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Post by Ccsjc on Mon Dec 09, 2013 5:49 pm

Our modem is connected in a bedroom. When we are on the patio, we often don't have a signal strong enough to do what we need. Can you buy something to boost the signal without having to rewire the whole system?

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Post by Jim W on Mon Dec 09, 2013 6:09 pm

There was a thread a year or so ago Carol, same problem, no real solution.....the signal doesn't like concrete and rebar.....line of site works best.
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Post by manymoonsago on Mon Dec 09, 2013 8:05 pm

We have a telmex modem in a central location w/ a line-of-sight Telmex extender plugged in across the room (about 40 feet)....we are able to download in the next room up to 30 feet away...signal is passing through 12 inch concrete/rebar walls...the newer the computer, tablet and/or kindle, the better the transmission.
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Post by Ccsjc on Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:18 pm

Do I buy an extender at the Telmex office? It would be worth a try.

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Post by juanrey on Tue Dec 10, 2013 8:28 am

Another alternative is to get a USB wireless adapter.
I too have some areas where the signal gets week. So, last time we were NOB I got some TP-link high gain USB adapters. It's like a small antenna that plugs into the USB on our laptops and it really helps increase signal strength.
The extender is also a good option.
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Post by Zedinmexico on Tue Dec 10, 2013 9:29 am

I use better antenna but you have to have equipment with removable antenna and most of
the Telmex/Telecable stuff is internal antenna. The three Asus 9db wireless antenna I put
on my hub/switch attached to telmex box do help punch up the signal quite a bit and is simple.

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Post by Ccsjc on Tue Dec 10, 2013 9:43 am

Thanks for the suggestions. I will see what I can find and post my results.

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Post by tictoc on Tue Dec 10, 2013 2:11 pm

Jim W wrote:There was a thread a year or so ago Carol, same problem, no real solution.....the signal doesn't like concrete and rebar.....line of site works best.

http://www.insidelakeside.com/t7206-wireless-range


No, there were solutions. I do believe Bob has this all setup and working now.

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Post by Jim W on Tue Dec 10, 2013 2:47 pm

tictoc wrote:
Jim W wrote:There was a thread a year or so ago Carol, same problem, no real solution.....the signal doesn't like concrete and rebar.....line of site works best.

http://www.insidelakeside.com/t7206-wireless-range


No, there were solutions. I do believe Bob has this all setup and working now.


I tried this tictoc, and it didn't work. Apparently the multi levels of my home and distance were a factor. We have the same problem with the VOIP telephones.....they work on lower level and outside on the upper veranda, but not in the living room, Kitchen, or master bedroom.  
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Post by CheenaGringo on Tue Dec 10, 2013 2:52 pm

Jim:

Would that be site or sight?

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Post by tictoc on Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:48 pm

Jim W wrote:
tictoc wrote:
Jim W wrote:There was a thread a year or so ago Carol, same problem, no real solution.....the signal doesn't like concrete and rebar.....line of site works best.

http://www.insidelakeside.com/t7206-wireless-range


No, there were solutions. I do believe Bob has this all setup and working now.


I tried this tictoc, and it didn't work.   Apparently the multi levels of my home and distance were a factor.   We have the same problem with the VOIP telephones.....they work on lower level and outside on the upper veranda, but not in the living room, Kitchen, or master bedroom.  
Jim, I not sure what method did not work for you. Did you setup two wired WiFi devices (both having the same RFID)? One on the main floor and one above. From what little I understand about your setup, this should fix your issue. One thing to remember is that every situation is different so a different solution will apply. If you are having open air range problems or a blocked signal problem, you can usually solve it by putting a second device just past ( or if repeating, before) were signal is lost. Perhaps when you get back sob you could try something different from what you tried before. I'm confident that there is a solution to your issue. Just need to find it.

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Post by Jim W on Wed Dec 11, 2013 5:00 pm

Thank You Tictoc, will do........I think I will check out solutions NOB, and bring the equipment back down. Thumbs up
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Post by CanuckBob on Wed Dec 11, 2013 6:50 pm

Jim, the only solution, as outlined in that thread, is to "hard wire" another wifi modem on the second floor of your house. I can show you how to do this when you get back.
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Post by tictoc on Wed Dec 11, 2013 7:17 pm

CanuckBob wrote:Jim, the only solution, as outlined in that thread, is to "hard wire" another wifi modem on the second floor of your house. I can show you how to do this when you get back.
Sorry, I thought we were talking about repeaters as well. Ether way hard wired is always my first recommendation and is almost always the best solution.

