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Internet for home/office?   Non-Golf Folder (General)

Started Jun-14 by BOGEYSBGONE; 832 views.
BOGEYSBGONE

From: BOGEYSBGONE

Jun-14

Boomslang (DaveP8) said...

 

Is your router dual band?  Ours has 5 and 2.  5 is faster, but more limited coverage.  With 2, I can be out in the van in the driveway with the router on the back side of the house and be connected.

 

Dave P

 

Yes - FIOS router has whatever it has; and then ran it also to an AirPort Extreme (router) with dual capability and expanded that to other parts of the house with Airport Express (expanded network).   That set up was working fine for the last 15 years up until about 6 months ago or so.   Now that I am home for the last 3 months - and trying to work in my office spaces - it's odd that it now has drops or "can't connect to the internet" problems.

FIOS checked the signal and the box remotely.  I did a speed test on the FIOS router and it is as fast as its supposed to be; I did a speed test at/close to the Airport(s) and they are also good signals.  The signal is just weak or non existent in 2 parts of the house where I work.   I even moved each desktop closer to the Airports - and it came back to normal....but I can't move the desktops there permanently.

For $200-300 for a better internet/router/network configuration - seems like a cheaper way to solve the problem - than buying new computers with better antennas?  Dunno at this point...

Robb

MikeJA

From: MikeJA

Jun-14

My son had success in extending his signal to far corners of his home using a signal booster/extender.

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BOGEYSBGONE

From: BOGEYSBGONE

Jun-14

MikeJA said...

 

My son had success in extending his signal to far corners of his home using a signal booster/extender.

 

Mike yes - that is what I'm looking for.   I was doing that with the Apple AirPort Extreme & Express units but they are no longer made...replaced by Linksys and Netgear but have never used those as extenders.    

I am looking to replace them with something reliable but am now completely out of the loop as to what works best with Apple or any other brands.  

Do you happen to know what he is using?  Eero? Orbi? or something else?   Thanks!

Thank you and him in advance,

Robb

MikeJA

From: MikeJA

Jun-14

I don't remember which brand he used although I was there when he installed it.  I will try to find out.

I know his internet service is ATT, and they provided a combo modem/router.

I would assume you would have to get a device compatible with your router. 

 

MikeJA

From: MikeJA

Jun-14

If you can make sense of it, here is what my son just sent me:

I got an Eero system with 3 bases ....I went with eero bc you could hard wire Ethernet into each base and other systems you can’t do that .  I also didn’t get a mesh system bc I was hardwiring there’s no point paying the extra money for mesh 

 

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BOGEYSBGONE

From: BOGEYSBGONE

Jun-14

MikeJA said...

 

If you can make sense of it, here is what my son just sent me:

I got an Eero system with 3 bases ....I went with eero bc you could hard wire Ethernet into each base and other systems you can’t do that .  I also didn’t get a mesh system bc I was hardwiring there’s no point paying the extra money for mesh 

 

 

Sweet!   I understand perfectly - thank you!  Eero and hard wire.       I would take my Fios router - 1) jam an ethernet cable into it - and run the other end to  Eero #1; and then do the same thing from Eero #1 to Eero #2 (probably I don't need a 3rd one).  I'll try it - thank you so much!

Robb

MikeJA

From: MikeJA

Jun-14

Sounds good. I don't know if it matters, but I don't remember if he connected the units in series or ran a separate cat5 cable to each unit.

Boomslang (DaveP8)

From: Boomslang (DaveP8)

Jun-14

Move to a smaller house. ;-)

 

Signal booster?

 

Dave P

BlkNGld1

From: BlkNGld1

Jun-15

FYI, others (Orbi for example) will also let you hard wire.   Anytime you can do that with the satellites it's better than wireless, even if you can't do it with all of them.

 

BlkNGld1

From: BlkNGld1

Jun-15

Signal boosters or range extenders are limited.   You end up trading off bandwidth for greater range... the speed you get it nowhere close to what it's capable of.  

Mesh works by using a band or back channel dedicated to all the communications between the satellites so that you get closer to the promised speed.

 

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