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    • Browntoa
    • By Browntoa 5th Jul 18, 4:28 PM
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    Look at power line adapters , they use the ring main
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    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 5th Jul 18, 4:35 PM
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    Or (if possible) look at running a CAT5e cable down the stairs and placing a WiFi access point at the end of it.
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    • Chrishazle
    • By Chrishazle 5th Jul 18, 4:36 PM
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    +1 for powerline adapters - I changed to them from wireless (for our 2 PC's) about 18 months ago when I got BTTV, works well. I have the "pass through" type so the PLA is also a power point, plus my PLA's also have 2 ethernet points on each, handy for 2 PC's close together, or TV and Youview or similar box. I believe you can also get PLA's that are also wireless extenders, but have no experience of them.


    Have a look on eBay - I picked up 2 as new BT 1GB PLA's for 25 delivered, Ebuyer also have good deals on them.
    • onomatopoeia99
    • By onomatopoeia99 5th Jul 18, 5:06 PM
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    +1000 for running proper cable and forgetting wifi. The sky box has an ethernet connection on the back, at least mine does, as do all of my smart TVs.
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    • esuhl
    • By esuhl 5th Jul 18, 8:48 PM
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    +1000 for running proper cable and forgetting wifi. The sky box has an ethernet connection on the back, at least mine does, as do all of my smart TVs.
    Originally posted by onomatopoeia99

    ^^ Definitely the best option... if it's feasible. The next best would be:


    ...running a CAT5e cable down the stairs and placing a WiFi access point at the end of it.
    Originally posted by DoaM

    That way you have better wifi coverage with no extra latency. Failing that:


    Look at power line adapters , they use the ring main
    Originally posted by Browntoa


    If you can't use powerline adapters, then I'd look at wi-fi repeaters.
    • Carrot007
    • By Carrot007 5th Jul 18, 8:53 PM
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    ^^ Definitely the best option... if it's feasible. The next best would be:

    That way you have better wifi coverage with no extra latency. Failing that:

    If you can't use powerline adapters, then I'd look at wi-fi repeaters.
    Originally posted by esuhl

    Nearly right ;-)


    1. Wired.
    2. Powerline/Wired.
    3. Wired/Wifi.
    4. Powerline/Wifi.
    4. Wifi.


    Wifi is a thing to use for phones and tablets, not for anything you don't have to.
    • guzzbuzz
    • By guzzbuzz 6th Jul 18, 9:55 AM
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    Thanks everyone

    I should have probably mentioned ive already gone down the powerline adapter route (sorry) its had mixed results. It worked for one living room but even then the speeds werent very good. Not sure if its poor wiring or just bad powerline adapters (i got the free from BT after i complained)

    Running the cable is something ive considered but id have to go outside of the house and all the way round to the back and it just seems like alot of hassle. Going inside the house is not an option.

    Plus all of that would sort out the TV's and sky boxes but it wouldnt sort out the phones, tablets and laptop. They need Wifi and the living room at the back of the house is the biggest problem.
    • grumpycrab
    • By grumpycrab 6th Jul 18, 10:04 AM
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    The furthest smart TV and SKY box would be around 20-25 metres away from the router)
    Originally posted by guzzbuzz
    If you mean metres (assume there are walls too) forget repeaters/boosters.

    e.g. https://www.reviewsfire.com/tech/best-powerline-adapters-2018/
    If you don't need the latest spec you can get much cheaper (but check ethernet AND wifi are supported if you need both.)
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    • takman
    • By takman 6th Jul 18, 11:45 AM
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    Thanks everyone

    I should have probably mentioned ive already gone down the powerline adapter route (sorry) its had mixed results. It worked for one living room but even then the speeds werent very good. Not sure if its poor wiring or just bad powerline adapters (i got the free from BT after i complained)

    Running the cable is something ive considered but id have to go outside of the house and all the way round to the back and it just seems like alot of hassle. Going inside the house is not an option.

    Plus all of that would sort out the TV's and sky boxes but it wouldnt sort out the phones, tablets and laptop. They need Wifi and the living room at the back of the house is the biggest problem.
    Originally posted by guzzbuzz
    The best option for speed and reliability is to run an Ethernet cable to the living room to connect up the Smart TV and have a network switch to also connect a Wi-Fi access point for wireless devices.
    Even if it's a bit of a hassle it will be worth it if you want the best speeds, important if you want it to be future proof.

    Powerline Adaptors are often a popular option because they are easy to install but they are slow compared to Ethernet; they don't get anywhere near the advertised speed in a normal house. They are also more likely to have connection problems.
    They can also be expensive for good ones compared to the price of a decent cable and network switch.
    • armchaireconomist
    • By armchaireconomist 6th Jul 18, 12:45 PM
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    Unless you've just had a re-wire avoid the powerline adapters. By far the best solution is to run ethernet cables to the devices directly or to a new hub. Personally i would go with a wireless extended, they're cheap, easy, quick enough in most instances and are usually 1-click connection and often have ethernet ports built in.
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