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    Better connection with Xbox

    This is a discussion on Better connection with Xbox within the Wireless / Adapters forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; I want to use sky player on my 360 but my connection fluctuates between 2 and 3 bars. I am ...

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      Better connection with Xbox

      I want to use sky player on my 360 but my connection fluctuates between 2 and 3 bars. I am currently connected wirelessley.

      I was thinking of getting one of those antennas that focus in on a direction. My router is next to my front door so half of my signal is being wasted outside the house.

      ANy advice on new antennas or where i can get them from?


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      Re: Better connection with Xbox

      Get an Ethernet cable fitted, far better tha wireless. or go get some Home plugs

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      Re: Better connection with Xbox

      It's to far to use an ethernet cable and i already have a pair of homeplugs. I'm pretty much out of sockets for homeplugs.

      I thought the antenna might be a cheap and easy solution but don't really know which one to get.

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      Re: Better connection with Xbox

      I think if you are going to do this you would have to improve the antenna on the Xbox adapter. Have you had a look at the xbox forums to see if anyone has done this?

      Here is a selection of ways to improve wireless reception. Some of them are way out there, but it makes an entertaining read, even if you get nothing from it.
      http://www.usbwifi.orconhosting.net.nz/

      I agree with Joss though, adding a Homeplug to your network would give much better results.

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      Re: Better connection with Xbox

      Param, You say its to far to use Ethernet cable. How far is far? Using Cat 5 shielded twisted pair. You can comfortably run 100 metres with out problems.
      Yes it may take some care in routing the cable, but it is by far the best and most secure way forward.
      Have a think about the possibility of doing this. On one run I took the cable externally to one of the bedrooms via an existing conduit. Neat and tidy, plus the cable is protected. The rest of the cables where run when work was done to new Central heating pipes.

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      Re: Better connection with Xbox

      The xbox is upstairs and the router is downstairs.

      I might experiment with the homeplugs i already have in an extension plug and if hey work ok, maybe just get another pair.

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      Re: Better connection with Xbox

      You don't need another pair, you can add units as you need them. Just make sure you get the same type of plug as they are not all compatible with one and other.

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      Re: Better connection with Xbox

      Quote Originally Posted by joss View Post
      Param, You say its to far to use Ethernet cable. How far is far? Using Cat 5 shielded twisted pair. You can comfortably run 100 metres with out problems.
      Yes it may take some care in routing the cable, but it is by far the best and most secure way forward.
      Have a think about the possibility of doing this. On one run I took the cable externally to one of the bedrooms via an existing conduit. Neat and tidy, plus the cable is protected. The rest of the cables where run when work was done to new Central heating pipes.
      I must agree with Joss. I ditched WiFi completely and went 100% ethernet using Cat6 external cable as some of the cable runs are external. The hardest part is routing the cable and it can be a lengthy job but it's well worth it. I fitted wall plates with network sockets in the wall in the living room and two bedrooms. If you run out of ports on your router (I did!) then you can buy an inexpensive ethernet switch. It's best to buy bulk cable on a reel and there are wiring guides online - the only new tool you'd need is a punch-down tool (I got mine from Screwfix.com)

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      Re: Better connection with Xbox

      I have theseNOVATECH 85MBPS POWERLINE TWIN Novatech 85Mbps PowerLine Adapter, Twin Pack, Turns Any Electrical Outlet into a Home Network Connection : novatech.co.uk

      but have no idea where i can get a single one from. Are there any other brands this would be compatible with?

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      Re: Better connection with Xbox

      In theory these should be compatible with any other which complies to the Homplug 1.0.1 standard, ie, almost any make which operates at 85mbps. Unfortunately theory and practise are two different beasts. Unless you actually tried it, you could not be sure it was going to work. If you had a friend who could lend you one to try it would be helpful. This one should be fully compatible with yours.

      Where do you use the other homeplug? If it were close enough, you could connect one of these to it to give you extra ports to plug in your consoles. Netgear FS605 Platinum Series 5 Port 10: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo

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