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Post by CanuckBob on Wed Dec 11, 2013 7:40 pm

No problem. It's just that a repeater or booster won't get through the cement of the second floor either. To get proper coverage with a reasonable signal, I have 3 hard wired wifi modems on my property and it is all single level....haha.
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Post by Jim W on Thu Dec 12, 2013 3:58 pm

CanuckBob wrote:Jim, the only solution, as outlined in that thread, is to "hard wire" another wifi modem on the second floor of your house. I can show you how to do this when you get back.


 Thumbs up  Thanks Bob......can I buy anything up here, or just deal with it when we return? Will we need another vonage unit for VOIP as well?

Thanks again, Jim W Thumbs up 
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Post by CanuckBob on Thu Dec 12, 2013 4:56 pm

You could buy another wireless modem and enough Cat5 cable to wire between your Telmex modem downstairs to the place on the second floor you will want your secondary modem.

I don't know anything about VOIP.
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Post by Jim W on Thu Dec 12, 2013 5:02 pm

Vonage is VOIP. This problem will probably be resolved when we install the 2nd modem, as VOIP runs off DSL. Si or Nada?

Thanks again Bob, Feliz Navidad,

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Post by Zedinmexico on Tue Dec 17, 2013 2:24 pm

I have found that the Three Asus 9db external antennas do punch thru at least a 15 ft radius underneath my hub/router in the basement. It punches through two walls with 5 bars sideways. The Telmex unit wifi only shows two bars through two walls and  won't go to the basement at all. I would rather have to spend money on antenna rather than black boxes which don't always work. Used smart phone in basement for test. Laptop worked in all off basement with new antennas. It seems the smaller the wifi device the crappier the signal received and transmited so your mileage may vary.

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Post by tictoc on Thu Dec 19, 2013 8:56 am

Jim W wrote:
CanuckBob wrote:Jim, the only solution, as outlined in that thread, is to "hard wire" another wifi modem on the second floor of your house. I can show you how to do this when you get back.


 Thumbs up  Thanks Bob......can I buy anything up here, or just deal with it when we return?   Will we need another vonage unit for VOIP as well?

Thanks again,  Jim W Thumbs up 
Jim, how do you have your Vonage set up (Sorry I have never tested vonage)? If you can tell me how it is connected (cabled), I can tell you how to best set it up. As for routers, for convenience and functionality, I would recommend getting a Linksys NOB. Whatever you get be sure it has removable antennas. This way they can be upgraded if the need arises.

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Post by Jim W on Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:03 am

Tictoc, I just installed Vonage in Casa Grande, and eliminated my land line. Main reason ...Quest was charging 50 cents per minute for calls to Mexico, Vonage gives you 250 free minutes per month for calls to Mexico. We will bring our Vonage equipment to Lakeside in April.
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Post by espíritu del lago on Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:38 am

I'm curious.  If those who have Verizon why not buy MIFI? I stick mine in my pocket when on the north 40. I even have unlimited data. I am sure I saw a thread saying V worked here. Was that just phone service and not Internet. Here I  have 4g, however depending on where I am going to it will go to 3g depending upon the location that V's services are in some places. You can't beat sticking 3 or 4g in your pocket in time of need.
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Post by tictoc on Thu Dec 19, 2013 10:47 pm

Jim W wrote:Tictoc, I just installed Vonage in Casa Grande, and eliminated my land line.  Main reason ...Quest was charging 50 cents per minute for calls to Mexico, Vonage gives you 250 free minutes per month for calls to Mexico.   We will bring our Vonage equipment to Lakeside in April.    
Jim, as I said, I don't known how your Vonage equipment is wired. If you have a box that plugs into your Ethernet router and your phone plugs into that box as well, then all you need to do is wire the box into your existing phone wire (insted of just your phone) in your home and you can have all of your phone jacks working. If the Vonage is a wireless system then there may or may not be a solution for you.

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Post by Intercasa on Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:16 pm

I bought 5 Dlink powerline devices, cant get them to all synch but seems like an answer if they work.

Anybody know how to get them to work?

http://www.dlink.com/us/en/home-solutions/connect/powerline/dhp-500av-powerline-av-500-adapter
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Post by Zedinmexico on Fri Dec 20, 2013 7:52 am

Intercasa wrote:I bought 5  Dlink powerline devices, cant get them to all synch but seems like an answer if they work.

Anybody know how to get them to work?

http://www.dlink.com/us/en/home-solutions/connect/powerline/dhp-500av-powerline-av-500-adapter


I think they all have to be on the same transformer as the signal will not go through a transformer but I doubt if this is the problem
as why would you be on two different transformers on one property.

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