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how to get wired connection in my room,my router is set up in basement?

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August 9, 2013 10:40:42 AM

Hey guys, so Im having trouble trying to figure out this internet situation for my newly built rig. My bedroom where the computer is set up is upstairs. The router (at&t uverse) is set up in the basement. Now it is set up for wireless but I would really prefer a wire connection, Ive heard its preferable for gaming. Is there any low cost adapter for this situation. I dont think running a wire down to the basement is an option either. Id really appreciate any advice on this!

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August 9, 2013 10:44:34 AM

There are options in "powerline networking". You get an adapter to plug your router into a power outlet, and a second to plug into an outlet where you are going to use the internet (assuming they are on the same circuit). It generally performs better than wifi, but neither will touch a solid wired connection.
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August 9, 2013 10:47:27 AM

thewisdomp said:
There are options in "powerline networking". You get an adapter to plug your router into a power outlet, and a second to plug into an outlet where you are going to use the internet (assuming they are on the same circuit). It generally performs better than wifi, but neither will touch a solid wired connection.


Thanks man, so really my best bet is probably just going with a wireless adapter. Or Im assuming somehow figuring out how to run a hardwire cable all the way down to the basement.
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August 9, 2013 10:49:05 AM

This may be a really stupid question so bear with me ha, but I do have a phone jack faceplate, can i somehow wire that up for internet, and replace it with an ethnet port?
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August 9, 2013 11:07:26 AM

btrimble said:
This may be a really stupid question so bear with me ha, but I do have a phone jack faceplate, can i somehow wire that up for internet, and replace it with an ethnet port?


Running network cable through a finished house in order to get a wired connection is not really a very functional solution. Phone jack won't do you any good. An AT&T U-verse receiver has a wired port on the back of it. If you have a TV in that room and you have a U-Verse receiver you can wire in that way. Keeping in mind if you need an extra receiver to accomplish that you're going to have to shell out $7 a month for that solution.

I had the exact same problem as you do. I'm now on a wireless connection. Wired is preferred, but wireless isn't bad you just run the risk of dropping connection once and a while.

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August 9, 2013 11:21:09 AM

ncasolo said:
btrimble said:
This may be a really stupid question so bear with me ha, but I do have a phone jack faceplate, can i somehow wire that up for internet, and replace it with an ethnet port?


Running network cable through a finished house in order to get a wired connection is not really a very functional solution. Phone jack won't do you any good. An AT&T U-verse receiver has a wired port on the back of it. If you have a TV in that room and you have a U-Verse receiver you can wire in that way. Keeping in mind if you need an extra receiver to accomplish that you're going to have to shell out $7 a month for that solution.

I had the exact same problem as you do. I'm now on a wireless connection. Wired is preferred, but wireless isn't bad you just run the risk of dropping connection once and a while.



Thanks again solo, your saving my ass today! I actually do have t.v. in that room with the at&t reciever. I just went upstairs and figured that might be an option. So your saying if I plug my cable from the wireless reciever into my computer that will be the same as a wired connection? I just assumed that since its a wireless reciever I would still get the wireless signal but then again it is plugged into the wall so maybe not..
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August 9, 2013 11:28:24 AM

Even if that's not considered a wire connection you've basically answered my question. And your right its not practical at all running wire throughout the house for one computer. Im going to just plug it through the receiver I'm sure Ill be fine with that.
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August 9, 2013 11:29:09 AM

btrimble said:
ncasolo said:
btrimble said:
This may be a really stupid question so bear with me ha, but I do have a phone jack faceplate, can i somehow wire that up for internet, and replace it with an ethnet port?


Running network cable through a finished house in order to get a wired connection is not really a very functional solution. Phone jack won't do you any good. An AT&T U-verse receiver has a wired port on the back of it. If you have a TV in that room and you have a U-Verse receiver you can wire in that way. Keeping in mind if you need an extra receiver to accomplish that you're going to have to shell out $7 a month for that solution.

I had the exact same problem as you do. I'm now on a wireless connection. Wired is preferred, but wireless isn't bad you just run the risk of dropping connection once and a while.



Thanks again solo, your saving my ass today! I actually do have t.v. in that room with the at&t reciever. I just went upstairs and figured that might be an option. So your saying if I plug my cable from the wireless reciever into my computer that will be the same as a wired connection? I just assumed that since its a wireless reciever I would still get the wireless signal but then again it is plugged into the wall so maybe not..


If you have an actual U-Verse wireless receiver then you're not technically on a wired connection. Your U-Verse DV-R is a wired receiver and would provide you with something like a wired connection. However, I think using that wireless receiver might be a bit better than just a wireless connection for your PC. That receiver is not receiving a signal just from the gateway but rather another piece of hardware specific to the wireless receivers. I have a feeling the signal strength to the wireless receiver is going to be stronger than to a wireless card.

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August 9, 2013 11:34:41 AM

ncasolo said:
btrimble said:
ncasolo said:
btrimble said:
This may be a really stupid question so bear with me ha, but I do have a phone jack faceplate, can i somehow wire that up for internet, and replace it with an ethnet port?


Running network cable through a finished house in order to get a wired connection is not really a very functional solution. Phone jack won't do you any good. An AT&T U-verse receiver has a wired port on the back of it. If you have a TV in that room and you have a U-Verse receiver you can wire in that way. Keeping in mind if you need an extra receiver to accomplish that you're going to have to shell out $7 a month for that solution.

I had the exact same problem as you do. I'm now on a wireless connection. Wired is preferred, but wireless isn't bad you just run the risk of dropping connection once and a while.



Thanks again solo, your saving my ass today! I actually do have t.v. in that room with the at&t reciever. I just went upstairs and figured that might be an option. So your saying if I plug my cable from the wireless reciever into my computer that will be the same as a wired connection? I just assumed that since its a wireless reciever I would still get the wireless signal but then again it is plugged into the wall so maybe not..


If you have an actual U-Verse wireless receiver then you're not technically on a wired connection. Your U-Verse DV-R is a wired receiver and would provide you with something like a wired connection. However, I think using that wireless receiver might be a bit better than just a wireless connection for your PC. That receiver is not receiving a signal just from the gateway but rather another piece of hardware specific to the wireless receivers. I have a feeling the signal strength to the wireless receiver is going to be stronger than to a wireless card.



Awesome, seems like the receiver then is basically acting like a network adapter, or power line to some degree. Anyways thanks for answering all my questions today man you've seriously been a big help. I'm already stressed about putting together my first computer so to get this straightened out is going to help alot. Worst case scenario I just get a wireless card and like you said only difference is Ill lose connection from time to time.
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August 9, 2013 1:57:59 PM

For gaming, if your network is a G not N or the new AC 802.11 standard then yes it isn't good for gaming. Additionally the more users on it (be it wired or wireless) the more 'traffic' getting through the one device will affect gameplay. The simpliest solution would be to enable QoS on all devices including the router. This would create a priority system (Quality of Service) where say WoW ports are 1st priority but Youtube Videos would be 2nd priority for traffic.

If your running 802.11n and QoS, you should be fine for gaming.
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