Pimp My Wifi – Solving Problems & Shopping at Sim Lim Square!

Pimp My Wifi – Solving Problems & Shopping at Sim Lim Square!


So this is the place. We’re staying in singapore with some of my wife’s relatives. It’s Absolutely beautiful. We’re talking like talking parrot teak wood stairs just gorgeous interior actually. It was designed by the owner and then built on this lot here in singapore everything about it is just amazing and beautiful Except for one thing. The Wi-Fi is Awful. I was getting disconnections all over the place I was getting slow downs I couldn’t even send hangouts messages half the time so being me I was like okay. So what’s your wi-Fi solution? What’s wrong with your internet because the speed test is fine. It’s 50 down about 8 up which should be plenty for all of that stuff, and he shows it to me and I go oh Ok so these guys are using the ISP provided Modem/Switch/Router access point combo unit The structure of this place is pure like foot thick concrete and Then they’ve got a repeater down on the landing for the second story that is supposed to provide better coverage downstairs. Awful solution. So it’s time for us to figure out some kind of a Networking home makeover while we’re staying here What the crap am I doing back here? It’s like I traveled through time to tell you guys live Intel’s new 750 series ssds utilized the envy any standard providing speeds never seen before on consumer storage drives click anywhere to learn more All right so we’re here at the famous inland square where I’ll be trying to find some better wireless gear and Just kind of generally checking it out because I’ve heard a lot of stuff about this place number one Is that it’s an awesome place to find pretty much anything electronics and computer yeah number, two Is that it’s a great place to get scammed with everyone giving different Sorts of advice but? apparently mobil 22 Pte limited and Gadget terminal Pte limited have had a fair number of Complaints as of the last period year so I should watch out for those guys! Important notice! Yeah, let’s head inside They have everything here, that last place had like an entire rack of Machetes I I wish they’d had this place when we lost our microphone in Taipei. I wonder if I need one of these? Probably, not. I think there’s five or six stories. I got all kinds of fun stuff on the second floor. RC stuff, some more computery type stuff, And ladders lots of ladders I guess if it’s an entire I mean singapore’s about eight million people So you’re gonna have a third of the population of Canada all within driving distance to this place would you need to online stores for? Whoa look at this. It’s like a sea of Technology okay, so I think we found our first networking gear shop. Hello, I Am looking for some wireless stuff Lunch okay. Do you know what time maybe 10 minutes 20 minutes? About 30 minutes about 20 minutes all right, I will come back in 20 minutes Okay Hi, er yeah, I’m actually looking for Let’s see I think it would be about a 30-foot ethernet cable white. Oh, you only have bulk for white but So the third floor looks like the place to be for getting the networking stuff we need this is her shop where I was told to ask them about the fasteners and and white cables oh Forget everything I need a 10 meter white ethernet cable bill any case. They were only cat set okay? How much is that then it’s a little overkill. Oh nice. It’s like a flat 1/2 that’s actually kind of awesome $20 is a lot for a 10 meter ethernet cable, though, okay, so Another question for you. Do you have any? Fasteners like adhesive, it’s like sticky Fasteners. Maybe you can mit if this fits, I will buy this steel yep, still good okay, so I need Let’s say three packs of that this one left one last one You already made the sale and now you don’t have enough of them, okay? Well, I got okay How many are there in here oops? I spilled them all but 15 okay? Okay? I’ll make it work So I want this in this 28 bucks for our Ethernet cable and our Fasteners all right, so let’s head up to the fourth floor Maybe we can find some more wireless stuff there before we head back to the shop on the third floor wow three laptop stores right in a row We’re laptop stores laptop stores Matt, I’m not shopping for a laptop. All right? Well these guys are more like my speed I need a 128 gig ssd, and I need a too big stick of DDR2 99 for my ssd and 46 from Iran. I think I can do better on the ssd, but I’m not sure about the round Thank you two gigs stick of DDR2 $55 55 to be really cheap. Yeah How about the 128 gig ssd. What did you don’t find 105 Memory world? 58 How about the ssd 139 looks like we’re back to the first store. You guys win everyone else’s price sucks sucks You dare to 800 perfect Dad come all the way here to buy computer hardware, right you want to be in the video? 145 alright everyone else gave me really bad prices. Maybe because I’m late We’ve got our ramen ssd, but we still need our networking stock Like all of these laptops are broken why do you keep them just in case oh good yeah? this one does include both the pio E adapter and the unit so in fact I won’t even need a pov switch that’s excellent another option would just be to get like a nighthawk X6 and call it a day Repeat these Yeah, I don’t want to use a repeater 529 these things are like 300 bucks where I’m from that’s ridiculous Yeah, I will have to I’ll have to come back. No problem. Okay, another network specialty looking stores pitch, bright 373 78 Wow Maybe this place has stuff at least it’s not a laptop store Okay, there’s nothing in there What’s pricing on the Ac 66 you? 243 okay, not bad so far. You’re the best option right now 245 for an Ac 66 you I’m gonna have to know Pov. I have to get power to it somehow This is ridiculous like I promised your uncle one cable to the pillar not like two cables to the pillar So you know what I think we’re Gonna do oh I don’t like this at all, but we’re gonna go get one ap pro and We’re going to hope that the coverage is good enough from right in the center And if it’s not then we’re gonna need another one Whatever they have there. I want to buy it the first study cafe. This place is like a maze I can’t even find the stores. We were shopping at before Ap Pro 389 Ap Pro 408 ah we just saved twenty bucks. Do you guys have? Unify Ap pros in stock okay? Well, I don’t have much more time to shop so I don’t think we have a choice yep Let’s do it. Well overall. I’m not happy about it, but at least they waived the 3% stupid credit card surcharge And after I asked what three times? Alright So we’re back to unpack our spoils and get started here, so there’s actually two projects because there was some complaining about the