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Danf
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Infinity Installed Yesterday

Hi,

 

I've finally had my Infinity connected yesterday and i'm currently trying to find the right solution to connect everything up.

My master phone socket was in my front room so the engineers fitted the kit there (i wasnt able to be there and not sure how forcefully the other half asked them about the positioning on router + modem).

 

The only issue is that my PC is upstairs so since I have a preference to use a wired connection i'm currently using a borrowed set of Comtrend powerline adapters (i believe they are rated at 200mbps).

 

What other options could i use (apart from wireless) to connect the pc upstairs to the HH3

 

thanks,

 

 

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Robinson71
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Re: Infinity Installed Yesterday

Is a Powerline Adapter faster than an bog standard Ethernet cable from router to PC?  I would find that hard to believe.

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Danf
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Re: Infinity Installed Yesterday

im certain it isnt, im using the powerline as i dont have a cable long enough yet.  I would much rather use an ethernet cable, just need to find an acceptable route upstairs.

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sjtp
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Re: Infinity Installed Yesterday

Powerline adaptors are much slower than they claim.  A 200Mbps should be okish but won't usually get the best out of Infinity.

 

Try to avoid the natural thing of pluggin a Powerline into a twin socket with computer equipment in the other half.  That can slow them down a lot.  Avoid pluggin them into extensions if possible, especially power surge extensions.

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gg30340
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Re: Infinity Installed Yesterday

By far the best solution is to use an ethernet cable. You can get a 30 meter cable for under £15, just search the internet. You can run an ethernet cable up to about 100 meters without problem so you should be able to run it upstairs ok. You can get flat cable if you need to run it under carpets, again do an internet search. Another option would have been to have had your BT master socket installed upstairs where your computer is but that is a bit late now unless you try your luck and ask BT if they can move it.

Danf
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Re: Infinity Installed Yesterday

flat cable is a great shout, hadnt considered it, thanks

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pippincp
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@Danf wrote:

flat cable is a great shout, hadnt considered it, thanks


Flat cable may sound a good call but can cause signal degradation especially over longer distances.

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gg30340
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Re: Infinity Installed Yesterday

Any cable that's certified as CAT5 or CAT6 (be in flat, round or whatever) will comply with the said standard so it doesn't matter. As long as you are not going over 100meters I doubt you will find any significant loss of signal.

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pippincp
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@gg30340 wrote:

Any cable that's certified as CAT5 or CAT6 (be in flat, round or whatever) will comply with the said standard so it doesn't matter. As long as you are not going over 100meters I doubt you will find any significant loss of signal.


Round cables contain twisted pairs to protect against electromagnetic interference and are good for up to 100 mts without signal loss.

 

Flat cables contain single strands which do not protect against electromagnetic interference. There is more to signal degradation than loss due to distance.

 

It is also difficult to find a UK supplier for flat ethernet in excess of 30 mts, your call, your choice.

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gg30340
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The flat cables I have seen have twisted pairs however I'm not going to loose sleep over this.

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