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.
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.
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.
check the IP range that is being handed out by your routers DHCP.
most hone routers hand out 192.168.1.0 to 192.168 1.99 giving 100 IP addresses on a home cat c network
you could try extending it to 192.168.1.0 to 192.1681.253. but be very careful. first church which IP address is the one of the router I. it's either 192.168.1.0 or 192.168.1.254.
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.
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.