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    Poor wireless connection

    This is a discussion on Poor wireless connection within the Sky Broadband help forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; Hi folks My house has a few black spots for wifi and was just wondering if anyone can recommend a ...

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      Poor wireless connection

      Hi folks My house has a few black spots for wifi and was just wondering if anyone can recommend a decent wireless booster as I'm losing over 25% of my sky fibre connection over the wifi on the sr102 router. I just noticed sky were doing a deal on them a few months ago wish id known about it then. Hope someone can help . Thanks


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      Re: Poor wireless connection

      Personally I would suggest a WiFi Extender which is connected to the router via an Ethernet cable if speed is important for you.

      The WiFi Booster which Sky were supplying takes the WiFi signal from your devices, then re-transmits it to your router. Since WiFi is slower that Ethernet, the speed is reduced further as it is retransmitted.

      A WiFi Extender would take the WiFi signal and pass it over the Ethernet and not lose so much of the potential speed.

      There are several to choose from. Below are a couple of links to get you started:

      Wireless Range Extenders from NETGEARŪ

      Amazon.co.uk: Products tagged with wifi extender

      Not all WiFi Extenders will connect via the Ethernet cable to the router. Some will connect via the WiFi instead so take a look at the manuals. If an Ethernet cable is unsuitable, you might want to consider a pair of HomePlugs

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      Re: Poor wireless connection

      +1 to the above. The Sky wifi booster is a reasonable option to cover blackspots if positioned properly* but has a speed penalty. Do you have a spare router not in use? That could probably be re-purposed as a wifi extender very simply. But you will need to run an ethernet cable or powerline adapter to it.

      * Sky instructions seem to be to place the booster in the blackspot. Much better is to place it between the router and the blackspot thus giving it a decent signal which it can then extend.

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      Re: Poor wireless connection

      Thanks for advice folks. I was looking at the net gear universal wifi range extender on amazon looks the business and also gets a good write up.am I right in thinking u pair it up to the router via WPS then move to where the black spot is?

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      Re: Poor wireless connection

      That's exactly not the advice offered.

      The Netgear extender may well be better than the Sky booster, no idea, but it is doing the same thing: connecting wirelessly to your router and therefore impacting on your router's wireless performance. And again, no, placing such devices in the black spot is not optimum as it will be trying to pick up a wireless signal in a spot where you know the signal is poor.

      If you want to use the Netgear, place it in a central position that is also in a good signal strength area of your router and then use the Netgear as a wireless bridge, connecting all devices to the Netgear and not the router. That would give you the best overall result - but not as good as cabling an extender to your router.

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      Re: Poor wireless connection

      Quote Originally Posted by Saturday View Post
      That's exactly not the advice offered.

      The Netgear extender may well be better than the Sky booster, no idea, but it is doing the same thing: connecting wirelessly to your router and therefore impacting on your router's wireless performance. And again, no, placing such devices in the black spot is not optimum as it will be trying to pick up a wireless signal in a spot where you know the signal is poor.

      If you want to use the Netgear, place it in a central position that is also in a good signal strength area of your router and then use the Netgear as a wireless bridge, connecting all devices to the Netgear and not the router. That would give you the best overall result - but not as good as cabling an extender to your router.
      So use a wifi extender in black spot and Ethernet wire it into back of router?

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      Re: Poor wireless connection

      Yes, that will give the best result.

      The Netgear extender you referred to earlier has an ethernet port but that is to use it to wire a device e.g. PC to it, not to connect it to a router.

      Using an extender not wired to the router will extend the range and work well if positioned correctly but throughput may be compromised. Often not a problem for an ADSL connection but noticeable with a fibre connection. In your original post you said you are looking for wifi extension and good speed. For that you would be best using an extender that is designed to be wired to the router. This can be via ethernet or via powerline adapters. If the latter then you can get powerline adapters that already have the wifi extender built in. If you take the powerline route then you need the highest spec ones or again, speed will be compromised.

      Wifi is great but in most home setups will not be up to delivering the full speed of a fibre connection to every wifi connected device.

     

     

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