Need help extending home wifi using Ubiquiti nanobeam M2 radio

Discussion in 'Wireless Internet' started by Werner Obermeier, Jun 5, 2015.

  1. Need help extending home wifi using Ubiquiti nanobeam M2 radio

    I am trying to set up a brand new Ubiquiti NanoBeam M2 radio to
    act as a wifi extender to extend my Internet connection a few
    hundred feet outside to where the kids play at the pool.

    I already had the laptop wlan0 port connected to the Internet via
    the home broadband router SSID, and I just want the laptop eth0
    port to be rebroadcasting that Internet connection a few hundred
    feet away (via the new nanobeam radio).

    The laptop & radio physical connections are set up as shown:

    Where the laptop is already on the Internet via its wireless port
    wlan0 paired over the air to the home wifi broadband router's SSID
    and the nanobeam radio is connected to the laptop ethernet port
    eth0 via a cat5 cable (and POE for electrical power to the radio).

    I set the laptop ports to be on the same network as the router:
    $ sudo ifconfig eth0
    $ sudo ifconfig wlan0

    Where the home broadband router is at IP address
    $ route -n
    .... stuff ... U 0 0 0 eth0 U 9 0 0 wlan0

    I set the nanobeam to the United States frequencies as shown below:

    I left the new nanobeam at the default settings, so I logged into
    that nanbeam at IP address using ubnt/ubnt as shown:

    But, here is where I am stuck.

    I'm confused what to do next in order to then go a few hundred feet
    away with a DIFFERENT laptop (or cellphone), and pick up the resulting
    signal being broadcast from the nanobeam.

    Anyone extended their WiFi like this before who can get me over the
    next hurdle?

    I do not know how to set up the nanobeam settings to extend the
    wifi. Any help or advice is appreciated, as this is my first time.
    Werner Obermeier, Jun 5, 2015
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  2. I think you are really going down the wrong path. The M2 should be configured as
    an AP and plugged into an open port your existing router. You shouldn't be
    messing with your laptop at all.

    This of course assumes that you aren't talking about using the M2 as a true
    repeater, which I don't think it can do.
    Arthur Conan Doyle, Jun 5, 2015
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  3. If you have access to a wired port on the router feeding one of the
    apartments, that is where the Nanobeam needs to be located. Plug it's
    WAN port into an Ethernet port of the main router. You may need to set
    the Nanobeam into the "bridge" mode so that it just becomes a "dumb"
    repeater. That way it just echo's what it sees on it's WAN port out
    it's wireless port. Still need to setup it's radio for security and
    such but that should be something you can do.

    To me it sounds like you are presently trying to use your laptop as a
    router, taking it's wireless data and trying to echo it out it's
    Ethernet port. Not impossible but much more labor intensive and not
    something I would consider on my own.

    Hopefully someone here that uses one of these Nanobeams and can give you
    more specific info on what to do next.
    GlowingBlueMist, Jun 6, 2015
  4. The recv end is where you set up yet another, regular wifi router fed
    by the nano Xceiver's output. This dish doesn't beam to your devices,
    it beams from dish to dish. You then feed the dish into a "local wifi
    router at the 300 feet away side for a "local wifi domain" at that
    DecadentLinuxUserNumeroUno, Jun 6, 2015
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