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Old Dec. 14th, '11, 2:47 pm   #1
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Hey Guys,

I currently have a wireless router that I got 3rd hand about 4 years ago and it goes without saying its a piece of junk not getting the job done.

To give you a breakdown of my setup at home to best give you an idea of the challenge I am facing.... My main router (cable internet input) is in our office, which is on the top floor (third) of our house, north facing, currently with a hard line going to a crappy 60 inch TV there with xbox for online gaming, obviously not the optimal situation. What I have in my basement is where I want my online gaming. There I have a 12 foot HD projector with xbox, but because I cant get a wireless signal down there, its only used for offline gaming and porn. I have been given a few recomendations, but wanted to know what guys on here thought was the best route to go.

Here is one I am leaning towards, its a Powerline router, that runs the signal through your electrical lines. It looks pretty cool, a little more expensive, but looks great.

http://www.staples.ca/ENG/Static/sta...link_powerline

Anyhow, looking forward to any tips you guys can give.

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Ryan
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Old Dec. 14th, '11, 8:44 pm   #2
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I don't know much about the powerline but i do trust D-link. i have one of their routers. Good luck. Also you can save 10 bucks by going to amazon, they have the DHP-307AV for 79.99. I just noticed your in Canada i don't know how that effects the price,



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Old Dec. 14th, '11, 10:47 pm   #3
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I heard they do great but I wouldn't try them, as I'm not sure if it's a 100 % reliable. Maybe read a tons of review before going this way. What you could also do is to buy Access Points or wifi signal repeater so your wifi would reach your basement.

That or move your main router and wiifi stuff down to the basement



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Old Dec. 15th, '11, 8:23 am   #4
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Hey Guys,

Just an update... I have done a pile or research and read reviews and all seem to be overwhelmingly positive. The only big negative review is that they take up a whole plug and you cant use extension cords or power splitters to negate this. Also, it isnt the cheapest option, but from a performance/reliability perspective its getting fantastic reviews. The catalyst for my purchase decision was that everyone keeps praising how easy it is to install/operate.

I plan on buying and installing it this weekend from Staples as they have a 30 day return policy. So if I dont like it, I can get a full return and no harm done.

I will keep you guys updated.

Man Im so excited to play NHL and MW online on the projector.
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Old Dec. 15th, '11, 9:56 am   #5
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I believe SkatingPenguin either has this setup, or a different brand and says it works well using the electrical wiring in the house.

I looked into this when I was having problems maintaining the wireless signal in the basement, however I think I read somewhere that the wiring has to be on a direct circuit. I know for my house I put in a subpanel for the basement, so I was unsure if it would work. My solution was have my electrician friend snake an ethernet cable to the basement for me.



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Old Dec. 15th, '11, 10:45 am   #6
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I believe SkatingPenguin either has this setup, or a different brand and says it works well using the electrical wiring in the house.

I looked into this when I was having problems maintaining the wireless signal in the basement, however I think I read somewhere that the wiring has to be on a direct circuit. I know for my house I put in a subpanel for the basement, so I was unsure if it would work. My solution was have my electrician friend snake an ethernet cable to the basement for me.
That's what I would recommend, if you know somebody who is capable of handling that just have them snake a cable down. I typically try to avoid gaming on wireless, especially NHL because of how small an interruption it takes to d/c you from the EA servers.
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Old Dec. 20th, '11, 6:15 pm   #7
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Just to update, I bought the powerline unit and a wireless extender and it works like a charm. I would recommend it to anyone. Easy as hell to setup, took like 20 mins.
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Old Dec. 22nd, '11, 3:01 pm   #8
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I have the dlink power line and it's awesome. Third floor router and xbox in the basement. Always buy this from a place you can return as I'm not sure if it needs the same circuit
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