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ASUS PCE-AC68 Dual Band 802.11AC Wireless AC-1900 PCI-E Adapter
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Subject: Worth it with my current equipment? Will it improve my rssi?
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coachmcguirk May 15, 2017 10:05 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I'm currently using a TP-LINK TL-WDN4800 along with telus's new dual band router + range extender. At this present moment I'm unable to attain full bars. My rssi is -57 on average (I feel this is contributing to significant packet loss whilst gaming).

I have to stress that the router and extender can't be moved because my interior layout. So for convenience, I'm looking into this solution. Will it make a difference?

Topic URL: http://forums.ncix.com/forums/topic.php?id=2756737

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Baconator May 16, 2017 09:03 AM Reply | Bookmark
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It'll probably work better but my advice would be to buy a powerline networking kit for half the price and use that instead. Much better stability.

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computer_guru May 16, 2017 12:50 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Yeah, a powerline kit should really improve your signal and ping over wi-fi. I bought a kit a while back ... unfortunately bit the dust after 6 months use but while it worked it was great. Maybe a fluctation here and there if I was running other stuff on the same electrical grid such as a space heater. Overall much better than wi-fi. I believe you could also try high gain antennae ... but with powerline being inexpensive, just go with that!

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Greg * NCIX.com May 16, 2017 01:50 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I have to agree on the Powerline kit. I get a horrendous WiFi signal in my office, so I use an AV1200 powerline kit to connect my main PC to my network. The newest kits use both the neutral and ground lines for added stability and speed.

http://www.ncix.com/category/powerline-ethernet-d8-1211.htm

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coachmcguirk May 17, 2017 02:22 AM Reply | Bookmark
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Thanks for the recommendations guys!

I have one question though: the townhouse that I live in is pretty old (was built in the 70's from what I gather). In saying that - I'm concerned about the quality of the line that's running through my place. Would this cause problems in stability/speed? I'm I overthinking this?

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Yoinkerman May 17, 2017 07:54 AM Reply | Bookmark
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You're definitely over thinking this

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djbrad May 17, 2017 08:27 AM Reply | Bookmark
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My experience :

House built in 1972, got 80% aluminum wires.

With a TRENDnet TPL-407E2K kit, transfer speed were between 1 to 5 mb/s, very variable, and was ok for streaming SD content, but not enough for most HD files.

However, new kits may get better speed.

Brad

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Greg * NCIX.com May 17, 2017 02:27 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Quote: (djbrad @ May 17 2017, 08:27 AM)

House built in 1972, got 80% aluminum wires.

Aluminum wires, all bets are off with Powerline signal reliability.

Older houses with plaster/wire mesh walls will do a fantastic job of blocking WiFi signals though. Wood panelling or drywall should let WiFi signals pass fairly easily.

My place is a townhouse, built in 1979, all copper wires as far as I've seen. However my office shares a breaker with the doorbell, which I think is causing a fair amount of interference for powerline (which is why I went with an AV2 kit with MIMO). I get about 15Mbps of bandwidth on my main machine, down from 60Mbps at the source. Still better than the 1-5Mbps I was getting via WiFi.

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TheGreatGazoo™ May 17, 2017 02:50 PM Reply | Bookmark
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I have a house built in 2006. When I moved into it 4 years ago I tried to reuse an older 300mbp Trendnet powerline kit to stream from my media server to the media player. It didn't work well and constantly dropped the signal - might have to do with "safety protection" devices built into my electrical panel. Luckily my house was wired with CAT 5E to all the phone jacks in the house (pretty much every room in the house!). So I just changed my obsolete phone ports to Ethernet ports and ran all the wires into a switch. Presto, full-home wired Gigabit. I totally lucked out on that one.

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Greg * NCIX.com May 17, 2017 02:59 PM Reply | Bookmark
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Quote: (TheGreatGazoo™ @ May 17 2017, 02:50 PM)

might have to do with "safety protection" devices built into my electrical panel.

Yup. GFI breakers will kill powerline signal dead. Pretty much no transmission across the breaker barrier.

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Luckily my house was wired with CAT 5E to all the phone jacks in the house (pretty much every room in the house!). So I just changed my obsolete phone ports to Ethernet ports and ran all the wires into a switch. Presto, full-home wired Gigabit. I totally lucked out on that one.

Nice. There's a cutout in my office wall with some sort of phone line connection point, but I don't know if I could use it to fish network cables through the walls. One of these days I'm gonna find my endoscope webcam in storage and take a good look in the walls to see if I can run some useful cables through them (I have phone lines terminating in nearly every room, but it's old CAT3 cable).

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