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Re: [Northeast] Best Set Up for maximizing Internet coverage
Looks like you have received good advice so far. Here is my experience.
-Wireless would not penetrate the walls because of the wire mesh in the plaster. Repeaters helped some but not very much.
-First I tried MOCA but the devices can be expensive, there are limits, and the bandwidth is shared among all units
-I next tried power line. It worked well. But, again the bandwidth is shared. Also, my house has four power legs coming in and the signal could get across some but not all. I had an electrician bind them all together (using a device from SmartHome). this helped some. But, I still could not use my SiliconDust 6CC everywhere.
-I finally had a guy come in and run Cat 6 to every room. I think I found him on ServiceMagic. He ran all the wires to a closet in my basement. Originally he was going to charge me $150 a drop but reduced to to $125. I provided the materials. Each drop has 2 or 4 cables. I bought an HP 48 Port GB switch from Overstock. My Actiontec (Rev A) is plugged into it. I then bought a few cheap LinkSys/Cisco routers and flashed them all with DD-WRT. This let me boost the signal and I have coverage wherever I need it. I wish Verizon/ActionTec would switch to DD-WRT.
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In this house, I use the actiontec wired to the ont to serve the stb and main gateway for the house. In the basement I have an Apple Airport Extreme and in our bedroom on the 3rd/top floor another air port extreme, The airports are in non router mode, and each have a wifi network of the same name, I'm not extending jut both talk to each other and pass off the network easily. We have full house coverage and can even walk a house away and still get coverage at the bus stop.