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    • britishboy
    • By britishboy 11th Oct 16, 4:32 PM
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    Is my Technicolor modem a wireless router too?
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    Is my Technicolor modem a wireless router too? 11th Oct 16 at 4:32 PM
    forgive my ignorance, I have a Technicolor modem (Im with Plusnet) that i got 2 years ago when we signed up with then JohnLewis broadband in my village. We're in an old house with thick solid walls and struggle to get wifi in the back bedroom. All we have coming in to the house internet wise is the modem, so I assume its the router too?? And would it have a pretty poor wifi signal from it?

    We've got a TP-Link extender but when its on upstairs, we struggle using laptops downstairs, always hanging up etc

    Would a better wifi router help us? And would it plug into our Technicolor, or replace it?
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    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 11th Oct 16, 4:37 PM
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    Unless you got the modem 15+ years ago then it's almost certainly a modem/router/WiFi access point in one device.

    What is its model number?
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    • britishboy
    • By britishboy 11th Oct 16, 4:40 PM
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    Unless you got the modem 15+ years ago then it's almost certainly a modem/router/WiFi access point in one device.

    What is its model number?
    Originally posted by DoaM
    Hi Doam
    sorry, its a TG 582n. I'm no computer expert but it looks pretty cheap (and im guessing poor quality?)

    It struggles to send through 1 wooden door, up an open staircase, along a 6m landing and through another wooden door
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    • By Alter ego 11th Oct 16, 4:45 PM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 4:45 PM

    It struggles to send through 1 wooden door, up an open staircase, along a 6m landing and through another wooden door
    Originally posted by britishboy

    Is that a straight line? Radio signals only travel in straight lines.
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    • JJ Egan
    • By JJ Egan 11th Oct 16, 4:46 PM
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    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Technicolour-TG582n-Port-Wireless-Router/dp/B005ELFTH4


    It might be your WiFi channels that need changing .But it is a basic product .
    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 11th Oct 16, 5:06 PM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 5:06 PM
    But to answer the question - Yes, it does have a WiFi access point built in. The SSID will be on the device label (assuming you or someone else hasn't changed it in the meantime).
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    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 11th Oct 16, 5:17 PM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 5:17 PM
    I dumped the plusnet router and went with the BT homehub one. Unlike some ISP's Plusnet will give you the login name and password to use another device.
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    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 11th Oct 16, 5:59 PM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 5:59 PM
    Have a look at this thread about extending wireless network coverage:
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5538931

    The best thing to do would be to run a cable upstairs and connect a wireless access point.

    Otherwise, you could use wireless powerline adaptors. Something like this:
    http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing-accessories/networking/powerline/tp-link-tl-wpa4220kit-av500-wireless-powerline-adapter-kit-twin-pack-21436595-pdt.html

    (The above isn't a particular recommendation -- just an example of what would work.)
    • flashg67
    • By flashg67 11th Oct 16, 6:46 PM
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    • 11th Oct 16, 6:46 PM
    +1 for buying a used bt homehub 5 from ebay - much better wireless signal than the Technicolor at a bargain price

    There's an easy to follow guide on how to connect it pinned on the Plusnet forum.

    If you still need access upstairs etc, wireless homeplug (powerline) is easy to set up and avoids running wires everywhere
    • Robisere
    • By Robisere 11th Oct 16, 6:59 PM
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    My PlusNet Technicolor router has been stored in the box since 3 weeks I received it. That's how long it took me to realise how completely rubbish it was, and relace it with a very good TP-Link model.

    However, last time I had yet another BT engineer visit to investigate my poor PN FTTC service, PN told me that I could ask them to send me a better router, ignoring the fact that I had told them at least twice that I had bought and fitted a TP-Link one. I assume that anyone requesting that, would have to pay, but it might be worth asking what model it is, then Google - checking the model. If it's not Gigabit (also shown as 10/100/1000) then buy another model that is.

    All irrelevant to me now anyway, as I will soon be taking Sky Q broadband and TV, having got a good deal at my local Currys for a new TV and the Sky service. I give that a year: if I want to keep Sky I will. If not, I will switch when the price goes up after the "Offer" period runs out. And keep the Freebies that I blagged from them....
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