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can i get some suggestions for a wifi range extender. cheap but works is what im looking for

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Hi I'm looking for a wifi range extender as wifi always drops out when playing online 360 games. It's so annoying.. the 360 is in the back bedroom and the router is downstairs. So just want to strengt… Read More
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4m, 1w agoPosted 4 months, 1 week ago
Hi I'm looking for a wifi range extender as wifi always drops out when playing online 360 games. It's so annoying.. the 360 is in the back bedroom and the router is downstairs. So just want to strengthen the signal there, if that's possible I'm looking to spend as little as possible but it needs to work.. any ideas or anybody seen a bargain? Thanks guys
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4m, 1w agoPosted 4 months, 1 week ago
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As mentioned before, no wiring all over with power line adapters. You plug one in with your router and the other where you plug in your Xbox. Then you only need a short Ethernet cable from the adapter to router/Xbox.

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#1
powerline adapters work well. you can either get a set to run an ethernet cable from the 360 to the nearest plug, or tp link also do a powerline adapter that has wifi, but rather than repeating the signal, it is a wifi signal of its own with the hard connection to your router using the power cables running through your house
#2
I found powerline adapters were the only thing that worked for my children's rooms so they could play their xboxes and gaming computers. No problems since. Tried WiFi extender first and it was useless.
#3
Can you lift the wifi router up to about 6ft as this should sort your problem out
#4
if your with bt you can get powerline adapters for free if you say your TV box is in a different room to your hub :)
#5
kirkey13
if your with bt you can get powerline adapters for free if you say your TV box is in a different room to your hub :)
Unfortunately not with by.. I'm with a local firm that apparently still won't let by in :(
#6
longback2
powerline adapters work well. you can either get a set to run an ethernet cable from the 360 to the nearest plug, or tp link also do a powerline adapter that has wifi, but rather than repeating the signal, it is a wifi signal of its own with the hard connection to your router using the power cables running through your house
Thanks for the info.. so do u think anything which isn't using wires running all around the house won't work well? It's just I was hoping not to have wires going all over the place..
#7
kester76
Can you lift the wifi router up to about 6ft as this should sort your problem out
Really.. hmm never knew that.. I might have to try that, thanks.. the only thing is the cable I have from the actual outlet on the wall to the router is really short. So short I just have it sat on a little stool right next to the phone socket. Are there longer cables that won't slow the speed or connection down? Sorry if I'm asking stupid questions, I just don't know much about this stuff :)
#8
kirkey13
if your with bt you can get powerline adapters for free if you say your TV box is in a different room to your hub :)


How you can get it for free?
#9
LeahMinttoutou
longback2
powerline adapters work well. you can either get a set to run an ethernet cable from the 360 to the nearest plug, or tp link also do a powerline adapter that has wifi, but rather than repeating the signal, it is a wifi signal of its own with the hard connection to your router using the power cables running through your house
Thanks for the info.. so do u think anything which isn't using wires running all around the house won't work well? It's just I was hoping not to have wires going all over the place..
You dont need loads of wires with Powerline. Plug one a socket near the modem/router. Connect an Ethernet cable to it. Plug another Powerline adaptor in the socket near the 360. Plug an Ethernet into the 360 from the Adaptor. The kits normally come with 2 x 1 metre Ethernet cables. Here is a good unit:

http://www.argos.co.uk/product/5742734?cmpid=GS001&_$ja=tsid:59158|cid:200290250|agid:12504951290|tid:pla-213054609410|crid:66128554130|nw:g|rnd:13515679193765287382|dvc:c|adp:1o1&gclid=CN-6g-mG49ICFQIM0wodtggBWQ


Edited By: getmeone on Mar 19, 2017 17:08
#10
Buy an old dir 615 router off ebay for very cheap, the ones virgin used to use. Flash dd-wrt on it and set it up as a repeater. Or similar, you may have an old router dd-wrt capable lying around.
#11
Admast79
kirkey13
if your with bt you can get powerline adapters for free if you say your TV box is in a different room to your hub :)


How you can get it for free?


by saying you can't use you bt tv box as the router is to far from the TV and you don't want wires everywhere
#12
cowsindahouse
Buy an old dir 615 router off ebay for very cheap, the ones virgin used to use. Flash dd-wrt on it and set it up as a repeater. Or similar, you may have an old router dd-wrt capable lying around.
I don't know what dd-wrt means lol
#13
It's a firmware you flash to the router, gives you more options, like wifi repeater etc
#15
Looks like b&m to me ;) thanks for the heads up.. anyone know if it's any good?

Edited By: LeahMinttoutou on Mar 19, 2017 18:28
#16
I can only speak from years of experience with various gaming consoles in the house and friends who also had problems with gaming consoles and poor signal etc. Only powerline adapters or hard wiring to router help. We all wasted money on WiFi extenders.
#17
An Extender has to be somewhere between the good signal and the dead spot - it's no good placing the extender IN the dead spot, as it won't find anything to extend with.

Powerline adapters plug into the mains, and transport the signal over the mains wiring - wired to wired with one connected to the router and the other to the destination.

