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Discussion in 'Home Networking' started by Geoff_UK, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. Geoff_UK

    Geoff_UK Guest

    Hi,

    Looking for advice/suggestions please.

    A customer of mine that I've maintained their PC's for quite a while has
    asked me how they can extend the range of their existing Belkin 7230
    wireless router.

    Scenario is that they live in an old stone house, split over 3 floors.
    Cable modem and router are on ground floor at the rear of the house.
    Wireless signal will not reach to top floor (master bedroom).

    Their son want to be able to use xBox live and of course needs an internet
    connection to do this. He could buy an xBox360 wireless adapter and I'm sure
    it would work as his room is on the first floor directly above the wirleless
    router. This doesn't solve the problem of boosing the wireless signall to
    the top floor.

    In an ideal world, my suggestion would be to run a cat5 cable upstairs to
    the first floor, stick a switch on it and connect the xBox to the switch via
    ethernet, you could then look at a wireless range booster to amplify the
    wireless signal from first floor to second floor.

    The problem arises as the house is very old, has rather nice wooden floors
    and their isn't an "easy" way to get a cable upstairs. I don't want to
    start drilling holes in external walls or ripping up wooden flooring !!

    Is there any device that would work wirlessly from ground to first floor to
    "connect" the first floor bedroom to the ground floor router without the
    need for cables?? Could I then use the switch/range booster idea??

    I had though about powerline ethernet, but I've never used it and heard
    mixed results??

    Many thanks in anticipation.

    Geoff
     
    Geoff_UK, Jan 12, 2009
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  2. You can get WiFi Homplugs.
    Plug the passive end in downstairs and the WiFi Access point in the room
    where you want it.

    Don C
     
    Donald Campbell, Jan 12, 2009
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  3. Geoff_UK

    Geoff_UK Guest

    cheers - not heard of thos before.

    any other ideas ??

    Geoff
     
    Geoff_UK, Jan 12, 2009
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  4. Geoff_UK

    James R Guest

    Stop right there, how much will you be paying for the advice if you are
    going to pass it on and charge your "customer"?

    If the price is right I will tell you what to do, or speak to your customer
    directly. I hope they don't read newsgroups! They might find out you
    have been misleading them.
     
    James R, Jan 12, 2009
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  5. Geoff_UK

    James R Guest

    Christ! And you have a "customer" and you don't know the first thing
    about computers? Poor things, do they know you bluff your way through
    things?
    Fancy having to ask in a newsgroup.
     
    James R, Jan 12, 2009
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  6. Geoff_UK

    Geoff_UK Guest

    Yeah, thanks for your help mate !! Really helpfull.

    Donald - your advice was greatly appreciated as I've not used powerline
    ethernet before and only ever heard bad things about it. As it happens,
    I've emailed the people and told them that I recived a good suggestion from
    this group and I think they're going to buy a powerline wireless kit.

    I always thought the spirit of newsgroups was to share knowledge - the
    people I'm doing this for know perfectly well that I'm posting to a
    newsgroup on their behalf, not that that should have anything to do with any
    advice either asked for or received??

    I think the term troll springs to mind ???

    As I said, thanks Donald, much appreciated.

    Geoff
     
    Geoff_UK, Jan 14, 2009
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