We recently upgraded to the 50 Mbps/25 Mbps fios internet plan. We were on a slower plan but basically are paying the same amount for faster speed. i was curious if anyone had any advice or suggestions in order to get the most out of our connection. I have been looking into two options - either getting one of the cable/internet adapters to run the internet connection thru the coaxial cables that already exist in the house OR upgrade all of the existing wireless connections in the house. One possible issue is that our tv service is from directv and our internet is from fios. Therefore, the cables that run to the TV s are not connected to the cable that connects to the fios.
Here is our current configuration including adapters/routers.
MI424wr FIOS actiontec router gen2 hardware E
- wired connection to desktop
- wireless connection - WEP b/g
- there is a wired coaxial cable in the wall for TV and another for the FIOS right behind the router
rangemax duo wireless router WNDR3300
- bridge - b/g/n
- cat5 to TV
- cat5 to HD DVR (I set up my own home dvr network but we never use it so this is not a concern)
- cat5 to sony blu ray player
old xbox arcare with mn740 wireless adapter
panasonic TV with wireless adapter
TY-WL20U - b/g/N
ps3 stock wireless connection
bedroom wcrgn airstation
- bridge - b/g/n
-cat5 to dvr (again not used for home dvr network)
phones over wifi
laptop with intel wifi 1000 bgn - b/g/n
So it looks to me like the two options would be:
1. upgrade to wireless N
a. would have to upgrade the xbox connection
b. would have to get a b/g/n router that I would connect to the actiontec router by cat5 as described here
- issues with this solution -
- $80 new or so for the xbox wireless N adapter
- ? on strength of connection to the xbox - thru a floor and 25 feet away or so
- ok if I have to buy another N router - would have to look for cost
- will I see any speed improvement with wireless N
- any other issues you see?
2. My other thought was to buy the coaxial adapter. Since the coaxial cable that feeds the FIOS is different from the coaxial cables feeding the TV by the xbox, I would have to get two of the directv adapters -one to plug into the actiontec and one to accept the directv coaxial near the xbox/tv - this is correct right? OR would it be a FIOS adapter since that is what is sending the signal for internet or would it be a directv adapter since that is what signal is already on the coaxial cable? I would think FIOS which would be this
and I would need 2.
-issues with this solution-
-I would need 2 as i am most concerned about the xbox connection more than anything else
-if I want other devices connected I would have to buy more
-seems more expensive
-also, if the directv adapter is the one needed we may switch away from dtv in the summer of 2013
3. Powerline is not an option as we are running phone over a powerline adapter.
Any help would be appreciated. The more I think about it, the more I think option #1 would be the best option if I will see speed improvement. I came up with the upgrading idea since family wants gift ideas
if I can provide any more information please let me know. I am somewhat tech savy so I hope I provided all the information needed.
also, if you suggest one solution over another and have a router other hardware in mind that you like feel free to let me know!
i just realized this may belong in the wireless not the wired forum but I was thinking of the wired adapter solution. Please move if you feel it is better served there