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Solutions to get ethernet into another room

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March 28, 2014 6:12:41 PM

I have a problem of having to use wifi on my desktop with a crappy adapter because i am in another room as the router that you can connect via ethernet. I was wondering what solutions would be possible to get ethernet in my room without extra long cables as that solution is impossible for me. I was thinking of setting up another router in my room so i could connect via ethernet to that one. If that's even possible, how would i do it? Also if you have other ways to bring ethernet into my room, please feel free to write your solutions.

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March 28, 2014 6:22:38 PM

Another router in your room would still need to connect back to the main router via wireless. If your PC gets poor signal then the router would also get a poor signal so you don't accomplish much.

Really if you can't get wireless to work you just have to use a different kind of wire. The most common are powerline adapters that use the electrical power in the house as a network. They generally work ok but nowhere near the magic numbers they state, you might if you are lucky get 100m out of the 500m units. The only other option I know of is called MoCA. If you happen to have tv coax in both rooms you can use that to carry the signal. These units tend to be a little expensive because they are not real popular. They conflict with directtv and many mutliroom DVR systems so not a lot of people use them.
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March 28, 2014 6:29:43 PM

Well i am very close to the router, its just that my adapter is not good enough for twitch streaming and heavy internet use. If you say that powerline adapters have a way better connectivity and most importantly are more stable than wifi, then i guess i could try those
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March 28, 2014 6:30:46 PM

The only answer is going to be running Ethernet to that room. You can't put another router in that room without running Ethernet to the second router (kind of defeats the purpose). You can't run a second modem in that room without paying twice the cost to your ISP. It really just boils down to where the room is relation to where the modem is located and how difficult it will be to run a dedicated Ethernet line to that room.

I live in a small apartment and lucked out as my cable and phone line branched from my living room through the wall to my bedroom. Since I wasn't using the phone line, I picked up some Ethernet cable, some RJ-45 connectors, a crimper and a couple customizable wall plates. I swapped out the phone line for my custom Ethernet pass through and had wired connectivity to my bedroom HTPC.

If your room is not adjacent to the room where the router is located, you should probably look at snaking an Ethernet cable along an available cable TV cable (if one exists).

Other options would be PowerLine networking or even MoCA (Media over Cable Alliance).

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March 28, 2014 6:36:00 PM

bill001g said:
The most common are powerline adapters that use the electrical power in the house as a network. They generally work ok but nowhere near the magic numbers they state, you might if you are lucky get 100m out of the 500m units. The only other option I know of is called MoCA. If you happen to have tv coax in both rooms you can use that to carry the signal. These units tend to be a little expensive because they are not real popular. They conflict with directtv and many mutliroom DVR systems so not a lot of people use them.


I agree. If you need more than 100Mbit/s you really only have one choice, pull some Cat5e or Cat6 cable. I actually use MOCA in my house. I use it because when I put in my system a few years back, powerline adapters were really flaky. Moca is very stable but it, too, is not going to be over 100Mbit/s. After I put mine in and tested it, I was getting 76Mbit/s, which was great for what I was using it for.

For internet use, a good powerline adapter or MOCA are going to run circles around your current Wifi in that room.
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March 28, 2014 6:40:11 PM

Speed is not an issue, i only get 15mbps so i don't need anything fancy
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March 28, 2014 6:54:27 PM

3 solutions:

Ethernet cable
Powerline
WiFi

Currently, you have:
Crappy:
Router---------------------WiFi-------------------------------PC

Equally Crappy:
Router----------------------WiFi---------------------Router-PC

Just putting a router in your room means that this new router (or access point) gets the same crappy signal that your PC does now. Unless you connect it via some wire.

Maybe not so crappy:
Router--------WiFi------Access Point/Repeater-------WiFi------------PC

Put an access point in the middle.
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March 29, 2014 3:41:05 AM

babeldude said:
...possible to get ethernet in my room without extra long cables


Have you thought about a directional antenna? You'd point it directly at the wifi AP. Another option is to boost the AP signal by upgrading the antenna(s), if possible.

There is a chance adding a wireless router in your room could work. Since you say your wireless adapter is "crappy," the additional router likely has better antennas for capturing the signal and either A) rebroadcasting the wireless signal in repeater mode or B) routing through the built-in switch. Assuming the router has multiple ports.
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