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Ultimate Geek
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Topic # 113960 3-Feb-2013 07:19 Send private message

Basically finished installing my master splitter, dsl jackpoint is located downstairs under my room.
Now my adsl modem / wifi router is downstairs and wifi upstairs is suffering greatly.

If your asking why I didnt get my adsl jack installed upstairs,
too many complications and this was the easiest and cleanest route to take.

I am using ethernet over power to get a connection to my desktop computer in my room.
However, my family members are using wifi devices so u can see how their signal and speeds are affected
since the router is downstairs.

I tried using my old wag120n plugged into the ethernet over power which would usually connect
to my desktop pc. Seemed to work okay at first, but when everyone jumps on their devices it seems my speeds were
affected greatly.


Any other suggestions ?

Current equipment being used:

Tp- link TD-W8960N (downstairs on dsl jack)

TP-Link TL-PA211-KIT (used to get ethernet from downstairs modem to upstairs computer)

Wagn120n ( possible wifi router upstiars, but issues with performance)

iMac 27 2014
Macbook Pro Retina 2013
iPhone 6
iPad Mini

VDSL Sync @ 53Mbps

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 755041 3-Feb-2013 12:59 Send private message

You have probably already tried this: But have you turned the antennas on the router down so they are horizontal not pointing straight up? By default, when an omni antenna is placed vertically (assuming it's vertically polarised), the gain is usually in a more narrow horizontal beam. Putting the antennas on their their side instead up upright will help direct that added gain upstairs instead of across downstairs.

Sounds like you need a repeater upstairs though. A more powerful AP might not help anything since the devices upstairs maybe struggling to get a signal back downstairs. In saying that, I have 1.6W AP 3 metres up on top of my roof, very directional (works KM's away), but the signal still works through the tin roof and pinex ceiling where my iPod is (about 9 metres below). But inside powerful AP's aren't too expensive these days:

I haven't tried ethernet over power, I thought about it once along with the MoCA stuff (ethernet over coax rg6).

I don't recall the model number I saw last week, however TP-Link make a universal WiFi repeater. But you would be better off putting another AP on different channel upstairs wired to the one downstairs to give you more bandwidth than a repeater would.

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  Reply # 755058 3-Feb-2013 13:39 Send private message

Hi, until recently I did cabling for a few years, so it cost me nothing, but materials, probably around $100-150 for conduit, junction boxs, cable, faceplates keystones, etc and probably 4-5hrs time, so another say another $300, so $500 tops, and well worth it.

That is for say 3 floors, would be around hafl for just one run but depends on how accessible the side of the house is.

Here it is, you can see I did not use T boxs(but just single port boxs which I extended) as it was done in stages as our need moved, but regardless there is now a cat6 run to each floor from the lowest floor where the modem is (and my office), next floor up is the kids rooms, and the mid floor is the main living area where there is a 2nd Wireless router setup as just an AP so provides wired services to the lounge/dinning PC and the main TV plus wireless to the two upper levels, the next level above that (which you cannot see top end of) is the master bedroom. This wall is the back of the house so not in full view, and many other external run services are, ie gas (which can be seen) waste and soil pipes which are above the camera.


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