WiFi Question for the Maestroed.

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I mostly use my Maestro on the shack desk. I have a 1000M wired Ethernet connection for it on the desk. The the distance between the desk and the WiFi router is less than 12 feet total, but the signal does have to go through a 1 large glass window and the shack wall. The signal quality meter on the Maestro will sometimes indicate Excellent, sometimes Poor, on both the wired and WiFi. More often, when I leave it connected to the CAT5e but select a WiFi connection instead it indicates both connections are in use and usually indicates Excellent quality. 

Is it possible it's using both connections? Both connections are visible in the router. 

I've told the Maestro to forget all the WiFi connections to stop it from getting a WiFi connection, only allowing the wired connection. Mostly Excellent quality when doing that. I Unplug the Cat5e to force WiFi only connections, and some of the time those indicate Excellent. 

It's hard to troubleshoot intermittent WiFi quality issues.

It's not likely to be a WiFi congestion/interference issue, None of the neighbors seem to have any WiFi in operation. I'm Rural so that helps. 

Does Maestro give any indication of which it's using, when it's operating and indicates IP assignments for both?

 73, Jay - NO5J
 
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Long story short: I got it to work.

I moved My Netgear WNDR3700v3 router into the shack.
I setup my wife's Apple Time Capsule\Airport to be the Base Station router, it now does WiFi for the house, connects directly to the internet, handles DHCP for the LAN side, and does NAT to route incoming Mail and Web server traffic to the Server in the shack, all of which was previously being handled by the Netgear router.

I discovered  that the Netgear router has an undocumented AP mode, which can be enabled by simply not configuring it to provide DHCP and NAT, and not connecting the WAN connection to anything.

By connecting an Ethernet cable between the Time Capsule/Airport LAN side and one of the Netgear LAN jacks, which results in it behaving more like a LAN Switch, All connections to either the WiFi or LAN jacks at the Netgear router are seen as existing on the Time Capsule/Airport LAN, and vice-versa.

Maestro now has more WiFi signal than it needs.

The drawback to this setup is that with the Netgear connected this way there is no way to connect to it to configure it. The work around is that you take it back into the house and temporarily connect it directly to the Internet WAN connection  on the Routers WAN jack, and then connect a PC, or my wife's iMac to one of its LAN connections and then you can login to it normally make you changes and then move it back to the shack.

It appears that newer Netgear models now have an AP option included that makes this a lot simpler to enable.

So my dreamed up solution seems to actually work.

Even though the preparation/implementation knocked me mostly offline for the weekend. 

I'm grinning now!

73, Jay - NO5J
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