My wireless hub (previously a BT home Hub 2) is located in the living room. My main pc is upstairs and connects wirelessly to the hub using a TP-Link USB wifi adapter. In my other living room, which is an extension on the back of the house, I have a Netgear WN2000RPT extender to pick up the wifi through what used to be the original outside wall. I then have four network products connected by ethernet cables to the ports on the extender; these are a TV, Sky box, blu-ray player and a Marantz NA7004 network audio player.
Four days ago, I had BT Infinity installed, and was given a Home Hub 3. Since then, I've noticed some issues. Firstly, the extender seems to be droppoing the connection with the hub during the night. I have to reconnect every morning, by pressing the WPS button on each component. This is a PITA. I've ceecked the hub settings for power-saving modes, but these are all disabled. The other issue is that when I try to use my ipad to stream music from my upstairs pc to the Marantz using Airplay, it's not responding. I've read that Home Hub 3 has troubles with Airplay, and that changing the security setting to WPA only will fix it. I tried that and it hasn't, at least not so far. That's not a major problem, as I don't have to use Airplay to stream the music, I can do it using the music server mode on the Marantz itself.
The priority for me is fixing the problem with the dropped wireless connection between the hub and the extender. I'm thinking of going down the homeplug route (something like this), and replacing the extender with a ethernet switcher box, (something like this). Before I do that, though, am I right in thinking that you can use any main socket so long as they all go back to the same fuse box? Or do they have to be on the same ring?
If I can't sort out the Airplay situation, I might have to ditch the Home Hub 3 and put in a different router. If so, what do people recommend as a good quality product for around £100?
Hope that explains the problems, and soemone can offer some ideas