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A client of mine has a large house. His cable modem and router are in one corner of the house and he is having problems getting WIFI upstairs on the opposite side of the house. He is unwilling to centralize the system, but could be persuaded to put a totally wireless node somewhere in the middle.

Currently using Netgears new AC router. Is there perhaps a completely wireless access point that is REALLY powerful that I could add to this system?
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Something like this might help?

http://www.amazon.com/TP-LINK-TL-PA4010KIT-Powerline-Adapter-Starter/dp/B00AWRUICG/ref=lp_1194444_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1393612495&sr=1-1
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Pure GENIUS. I've seen these before... why didn't I think of it?!? I'm almost positive I can make this work.

He had 2 ayrmesh hubs before with his old router. They did ok, but internet upstairs was flakey because for those to have proper throughput, they kindof need some LOS. Now, I can just hook his router into one of these TP links downstairs and one of the ayrmesh devices upstairs...

I'll let you know how it goes! Thanks again! thumb.gif

EDIT: I should probably mention that money is NO OBJECT. So if there is a better one of these (I saw the upgraded TP model) I'm all ears.
Edited by WizardontheJob - 2/28/14 at 10:54am
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Pure GENIUS. I've seen these before... why didn't I think of it?!? I'm almost positive I can make this work.

He had 2 ayrmesh hubs before with his old router. They did ok, but internet upstairs was flakey because for those to have proper throughput, they kindof need some LOS. Now, I can just hook his router into one of these TP links downstairs and one of the ayrmesh devices upstairs...

I'll let you know how it goes! Thanks again! thumb.gif

I absolutely love powerline adapters. However, be aware that they are supposedly pretty sensitive to interference. If they're on the same lines as other electrically "noisy" equipment (microwave, tanning bed, etc), you might see some strange behavior.

Not sure how much truth it holds, but that's what I've heard. If you notice anything strange this may be a good thing to consider.
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Pure GENIUS. I've seen these before... why didn't I think of it?!? I'm almost positive I can make this work.

He had 2 ayrmesh hubs before with his old router. They did ok, but internet upstairs was flakey because for those to have proper throughput, they kindof need some LOS. Now, I can just hook his router into one of these TP links downstairs and one of the ayrmesh devices upstairs...

I'll let you know how it goes! Thanks again! thumb.gif

EDIT: I should probably mention that money is NO OBJECT. So if there is a better one of these (I saw the upgraded TP model) I'm all ears.

If money is no object... Ethernet drops!


Otherwise, just use a WiFi repeater.
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Powerline is certainly worth considering. Some links to help you decide on which product to go for if you decide to go that way.
http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/lanwan/powerline-charts/view
http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/lanwan/lanwan-basics/31585-smallnetbuilders-powerline-faq
http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/labels/powerline
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So he doesn't want a typical WIFI access point that u run a single cable to and it sends wifi from it? That is the most common and best method i can think of, Fail that power line adapters work ok but i always hear of problems when noise is on the power lines. You would plug the power line adapter into a wifi access point.
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I say money isn't an object, but running lines apparently is. So whatever solution I put in, has to be fairly hidden and not require running drops. Besides, the cabinet that he keeps his router and modem in has only the second floor above it. And this house it too nice for ME to be cutting holes everywhere. It would require a skillful contractor, something he doesn't want to deal with.

He went ahead and ordered them and he has amazon prime, so hopefully we will find out tomorrow if this is going to work!
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Everything went SWIMMINGLY! He got the devices on Saturday and I sent him this diagram I cooked up on how to work the new links into his network.




5 minutes later he was getting 10Mb down from the upstairs node!

Thanks everyone for the suggestions! thumb.gif
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ModMyToys DreamFlex Premium 3/8" ID Tubing Reta... Coolance Liquid Coolant Bottle, 700mL Fluoresce... Coolance PMP 450 Variable Speed D5 Pump Bitspower D5 Mod Top V2 Pom version 
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Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Samsung KS8000 4k UHD 65" Microsoft Wireless Comfort 5000 Keyboard and Mouse SeaSonic M12II 750 
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My TV Stand Cabinet Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium 
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FX-4300 Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 EVGA Geforce GTX 260 G.Skill Ripjaws X 
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Corsair SSD Samsung 7200 Laptop drive Some DVD Burner I took out of a dead Dell. Noctua NH-C12P SE14 
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Dell 19" 16:9 Logitec wireless Enermax 650w Apevia X-Cruiser3 Pink 
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A6-6400K Dual Core MSI A78M-E35 Onboard 4Gb G.Skill Ripjaws 1600Mhz (2 x 2) 
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Intel 320 SSD Western Digital 2.5" 1Tb 7200rpm  LG External Blue-ray Combo Drive Noctual NH-L9a 92mm SS02 
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Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Toshiba Regza 52" 1080p Logitech K400 Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D 
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A piece of plywood and some zip ties. Onboard Hauppauge WinTV HVR-2250 dual tuner card. 
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Samsung 840 PRO 128Gb SSD Intel 160 Gb SSD Intel 250 Gb SSD Generic DVD-RW 
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2 x Noctua (NF-P12-1300 )1300rpm Premium Silent... Alphacool NexXxos UT60 Full Copper Radiator 240 Noctua NF-A6X25 FLX Quiet Computer Cooling Fan ... NZXT Sentry Mesh Fan Controller w/ Five 30 watt... 
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2 x Corsair Air Series SP120   COUGAR CF-V12H Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing  Monsoon 90° Rotary Angle Fitting - 5/8" - Red Bitspower Dual / Single D5 Top Upgrade Kit 100 ... 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
ModMyToys DreamFlex Premium 3/8" ID Tubing Reta... Coolance Liquid Coolant Bottle, 700mL Fluoresce... Coolance PMP 450 Variable Speed D5 Pump Bitspower D5 Mod Top V2 Pom version 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Samsung KS8000 4k UHD 65" Microsoft Wireless Comfort 5000 Keyboard and Mouse SeaSonic M12II 750 
CaseAudio
My TV Stand Cabinet Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-4300 Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 EVGA Geforce GTX 260 G.Skill Ripjaws X 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Corsair SSD Samsung 7200 Laptop drive Some DVD Burner I took out of a dead Dell. Noctua NH-C12P SE14 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell 19" 16:9 Logitec wireless Enermax 650w Apevia X-Cruiser3 Pink 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
A6-6400K Dual Core MSI A78M-E35 Onboard 4Gb G.Skill Ripjaws 1600Mhz (2 x 2) 
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Intel 320 SSD Western Digital 2.5" 1Tb 7200rpm  LG External Blue-ray Combo Drive Noctual NH-L9a 92mm SS02 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit Toshiba Regza 52" 1080p Logitech K400 Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D 
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Woo hoo!

Glad he got it working.

I'm sure your diagrams were a huge help.
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OCZ Vertex 4 Samsung F3 1TB Samsung f3 1tb Samsung HD155UI 
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