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January 15, 2019, 06:23:30 PM
Last edit: January 16, 2019, 12:02:55 AM by frodocooper
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hello everyone,

i'm setting up my avalon 741 a long way from the router so i have enabled wifi mode. The rasp3 wifi is not strong enough to reach my routers signal so i have connected a USB wifi dongle with an extended wifi cable/aerial.

but how i can i ensure the rasp3 uses my usb wifi and does not attempt to use the onboard wifi chip? is it possible to install the USB drivers into the controller OS?

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January 15, 2019, 07:15:35 PM
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I tried to search on google also here in the forum but I don't see any procedure to make the USB wifi work on Avalon controller. It needs an extra driver and I think it is not compatible with Avalon OS.

My suggestion if you want to extend your wifi range to reach your Avalon controller much better to buy a wifi repeater.

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January 15, 2019, 07:53:47 PM
Last edit: January 16, 2019, 12:03:41 AM by frodocooper
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I tried to search on google also here in the forum but I don't see any procedure to make the USB wifi work on Avalon controller. It needs an extra driver and I think it is not compatible with Avalon OS.

My suggestion if you want to extend your wifi range to reach your Avalon controller much better to buy a wifi repeater.

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January 15, 2019, 08:09:25 PM
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Yep,
wifi repeaters is the way to go.

You can also see if "wireless mesh" would be ideal for you.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_mesh_network

And also powerline ethernet is one option.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power-line_communication

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January 16, 2019, 02:11:11 PM
Last edit: January 16, 2019, 11:58:25 PM by frodocooper
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there should be away around this, but it really isn't worth the hustle, you either use what the  other guys suggested or better yet run an Ethernet cable.

since your usb wifi can catch the signal from the router then the distance is not that much, depending on what there is on the way from the miner to the router i highly suggest using a CAT6 cable to run your miner, wifi is not a robust connection that you can depend on for 24/7 , imagine you solo mine and once your miner finds a block , some signal interference happens and it fails to broadcast it. it is really not worth it to run a miner on wifi even if it works for everybody that you know, all you need a little bit of bad luck to be screwed.

should you insist on using wifi,  use something like vistumbler to identify the best wifi channel to use according to your environment, this minimizes the interference possibilities , most wifi's run on channel 1/6  but it depends, just scan and see.

also make sure you using 2.4 GHz if you have more obstacles to go through.  5 GHz  routers provide faster transmission but they don't do well in long range.

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January 16, 2019, 02:25:43 PM
Last edit: January 16, 2019, 11:58:45 PM by frodocooper
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thank you everyone. I have decided to run an ethernet cable. its going to be a big job to get it to where i need it but i think its worth it.
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January 16, 2019, 02:43:33 PM
Last edit: January 16, 2019, 11:59:08 PM by frodocooper
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just ensure you are not running the cable close to any electricity wires or else it could be worse than using wireless, if you must run them close to any cables, then use shielded Ethernet cable instead of regular cables.

edit : if cat6 is expensive where you live, cat5 will the job just fine.

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January 16, 2019, 07:22:42 PM
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I'm using a NETGEAR N300 WiFi Range Extender (EX2700) 32.99 at Amazon, to provide internet to my S7 miners at my cabin just to keep the cabin warm.  It is much easier than running CAT 5 cable and it works great.  Just plug in a short ethernet cable between the Netgear and your Pi, no drivers needed.
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