 MT6592

HTC One

Lenovo Yoga 3 11

yoga3Lenovo Yoga 3 11

Intel® Core™ M 5Y10c (0.80GHz 1.0GHz)

11.6″ Multitouch FHD (1920 x 1080)

8 Gb RAM – 125 Gb SSD Hard Drive

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This system is upgraded to Windows 10 and was initially installed with

Windows 8.1 64

lightweight performance