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8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
OK, 2 issues here which I hope you can advise on and I know that some has been mentioned before but fresh advice is always good!

Firstly, I have just changed to sky broadband, the mid package which is 8MB, however BT have told me that my line can only support 512K!! I have got my new sagem wireless box (looks like a mini Sky HD box - quite cool) but I wanted to ask if anyone has one of these, whether they are any good (range and through walls) and if I should change to something else on the market?

Second question is for my father in law. He has NTL/Virgin broadband and as I got him a new Vostro last week he wants wireless too. His modem is at one side of the house and he wants to use it in the kitchen at the other side - through about 4 walls and 20 paces away - what's the best router / modem for this

Cheers peeps!
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8y, 10m agoPosted 8 years, 10 months ago
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Question 2. Tell him to ring ntl and request a free wireless router. They will send one if you hassle them enough.
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Firstly, I have just changed to sky broadband, the mid package which is 8MB, however BT have told me that my line can only support 512K!! I have got my new sagem wireless box (looks like a mini Sky HD box - quite cool) but I wanted to ask if anyone has one of these, whether they are any good (range and through walls) and if I should change to something else on the market?

Hi, Firstly after a little look on google: http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?p=6202297
Looks like your router shpuld be fine.
Secondly to test your connection yourself (instead of bt or sky slling you BS) try here: http://www.speedtest.net/

HTH :)
#3
I used to use speedtest a lot, but because the servers are volunteered rather than dedicated it can sometimes give odd readings. I pestered NTL/Virgin for ages cause using this site meant I wasnt getting what I should be. I then found http://www.numion.com/YourSpeed3/index.html which seems to give a much more accurate reading. I even compared this to our BT business broadband tests (which were done by an independent engineer) and they were spot on.
Always good for comparison anyway.
As for your father, I live in an old house with all double bricked walls and using various wireless access points I get an ok signal. When talking to an electrician who is doing some work on the lighting, he pulled me through a length of Cat5e which I plugged into the back of my broadband signal (through the ceiling) and down into the kitchen. I then connected a wireless Access Point to this and hey presto perfect signal - very low error rates - nice connection. The whole lot sits on a tall cuplboard top so not visible. Bonus was this then covers the back of the house and sitting on the patio is nice as well.
Word of caution, make sure you security level is as high as possible (although nothing is ever perfect).
#4
Thanks all :thumbsup:
Marmalade47, great idea about the CAT5e although something tells me he wouldn't pay for a spark to come out and do all that. Do you find any loss of speed because of the length of cable or do you get the same speeds in the garden and sitting beside your modem?
I think I will get him the Buffalo router listed here or the WHR-HP-G54 one which supposidly gives a bit more oomph behind the signal.
Speed wise, I will check the various sites listed when I get home later.
Cheers and beers boys (and girls) :p
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Do you find any loss of speed because of the length of cable

Cat5 is good for up to 100 metres:thumbsup:

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