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    • Ebe Scrooge
    • By Ebe Scrooge 17th May 19, 7:57 AM
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    Which WiFi Booster ?
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    • 17th May 19, 7:57 AM
    Which WiFi Booster ? 17th May 19 at 7:57 AM
    I'm thinking about getting a WiFi booster. Our router is upstairs, it'll be a hassle to move it for a variety of reasons. The WiFi signal downstairs is quite weak, particularly noticeable when watching BBC iPlayer on the TV in the lounge - it often pauses mid-programme and buffers.

    Anyhow, I though a WiFi booster may be the answer. Having had a quick look online, there seem to be dozens available, from about 10 to upwards of 100. So a fairly simple question - do they actually work, and do you have any recommendations for a reasonably cheap one that'll do the trick ? If I go for one that's less than about 20 I'm happy to just buy it and see how it goes - but if any of you good folk have a recommendation that would be great. Thanks.
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    • grumpycrab
    • By grumpycrab 17th May 19, 8:33 AM
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    • 17th May 19, 8:33 AM
    Wifi boosters - a single device which sits in between router and wifi dead-spot- are very much hit and miss; Does your TV have an ethernet port? I suggest powerplugs -which use the house wiring- to extend ethernet capabilities. Again, can be hit and miss for various reasons.

    What to suggest? Try this pair for 25 from Amazon. If they don't work (or are not reliable enough) - send them back!
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tenda-Powerline-Electrical-PW201A-P200/dp/B076D47V7V


    EDIT: I may retract that suggestion. Although very cheap, the reason is that they are quite (IE very) slow. Should be OK for iPlayer via powerline but check Amazon reviews first!

    ** See Cisco's suggestion for a nice fast kit. **
    Last edited by grumpycrab; 17-05-2019 at 9:54 AM.
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    • Neil Jones
    • By Neil Jones 17th May 19, 8:36 AM
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    • 17th May 19, 8:36 AM
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    • 17th May 19, 8:36 AM
    What router do you have now? If its an old one that only does 2.4Ghz and your devices are all 5Ghz compatible that may be a better solution?

    Note that wifi signals only boost what they can see and if you put one in a place of already poor signal, it'll be the equivalent of a chocolate teapot.
    • Cisco001
    • By Cisco001 17th May 19, 9:14 AM
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    • 17th May 19, 9:14 AM
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    • 17th May 19, 9:14 AM
    My usual recommendation is get a powerline with wifi adaptor

    this on sale at 40
    https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/computing-accessories/networking/powerline/bt-home-hotspot-1000-wifi-powerline-adapter-kit-twin-pack-10156161-pdt.html
    • DigForVictory
    • By DigForVictory 17th May 19, 9:36 AM
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    • 17th May 19, 9:36 AM
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    • 17th May 19, 9:36 AM
    We've a couple of devolo powerline blocks but I now realise they aren't terribly fast.
    Which in a household of teenage lads may not be that bad a thing, but when we next switch providers & get a new router, we may think about updating...
    • Ebe Scrooge
    • By Ebe Scrooge 17th May 19, 11:12 AM
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    • 17th May 19, 11:12 AM
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    • 17th May 19, 11:12 AM
    Thanks to you all for your feedback. I'll have a look at the one suggested by Cisco, I may end up getting one. But first I'll check out the suggestion from Neil Jones - our router does have both 2.4 & 5 Ghz, though I must admit I've never really understood what it does. Will definitely try and work out if the telly will do 5 ghz and give that a try first :-)

    Thanks again, all
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    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 17th May 19, 11:29 AM
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    FYI ... 5 GHz is less effective at pushing through walls etc. than 2.4 GHz. Therefore if the 2.4 signal is poor near the TV, the 5 signal is probably worse.*

    * Depending on orientation of the WiFi aerials in the router/access point. Have you tried re-positioning/reorienting the router?
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    • Ebe Scrooge
    • By Ebe Scrooge 17th May 19, 11:42 AM
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    • 17th May 19, 11:42 AM
    FYI ... 5 GHz is less effective at pushing through walls etc. than 2.4 GHz. Therefore if the 2.4 signal is poor near the TV, the 5 signal is probably worse.*

    * Depending on orientation of the WiFi aerials in the router/access point. Have you tried re-positioning/reorienting the router?
    Originally posted by DoaM
    Thanks for the info :-) I've tried moving the router around, but it doesn't seem to help much. Looks like I might be buying one of those boosters then :-)
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    • grumpycrab
    • By grumpycrab 17th May 19, 12:01 PM
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    • 17th May 19, 12:01 PM
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    • 17th May 19, 12:01 PM
    I assume you meant powerline. This also good value. 30 with voucher.
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tenda-PH5-Powerline-Extender-Streaming/dp/B0746HVPMC
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    • CardinalWolsey
    • By CardinalWolsey 20th May 19, 8:06 AM
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    If you do go down the powerline+wifi extender route (which can be a good solution), don't allow the unit to "clone" or "copy" your existing WiFi details (e.g. SSI, password etc). Whilst this can seem a good idea - only having one wifi "network" in the house - in reality what happens is that devices connect to one router (or wifi transmitter, so to speak), and then stay connected to it even if there is another network with the same name with a stronger signal available. You have to turn your device's wifi off and back on again to force a reconnect to the stronger signal router.

    This is because the cheap home kit we use for this purpose doesn't have the inbuilt management capabilities to hand off between wifi routers. A mesh network does have this capability, and "pro" routers (such as offices and public spaces use) also do.

    So name each router's wifi differently, e.g. "UPSTAIRS" and "DOWNSTAIRS", as it makes it more obvious and a reminder that you need to switch between networks, and guarantees which router you are connecting to (or spend more money and invest in e.g. a mesh network, such as https://store.google.com/product/google_wifi )
    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 20th May 19, 1:51 PM
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    Ubiquiti access points. Proper commercial grade stuff that has much better coverage than consumer grade gear. Costs more but solves lots of problems.
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