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Home Networking Question - Need some advice on relocating a modem!

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September 22, 2011 5:12:05 PM

Hi,

Need help with some home networking connection speed problems, got a few questions, which I'm going to describe in as much detail as possible below!

I just finished my new system build and was planning on using a wireless adapter for my internet connection, I first tried with a PCI e adapter - ASUS PCIe N-13, which did work right out of the box and the system connected, however connection was patchy at best and the speeds were horrible! See speedtest.net results here - PCIe N-13 results.

So i returned that thinking that it was the card's problem and got a Rosewill USB adapter -mainly for the extendable base (which I thought would help position the adapter a little higher and slightly closer to the router located a level above the basement!). This seemed like it was working until I tested the speed again it proved that nothing has changed - see speedtest.net reults here -Rosewill USB adapter results

What I don't understand is that my gateway laptop uses the same wireless network, from the same desk at which the desktop is and gets considerably great speeds (compared to the two above) - Gateway Laptop Wireless Results , so does all my Home Entertainment systems, ROKU, PS3, XBox Kinect,TV etc , I know this because I stream a lot of HD movies from Netflix, Hulu and Amazon VOD, and they all have great quality!(all of this equipment is located in the basement hardly a few feet away from the desktop and connected wireless to the same router) - how is that possible? Is it a problem with the adapters I used then or something wrong with my router itself!

What blew me away was when i connected the laptop to the modem using a Ethernet cable (wired connection) - see speedtest.net results here - Wired Connection Results. This was awesome compared to the wireless speeds, is that much of an improvement possible when you switch from wireless to wired? I knew it would be faster but this was close to 10x the best speed I got from the laptop using wireless.

So i got all excited and tried to relocate the modem to the basement where the desktop is and there was a coaxial cable lying there unused, so I was quite sure that I can connect the modem to that but after the hookup was done, it did not work, only the power light and one other light (DP) was blinking (not stable)! So I called my provider (Comcast) and they said they will send someone to look at it, but that would cost me, so I am trying to do some trouble shooting myself (although I have scheduled a tech visit next week, I'm planning to cancel it, if I can figure a solution out before they get here), any help on answering the questions below would be greatly appreciated:

1) Can I do something to make my desktop wireless connection faster (at least within comparable range to the wired connection)?

2) Is there something wrong with my Router, I use a Netgear Rangemax Wireless - N, router?

3) How can I relocate a modem to the new location, without calling and paying the Comcast tech guys, would I have to do something at the junction box outside, I'm not very familiar with the wiring/cabling, so I don't if I'll be able to understand what I see when i open it up, but i'm willing to try?

4) I also have a phone line going to the Modem (as I have Comcast voice and internet), how can I relocate that or can i just connect that directly to the base of the phone rather than the modem?

That's it for now guys! Sorry about the long post, but thought I'll provide as much info as I can.

Any help (pronto) is appreciated, ? Please include links if any in your replies to articles or products!

Thanks again!
September 22, 2011 6:55:05 PM

The coax cable downstairs has not been hooked up to provide cable or internet. You can do it yourself if you know where the coax connections. It is simply a matter of connecting a coax cable from the main splitter into the coax line... if you don't know where it is you may be better off paying a tech to do it and learning from it.

As for the USB wireless, make sure you have the updated driver installed. Wireless can be tricky at times - you may also need to update your motherboard drivers and other drivers on your computer as well. If everything else is working fine and two USB wireless devices report the same performance, it is likely a hardware driver issue. I would start there and make sure everything has, to start, the latest and greatest from the vendor.
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September 22, 2011 7:06:59 PM

riser said:
The coax cable downstairs has not been hooked up to provide cable or internet. You can do it yourself if you know where the coax connections. It is simply a matter of connecting a coax cable from the main splitter into the coax line... if you don't know where it is you may be better off paying a tech to do it and learning from it.

As for the USB wireless, make sure you have the updated driver installed. Wireless can be tricky at times - you may also need to update your motherboard drivers and other drivers on your computer as well. If everything else is working fine and two USB wireless devices report the same performance, it is likely a hardware driver issue. I would start there and make sure everything has, to start, the latest and greatest from the vendor.


Thanks Riser!

Quick question, I have been doing some research after posting the question here and seems like I might have an alternative, but I'm new to this, so please advice!

Would a Powerline/Homeplug adapter solve my dilemma and help me get the desktop connected (wired) to the internet without having to relocate anything?

If so then please guide me as to which one should I get , if not then please tell me why it would not be a good idea, these are the question that come to my mind when I'm thinking which one to buy:


Q1) How are the connection speeds, is it comparable to a direct wired LAN connection to the router/modem directly?

Q2) If i need to connect multiple devices later on, eg: Network AV Reciever, PS3, Xbox etc; what I understood from your post above is that I can get add ONE more Powerline adapter and hook it up to a "multi-port switch so multiple devices can be served by a single AV200" - is that right? I would not have to spend a bomb on buying one for each device?

Q3) Does 200 Mbps have a any real world performance advantages over the 85Mbps, considering that the best speeds from my ISP would be well within the 85 Mbps range?

Q4) Does matching the router brand to the adapter brand have any real advantages?


Thanks in advance for all your help and time!
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