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welshviking1
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wifi extender

Hi, Since I have been with Plusnet the wifi is very poor, albeit I do live in a very large house. My son who has his Xbox upstairs is always complaining the wifi is ruddy awful and my wife on her iPad gets a poor signal in the lounge. My other son has his Xbox in the same room as the router about 12ft away and he has no problem whatsoever and says it is a superb connection. My router is in the study which is approx 50ft away from the lounge (through 3 walls). I do use an old Netgear wifi extender (WN3000RP) which is plugged in on the upstairs landing outside my son's bedroom and worked very well on sky but abysmal on Plusnet. Any ideas on a better wifi extender or simply anything I can do to help the wifi although I am guessing the size of my house I will need an extender. The router I am using is the white one with the fluorescent blue light on it which does seem a poor router on wifi compared to my old sky one...Cheers Colin

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St3
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Re: wifi extender

You could try getting a better router i use one of these https://www.amazon.co.uk/ASUS-DSL-AC56U-Wireless-Dual-Band-Connections/dp/B016BWRBVG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=U...

But you might want to try one of these https://www.amazon.co.uk/ASUS-RT-N66U-802-11a-Multimedia-Wireless/dp/B005T3TIBK/ref=pd_sim_147_7?_en...

A new router might help... a friend of mine is in a big house and he uses the Asus RT N66U and his family all manage to game,stream... etc without any issues.

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Re: wifi extender

@welshviking1 this one... ( similar ) http://www.argos.co.uk/product/3234172?cmpid=GS001&_$ja=tsid:59158|cid:200290250|agid:12504951290|ti...

 

IS cheaper than the one on AMAZON... and has a good review, concerning signal power and range...

Quote from the page...

 

. We use this mainly for connecting an iPad to a mixing desk in theatres in order to control it remotely. Distance can be considerable and often obstacles and interference and so far this has not been phased

 

Unquote...

 

P.S. I know nothing about these ! ! ! ... just curious as to what it was and found the page... ! 

St3
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Re: wifi extender

You could also replace the old wifi extender with a more upto date one ... maybe a faster one.

Steve
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Re: wifi extender

If it was me I would be using power line adaptors.

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St3
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Re: wifi extender

Yes he could try these https://www.amazon.co.uk/Powerline-Streaming-Configuration-Required-TL-PA7010KIT/dp/B06WRSHKC6/ref=d...

Then upgrade his router if he feels he wants too.

Luzern
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Re: wifi extender

Somw folk are vehemently against Powerline. What about a  Mesh  system as another option if you have the pennies.

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mgfvvc
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Re: wifi extender


Steve wrote:

If it was me I would be using power line adaptors.


I've been using power line adapters for a while. First TP-Link Av200 and now Zyxel AV500. They have a high failure rate. I have had at least 3 die in 4 years and one that is supposed to be a wifi extender, but the wifi is part unusable because the configuration server is no longer accessible, so I can only use the ethernet port.

 

I am considering a mesh network, but, given the price, I would want some assurance that it would be more reliable than the powerline kit.

Steve
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Re: wifi extender

@mgfvvc The ones I have been using are still going strong and they are a fair few years old now made by Netgear. I wonder if the brand might be an important factor here? or your electric wiring is blowing them up?

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Re: wifi extender

Try using wired ethernet.