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July 2, 2011 1:28:04 AM

This is also in the wireless networking section but I put it here also in case people don't see it there.

Hi everyone,

I am writing to see if I can borrow some of your wisdom to help me find the best solution for my problem.

Basically at home I have 3 main items I need connected to the net and they are:
Desktop PC (Priority and needs fastest connection)
Laptop (Secondary and could be wired or wireless connection)
Iphone (wireless connection needed)

As for the setup at home at the moment we have the adsl 2 modem down in the living area (only connection in the house) and then all my items need to be connected in an upstairs bedroom. Currently the desktop isn't connected as I am waiting for it to arrive still whilst the laptop and iphone are connected by wireless. The modem/router is a Thompson TG585 and the house is modern and mostly concrete and I get poor reception upstairs with the wireless dropping out semi frequently and poor wireless speeds (never over 1mbps).

So I am looking for a solution in which I get good reception and possibly better wireless speeds upstairs as well as getting the fastest speed for the desktop (which I hope is wired in some way).

I have had some thoughts so far and here they are: (product links are at the bottom)

My current situation:

Thompson TG585

Laptop - Wireless via TG585
Iphone - Wireless via TG585


Thought 1:

Thompson TG595 - Netgear Powerline AV500+

Desktop - Wired via Powerline
Laptop - Wireless via TG585
Iphone - Wireless via TG585

- Gives a wired connection for the desktop, but wireless is still the same as current
- Could use laptop as wifi hotspot for iphone, but means laptop would have to be on, desktop unplugged, couldn't use desktop and laptop at the same time, seems like a hassle


Thought 2:

Netgear N600 - Netgear Powerline AV500+

Desktop - Wired via Powerline
Laptop - Wireless via N600
Iphone - Wireless via N600

- Possibly faster for desktop????
- Possibly better connection and speed for wireless devices????
- Within price range


Thought 3:

Thompson TG585 - Powerline - Netgear N750

Desktop - Wired via Powerline
Laptop - Wired or wireless via N750
Iphone - Wireless via N750

- Has a wired/wireless router in the bedroom
- Still relies on Thompson TG585 at start would that slow speed????
- Information going through so many devices again would that slow speed?

Thought 4:


Netgear N600 - Powerline - Netgear N750

Desktop - Wired via Powerline
Laptop - Wired or wireless via N750
Iphone - Wireless via N750

- Basically the same as above but Thompson TG585 replaced with Netgear N600
- Expensive and stretching the affordability to the extreme


Products:

Netgear N600 (DGND3700) - Wireless Modem/Router
http://www.netgear.com.au/home/pro [...] D3700.aspx

Netgear Powerline Av500+ (XAVB5501) - Powerline
http://www.netgear.com.au/home/pro [...] B5501.aspx

Netgear N750 (WNDR4000) - Wireless Router
http://www.netgear.com.au/service- [...] R4000.aspx


So what are people's thoughts and what would you suggest or do in my situation?

Also where I have ???? if people know more info on these answers if you could let me know that would be greatly appreciated.

In advance thanks everyone for their help :)  It is greatly appreciated.
a c 79 F Wireless
July 2, 2011 3:59:51 PM

do you have Coax cable running between the two floors?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

since you are having concrete walls you probably have a better signal using 2.4GHz N-wireless.

you could try using a N wireless router (configured as AP) and connect it to the TG545 via network cable and elevate it as much as possible. this might really improve your signal upstairs.

most reports I have read on Powerline connection said that they will provide about 10-20% of the advertised speed.
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