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    Wifi boosters

    Anyone have any recommendations for a good wi-fi booster?

    76 Mb/s when I am plugged directly to modem, 45/50 Mbps when in same room as modem, 25 Mbps in living room.

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    maybe an upgrade to your router? i was having problems with mine until i upgraded to the latest BT Home hub.

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    Re: Wifi boosters

    Quote Originally Posted by CCFCPhil View Post
    Anyone have any recommendations for a good wi-fi booster?

    76 Mb/s when I am plugged directly to modem, 45/50 Mbps when in same room as modem, 25 Mbps in living room.
    Wifi boosters wont help.
    They present a stronger 'signal' further away, but at half the bandwidth. That is intrinsic to how they work.
    Opposite of what you want.

    PowerLine adapter(s) - with or without a wifi extender - might be a better bet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vimana. View Post
    Wifi boosters wont help.
    They present a stronger 'signal' further away, but at half the bandwidth. That is how they work.
    Opposite of what you want.

    PowerLine adapter(s) - with or without a wifi extender - might be a better bet.
    That's what I was looking for, I think. Have you had any experience with them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fine Lines View Post
    maybe an upgrade to your router? i was having problems with mine until i upgraded to the latest BT Home hub.
    It's a new router. BT sent me 3 of the things (owing to their cockup), and I get the same results with all of them.

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    Re: Wifi boosters

    Quote Originally Posted by CCFCPhil View Post
    That's what I was looking for, I think. Have you had any experience with them?
    Aye, typing this upstairs connected through a Powerline adapter now.
    Just a couple of Mbps less than directly into the router downstairs.

    Wifi is decent here upstairs too, but has nowhere near as good a throughput as the powerline adapter.

    The Wife's parents asked me to set up a wifi booster for them last year ('signal' was poor in their garden) , and I tested it here first too - out of curiosity.
    Good signal, but vastly reduced bandwidth.

    Reason being - the wifi booster has to engage in a round-trip dialogue with the router, and also a round trip dialogue with the conected device - at the same time. Thus, big loss in throughput is inevitable. Unless technology has rapidly changed since I last looked ;)
    Last edited by Vimana.; 12-05-17 at 20:09. Reason: spellign ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCFCPhil View Post
    Anyone have any recommendations for a good wi-fi booster?

    76 Mb/s when I am plugged directly to modem, 45/50 Mbps when in same room as modem, 25 Mbps in living room.
    Sky Q could also help.

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    Re: Wifi boosters

    How can you improve your upload speed? mine is a crappy 1.47 Mb/s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs Steve R View Post
    How can you improve your upload speed? mine is a crappy 1.47 Mb/s.


    Are you still on an older service/product?
    If so, a much faster offering wont cost much more now - if anything.
    If you already upgraded- that's dreadful! - Complain!

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    Re: Wifi boosters

    I got BT powerline adaptors. Very good. Also the new Bt hub arrived last week and Im getting 65mbs wifi upstairs with 18mbs upload.
    I only get 78mbs when connected by cable direct to hub. Im in an old house thick walls too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vimana. View Post
    Are you still on an older service/product?
    If so, a much faster offering wont cost much more now - if anything.
    If you already upgraded- that's dreadful! - Complain!
    Sky broadband, quite a newish router, not sure what speed it's meant to be tbh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs Steve R View Post
    Sky broadband, quite a newish router, not sure what speed it's meant to be tbh.
    There's a lot to be said for living in an old mill town! I can't knock Virgin round here. I am on a 150Meg line and get these results. I have the main router and a separate one as a bridge router so get full wi-fi round the house. I did hard-wire the two routers though so that means no matter which one I connect to I get full download.

    http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/6292992569

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    bought countless version and finally decided on getting a good one , I'm sure a CCMB member recommended ,paid a bit extra for it at £70 bucks but this is the best I've had , have a look at the reviews

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maccy Blue View Post
    There's a lot to be said for living in an old mill town! I can't knock Virgin round here. I am on a 150Meg line and get these results. I have the main router and a separate one as a bridge router so get full wi-fi round the house. I did hard-wire the two routers though so that means no matter which one I connect to I get full download.

    http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/6292992569
    We used to have virgin and it was ok, can't remember why we got rid of it tbh, my son is always on xbox live so I can't do live radio shows like I used to as I just get cut off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCFCPhil View Post
    Anyone have any recommendations for a good wi-fi booster?

