01-08-2013 12:27 PM
I have my Residential Gateway set up at the absolute front of my house. It's connected to my television/receiver in my living room, and the existing (DirecTV) cabling running through my house connects the television/receiver in the back of the house. I have no problem with the connection with either television, and the wifi in the front of the house is strong enough to support my laptop and desktop with great access.
In the back of the house, however, wifi is spotty, especially for mobile devices. I was wondering if there was a solution I could install off my television receiver in the back of the house that would boost the wifi signal enough to give good reception there and also in our garage, which is about 10 feet away. Would like to put a wireless UVerse box out there if possible.
Am perfectly willing to purchase a router or other similar hardware if I can install it with relative ease at the back of the house. Any help or suggestions on this hardware would be most appreciated.
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01-08-2013 4:03 PM
01-08-2013 4:07 PM
We're talking about an 1100 sq ft single story home where the RG is at the front of the building and the bedroom is as the back. So 30-40 feet away.
Would like to extend the range another 20 feet or so to encompass, the garage if possible. It's a free-standing structure adjacent to the house. The purpose for that would be to add a wireless UVerse box to the garage to watch TV. No gaming or streaming Netflix that far out.
01-08-2013 4:54 PM
01-08-2013 4:57 PM
I'd spend an extra $100 if it would give the ability to have the wireless uVerse box in my garage (and give me the wifi I need at the back of the house).
The uVerse box in the back of the house is connected to the system with coax cable, but I run a CAT 5 cable out of it into the back of the AppleTV that connects to that television.
01-08-2013 5:10 PM
01-08-2013 7:20 PM
I don't really have an option of rewiring the house, so I have to stick with the coax that runs through the house, but are you saying the STB in our bedroom is a repeater/extender itself? If not, can I hook into the CAT5 line with what was recommended up thread to experience a boost in signal strength?
Thanks for you help!
01-08-2013 7:43 PM
01-08-2013 9:34 PM
So if I'm reading you right, I don't have any means of using third-party hardware to extend range unless I run CAT5 cable from the RG to the back of the property? (Which is not possible.)
- edited 01-09-2013 4:38 AM
Use one, two, three or more of these. If you have a ton of money put one in each room!! You will have coverage for sure then although it wouldn't be necessary. This would be to extend your wireless for regular devices such as computers, smart phones, or anything else on your wireless network. If you want a wireless STB in your garage the access point that comes with it will be plenty strong enough to run the wireless STB in your garage with an 1100 sq ft home. Don't try to judge your current wireless strength to determine if you can get a wireless STB to work. That box uses totally different wireless signaling to transmit and receive wirelessly.
01-09-2013 4:45 AM
Just thought of something else and my edit time ran out, but my neighbor has a wireless STB and his access point is about 75 ft. from my RG inside his house of course. Using inSSIDer I can see his signal good and strong inside my house. That of course is going thru all of the walls in his house and all of the walls in my house. You should be fine with what you are trying to do.
01-09-2013 3:55 PM
Remember, the lower the -dbm is, the better the signal. The higher in -dbm, the worst the signal.
Just to clarify, the signal strengths of wireless devices are measured in dBm, which is the signal strength referenced to 1 mW. Thus, a 1 mW signal is 0 dBm. A 10x lower signal of 0.1 mW would show as -10 dBm. A signal 10x lower than that would be 0.01 mW, or -20 dBm.
Greg is correct that the magnitude (number only) portion of the reading goes down as the strength gets higher. e.g. a -20 dBm signal is stronger than a -30 dBm signal. However, since these numbers are negative, the actual value follows standard mathematics, e.g.
-30 < -20, so the -30 signal is less than (and lower strength than) the -20 signal.
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