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Internet in low signal building

Hello,
My dad owns a small business in a courthouse and has terrible signal. He uses Square Register to process payments. His internet service provider is Comcast. At a certain point during the day, his internet will go out while he is using the register and it will go into offline mode. Is there anyway to prevent this from happening or enhancing his wifi in anyway even though there is terrible signal in the building? We already have the best internet package from comcast and have tried other service providers.

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No mention of the PC or if a PC is used.

You can try another USB WiFi but if there are a lot of folk in the area with smart phones it may not help. This is where you get wired to avoid WiFi drops.

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It is an iPad that is used

Sorry. It is an iPad that is used. Would something like a wifi extender work? In terms of products, what should I look for?

Thank you

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Something like this.

Powerline WiFi may be the solution here. Picture follows.
http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/aplus/detail-page/B009WG6K66_XWNB5201_Extends_Chart.jpg

The first unit goes where Comcast's gear is and you place the other unit at the register area.

It's also possible that this just won't work out and then we move to a cellular solution. This varies widely with location but there are many good solutions in most areas. The iPad can be had with cellular or we can add it with some mobile hotspot solution.

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looks good

Do you mind sending me a link to purchase these devices?

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Amazon.com.
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What about for powerline?

For the powerline adapter and access point is there any other set up that would need to be in place other than connecting it to the router?

I would disconnect the ethernet cable from the router and plug it into the powerline adapter? Is that right?

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For me no disconnecting.

Routers usually have 4 Ethernet ports for clients and this thing.

There are many powerline kits but in your case look for one with WiFi at the other end since you need that for the iPad.

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You should also be asking other users in building

It may be an upstream issue with the Comcast signal entirely (wired & wireless) dropping for everyone during certain times of the day at that location. This is a very common issue IME dealing with built up/densely urban& often upgraded locations.

I would choose to investigate that before jumping on the cellular bandwagon, especially if the goal is to get Square Register to work (been there, done that).

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Right.

The Square Register works fine for the majority of the day other than the occasional freezing it up. It 's at certain times that the wifi goes down and it takes forever to process a credit card. It's a courthouse building so it has heavy traffic.

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Then your choice.

I have clients that "must" have a better experience. Cellular often wins on this and for this application it won't eat a lot of data.

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Get a Strong Wi-Fi Signal in Every Room of Your House

There are two main approaches here: Extenders that simply repeat the original signal over a further distance (usually losing a lot of speed along the way) or powerline devices that use your home's electrical wiring system to do the job of transferring bytes to and from your router. Of the two options, powerline networking is definitely the way to go if you can.

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