    76 Mb/s when I am plugged directly to modem, 45/50 Mbps when in same room as modem, 25 Mbps in living room.
    Are you having any issues streaming etc? Despite the degregation the further from the router those speeds are still pretty good and ample for most requirements. If you've no issues then don't worry.

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    fitted a couple of these bad boys last week. cracking bit of kit.

    https://www.broadbandbuyer.com/produ...i-uap-ac-lite/

    disable wifi on your home router, connect this via ethernet and power and it booms out a much more powerful wifi.

    it also comes pre set

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    Re: Wifi boosters

    I had coverage issues in the furthest parts of the the house and used these for a few years with success:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Powerline-B...=tp+link+av500

    used that with these:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Powerline-C...=tp+link+av500

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrs Steve R View Post
    Sky broadband, quite a newish router, not sure what speed it's meant to be tbh.
    how far are you away from the exchange ? ? ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colonel Cærdiffi View Post
    I had coverage issues in the furthest parts of the the house and used these for a few years with success:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Powerline-B...=tp+link+av500

    used that with these:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Powerline-C...=tp+link+av500
    I think this is the thing I need.

    My router is upstairs in a study. I have no phone connectors downstairs.

    So, I should buy a 1 port and plug an ethernet cable from my router to the device that is plugged into a power socket?

    I could also have a 2-port that I then plug in downstairs that I then connect directly to my TV and PS4?

    Just some more questions.

    1) For devices that are not plugged in directly to the powerline adapter, will their wifi signal be boosted downstairs because of this device?
    2) What improvement on speeds did you experience? Were you getting similar connection speeds for devices plugged into the adapter that were sat far from the router?

    Thank-you

    Phil

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Morris View Post
    fitted a couple of these bad boys last week. cracking bit of kit.

    https://www.broadbandbuyer.com/produ...i-uap-ac-lite/

    disable wifi on your home router, connect this via ethernet and power and it booms out a much more powerful wifi.

    it also comes pre set
    This looks like a possibility, but I prefer the one from Colonol Gadaffi.

    What were the improvements to wi-fi speed using this? My concern is the device would still be at the opposite end of the house, through some thick walls, from the room where all our devices are.

    I know I could move the router, but we are possibly moving soon and I don't fancy getting the phone line moved just for a few months.

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    Re: Wifi boosters

    Quote Originally Posted by blue matt View Post
    how far are you away from the exchange ? ? ?
    On the same road apparently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCFCPhil View Post
    This looks like a possibility, but I prefer the one from Colonol Gadaffi.

    What were the improvements to wi-fi speed using this? My concern is the device would still be at the opposite end of the house, through some thick walls, from the room where all our devices are.

    I know I could move the router, but we are possibly moving soon and I don't fancy getting the phone line moved just for a few months.
    Ultimately you are not going to boost speed. Your speed is what it is when it leaves the router, these devices aim to maximise coverage. But the ones I linked also delivered wifi as near as possible to the speed of the internet coming from the router.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Morris View Post
    Ultimately you are not going to boost speed. Your speed is what it is when it leaves the router, these devices aim to maximise coverage. But the ones I linked also delivered wifi as near as possible to the speed of the internet coming from the router.
    I have a degradation of signal because the router is upstairs on one side of the house, and the TV/PS4 are downstairs on the opposite side.

    Plugged into my Router atm - 53 Mbps.
    On wifi and sat next to router - 20Mbps
    Downstairs - 15 Mbps

    Netflix UHD requires 25 Mbps download speeds. I sometimes get it, I sometimes don't. Just wondering if these devices will get me the speeds I need.

