Wifi can't be received throughout the house. Any cheap way of changing that?

edited 30 June 2011 at 10:24PM in Broadband & Internet Access
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  • ScroungerScrounger Forumite
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    I would use the FREE utility inSSIDer to check for free channels (eg as above).

    Scrounger
  • gottagogottago Forumite
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    I had a look at homeplugs before but from what I could see the plug would have to be wired to my laptop rather than emitting an additional signal so it's not really ideal unfortunately.
  • macmanmacman Forumite
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    Not so, you can get Homeplugs with a wireless adapter built in, so just wi-fi for the last few yards from socket to laptop.
    No free lunch, and no free laptop ;)
  • gottagogottago Forumite
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    Tried changing the wireless channel but alas the router's just too far away for any of them to make a difference. Will definitely have to actually purchase something!
  • kwikbreakskwikbreaks Forumite
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    gottago wrote: »
    Will definitely have to actually purchase something!
    What were you using before? You should be able to add virtually any cable wireless router as an additional or replacement wireless AP although you will need to run an ethernet cable to it (Superhub LAN port to its WAN port).

    The Superhub has a well deserved reputation for abysmal WiFi performance. I think it's very unlikely that the now very overdue new firmware will improve that performance which is probably due to cost cutting and using the cheapest parts possible. The main reason people are clamouring for the new firmware is because it will support "modem mode" - ie turning off the rubbish router and Wifi to allow it to be used as a plain modem in conjunction with a cable router with decent performance. You can piggyback a router now but through the Superhub router section which increases latency a little.
  • gottagogottago Forumite
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    kwikbreaks wrote: »
    What were you using before? You should be able to add virtually any cable wireless router as an additional or replacement wireless AP although you will need to run an ethernet cable to it (Superhub LAN port to its WAN port).

    The Superhub has a well deserved reputation for abysmal WiFi performance. I think it's very unlikely that the now very overdue new firmware will improve that performance which is probably due to cost cutting and using the cheapest parts possible. The main reason people are clamouring for the new firmware is because it will support "modem mode" - ie turning off the rubbish router and Wifi to allow it to be used as a plain modem in conjunction with a cable router with decent performance. You can piggyback a router now but through the Superhub router section which increases latency a little.
    We were using a Virgin router last year but we gave that back to Virgin when they installed it the other day because that was a different house, different contract, different housemates etc. We're starting as new with Virgin this year so we've only got the one router.

    I've found that a small corner of my room can receive a very weak signal from the router so I'm currently lying down on the floor typing away! :D
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