I have an issue with poor wifi in my house which I have been trying to resolve for some time now. While the ideal would be to lay ethernet, there are issues which make that less than practical for the mean time (underfloor/wall access being one of them). I've been contemplating powerline (though my last experiment a while back wasn't that encouraging), as a means of getting a second AP into the dead-zone of the house, but while searching through the forums here I read something that gave me an idea.
Somebody mentioned using the existing (now unused) phone jacks to create a small "private VDSL" connection. I have no idea what that means or would entail, but it got me wondering about the unused phone jacks in our house (of which we have three). One is in the lounge where my router sits, and one is in the kitchen, where I have a dead zone. I remember reading that the Chorus techs, when installing fibre, sometimes use the existing copper wire to "pull through" the new fibre cable. I wondered if it would be possible to do the same thing to run an ethernet cable from the lounge to the kitchen. In other words, snip the old copper wire at one end, tie the ethernet cable to it, and then at the other end of the copper wire pull through both the old copper and the new ethernet. Fix a socket plate at each end, and voila a simple end-to-end ethernet connection for the second AP. Would that work, or is it a terrible idea? Is there a better way (one that doesn't involve burrowing under the house or cutting into the walls) to achieve the same result?