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Topic # 148944 6-Jul-2014 11:50
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Hey guys

I am having a problem and it has been a problem for sometime and I have cracked my head so much just to solve it but I am not too good in this field to solve it.

I cannot get good reception anywhere on the 2nd floor of the place i am staying.

So let me explain the situation. I live in a 2-floored house. the house is pretty big and I live on the 2nd floor on the far East of the house. In order to make the inside of the house look pretty, the landlord decided to put the router on the far West of the house on the 1st floor. So now I am in my room on the far East of the house on the 2nd floor and I get really bad internet like... 2 to 3 bars max and it constantly disconnects and reconnects again.

I thought, "Okay, let me just move my laptop to a location on the 2nd floor where I am directly above the router on the first floor, that should work, right?" Well it sorta did boost internet reception for a bit but over time, again I lose the connection. Also I play First person shooter games, so lousy reception = lag and it is frustrating. After a day's of stressful work, I thought I could jump on and shoot a bunch of players to release some of that pint up rage but I couldn't because of the lag and disconnection. Also I wish to be in my room surfing the net in private but given the current situation, I am not able to do so. I don't know what to do.

This is a picture of the model type of the router. It is a TP-Link:



Please help... What would you recommend that I do/buy?

Note: the landlord doesn't want to move the router by the way. He found a perfect spot to make the wires not look ugly.

Thank you for your attention.

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  Reply # 1081792 6-Jul-2014 12:00
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If you are gaming, you need the reliability of a wired connection.

If you are able to get into the user interface of the router, try setting it down to 20MHz operation which will cap the speed to 135 meg, but reduce the suseptability to interference.

You can try some powerline extenders between the router and the location of the laptop and use a cable from that to the laptop, many people report good results with them.




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  Reply # 1081795 6-Jul-2014 12:15
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First of all change to 20Mhz channel spacing and try other wireless channels.

If they makes no difference you need to look at Ethernet cahling, or Ethernet over power extenders.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1081796 6-Jul-2014 12:15
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Powerline extenders to another access point with the same SSID / security settings but on a different channel.

Or just a Powerline Extender to your laptop itself.




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  Reply # 1081797 6-Jul-2014 12:17
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richms: You can try some powerline extenders between the router and the location of the laptop and use a cable from that to the laptop, many people report good results with them.


This - powerline adapters and plug in, should work really well, cost is in the $100 range. Check to see if it comes with Ethernet cables for both ends.




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  Reply # 1081803 6-Jul-2014 12:34
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richms: If you are gaming, you need the reliability of a wired connection.

If you are able to get into the user interface of the router, try setting it down to 20MHz operation which will cap the speed to 135 meg, but reduce the suseptability to interference.

You can try some powerline extenders between the router and the location of the laptop and use a cable from that to the laptop, many people report good results with them.


Okay so I have seen a video about Powerline Adaptors. Are those the ones that I am suppose to get? it looks cool how much it changes the speed and connectivity. Which one should I get then that will fit with my router/modem?

Edited: Also I hear some people not doing very well with Powerline Adaptors. One guy said that he plugged in one downstairs and the other one upstairs to his computer and it didn't work. Which is the situation I am in - from Downstairs West of house to Upstairs East of house.

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  Reply # 1081804 6-Jul-2014 12:43
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Perhaps this or this. They'll both work, it probably depends more on how things are set up physically in the house whether you can use the bigger plug in units easily. Just make sure you buy from somewhere that accepts returns - Ascent are usually pretty good at this.




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  Reply # 1081805 6-Jul-2014 12:48
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as a gamer, you seriously need to look at dropping the reliance on wireless.


even on the best of links, it aint great, save yourself the trouble.


if possible, lay down some Ethernet cables, otherwise as others have suggested here, give powerline a shot. 




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  Reply # 1081806 6-Jul-2014 12:49
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timmmay: Perhaps this or this. They'll both work, it probably depends more on how things are set up physically in the house whether you can use the bigger plug in units easily. Just make sure you buy from somewhere that accepts returns - Ascent are usually pretty good at this.


I think i will get the TP Link one coz my router is the same brand. Thanks or the recommendation. Just a quick follow-up. are there any differences between those 2 your recommended. $40 price difference is considerably heaps.

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  Reply # 1081808 6-Jul-2014 12:51
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jacksonteoh91:
timmmay: Perhaps this or this. They'll both work, it probably depends more on how things are set up physically in the house whether you can use the bigger plug in units easily. Just make sure you buy from somewhere that accepts returns - Ascent are usually pretty good at this.


I think i will get the TP Link one coz my router is the same brand. Thanks or the recommendation. Just a quick follow-up. are there any differences between those 2 your recommended. $40 price difference is considerably heaps.


more expensive one has an Ethernet switch in it, for connecting multiple devices. 




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  Reply # 1081809 6-Jul-2014 12:56
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hio77:
jacksonteoh91:
timmmay: Perhaps this or this. They'll both work, it probably depends more on how things are set up physically in the house whether you can use the bigger plug in units easily. Just make sure you buy from somewhere that accepts returns - Ascent are usually pretty good at this.


I think i will get the TP Link one coz my router is the same brand. Thanks or the recommendation. Just a quick follow-up. are there any differences between those 2 your recommended. $40 price difference is considerably heaps.


more expensive one has an Ethernet switch in it, for connecting multiple devices. 


Well it is only for my laptop, so I get the cheaper one?

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  Reply # 1081812 6-Jul-2014 13:01
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jacksonteoh91:
hio77:
jacksonteoh91:
timmmay: Perhaps this or this. They'll both work, it probably depends more on how things are set up physically in the house whether you can use the bigger plug in units easily. Just make sure you buy from somewhere that accepts returns - Ascent are usually pretty good at this.


I think i will get the TP Link one coz my router is the same brand. Thanks or the recommendation. Just a quick follow-up. are there any differences between those 2 your recommended. $40 price difference is considerably heaps.


more expensive one has an Ethernet switch in it, for connecting multiple devices. 


Well it is only for my laptop, so I get the cheaper one?


yes, that would work perfectly fine for you :)




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  Reply # 1081813 6-Jul-2014 13:06
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I got power line adapters for sale, $40 gets them. NorthShore, I can drop off if your in the shore.



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  Reply # 1081814 6-Jul-2014 13:11
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TimA: I got power line adapters for sale, $40 gets them. NorthShore, I can drop off if your in the shore.


D: lol I just bought it. Thanks for the offer anyway. 

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  Reply # 1081839 6-Jul-2014 13:55
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jacksonteoh91:
Edited: Also I hear some people not doing very well with Powerline Adaptors. One guy said that he plugged in one downstairs and the other one upstairs to his computer and it didn't work. Which is the situation I am in - from Downstairs West of house to Upstairs East of house.


A lot depends on having the powerline adapters on the same mains circuit.




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  Reply # 1081923 6-Jul-2014 18:01
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From personal experience with powerline:

It all depends on how many light bulbs, devices, etc you have connected to the power cabling between the two end points.

During the day when no one has anything turned on I can get 100mbps symmetrical.
Then at night when everyone is at home it drops down to 20mbps.

I use it to extend my 5ghz network to try and free up the 2.4ghz network.
My base station is RT-AC66U with DD-WRT, that covers the whole two story house on 2.4ghz but not 5ghz.
Powerline from base station to upstairs on other side of the house, then Belkin N750 as the remote station only operating on 5ghz.




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