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Postby matt » 12 Sep 2016, 22:35

hi all,
have a now TV box and it's struggling in the study as it's a floor up and the opposite wall of the house.

Any ideas what makes a good extender?

Not looking to spend mega bucks as the now TV only cost £15 to start with...

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Postby EviL Ras » 12 Sep 2016, 23:38

Powerline adapter for sure.
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Postby Johnmcl7 » 13 Sep 2016, 00:41

I agree with Ras (assuming we're thinking of the same thing), a powerline wifi repeater takes a signal over ethernet, carries it over the powerline and gives you a wifi access point just where you need it. They're not that cheap though and haven't used one myself, the TP-Link stuff seems fairly decent and I prefer Powerline repeaters over standard wifi repeaters (where they are positioned at the edge of coverage and extend the signal further) as I find their performance generally erratic at best.

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Postby robbo » 13 Sep 2016, 08:56

Another +1 for a powerline. Not used one myself my gf's brother uses one to get signal up to his bedroom and works well.
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Postby Tappy » 13 Sep 2016, 09:46

Yeah, I have a set of TP-Link ones: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00GC3Z6I0/ Bought them two years ago and they've done what I wanted. There are probably cheaper ones now, since these may be antique (and the twin pack is £40). If you read the top review there are some issues they have spotted, but the reviewer does recommend an alternative.
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Postby Replicant » 13 Sep 2016, 14:42

I gave up with Wifi extenders and went the powerline route as well. Far better results.

Although, I have just gone back to BT and got their new HomeHub6 and it is a vast improvement on previous routers. I get a much better signal at the far end of the house now.
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Postby matt » 13 Sep 2016, 16:37

Thanks All.

I'm with Sky so have to deal with what I have router wise. think I'm running out of plugs for an extra powerline so might need to bite the bullet and buy a powerline + wifi extender combo job as tappy linked to...

The two set should work as I'll have the single unit downstairs linked to the router, then the double unit upstairs with an Ethernet cable from it to both the pc and now TV box solving the immediate issue via cable and then hopefully a more robust wifi network upstairs as a bonus.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/TP-LINK-TL-WPA ... rline+wifi
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Postby Tappy » 14 Sep 2016, 09:34

I meant to look into upgrading the Firmware last night (as per top review) but forgot. I can't remember what set up they needed, I think I had to manually set the SSID and password (as per third review).
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