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OK, so I have a huge problem. The problem is, our wireless internet is set up in the WORST POSSIBLE SPOT in our house, especially for me, because, well, have a look at this attempt of a map of my house:

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if it's possible to shrink that picture, tell me :D ANYWAY, yes there is our setup. The thing that looks sorta like a wireless signal is where our network is at the moment. Where it says "me", that's wmy room. I BARELY get any internet, in fact, the range ends at my door. Now in the living room, there is a spot that is in a MUCH better spot than the current place, but unfortunately, if I hook up the router to it, it gets stuck at the "recieve" light. So, is there a way I can get it hooked up to where it will actually connect to the internet through it? If so, then please tell me!!!

asked Dec 01 '11 at 18:19

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Yes, I have hooked up the big old coaxial cable to the wall and my modem. Just to clarify :D

(Dec 01 '11 at 18:21) Pizzscn Pizzscn's gravatar image

Yes, you can move the modem anywhere in your house, assuming that you have a cable outlet to go with it. Once you connect it, it should go as normal.

answered Dec 01 '11 at 18:23

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DJ Scooby Doo

Well, I hooked it up to the port in the wall, and it won't connect. I'm quite sad :(

(Dec 01 '11 at 18:25) Pizzscn Pizzscn's gravatar image

Hmm, because with Time Warner (my cable company), assuming you have the cable from the splitter and the cable is properly plugged in it should work.

(Dec 01 '11 at 18:30) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

huh. Well we use Charter. Maybe they are a bit more picky or something. idk

(Dec 01 '11 at 18:37) Pizzscn Pizzscn's gravatar image

Did you try plugging the cable from a cable box in to see if it works?

(Dec 01 '11 at 18:39) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

no not yet. It's a bit cumbersome to get to actually.

(Dec 01 '11 at 18:43) Pizzscn Pizzscn's gravatar image

When you have the chance, do it and post back.

(Dec 01 '11 at 18:49) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

ok. So, basically plug it into the box that is plugged into my TV? If you don't mean that then I don't have a cable box.

(Dec 01 '11 at 21:28) Pizzscn Pizzscn's gravatar image
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no idea how to get it working in your living room but have you looked at powerline adapters? you plug one in to the mains next to your router, plug an ethernet in to it and then plug the second one into another mains socket somewhere else in the house (like your room) and connect another ethernet from that to your PC or another router or something. Only problem is that it will only work if both mains sockets are on the same ring main (loop from the fuse box) but you should be able to work this out from the fuse box. Just a thought

answered Dec 01 '11 at 18:32

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hmm. Basically networking through the power lines in the house?

(Dec 01 '11 at 18:37) Pizzscn Pizzscn's gravatar image

yeah exactly, you just have to make sure that both will be on the same ring and it should work fine

(Dec 01 '11 at 19:06) osiris osiris's gravatar image

ah ok. If I ever see some I'll look into them.

(Dec 01 '11 at 21:27) Pizzscn Pizzscn's gravatar image

I have one since our modem and router are on the 2nd floor and I'm in the basement. Works like a charm.

(Dec 06 '11 at 18:50) PCLinux7 PCLinux7's gravatar image

Have you tried a TV to the cablejack in most houses anymore tehy only hook up the living room and masterbedroom even if there are jacks in every room

answered Dec 02 '11 at 20:57

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I don't have a TV small and light enough to try that sadly.

(Dec 03 '11 at 18:28) Pizzscn Pizzscn's gravatar image

Yes, this is possible but will take a bit of work. The router will work anywhere you can get the correct coax signal to the box. In my house for example, I have Verizon FIOS, but also have an TV antenna and then a converter for old TVs that only accept analog signals. Plus, there are some wall ports that seem to have a cable that goes nowhere.

The first step is to find where your coax cable is coming from. In my house it's in the attic, but it's also been in the basement in my previous house. I will likely have a splitter attached to it, with coax cables attached to it (these are going to the different rooms in your house). You simply have to find the ends of the coax cables on your other wall plugs, and connect them to that splitter. In my house I spend a couple hours putting tags on all the cables so I know where each of them go, so I can put any type of signal down them.

I know this process is hard and will take a long time. If you want a quicker way, you could call your ISP and ask them to move it for you. This will probably cost a lot of money, just cause any type of service seems to cost a lot.

answered Dec 04 '11 at 13:48

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wow... haha ok then. Is there at least some type of device I could use to see if any activity is coming from the port? I would certainly hope so...

(Dec 04 '11 at 14:23) Pizzscn Pizzscn's gravatar image

I'm not for sure, I think there is, but then again, you could possibly have different types of signals going down the same type of wire.

(Dec 05 '11 at 01:57) KylePolansky KylePolansky's gravatar image

if you have a b/g router maybe switch to a N router? Have you tried moving the router to a higher position in the room? and also look into maybe a wifi extender.

answered Dec 05 '11 at 17:33

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while powerline networking works well, it has a few issues that may or may not be an issue for you.

ping times are slightly increased

throughput is lower than with ethernet (while it generally wont be an issue for internet connections, it is a problem if you transfer a lot of content over the LAN

if the router you have now has a removable antenna, you can get a higher gain antenna (if it is a single level home then a 9dbi+ antenna will work great (if multi level then a 5dbi will be good (and depending on how many devices need it, you can even use the stock antenna and simply stick on a parabolic reflector http://www.freeantennas.com/projects/template2/index.html

answered Dec 06 '11 at 12:21

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If your cable network is analog and digital... they put shunts on all of the non-cable modem/non digital cable box lines, to prevent RF leaking back into the line from your equipment. They look like long metal barrels in-line with your non-cable modem lines. If you remove that from the line you want to move it to, and the appropriate signal levels are sufficient, you should be able to move the modem. Digital Cable boxes work nearly the same in principal as the modems, so if you have a DVR or some such, you should be able to plug the modem in there too.

Remember thou, cable splitters and signal combiners/channel injectors are bad for cable modems. Avoid them at all possible costs.

answered Dec 06 '11 at 18:47

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edited Dec 06 '11 at 18:47

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