Terencel123
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Does the Telstra Gen 2 booster offer any advantage over the satellite boosters?

I have the Gen 2 Smart Modem and 4 satellite boosters throughout a 2 story solid brick home.

One of the satellites has already stopped working but the main one plus the other 2 are OK but coverage is fairly variable. 1. Would this Gen 2 booster provide much extra power to the network and 2. would one of these proprietary "super booster" appliances work on the Telstra home network?

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Yastiandrie
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Re: Does the Telstra Gen 2 booster offer any advantage over the satellite boosters?

What brand and model are the boosters you already have?

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Mkrtich
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Re: Does the Telstra Gen 2 booster offer any advantage over the satellite boosters?

That's a difficult question to address - what is the brand and model of your Mesh Network. 

 

One would think with your existing modem's Wi-Fi network and the three additional working satellites, that a two storey home would be adequately covered. I have a Telstra Gen 2 modem and an Apple Time Capsule in a large two story home. Have you experimented with repositioning the Master Controller unit so that is away from your modem as far as possible, using a longer CAT 6e cable or a pair of Powerline Ethernet Adaptors, so that it is closer to the satellites. 

 

If your home has LAN cable capability to remote satellite positions and they feature a LAN port, connect them with Ethernet as the backhaul link returning to the Master will provide better connectivity experience.  

Terencel123
Level 2: Rookie

Re: Does the Telstra Gen 2 booster offer any advantage over the satellite boosters?

The latest Telstra mesh satellite boosters.

jhwiz
Level 19: Deputy Director

Re: Does the Telstra Gen 2 booster offer any advantage over the satellite boosters?

Gen 2 smart boosters?

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Terencel123
Level 2: Rookie

Re: Does the Telstra Gen 2 booster offer any advantage over the satellite boosters?

Yes

Terencel123
Level 2: Rookie

Re: Does the Telstra Gen 2 booster offer any advantage over the satellite boosters?

My apologies. They are Gen 1 boosters.

Mkrtich
Level 21: Augmented
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Re: Does the Telstra Gen 2 booster offer any advantage over the satellite boosters?

My research into the Arcadyan Gen 1 Boosters (M35H) and the Gen 2 Boosters (M35H-MAP) led me to believe they share the same technologies and radios, with different plastic cases - all LEDs and rear function elements perfectly align between Disc and Box Form Factor, but are differentiated by software in terms of how they operate when connected to Telstra Smart Modems. My understanding and happy to be corrected. 

 

When connected to a Telstra Smart Modem, the Gen 1 Booster acts as the Master Controller for the Mesh Network and controls the add-on Boosters to formulate a  bolt-on Wi-Fi Mesh Network. The modem's integrated Wi-Fi Networks are turned OFF or are programmed to use the Booster Gen 1 SSIDs.

 

When connected to a Telstra Smart Modem which supports the newer Wi-Fi Alliance EasyMesh Standard for Gateways, the Gen 2 Booster Controller software is passivated, and it acts an Agent under direction of the Gen 2 Modem which has the Master Controller EasyMesh software activated.  I would not see any advantage in substituting your existing arrangement given your investment to date. Other Mesh networks are not likely to significantly increase coverage in a two storey home unless they had a dedicated 5Ghz backhaul channel, however the cost to benefit ratio would not justify replacement.  

 

You may also find that with so many Boosters, you may actually have too many for the small coverage area - with so many signals bouncing off walls inadvertently causing conflicting zone patterns, collisions, delays and dropouts. Backhaul connection using an Ethernet LAN cable to the modem would assist in that regard.

 

You indicated coverage was an issue - do you have Band steering Disabled in the 2.4 Ghz radio page (if not, ensure to SAVE), you would see two SSIDs if that is the case - the 2.4 Ghz SSID should penetrate most Doomsday Preppers Bunkers (maybe a exaggeration). If feasible experiment by turning two  Boosters OFF and see what coverage you have - you may find relocation will improve matters. Add the next one and test coverage area then move it around again. I would be surprised if you need the third one, but your home size and layout will influence that. 

 

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