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Posted · Original PosterOP

I live in a 3 floors house.

In the ground floor there is LAN and WiFi.

How can I extend the range to the third floor ?

I also have a old modem if that can do any help.

Thank you

 

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1 minute ago, SladeDJWilson said:

I live in a 3 floors house.

In the ground floor there is LAN and WiFi.

How can I extend the range to the third floor ?

I also have a old modem if that can do any help.

Thank you

 

If you can move the router to the middle floor, that would be ideal. If you can't or if the coverage is still bad, you can run an ethernet cable to another floor and put an access point there. Another option is to use ethernet power line adapters, but those can be hit or miss depending on how much noise is on your power lines.

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Moving your router and getting a mesh network would be the ideal, not sure if that is a possibility for you but that would yield the best results. 


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4 minutes ago, The_russian said:

If you can move the router to the middle floor, that would be ideal. If you can't or if the coverage is still bad, you can run an ethernet cable to another floor and put an access point there. Another option is to use ethernet power line adapters, but those can be hit or miss depending on how much noise is on your power lines.

OP lives in India, not sure about how homes are wired there, even older homes in north America don't like ethernet powerline adapters. My parents house is older and when I lived there my 150mb/s internet only sustained 8mb/s through a powerline adapter, my current house I moved into is newer so it actually works as it should. But again mileage may very in different countries. 


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1 minute ago, JM21 said:

OP lives in India, not sure about how homes are wired there, even older homes in north America don't like ethernet powerline adapters. My parents house is older and when I lived there my 150mb/s internet only sustained 8mb/s through a powerline adapter, my current house I moved into is newer so it actually works as it should. But again mileage may very in different countries. 

Yeah that’s why I said it was hit or miss, maybe he lives in a newer house.

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What type of internet connection do you have? i.e. fibre, ADSL, ethernet, etc? 

 

If you old modem is not in use, and has wifi capabilities (some modems do), then you could use it to create a bridge network (mesh). Or, if you have a spare windows or android device, you might want to try to use software such as "my public wifi" to create a bridge.


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Probably the quickest fix would be some form of wifi repeater or repurposed wifi-capable router set to bridge/repeat.  The most reliable way would be to run an ethernet cable.

 

Potentially some better antennae might make some difference, but transmit/receive power's going to be mostly capped by the hardware, so it could be a waste of money.

 

Powerline adapters will suck unless you have clean, new wiring.

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Quick Fix: Run an Ethernet cable to the 2nd and third floor and connect an access point.

 

Long Term: Get some type of Access point system like UniFi's AP's or I think linksys has some that will connect via mesh so that you don't have to go into your WiFi settings and change which floor your on. 

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Posted · Original PosterOP
21 hours ago, snookie said:

your best bet is buying a ethernet cable

So, Buying an ethernet cable and connecting it to my old modem

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20 hours ago, skNDstry said:

What type of internet connection do you have? i.e. fibre, ADSL, ethernet, etc? 

 

If you old modem is not in use, and has wifi capabilities (some modems do), then you could use it to create a bridge network (mesh). Or, if you have a spare windows or android device, you might want to try to use software such as "my public wifi" to create a bridge.

Ethernet

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11 hours ago, SladeDJWilson said:

So, Buying an ethernet cable and connecting it to my old modem

Not just a modem. An old wireless router that can be configured into access point mode or a dedicated access point. Once properly set up, you'd just have to connect it physically via ethernet to the main router on the ground floor.

 

But why not see if moving the current setup to the middle floor gives you adequate coverage to the other floors first?

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