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How to add more devices/expand the WiFi router

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CanSurvive Thu 06-Dec-18 23:32:44

So since adding Alexa and a house full of bulbs, we have to switch off the WiFi on the phone etc as we have reached capacity. How do I expand the amount of devices can connect to the internet? Is it a new router, a second router, what?
Know we switch things off when streaming, just need to add more devices. Help.

silverrings Fri 07-Dec-18 08:32:18

A WiFi booster may work? You just link it into your WiFi and plug it in

CanSurvive Fri 07-Dec-18 11:35:48

Thanks, I wasn’t sure if they were just to extend the physical range of the WiFi, say in a big house or into a garden but wouldn’t affect the number of devices added?

AnchorDownDeepBreath Fri 07-Dec-18 11:40:39

Routers don't usually have device limits. Is it telling you that you've hit a limit?

ARhythmlessMan Fri 07-Dec-18 11:43:01

Not sure what you mean by "reached capacity", routers generally can support many more devices than any home would have, dozens via WiFi.
If you mean that internet capacity suffers then you'd need a faster product like fibre.

CanSurvive Fri 07-Dec-18 17:47:01

Nope, we have reached capacity with the amount of devices connected to it. We have to turn the WiFi off one to use another which then connects as you turn the other off etc. With 3 x Alexa, HIVE, Fan and 10 bulbs plus the standard mobiles/iPads/ TV etc we need a different router to add more devices. Seems most cope with about 12 connected. Added the last bulb last night and now have to take it in turns to have the WiFi on an iPad/iPhone with them all connected.

CanSurvive Fri 07-Dec-18 17:48:30

There is a waiting list to connect to fibre here, can cope with the band width, it’s just nothing else will connect now

disneyspendingmoney Fri 07-Dec-18 18:01:31

check the IP range that is being handed out by your routers DHCP.

most hone routers hand out to 192.168 1.99 giving 100 IP addresses on a home cat c network

you could try extending it to to 192.1681.253. but be very careful. first church which IP address is the one of the router I. it's either or

you can only have 254 IP addresses allocated it's a hard limitation, DO NOT go over that amount. when you config your router 1 is always allocated to the router itself, your ISP or provider may keep a couple to themselves.

If you need more than 254 IP addresses and I'll assume you talking WiFi ones. it starts to become bloody complicated with setting up additional subnets, routing tables and NAT.

disneyspendingmoney Fri 07-Dec-18 18:03:01

192.1681.253 should be

ARhythmlessMan Sat 08-Dec-18 10:18:25

Google the router make/model and see if it's a known limitation, might even be a firmware update addressing the issue.
Failing that maybe a network extender might help, connect some devices to it instead of router. This one's very reasonable

disneyspendingmoney Sat 08-Dec-18 13:15:31

are you wanting to extend the range by distance because parts of your home doesn't get a good enough signal.

or are you wanting to extend the range of available ip addresses and connect more devices.

My setup handles
4 android phones
1 iPhone
2 Android TV boxes
1 smart TV
1 Xbox
8 laptops
1 Phillips hue hub (17 bulbs)
5 tuya smart plugs
2 Nintendo ds
1 laser printer
1 roku

all within a 8m radius of the WiFi router, it's DHCP has an allocation of 100 IP address to hand out.

CanSurvive Fri 14-Dec-18 08:00:08

Range is fine, get WiFi in the garden etc, it just can’t physicaly connect anything more. DH tells me google says 15 is our limit. To both use the WiFi on laptop last night we had to turn off the fan and iPads and phones.

TooTrueToBeGood Fri 14-Dec-18 08:05:24

Whate make and model is your current router?

Ifailed Fri 14-Dec-18 08:13:00

when you say physically connect, do you mean by ethernet cable - if so just buy a switch to add extra ports?

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