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Best setup for repeater operation

Greetings - I'm new here.  I just got service set up and am suffering some issues with my intended operation.  The satellite internet service is intended to replace a cellular mobile hotspot that I use at a remote location.  The setup has a handful of internet devices, three of which are in a metal building that is 115 feet from the HT2010 (formerly hotspot).  The devices include two Nest Protect units and a single 2.4 GHz wifi-controlled air conditioner that connects via the NetHome Plus Android app.  The metal building barrier and the distance are overcome by using a NetGear EX7000 set up as a repeater. The repeater uses an outside coaxial cable-connected directional antenna with 20 dB gain pointing at the modem and a coaxial cable-connected omnidirectional antenna inside the building (it uses this second cable-connected antenna because the repeater resides in an intermediate room in the metal building). The setup worked fine when connected to the cellular mobile hotspot.  After connecting to the HT2010, I was unable to get a reliable connection to the A/C and the Nest Protect units.  The 5 GHz band never connected to the repeater, so I used the 2.4 GHz band. The EX7000 reported signal strength of about 50% in that band.


If the problem is not related to the double NAT, would you expect a third party router (I'm looking at TP-Link AX3000) to handle my situation better?  If it is related to the double NAT, do you have any ideas how to determine this is the case?


Replying to my own question...


I got the 2.4 GHz band signal strength up to 65% (from 50%) by removing some vegetation between the HT2010 and the directional antenna on the repeater (NetGear EX7000).  I also better aligned the directional antenna's orientation by clamping a mirror to it and using a laser.


So the repeater is now working well, but I still have issues with slow, and variable, web response time for which I started another thread.

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