Powerline with wifi, or standard powerline plus an extender that can be connected as an access point, can create an extra wifi signal - can be a separate signal, or can be set the same as the main for auto roaming
#18
matth9999
An Extender has to be somewhere between the good signal and the dead spot - it's no good placing the extender IN the dead spot, as it won't find anything to extend with.
Powerline adapters plug into the mains, and transport the signal over the mains wiring - wired to wired with one connected to the router and the other to the destination.
Powerline with wifi, or standard powerline plus an extender that can be connected as an access point, can create an extra wifi signal - can be a separate signal, or can be set the same as the main for auto roaming
Thanks, you worded that well so I, a novice, can understand it .. thanks.
So if I have only one phone socket which is downstairs near the front door, that is where the router is plugged in. Is there a wireless 'thing' that I can say put somewhere near the stairs or landing upstairs that will extend the wifi range so it can be stronger in the bedroom next to it? (The wifi signal does reach the bedroom fine it's just it drops out sometimes but doesn't downstairs)
Thanks for your help :)
#19
afternoondelight
I can only speak from years of experience with various gaming consoles in the house and friends who also had problems with gaming consoles and poor signal etc. Only powerline adapters or hard wiring to router help. We all wasted money on WiFi extenders.
Thanks for your advice.. I'm reluctant to buy something unless I know it's going to work.. ahh I don't want wires alover the house :(
#20
Unless your plug sockets are miles away from your router/Xbox then you won't have wires all over the house though, that's kind of the point of homeplugs. Wired will always be better than WiFi too.
#21
getmeone
LeahMinttoutou
longback2
powerline adapters work well. you can either get a set to run an ethernet cable from the 360 to the nearest plug, or tp link also do a powerline adapter that has wifi, but rather than repeating the signal, it is a wifi signal of its own with the hard connection to your router using the power cables running through your house
Thanks for the info.. so do u think anything which isn't using wires running all around the house won't work well? It's just I was hoping not to have wires going all over the place..
You dont need loads of wires with Powerline. Plug one a socket near the modem/router. Connect an Ethernet cable to it. Plug another Powerline adaptor in the socket near the 360. Plug an Ethernet into the 360 from the Adaptor. The kits normally come with 2 x 1 metre Ethernet cables. Here is a good unit:http://www.argos.co.uk/product/5742734?cmpid=GS001&_$ja=tsid:59158|cid:200290250|agid:12504951290|tid:pla-213054609410|crid:66128554130|nw:g|rnd:13515679193765287382|dvc:c|adp:1o1&gclid=CN-6g-mG49ICFQIM0wodtggBWQ
Anything you still need help with ?
#22
getmeone
getmeone
LeahMinttoutou
longback2
powerline adapters work well. you can either get a set to run an ethernet cable from the 360 to the nearest plug, or tp link also do a powerline adapter that has wifi, but rather than repeating the signal, it is a wifi signal of its own with the hard connection to your router using the power cables running through your house
Thanks for the info.. so do u think anything which isn't using wires running all around the house won't work well? It's just I was hoping not to have wires going all over the place..
You dont need loads of wires with Powerline. Plug one a socket near the modem/router. Connect an Ethernet cable to it. Plug another Powerline adaptor in the socket near the 360. Plug an Ethernet into the 360 from the Adaptor. The kits normally come with 2 x 1 metre Ethernet cables. Here is a good unit:http://www.argos.co.uk/product/5742734?cmpid=GS001&_$ja=tsid:59158|cid:200290250|agid:12504951290|tid:pla-213054609410|crid:66128554130|nw:g|rnd:13515679193765287382|dvc:c|adp:1o1&gclid=CN-6g-mG49ICFQIM0wodtggBWQ
Anything you still need help with ?
Yeah.. thanks.. if you can answer this for me..
So if I have only one phone socket which is downstairs near the front door, that is where the router is plugged in. Is there a wireless 'thing' that I can say put somewhere near the stairs or landing upstairs that will extend the wifi range so it can be stronger in the bedroom next to it? (The wifi signal does reach the bedroom fine it's just it drops out sometimes but doesn't downstairs)
Thanks for your help :)
( is that what the device you suggested does or does it have to be plugged in to the phone line socket which is downstairs )
#23
As mentioned before, no wiring all over with power line adapters. You plug one in with your router and the other where you plug in your Xbox. Then you only need a short Ethernet cable from the adapter to router/Xbox.
#24
afternoondelight
As mentioned before, no wiring all over with power line adapters. You plug one in with your router and the other where you plug in your Xbox. Then you only need a short Ethernet cable from the adapter to router/Xbox.
Ah ok, Thankyou.. so that's that I'll try one of these (not the £5 one) and hopefully that will help. If not I guess I'll have to upgrade my wifi package to a lightstream one.. fingers crossed :)
#25
Thanks everyone for your help! Really appreciate it.. love how helpful people are on here when needed <3
#26
LeahMinttoutou
afternoondelight
As mentioned before, no wiring all over with power line adapters. You plug one in with your router and the other where you plug in your Xbox. Then you only need a short Ethernet cable from the adapter to router/Xbox.
Ah ok, Thankyou.. so that's that I'll try one of these (not the £5 one) and hopefully that will help. If not I guess I'll have to upgrade my wifi package to a lightstream one.. fingers crossed :)
LightStream is FTTP. This is not going to help with your WIFI signal. Get the POWERLINE adaptors!!!!

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