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Cheap source for network cable?
« on: December 07, 2007, 05:34:33 PM »
Ok, I've had it.  I cannot handle my crappy wireless network reception anymore!  >:(  I have a wireless router upstairs and a computer and Xbox downstairs.  Reception is horrible from my router and it's really starting to bug me.  Anyone know a source for cheap network cable, probably need 75-100ft?  Best I've found so far is a RadioShack online-only deal of $30 for 100ft.

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Rick
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Re: Cheap source for network cable?
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2007, 05:46:42 PM »
home depot or lowes normally carry large spools of it.

for the price you are looking at paying for the cable, and the headache of installing it, I'd look for a wireless router with better range.
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Re: Cheap source for network cable?
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2007, 05:46:42 PM »

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Re: Cheap source for network cable?
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2007, 05:57:49 PM »
I'll give you a couple hundred feet for nothing, but agree with Andrew wrt your router.

I'm near Lafayette if you want the cable.  Quality stuff.
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Re: Cheap source for network cable?
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2007, 06:12:28 PM »
You guys think I can get a wireless router with better range for $30?  Examples?

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Rick
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Re: Cheap source for network cable?
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2007, 06:25:42 PM »
oops sorry, re-reading looks like that last one isnt a router (looked like one) but might add some range from the computer side.

one other thought  can you plug in the router downstairs near the x-box and where you use this computer.  then if an upstairs computer needs access, try using a usb 802.11 adapter if it doesnt have a wireless card?
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Re: Cheap source for network cable?
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2007, 07:04:17 PM »
I just ran across this:

http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=202592933

$18 AR today only.  It has three antennas - must be good.  :)

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Re: Cheap source for network cable?
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2007, 04:00:55 AM »
Well, right now I have Comcast cable with a RCS modem linked to a Linksys 2.4GHz wireless-B broadband router.  I have it wired directly to my main home computer and to my work computer (which cannot use wirelss) and then a computer (my wifes) and my Xbox downstairs use USB wireless antennas.  I would say more then 60% of the time there is a weak signal and while it's usually fine for the surfing my wife does, when I use her machine it's really slow.  The Xbox connection is so slow that playing online is almost a joke, not that I do it that often, but when I want to play it's not much fun.

Anyway, I'll check out the boosted antennas and see what's up.  If I can boost the signal consistently and get better reception that might be the way to go.  If not, I'll go with the hardwired cable route.

Thanks for the help guys!

Rick
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Re: Cheap source for network cable?
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2007, 12:45:15 PM »
I don't know if you need to boost the signal so much as fix whatever is wrong.
covering a house is pretty easy if there is no interference, assuming you don't have a panic room or an elevator or something in the way.

You might have a bad wireless router, or some ductwork right in the signal's path or something.  Try moving the router, try different channels, and maybe see how far you can go in good line of sight (back yard maybe) to see if perhaps you just have a weak signal from the router at the get-go.

Are there any other wireless networks or phone systems you might be competing with?
If so be sure to try the other channels.
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Re: Cheap source for network cable?
« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2007, 01:15:40 PM »
At any given time there are 10-12 other wireless signals that we can pick up on the downstairs computer.  We live in an urban-designed townhouse community, which basically translates into three-storry narrow townhouses packed tightly together.  I am sure there is a ton of ducting/plumbing in the floor between the router and downstairs computer.  I'm using a 128-bit WEP key.  I'll try some other channels and see if that might help. 

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Rick
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Re: Cheap source for network cable?
« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2007, 02:05:33 PM »
Went to CompUSA over the weekend and picked up a set of their antennas.  Figured that was a quick and easy solution to try.  I now have 4 of 5 bars on the signal strength on the downstairs machinces and my wife said she has noticed quicker response when she checks her email.  So, we'll see how it goes.  Thanks for all the help guys!

Rick

PS: Did you know that at the end of this month all CompUSA stores are closing?  When I asked about returning the antennas if they didn't work they mentioned that CompUSA was sold and they are closing all their stores on Dec 31.
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Re: Cheap source for network cable?
« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2007, 03:18:58 PM »
Good, it's better to work with your signal than to try bombing everything with more RF.  Also the channels need some elbow room so if it's crowded you might have lots of interference and range is greatly affected.  Try to use a channel, if possible, that does not have anything adjacent to it for better performance.  The only channels that can coexist without overlap are 1, 6 and 11 so odds are you are overlapping a bit.  Try to pick a channel that's as isolated as possible.

For more of the blah blah blah, see here:
http://www.wi-fiplanet.com/tutorials/article.php/972261

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Re: Cheap source for network cable?
« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2007, 05:35:31 PM »
Thanks for the tips.  I'm using channel 6 now with good results.  I'm fairly certain that it's more related to the construction of my house and the placement of my router in relation to the downstairs devices.  But, I didn't know they made add on signal boosters and I was getting pretty tired of running upstairs to reset the router everytime it didn't work.  Things have been much better the last couple days without a single reset needed.

Rick
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