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banned3y, 2m agoPosted 3 years, 2 months ago
Hey Guys

just got myself virgin internet fixed. they left the router in the reception so it covers around the house. however i wanted connection in the shed where i work few hours a day.

they had a cable connection there , however the installation chap said, if i kept the router there wont get signal in the house .

i was wondering if those powerline adaptor work ok for the distance ?

thx
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banned3y, 2m agoPosted 3 years, 2 months ago
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#1
There's a few options but the most reliable will be a cat5 normal lan cable from shed to house and a wireless router (access point) in the house.
banned#2
Hello

agreed that would be best option, but ill have to run through a cable from reception to small lobby - kitchen - conservatory - garden area and then shed... :-(
#3
No you use the powerline adapters and plug one in closet to the shed the run the Lan lead
#4
Personally, I would get hold of a router and put the superhub into modem only mode and let the 2nd router do the wifi.
A dir-615 can be used for this and can be had for around £5 on ebay.
Even better, if you then put DD-WRT on the dlink you can also have the superhub doing wifi still and just set the dlink to repeat the wifi and position the dlink halfway between the superhub and the shed - sorted!

I actually work on the broadband team for VM and the very first thing you could try is going through the different wifi channels on the superhub and also if the computer in the shed can pickup 5GHz, try setting the superhub to use 5GHz instead of 2.4 to see if you can solve the problem without any need for extra equipment.



Edited By: wellen1981 on Sep 26, 2013 14:19
banned#5
Hi Thanks for your suggestion

i guess am lost on the first half , sorry not too techie

i am on the 30mg internet and even the installation chap said that if i choose 60mg internet it would have been better router which i guess has 5GHz
#6
dealbuster13
Hi Thanks for your suggestion

i guess am lost on the first half , sorry not too techie

i am on the 30mg internet and even the installation chap said that if i choose 60mg internet it would have been better router which i guess has 5GHz

If you were a nerd like me you could just buy the dlink as-is and put different internal software on it (firmware) that would allow the dlink to act like a wifi repeater (as you are not a nerd you can even search for dlink dir 615 routers being sold where a nerd has already put dd-wrt software on it and it just need configuring - guides are up on the net and youtube etc but if you did want help I could guide you a bit.

Ahh poop you were given the superhub version 1 then - you DEFFO need another router (eg the dlink I keep mentioning) as the first Superhub wifi is shockingly poor for range down to having poor spec hardware inside!

I can't just send you one myself but you could also give VM tech support a call and or Cancellations and tell them the superhub version 1 is not giving wifi far enough and you are not happy as sky bt etc wifi equipment is stronger/fit for purpose and tell them you want a dlink router which has better range than the superhub v1 wifi.


Edited By: wellen1981 on Sep 26, 2013 15:13: sickleckdick probably
banned#7
hi thx , will give it a try... they have a new super hub which shows 500ghz , which they normally give only to 60mb and 100mb customer, do you think they will swap for that by any chance , will that be enuf ?

thx
#9
I actually work on the broadband team for VM and the very first thing you could try is going through the different wifi channels on the superhub and also if the computer in the shed can pickup 5GHz, try setting the superhub to use 5GHz instead of 2.4 to see if you can solve the problem without any need for extra equipment.

If 2.4ghz doesn't reach 5ghz wont as it has much worse range due to reduced penetrative power of the 5ghz frequency.
I still think its a crime that VM are giving superhub 1 out to people still as they are rubbish and that is why they released superhub 2.

I just disabled wireless in superhub 1 and used an airport express but I am using wireless now on my superhub 2, its good!

Powerlines are amazing and I would always recommend them to anyone wanting to expand their internet range. You can get a cheap router put it near your door and it will reach your shed- and you can connect to it when out in the shed.
Assuming wired is better for you, put the powerline near the back door and run a Ethernet cable from there to the shed, (or even put the powerline into an extension lead- will still work well but just not at peak efficiency.
#10
As others have said not a chance the 5GHz range will hit the shed, mine struggles to hit the room next door. Home plugs or wired is your best option.
banned#11
thx guys

i have order 2 power line adaptors to give a try tomorrow

another thing is i got them to instal the router in reception , but am thinking i might have made a mistake as i should got it configured upstairs where i use my ipad n stuff

would they come and re install free ?
#12
You could ring them, but I expect you'd get stung for more cash.
#13
I believe VM will charge a flat rate of £50-99 for just coming to to reinstall or move wires ANYWHERE. So it's better to get every wire moved when they are out rather than just one.
A router higher in the house is better as wifi signal "falls" but I currently have mine downstairs. You could phone them and ask but I would say test it out for a week and then decide.
Having powerline and another router does remove the need to do this and unless you are streaming to airplay devices etc it doesn't really matter if your device roam between routers that much. Can get a decent router for much cheaper than £99 :)
#14
dav465
A router higher in the house is better as wifi signal "falls"

Not sure where you heard that - radio waves can only travel in straight lines or bounce off surfaces, and wifi is no exception.
There's no logical reason why upstairs would be better, I suspect this common wives tale comes about from

Q: I cant get wifi in my furthest bedroom
A: The range will be bigger if you move the router upstairs
Q: Oh yeah, now I can get it in the bedroom that's now nextdoor to the router.
A: You're Welcome
Q: Now I can't get wifi in my kitchen.
A: The microwave is probably interfering with it.


:p:D
#15
If you have only just recently had the install, then usually VM will send a tech out to relocate the equipment if it is having a detrimental effect on range. If it has been more than say 2months, you will be lucky if they send a free one for that.

Edited By: wellen1981 on Sep 28, 2013 19:23
banned#16
Hey Guys

i used £22 tp link power line , they are amazing, getting 10-13 mbps in shed so not bad

thx for all suggesstions
#17
@moosery2

VM engineer told me that! I thought it was because the antennas were pointed more across and down rather up or perfectly omnidirectional.

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