desktop computer upstairs, so for that we need an ssd and a stick of memory so we’ve got that and then for the Wi-Fi We need our new unify Ap pro our cat seven cable And then these cable management tabs here, so let’s get started shall, we This is so not a cat seven cable. Well. I guess it could be cat 6 what’s the easiest way Well this door gets to be open a crack from now on is that Gonna be a problem that? My friend is how it is Gonna be to get good internet? Okay, like right down here So we get a nice clean line Okay, so I’m not sure about ideal locations part of the problem is this structure is all concrete concrete concrete It doesn’t look like I’m Gonna have a choice so either I think I’m gonna do that pillar on the second floor or I’m Gonna run it To mount on this thing what I might ask is what’s the priority because if the priority is? The downstairs and I might be better off to go here That’s what you get for having bad Wi-Fi So one of the reasons we had to spend so much on our access point was Poa Power over Ethernet So that I don’t have to run those two wires and what I like about the ubiquity is anyway Is that they come with an injector in case you don’t have a pos which do these two-pronged ones work here? Oh you have an adapter. Oh handy All right, did not count on that so we might need to use some kind of adhesive backing and I didn’t get any extra I Have yeah, I also need to steal one here ethernet cables Okay, now let’s go plug this guy. Oh, I’m sweating so much see if we got power I Might have to go switch those things around I always get it wrong any late. Oh there it goes Alright now we got to get the console fired up okay, so to configure the thing we need to install the ubiquity controller software so let’s fire up this ancient Dell optiplex 760 this is actually the computer. I’ll be upgrading and get it set up once we’ve got the controller. Set up. It doesn’t actually Ever need to interact with the controller, so I’m not worried about that. We just need to get it set up the first time Who says text don’t you know work out? No wonder they want this computer upgraded I can’t even Do anything in an internet browser? Even the Mouse Movement is slow Oh my goodness this computer needs more than just a new ssd, and some ran the most up-to-date circuits like Ie 8 or something Alright, so per the usual the equity software super easy to get set up so all we’ve got to do now is Manually set up our channels manually set up our widths During the setup Wizard. I was able to set up the ssid and everything so What’s left now? Then is to have a look at the surrounding area and you can see that This is why I thought it was so important to have 5 gigahertz because actually from the from the outside From the backyard there’s a bunch of stuff in here so stuff on channel six seven There old Wi-Fi was on channel one actually both the axe the repeater and the original access point We’re on one so they’re just talking over each other but on Five gigahertz basically empty so Actually actually the only thing we can see right now is the one that I just put in So we’re gonna go ahead and we’re gonna play around with positioning a little bit We’re gonna make sure that from everywhere within the house We’ve got a decent signal then we’re gonna go ahead and set this baby up all right. So here in the back corner We can see there’s a couple on Channel 36 from this neighbor But our strength is still not that bad on five gigahertz Naturally this floor is all very good with the access point right in the middle Even five gigahertz can punch through you know one concrete wall, okay? actually Should be workable all right? So wait at the back is actually quite good so We’re gonna go ahead and we’re gonna try actually running some speed tests in this position to see how it goes Here at the back you can see what I was talking about with 2.4, gigahertz being completely Congested and five gigahertz basically being our best bet to not be completely interfering with absolutely everything else Yeah, you won’t be facetiming back here Russian girls So now that we’ve determined the location we want. I’m just gonna throw a little sticky note on here that has the admin password and All that good stuff actually I’m gonna put it on the mounting plate, then I Have double-sided adhesive that’s Got two different kinds, so I’m gonna hedge my bets, and I’m gonna use half of each Well what I wanted to do to have it on the bottom stare. Nope okay. That’s what? Gotta Apply pressure about 30 seconds, okay oh I do want to leave this like some kind of a knot here actually if the adhesive fails I don’t want it to come crashing to the ground So this is where my cable management tabs from upStairs come in straight lines are good all right. How many jobs do I have left? Oh nine So that is nine feet okay? So we’re gonna go every foot Okay, so I think we’re done now our connectivity up here is the only place in the house where it’s really not as Consistent as I’d like not as good as I’d like but I think we found a solution Because it’s only very rarely that someone is going to be using something like a phone up here This is actually the worst performing device in the house for Wi-Fi That laptop over there that old laptop gets 40 megabit from the position on this desk right here on our range Network So that’s what we ended up doing we made two Ssids speed and range speed can saturate the 100 megabit connection that we have here at this location From anywhere downstairs pretty much and then range is able to even on our worst case scenario device give us about You know five to ten megabit up here not too shabby then what we did was we? Reconfigured the existing access point as more of a failover So we called this one attic and so if range on a particular device is not working well up here You can connect directly to that one then we left the range extender downstairs and with a little bit of repositioning I’m able to get 20 megabit at the very bottom floor with that one But we’re just gonna leave that unplugged unless our ubiquity access point fails or something like that So now we have not only better speeds pretty much throughout the house But we also have a failover system in the event that you know the access point dies or something like that So not too shabby is it the ideal solution? no, what I wanted was a 24/7 controller running and two access points one at the top one at the bottom then I think I could get anywhere from 50 to 100 megabit anywhere on the property that would be great We weren’t able to do that because you know how things are so this is not a bad solution overall What madness is this? 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