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should i wire my house with ethernet?

by lilzed / February 26, 2013 6:21 AM PST

hello all,
lately i have been encountering a lot of internet problems regarding the range of wifi throughout my house. i am unable to get wifi in one side on my basement as well as very spotty connections on the third floor. i am also have a lot of dropped connections throughout the house. i tried building a parabolic reflector, as well as placing the router in different locations with no improvements in wifi range or stability.

my question is should i wire my house for ethernet. i use my laptop throughout the house. all in all there are 5 laptops, an xbox 360, ps3, as well as a few portable devices (cell phones, ipod, etc). all the laptops are predominantly used without batteries/they are plugged into the wall. my tenant plays a lot of online games on the his ps3 but has issues with the wifi dropping out.

i know wiring a completed house is a lot of work but i dont have a problem doing some labor if its worth it. i also want to be cost efficient.

in an ideal world basically i would want to be able to connect anywhere in the house, have reliable connections, and have good speeds to stream movies and download content.

current router is dlink dir-625.

any help or advice would be much appreciated.thanks in advance.

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Try a internet Booster first
by Nite_Life / February 26, 2013 6:56 AM PST
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Wires and Power Line Adapters
by sunwatcher / February 26, 2013 10:36 AM PST

A wired home network would be ideal if you don't mind doing the work of running wires. Once you run the wires, you can even add wireless access points at those places where you need better wireless coverage.

If you want to avoid the work though, you may want to try out power line network adapters. They have worked well for me in a variety of situations, and allow you the flexibility of moving the adapters to different areas of the house to give you connectivity. You can even add WAPs to these as well for wireless coverage in weak areas.

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Good idea
by pgc3 / February 28, 2013 12:17 AM PST

As another poster mentioned, if you can run the cables I'd do it since that would give you some options, wireless access points etc. If you are going to do the cable runs use CAT-6 instead of CAT-5, if you can, since chances are you will eventually upgrade your hardware, specifically the modem/ router from a G series to a more current N and CAT-6 would give you a potential for better throughput. Good luck!!!

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