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October 2, 2013 11:30:03 AM

Hey guys,

So here's the story. I just moved into my new apartment at school (I'm a college sophomore) and I'm sharing a studio with my roommate. I'm pretty big into online gaming, and he is not. I've been playing on my laptop even though I have a custom made desktop in our bedroom, because the only ethernet port in the apartment is in the living room and our wireless is spotty at best. I've decided I'm sick of using my laptop though, due to its low quality, and I want to make the transition to my desktop. The issue is, our wireless internet is awful, and my ethernet cord won't reach from the living room to the bedroom. I can buy a longer ethernet cord, but my roommate is a bit anal and doesn't want a cord stretching across the whole apartment (understandably). So I'm exploring my options and seeing what I can do so that I can use my desktop, while also avoiding unnecessary irritations to my roommate. I've explored the option of placing the desktop in the living room, but there's just really no place for it. I guess what I'm asking is, do any of you have ideas as to how I can get reliable internet into my room? Can I possibly buy a router for my own personal use in my room? I'm willing to explore just about any options you guys can think up. If I've left any details out that you think you need to know in regards to helping me out, just ask! Thanks guys!

-Christian
October 2, 2013 11:42:09 AM

With some creative cabling, you could make the ethernet near invisible. You have 100 meters to work with.

Another router won't help things, as you only have the single port in the apt.

Other options:
A WiFi access point. It gets the WiFi from the main router, and you can hardwire into that. But if your WiFi is already spotty, it will be spotty with that as well.

Powerline adapter. Plug it into the wall socket, and your internet traffic travels magically through the electrical wiring. NOT recommended in an apartment bldg, because that particular circuit may be shared with other units in the building.

The ethernet cable is by far the best solution, for security, speed, and reliability.
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October 2, 2013 11:42:32 AM

I don't know what your place looks like but... can you run the cable out a window and back into a window in your room?
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October 2, 2013 12:02:57 PM

anonymous1 said:
I don't know what your place looks like but... can you run the cable out a window and back into a window in your room?


I actually just tried this, but seeing as I'm 8 floors up and have non-removable window screens, it became a bit difficult :p 

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October 2, 2013 12:04:30 PM

USAFRet said:
With some creative cabling, you could make the ethernet near invisible. You have 100 meters to work with.

Another router won't help things, as you only have the single port in the apt.

Other options:
A WiFi access point. It gets the WiFi from the main router, and you can hardwire into that. But if your WiFi is already spotty, it will be spotty with that as well.

Powerline adapter. Plug it into the wall socket, and your internet traffic travels magically through the electrical wiring. NOT recommended in an apartment bldg, because that particular circuit may be shared with other units in the building.

The ethernet cable is by far the best solution, for security, speed, and reliability.


Any suggestions on how I can layout the cord without it being an eye sore or in the way?
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October 2, 2013 12:18:11 PM

hillch12 said:

Any suggestions on how I can layout the cord without it being an eye sore or in the way?


What color are the walls and baseboard molding? Probably white. You can get a white Cat5e cable, 100 ft, for $6.
http://www.amazon.com/100ft-Ethernet-Network-Internet-C...
Or whatever color you need.

Run it along the edges of the room. You can get a crapload of little nail in cable holders for cheap. You can fix the holes with a $2 can of spackle when you move out.
Around the corners of the rooms, up and around any doorways involved.
Done correctly, you'd really have to look to notice it.
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October 2, 2013 1:23:11 PM

USAFRet said:
hillch12 said:

Any suggestions on how I can layout the cord without it being an eye sore or in the way?


What color are the walls and baseboard molding? Probably white. You can get a white Cat5e cable, 100 ft, for $6.
http://www.amazon.com/100ft-Ethernet-Network-Internet-C...
Or whatever color you need.

Run it along the edges of the room. You can get a crapload of little nail in cable holders for cheap. You can fix the holes with a $2 can of spackle when you move out.
Around the corners of the rooms, up and around any doorways involved.
Done correctly, you'd really have to look to notice it.


Sorry for the late response, was out of the house! But here is a snap shot of what the baseboards look like. I was thinking a black cord maybe? Or maybe just go with white, which do you think would be less conspicuous?

Edit: I'm not seeing the photo show up, is it showing up for you guys?
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October 2, 2013 1:40:03 PM

hillch12 said:
http://imgur.com/jRGDp2s

Here we go, here's the picture.


A black or dark grey cord would be nearly invisible.
50', black $12. http://www.amazon.com/Tripp-Lite-N001-100-BK-350MHZ-Sna...
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October 2, 2013 2:54:51 PM

hillch12 said:
USAFRet said:
hillch12 said:
http://imgur.com/jRGDp2s

Here we go, here's the picture.


A black or dark grey cord would be nearly invisible.
50', black $12. http://www.amazon.com/Tripp-Lite-N001-100-BK-350MHZ-Sna...


Great, just ordered a 75ft cord off Amazon for $6! Now I just need to figure out what I want to use to secure it to the baseboards. Where can I get those small brackets with nails you were talking about?


100 pack, $4
http://www.amazon.com/BLACK-SINGLE-COAXIAL-ETHERNET-65C...


Or at your local bigbox hardware place (Lowes or HomeDeport)
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October 2, 2013 5:40:32 PM

USAFRet said:
hillch12 said:
USAFRet said:
hillch12 said:
http://imgur.com/jRGDp2s

Here we go, here's the picture.


A black or dark grey cord would be nearly invisible.
50', black $12. http://www.amazon.com/Tripp-Lite-N001-100-BK-350MHZ-Sna...


Great, just ordered a 75ft cord off Amazon for $6! Now I just need to figure out what I want to use to secure it to the baseboards. Where can I get those small brackets with nails you were talking about?


100 pack, $4
http://www.amazon.com/BLACK-SINGLE-COAXIAL-ETHERNET-65C...


Or at your local bigbox hardware place (Lowes or HomeDeport)


Okay great, thanks so much for the help from everyone who replied! I'll post a picture in a few days so you can see the end result! Thanks again for the input and ideas! :) 
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October 2, 2013 6:18:58 PM

Something is wrong here, you are sharing a studio? So you have a one room apartment that wifi will not cover and you have a roommate?

Something is wrong.
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October 3, 2013 8:47:04 AM

+1 to wacabletech

some people see more than others.
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October 8, 2013 5:09:02 PM

wacabletech said:
Something is wrong here, you are sharing a studio? So you have a one room apartment that wifi will not cover and you have a roommate?

Something is wrong.


Been out of town, sorry for the late reply! The Wifi works, just not to the demanding standards of online gaming. I could get on Google and browse the web all day, but gaming is quite a bit more strenuous.
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