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I just moved into an apartment, and it only has one cable hookup. I'm not allowed by the landlord to put any holes in anything for new cables. The Time Warner installer said that I would get poor performance because of old deteriorated cables ran in the walls here. He is right. Some jitter on my ping, and horrible speeds. It's a lot like slow DSL.

Is there any way to fix this problem?
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Speak with your landlord and explain that the cables need to be replaced / upgraded. I'm sure he can do it himself or give you the ok to have someone do it.
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Short of having the land lord replacing it . . . maybe.

They do sell signal boosters, but I am unsure if they would actually help your internet connection. Their advertising suggests that it would help.

Ex:


Quote:
Boost Your Signal

Make your signal strength up to 32 times more powerful in a snap, to enhance analog and digital picture quality, improves cable modem communication, and reduce lost data. This device also allows you to optimize multiple broadband devices in your home--televisions, cable set-top boxes, cable modems, VCRs, and digital radios--all from one convenient cable.
Are you able to access the configuration / information page for the modem? Most modems display the amplitude of the signal that it is receiving.
Edited by AtomicFrost - 3/26/11 at 11:19am
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Speak with your landlord and explain that the cables need to be replaced / upgraded. I'm sure he can do it himself or give you the ok to have someone do it.
^^ This. If he's unwilling to cooperate, you should move, or burn the place down... I'm kidding. sort of

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Short of having the land lord replacing it . . . maybe.

They do sell signal boosters, but I am unsure if they would help your internet connection.

Ex: Amazon.com: Motorola Signal Booster 484095-001-00 Bi-Directional RF Amplifier: Electronics
A signal booster may or may not work. Either way he will suffer with inadequate signal, and may suffer worse signal quality as opposed to not having the signal booster.



OP, if your a little bit handy, you can purchase coax yourself and re-run it yourself, as long as the drop from the Pole is good to your apartment DMARC, you're golden.
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DSL would probably be better.
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DSL would probably be better.
You're kidding right? DSL BLOWS!!!
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You're kidding right? DSL BLOWS!!!
Cable Broadband is still the best way.
You may just have to live with it unless you and the landlord can come to some agreement for replacement of the wiring.
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You're kidding right? DSL BLOWS!!!
If you're cables are messed up then DSL may be better

you USA guys use COAX? or Copper to the complex/home? on cable services?

As fibre/copper hybrid based VDSL2 here can get around 40mbps and 10mbps up.
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It depends on where you are ... mostly Coax.

A signal booster will only help if it is getting a good signal and boosting a good signal. If you have:


A-------- - --- -- -- -- -B

A being the telephone pole and B being the cable outlet ...

Putting a signal booster on B will not help. It will just amplify the noise. You need it before the bad cable and even that would not help much.
    
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