Best way to boost Wi-fi in house (using Cat 5e)

I'm looking for the best type (and brand) of product to boost the Wifi around my house. I have solid walls so the ISP supplied router isn't too great (Sky Hub). I do have Cat 5e wired throughout the house as it was convenient to do so when I moved in. Can anyone help?

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Stick a router somewhere purely for wifi if you have CAT 5E throughout your home

1. Find the single point where the cables come out.
2. Purchase a GB switch with at least one more port than the number of cables you find.
3. Plug all the cables into it. Save one port to run a cable to plug into your ISP router. The closer your switch is to the ISP router the better.
4. Profit! (assuming your cables are sound)

You will probably already have a router in you setup. Simplest would be to add a wireless access point (some routers can also be configured as wireless AP). An option might be to use wifi extenders that can also do this (many can't, so check). I would consider e.g. Netgear EX6150 - that can be used as access point (plug into power socket, plug in the ethernet cable to the EX6150's gigabit port , set it up and you get wifi - with cat5e connection back to main router. Unless 4+ connected to an AP at a time, I'd look to go that way.

(Adding a new wireless router which is not configured as an AP is possible, but can be challenging with configure subnet masks etc, and devices on the different routers will not connect with each other unless you get into port forwarding etc.)

Original Poster

Okay so a Wireless Access Point is what I need. I have tried to use an old Plusnet router in the past but I think it failed fairly quickly. I do already have a switch connected to the router.
Thanks for all the help. I think I just need to decide whether to put cheap ones around the house or a more expensive one in a central area.

A few cheap ones in key locations probably better than one central one - unless walls are thin. Make most of the Cat5e.

Enet

1. Find the single point where the cables come out.2. Purchase a GB … 1. Find the single point where the cables come out.2. Purchase a GB switch with at least one more port than the number of cables you find.3. Plug all the cables into it. Save one port to run a cable to plug into your ISP router. The closer your switch is to the ISP router the better.4. Profit! (assuming your cables are sound)


This affects WiFi how?

BTW, here is link for configuration of TalkTalk SuperRouter to do what you want. Used units are cheap (even free sometimes) as people upgrade their router, and they have good wifi strength (but no gigabit). If you have places to hide them, a few in key locations could work out as very cheap but effective option.

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Erubadhron

This affects WiFi how?



Did I miss the OP point?
​You said that you have poor wifi. The solutions to that include wifi extenders, powerlines, better router or just linking everything by cat 5. If just want to increase wireless penetration then a more powerful router is also an option as well as a power line adapters with wifi.
Edited by: "Enet" 23rd Jan
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