Features mid-October [Complete]

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    Jim Weiler (Edited )

    A (at least rough) roadmap for when basic features (forwarding, static LAN ips via dhcp, beam forming, etc) will be coming would be most excellent.

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    Portal Team

    Hi Jim - absolutely. I plan to publish a timeline in a few days. Want to be as transparent as possible! :)

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    Portal Team

    We will release static IP and configuring the DSL modem (PPPoE) via app later this week. 

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    Portal Team

    Hi Jim - beam forming is already supported in the Portal! :)

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    Jaydies Adoma Earth Leath

    I live in a house. Old house made of brick. Inside and out. (No sheet rock) I have a normal router that does the job barely. If we leave the doors of each room open. And no more then two people go online.  Would portal work for us. If placed one in each room? Or would the over lap cause the network to slow etc. We don't have to worry about congestion as we live 5 miles from nearest neighbor. The plan is to put one in the kitchen that where the internet connection comes into the house. To cover it and front room. Then put one in each room. We with to have all 6 people online. We tried plume, and many others. And none will work will work that well.  Thank you for you time. 

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    David (Edited )

    Hi JAEL,

    In physical terms a 1 brick thick interior wall has a path loss of about 8dB at 5GHz.  By comparison a modern sheetrock/wood frame wall has a path loss of about 4dB.   Portal RF signal strength is among the very best of the large form factor routers with a very efficient antenna system, close to the max power permitted by the FCC, and  beamforming for a little more boost.  But we do find that it is tough to get a usefully signal through more than 2 brick walls.  This is primarlily due to the FCC regulations and laws of physics. So it is also the case for every other WiFi router.

    You need to place your Portals to avoid having the signal travel through more than 2 brick walls.  We would also recommend that you connect the Portals together over an Ethernet cable rather than wirelessly.  So you might have to drill holes, or crawl around in the attic or basement.   We also have customers that have reported good results using Ethernet over power line to connect their Portals. But you need to ensure that they are on the same power phase and avoid surge protectors.

    In either case, we recommend placing your Portals as close to the ceiling as possible to avoid any additional attenuation from heavy furnature and people.  

    The Portals are engineered to work together to select frequencies to avoid interfering with one another. So you will get the strongest and least crowded signal possible.  We hope that it is enough.

     

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