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wastedspace
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Powerline adapters - can I use to extend wireless in my house?

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Hi there,

 

I have a router in my office upstairs, and I have two powerline ethernet plug adapters elsewhere in the house. One at my TV downstairs, and one in my conservatory. All working fine. However, instead of connecting my laptop to an ethernet cable in the conservatory, I'd like to have wireless down there. I do have wireless working fine throughout the front of the house, but the signal is lost the further back you go. And no signal whatsoever in the conservatory.

 

Is there a product I can use which boosts my wireless signal, eg. some kind of wireless bridge which plugs into my powerline adapter in the conservatory? Therefore giving me a greater wireless signal at the back of the house?

 

Many thanks,

Ali.

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Re: Powerline adapters - can I use to extend wireless in my house?

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Hello wastedspace and welcome to the forums,

 

You have quite a few choices really - 

 

Easiest (but not cheapest 😉 by far is to buy homeplugs which also transmit 802.11- n/b/g

 

http://www.shop.bt.com/category/networking,network-devices,homeplug/11301-4294946400

http://www.broadbandbuyer.co.uk/Shop/ShopSearch.asp?CategoryID=336

 

Or you could just to plug a Cable router's WAN port into the Powerline (the other Powerline being connected into the  Homehub). Youthen connect wirelessly to the Cable router's Wireless signal instead of the HomeHubs.

 

You need to be slightly careful with Networks at this point as the network will be double NAT'd. It will look something like the below.

 

[Homehub 192.168.1.254] ----[ Powerline 192.168.1.69] ~~~~ [Powerline 192.168.1.70] ----[ Cable router WAN 192.168.1.71 - Cable Router LAN 10.0.0.1] ===== Wireless client 10.0.0.2

 

The Cable router will need it's WAN port configuring to use the Homehub as Default route, Gateway and DNS server (all 192.168.1.254). You will also have to make sure the Cable router does not have a Clashing Wireless signal with the Homehub.

 

Or you can buy a pair of routers/router and bridge which support WDS to retransmit the signal

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_Distribution_System

 

Or you could switch of the Homehub's wireless and transmit from a central position in the house using Homeplugs using a Cable router as above

 

Or you could replace the Homehub with something with directional aerials and you might find your signal improves.

 

Hope this helps, or gives you some food for thought!

 

 

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wastedspace
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Many thanks! Lots to think about 🙂

 

I wonder... I'm currently using a netgear router instead of the BT supplied one (the BT one is pretty old - probably about 5 years old). I wonder if I could use that as the additional cable router...(?) I'll have a play.

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Re: Powerline adapters - can I use to extend wireless in my house?

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this may help also  http://www.jarviser.co.uk/jarviser/homehubindex.html



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