Using the Compex Home Mesh App
Setting up your Compex Home Mesh Network the easy way.
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Installing and Opening the App
- 3 Connecting the Hardware for Initial Setup
- 4 Creating Wireless Connection between the New Compex Mesh AP and the Existing Router
- 5 Testing Mesh AP in the Same Room First
- 6 Testing Mesh AP in the Desired Location at the Other Corner of the House
- 7 Viewing Mesh AP Details and Parameters
- 8 Successfully Extended Wifi Coverage
The Compex Home Mesh App allows you to extend the coverage of your existing home router. The existing home router can be from any manufacturer and need not be replaced.
In the following pictures, we shall see how the App can be used. For tech savvy people, you may choose to skip this tutorial and immediately start using the Compex Home Mesh App.
The requirement is that the Compex AP needs to have the Home Mesh firmware installed on it. (latest fw vers: v2.4.11_b170106_HomeMesh)
Installing and Opening the App
Please connect to your existing home router's wireless SSID. (I used the 5GHz channel.)
First, we search out this App in the Google Play Store for Android or the Apple App Store. (The Apple App currently works up to iOS 10.1.1.)
Next, we click to install it.
Please click 'CONTINUE'.
Once installed, please click 'OPEN'.
You are greeted with the Welcome Screen.
Connecting the Hardware for Initial Setup
Start by connecting your Compex AP to your existing router's LAN port using the Ethernet cable. You can use either of the two LAN ports on the Compex AP.
Please turn on your Compex AP.
Please wait for the beep. Otherwise, if there is no beep, please wait for a couple of minutes, then click 'DONE'.
My existing home router's wireless SSID is 'PWMCPX-5G'. It shows up as a device in the list.
After a while, my newly connected Compex AP shows up as the second device in the list.
You can set its intended location for easy management later.
I shall put it in my Family Room later.
After clicking the forward arrow, please wait a while for the next screen.
Creating Wireless Connection between the New Compex Mesh AP and the Existing Router
Please select the network that your new Compex Mesh AP will use for the backhaul. I suggest 5GHz as it is faster. The 5GHz radio is also more powerful. I shall let it connect to my SSID 'PWMCPX-5G'.
I have to type in my existing Wifi password.
Please wait a while for it to configure.
It may take a couple of minutes. Then you shall see the 'Congratulations' screen.
The Compex AP has been successfully configured. You can now turn off and disconnect the Compex AP. Please place it at the desired location and turn it on.
Testing Mesh AP in the Same Room First
Actually I just placed it at the opposite side of the room first to check that it is working. The new Compex AP is now online. The first device is my existing router and shows up as Unknown Device offline probably because it is not a Compex Mesh AP.
It is connected to my exisiting Wi-Fi SSID 'PWMCPX-5G'.
The Compex Mesh AP automatically creates a new wireless SSID that follows the name of your existing router's SSID appended with '_CPX'.
In my case it is 'PWMCPX-5G_CPX'.
The Wifi password is exactly the same as your existing router's Wifi password.
My phone is now connected to 'PWMCPX-5G_CPX'. Technically, the data packets are hopping from my phone to my Compex Mesh AP to my home router.
The link speed is 433Mbps.
Doing a speed test...
The result is DL 146Mbps and UL 166Mbps.
Using the Wifi Analyzer App...
The Compex Mesh AP creates its Wifi SSID on exactly the same channel as my existing router, Channel 100.
It also creates another Wifi SSID on the 2.4GHz band, Channel 1, with the same name.
Testing Mesh AP in the Desired Location at the Other Corner of the House
Now I relocate my Compex Mesh AP to my Family room. Running the Internet speed test...
Viewing Mesh AP Details and Parameters
Clicking on my 'Family Room' Compex Mesh AP, I can see some details: signal strength, IP address, connected clients (pending), and firmware OS version.
I can also change the location note.
In the advanced section, I can see the device uptime, chipset info, and option for diagnostic log.
This is the diagnostic log.
This is the 'Troubleshoot' Section.
Clicking the the 'Troubleshoot' button, it does some processing.
Then it finishes by showing 'Troubleshoot successfully'.
Clicking on 'Reboot Device' in the Advanced Section, it shows these screens.
Successfully Extended Wifi Coverage
Doing a speed test, my iPhone shows DL 68Mbps and UL 54Mbps. Previously it was out of the Wifi coverage of my existing router.