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    That seems like hell of a drop just using wifi next to the router 🤔

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fine Lines View Post
    That seems like hell of a drop just using wifi next to the router ��
    I'm using this site to test

    http://beta.speedtest.net/run


    Currently down to 10 Mbps in the front room away from the router. Nothing else is on.

    This site is recording 22 Mbps

    http://www.broadbandspeedchecker.co....Build=20170503
    Last edited by CCFCPhil; 13-05-17 at 21:25.

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    If it was me I'd use the double homeplug in CC's second Amazon link (you can get them in Argos for the same price - http://www.argos.co.uk/product/5742734)

    Plug one into the wall next to your router (don't plug into a circuit breaker extension lead or it won't work) and plug one in the room with the tv etc. Connect one to the router with the provided network cable.

    You will also need a second router for the tv room to create a new wireless network. You will then have a wifi networks in both rooms. They are not expensive. This one in Argos is £20 http://www.argos.co.uk/product/1227291

    Then connect your TV room devices to the new network.

    That's the best you will get unless you run a cable from the main router across to the TV room and then add the new wifi router. The broadbandbuyer link in my first post will supply a £50 disc as well (either that or the £20 device from argos)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCFCPhil View Post
    I'm using this site to test

    http://beta.speedtest.net/run


    Currently down to 10 Mbps in the front room away from the router. Nothing else is on.

    This site is recording 22 Mbps

    http://www.broadbandspeedchecker.co....Build=20170503


    If you use the current version of Ookla Speedtest instead: http://www.speedtest.net you can manually select the server each time.

    Would help bring a tad more consistency for your testing, rather than let the speed testing engine choose a server/location for you Though there will still be variables that influence your results.

    You will need a Flash capable browser for that site .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Morris View Post
    If it was me I'd use the double homeplug in CC's second Amazon link (you can get them in Argos for the same price - http://www.argos.co.uk/product/5742734)

    Plug one into the wall next to your router (don't plug into a circuit breaker extension lead or it won't work) and plug one in the room with the tv etc. Connect one to the router with the provided network cable.

    You will also need a second router for the tv room to create a new wireless network. You will then have a wifi networks in both rooms. They are not expensive. This one in Argos is £20 http://www.argos.co.uk/product/1227291

    Then connect your TV room devices to the new network.

    That's the best you will get unless you run a cable from the main router across to the TV room and then add the new wifi router. The broadbandbuyer link in my first post will supply a £50 disc as well (either that or the £20 device from argos)
    Thanks Mike... That's what I'll go for. Will let you all know the results. In't it exciting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vimana. View Post
    If you use the current version of Ookla Speedtest instead: http://www.speedtest.net you can manually select the server each time.

    Would help bring a tad more consistency for your testing, rather than let the speed testing engine choose a server/location for you Though there will still be variables that influence your results.

    You will need a Flash capable browser for that site .
    Thanks Vimana, I need a standard test.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CCFCPhil View Post
    That's what I was looking for, I think. Have you had any experience with them?
    Thats what I used - get them from maplins - about £35 for a 2 adaptor set. Worked better than expected, I dont know if they work across ring mains though, I used one in the hall and one in the back room - and that suits the whole house

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    Any updates? Can't stand the suspense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Morris View Post
    Any updates? Can't stand the suspense.
    Maybe he's lost all connectivity!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Morris View Post
    Any updates? Can't stand the suspense.
    My TP-Link thingies arrived today, the ones Colonel Gadaffi suggested. I got a one port plug and a two port plug. The one port is upstairs, with the ethernet going to the router.

    Downstairs, one going to TV, one to PS4. Tested on PC, getting 53 mb/s downstairs and 56 upstairs. I am paying for 76 and complained to BT who have refreshed the line. May see an improvement.

    Wi-fi speed now 40 mb/s downstairs and upstairs.

    Netflix, definitely getting UHD now. Before it was switching to HD because the speed was too low.

    Thanks for the advice all.

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