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I have my main router in my basement. It's signal does reach upstairs but to the farthest room not as well as I want to I have an access point I use. I am in need of something else that will get my signal to my unattached garage. It also gets a signal but not very good. It does have the same power line that the house does though. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions since I can't run a hard wire out to the garage of what I could use to get a better signal out there? Thanks.
    
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My uncle just got a netgear powerline pl1200 adapter for his sons PS4. I was over his house on Easter and while I was there I was checking it out. It's pretty cool. I was impressed. But keep in mind that YMMV on these things. Anyways the router and ps4 are on different sides of the house. With WiFi he wasn't getting a good connection but with the adapter it was pretty solid. Getting like 60mbps on a 100mbps connection. So maybe look into it.
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I just need something better than what I'm getting now.
    
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A powerline network is pretty cool ( i use one on my PC) you just need to make sure that the two powerline adapters will be on the same pole (aka leg) in your breaker box (not in the network but the building electrical setup). but you could try a wireless network bridge if it is a seprate building, but I have been trying to set up one with Ubiquiti Nanostations and have had lots of issues (not to hate on Ubiquiti).
post #5 of 22
PowerLine is probably the easiest way to go. As Hackerman said, if you can verify that the garage power is on the same power "leg" as where you want to plug in the other side of a powerline adapter in the house then it could work very well. If you dont know much about electrical power, a home breaker box is usually split into 2 legs. Im pretty sure odd numbered breakers would be leg A and even numbered breakers are leg B. If you see a circuit breaker that is "double wide" then it is for a 240 volt device, usually a washer and/or drier, and sometimes water heaters, refrigerators, dishwashers. So anyway, you probably have a 50/50 chance the garage is on the same power leg as where you want to plug in the other side near your router. However, you also need to make sure you are not connecting through GFCI outlets. These are usually installed in the kitchen, but I have also seen them being put into garages, especially where a water heater plugs in.


here are some model suggestions:
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704259
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704310
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704304

Speed is dependent on how good your wiring is. They advertise up to 1.2gb or 2gb per second, but you are much more likely to be around 100-200mbps.
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I ended up going with TP-Link AC1200 Wi-Fi Range Extender AV1200 Powerline Edition with Outlet Pass-Through (TL-WPA8630P KIT)

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01K7IH638/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

What happens if it is not on the same leg?
    
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What happens if it is not on the same leg?

It will not work at all, as the ethernet signal travels along your electrical power lines and if they are not on the same leg then nothing connects the end points so they cant talk to each other.
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What happens if it is not on the same leg?
It won't work. If you can't follow the routing on your panel the other way to check is grab 1 or 2 long extension cords, plug them into the two outlets you want to use and bring both female ends together. Plug a volt meter set to AC volts into both hot sides of the plug (the right side, which is a smaller slot than the left side). If you see 0V or something really small, you are good. If you see 240V, they are on separate legs.
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If that doesn't work, alternatively you can also run an ethernet line to the garage and just put a range extender out there. Lots of ways to hide lines. Behind roof gutters, horizontally behind siding, alongside the driveway under the dirt, etc. You don't need to bury it deep either. I see Comcast workers put them just under the soil with these tools that press it under the dirt and make quick work of it. As long as you make a diagram where you buried it using reference points and save it somewhere, you should be fine if you need to do any digging later on so you can check your diagram first. If you do that, try to buy a line that matches the color of what ever surface of the outside of your house its exposed against the most so its hard to see.
Edited by Drahadis - 4/27/17 at 6:45pm
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If it doesn't work and I do run a line, is there any range extender you would recommend? I have to have WiFi inside the garage.
    
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