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:
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!!!
Answer by osiris · Dec 01, 2011 at 08:32 PM
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
Answer by KylePolansky · Dec 04, 2011 at 03:48 PM
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.
Answer by Razor512 · Dec 06, 2011 at 02:21 PM
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
Answer by essobi · Dec 06, 2011 at 08:47 PM
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.