01-10-2013 06:02:09 PM
I've had UVerse for about a year now and I just recently upgraded to the 24 Mbps plan which I'm very happy with, at least whenever I am within range of the wifi in my 2-story house. My signal strength completely drops off in the furthest rooms of the first floor of my home, and any suggestions to improve that signal would be much appreciated.
I purchased a new 802.11ac compatible router (backwards compatible with n/g etc. of course) and configured the modem to play nicely with it. This has done wonders for our laptops that have n compatible wireless cards or an ac wireless usb adaptor attached, in that we are somehow actually picking up an average of 3 bars in the once dead-zone. The main problem is that the majority of other devices we have in the area, iPads, cell phones, Smart TV, DVR etc. can't pick up those signals and are still stuck in a dead zone.
I called ATT today asking whether or not it would be possible to install some CAT5 wiring for Ethernet in my home so I could bridge another router on the bottom floor. Unfortunately, my house was built in the 90's and my wiring is a huge mess of phone lines that disappear into nowhere underneath the attic. The tech that came out tried really hard but could not find where my interior connections led to create the Ethernet connections (and furthermore stated ATT does not go into the subfloor to create CAT5 connections between stories.) The modem is obligated to be in the upstairs bedroom because the dedicated phone line it is connected to runs from outside the home directly into that wall - and nowhere else.
He did leave me with a couple of pluglinks however, and help me set them up. I was already aware of this possibility to create Ethernet connections between the electrical lines however, and was simply dreading what I knew would be far less speed when using them in my older house with electrical wiring almost certainly with less than ideal conditions suited for that purpose. End result, I was able to create an Ethernet link to my router and connect to the internet but my download speed plummeted from 24 Mbps to a max of 7 Mbps, regardless of what socket I stuck the adaptor into. At this point I could simply connect the new router and set it up as an access point, but I was hoping there might be something else I can do to boost the faster 24 Mbps speeds to the bottom floor.
I have experimented with a wireless repeater in the past, but the device constantly dropped signal and was slow anyway, so unless there is a specific device someone can recommend that fulfils that function particularly well, that option is no good either.
So other than:
- Rewiring the house completely
- Switching to Comcast Xfinity cable internet
Does anybody have any recommendations as to extended my wireless range? Or perhaps increasing the speed of my pluglink adaptor, if that is even possible.
Thank you very much in advance.
01-10-2013 07:16:55 PM
If you are not up to pulling the Ethernet, find an electrician or someone local that does computer networking. Mom & Pop computer shops will usually have a list of people or their business cards, that do the networking stuff.
It really is not hard to do, if you have a crawl space or basement, or attic access to pull the wires. You just have to be able to pull them from a central location, to distribute the runs to the various rooms that you want the drops at.
"Ren: Now listen, Cadet. I've got a job for you. See this button? Don't touch it! It's the History Eraser button, you fool!
Stimpy: So what'll happen?
Ren: That's just it. We don't know. Maybe something bad, maybe something good. I guess we'll never know, 'cause you're going to guard it. You won't touch it, will you?"
01-11-2013 06:57:28 AM
You can get sometihing like this.
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01-12-2013 02:52:50 AM
Range Extenders are the best way to be truly wireless when out of router range. I use the Linksys RE1000 but there are others that are porbably as good.