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WiFi booster for home

We have Virgin in an old house and we struggle to get a signal in some rooms, does anyone have a similar issue they have solved, Virgin want £3 per month for a booster, it's new to me so not sure which way to go, or what to buy.
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morning kev

i used to have a similar problem

then i moved the modem to a more central location (to where i wanted a good signal

i was also shown a way to use an extra modem to spread the signal but that was a little to complicated for me

basically, add a second modem and connect with a lan lead but you will need to log onto the second modem as required

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There are loads of ways to do this Kev. Some are bullet proof but others a complete PIA. It all comes down to how much you want to spend. In a lot of big houses around here (and there are many massive ones) I put in cabling (well not me, a sparky / cabling engineer) and mount these on the ceilings. https://www.4gon.co.uk/ubiquiti-unifi-ac-lr-p-6642.html They are bullet proof and the range is amazing but remember the devices have to talk back. If you dont want to put in cabling then these are consumer level and have great reviews. https://www.broadbandbuyer.com/produ...waAo0REALw_wcB

The latter is probably a self install, the Unifi AC LRs require a bit of software knowledge but nothing too complicated and once in they just work for ever.

The alternative is to start farting about with powerline adaptors that use the house 240v ring main to carry an ethernet single and boost wifi around the home but I hate them with a passion. If I get called to such a situation and I see them I chuck em straight in the bin and install a Unifi system.


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FWIW.
I use one of these, lots of options:-

https://www.pcworldbusiness.co.uk/bu...IBzw&gclsrc=ds

In a bungalow it covers all the rooms and front and rear gardens....it's located in the centre of the property.

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Contrary to Barryd’s view I have been using the powerline “plug it into your ring main” system at my house for years. It has worked utterly faultlessly for many years (But thats with UK not French wiring!)

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Mee too Andy.
Although I feel Barry might have fallen foul of the old powerline adaptors, I and friends use them to great advantage now they are 500+ mbps transfer.
I can extend my Wi-Fi to my neighbour and any visiting camper.

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No idea what speed mine is, but it allows me to stream 4K films from Netflix so it’s clearly pretty quick!

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FWIW.
I use one of these, lots of options:-

https://www.pcworldbusiness.co.uk/bu...IBzw&gclsrc=ds

In a bungalow it covers all the rooms and front and rear gardens....it's located in the centre of the property.


That's about the price I think they're worth Ted, we do get a signal in other rooms but it is either very low or keeps dropping out.

What's involved with using one please?
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Barry being a proffessniall IT man will need to have a foolproof system (cos he be a fool) and can't afford cock-ups and frequent visits, but to be on his level I'd be better off at £3 per month, but thank you for an ex-spurt pinion mate

The Powerline ones are better valued if they work https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/comput...43560-pdt.html good value for a twin pack and 600mbs

PC world one is only 300mbs https://www.pcworldbusiness.co.uk/ca...IBzw&gclsrc=ds


Any other options?
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That first one from Currys I think is just an ethernet extender Kev. I dont think it broadcasts wifi. Second one is the same or similar to the extender posted by Ted. I think they are a relay so they sit between the dead zone and your router and attempt to relay the signal.

For twenty quid it might be worth a stab but you can also get powerline adaptors like the Currys one that also transmit wifi. You might pick something up on Ebay cheap enough to try. If they work for you then fine. Its about time house builders put network cabling throughout houses though, maybe they do. I went to a four year old building the other week. Huge and very upmarket holiday rental. Must have been worth seven figures but they had not put any network cabling in and needed a wifi solution. I Quoted them over a grand I think but it would have been cheaper if they had thought to put in the cabling and network sockets during the build and more importantly less mess in what was essentially a palace. I think they decided to go down another route. When their guests cant get online or it breaks at all hours of the day or night I will no doubt get a call.


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