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Topic # 127527 13-Aug-2013 17:39
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I got my VDSL connected today, and am getting what I consider very good speeds given I am 600m+ from the cabinet (averaging around 30/9 at the moment).

My main computer is a 2008 Mac Pro which lives upstairs, and it's not wireless capable, but I had it running nicely on an Edimax usb wireless adapter, so I made the call to put the VDSL modem downstairs on top of a bookcase, which is about as central as it can get.

Everything was chugging along nicely, and I was busily trying to work out how to get my Time Capsule to work in bridge mode (no longer needing the router part of it), when the Edimax keeled over. The connection to the VDSL wireless signal started flicking on and off very rapidly and I couldn't get online. I've tried putting the little usb thingy in another port, removing and re-loading the software, re-setting the connection, and it's still doing the same thing. Other computers and i-devices around the house report strong uninterrupted connections, so I know it's not the VDSL modem itself.

Ideally what I think I need is a wireless bridge? Something that can pick up my nice strong wireless signal through the floor, and then relay it to the Mac Pro via ethernet cable. A quick Google took me to this: http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=NETNCM0124&name=NetComm-NP124-Wireless-N-Range-Extender-3-in-1-can At the moment I've had to string a 10 metre network table down the stairs and through the lounge to plug the Mac directly into the router!

Any advice or alternative suggestions gratefully accepted. Obviously I'm after the best connection speed possible, and running cables through the walls is sadly not an option.




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  Reply # 876638 13-Aug-2013 18:00
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http://www.amazon.com/Apple-M8881LL-AirPort-Extreme-Card/dp/B0000899ZB



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  Reply # 876676 13-Aug-2013 18:51
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Thanks for the suggestion, that would definitely be the optimal solution. Unfortunately I am not proficient enough to install one, going by the YouTube tutorials. I guess as a last resort I could take it to a Mac tech, if I can't find a less skill-reliant solution :)




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  Reply # 876694 13-Aug-2013 19:22
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internet through the powerlines?

http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=SWHDLK1681015&name=D-LINK-POWERLINE-AV-4-PORT-SWITCH (I think)

http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?p=search&sf=powerline

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  Reply # 876705 13-Aug-2013 19:38
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hows about this if you want easy peasy Netgear A6200

http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?e=1425107



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  Reply # 876729 13-Aug-2013 20:22
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Power line connectors might work - I would need to put them in multi boards but could be a go-er if they work that way. That Netgear USB looks cool, also.

I've had a rush of bravery and ordered an internal airport card that is guaranteed to work with all pro models. I have to get it reshipped but it's not expensive. The main drama for installation is not the process itself, going by the reviews, but just that it's fiddly with large hands. Luckily I am a tiny little woman so I'll give it a bash. If it doesn't work, I'll try one of these other suggestions :)




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Currently using: Modified 2008 Mac Pro, HP M6-1017TX Laptop, iPad Pro, iPhone 7, iPhone 6S, AppleTV4.


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