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Need 2 have hard wired conn.already have wireless in home

  1. #11


    Newport News, VA
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    Windows 8.1 64-bit Operating System,x64-based processor


    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    To add. I doubt that you have a 100' between where you use the laptop and other devices and the den. That would be like me going out to the curb on my street and trying to connect to an Access Point in the Alleyway behind my backyard.
    There is 100ft. between the two. I just moved here, and have not set up additional routers/modems yet to have connections all through the home. of course I don't have connection up in the den loft with the one router/modem way in the living room. I do plan on adding additional hardware at a midway point.

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  2. #12


    Newport News, VA
    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1 64-bit Operating System,x64-based processor


    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    You will get better technical support on forums, then you will from someone at a company. It is again how easy it is to pull Ethernet Wiring. Wireless is the best way to go these days. The only thing that will cause you to have limited range is the following: Too many Wifi Access Points on or near the same channel that your A/P is on. Distance from the A/P where you are trying to use it.

    I use Channels 1&5 on the Engenius ECB-350 A/P I have. I can walk 100 yards away from my home and still have connectivity when the windows & doors are open. Once I close the windows and doors. The range decreases down to around 100-150 feet from the A/P.

    Personally I would choose WiFi over wired. One is that you are not tethered to a cable. Two you are free to go anywhere in your home where you want to go. Depending on how large the residence is, along with the placement of the Gateway or A/P. All factors into how well the Signal quality is going to be.

    The last thing that factors in is how good of quality the chipset in the device is. I have seen some devices that are better then others in sensitivity in how they pick up wifi.

    Really though Comcast Cable is not going to help you with anything to do with your personal home network. Especially if it is with the competition.

    I figured out how to do all of this stuff by reading, research and doing. Over 35 years of working with computers from when you had to use a dial-up 300 baud modem to connect to someone else, or to connect to a BBS (Bulletin Board Service, which is basically what today's forums took the place of). To designing and implementing anything from small networks that only had two users, to large scaled networks that had over 500 users plus phone sets.

    My home network is what is considered a Small Business network. Not because of the equipment alone that I use. But because of the number of devices I have on it. I really only have thirteen physical wired devices on it. The other twenty or so devices I have in my home. All use Wifi to connect to the Internet. It is a mix of Wireless-b for a wifi thermostat, to Wireless-G for IP Cameras, and Wireless-N for laptops, tablets, smartphones and a couple of IP cameras.

    My network went from having 24 physical wired devices to now being only needing five Cat-5e Ethernet lines to connect two Access Points, a 5-port switch and a SamKnows "Whitebox" for network monitoring.

    You though are lucky to have Fios. It is still considered cutting edge next to ATT's U-Verse. Along with what DirecTV is doing also with using IPTV with their Clients for the Genie system.

    If you really want to find out how good of signal you are getting and any interfering A/P's around you. Download inSSIDer from metageek.net. Walk around with it running to see what A/P's you can see in various rooms and the signal quality. You should have at least no greater then -65dbm for your Fios Gateway. You want to keep it around -58dbm or lower for better connectivity.

    You also need to keep it on Channel 1&5 if Wireless-N. Along with 40mhz for Channel Bandwidth, so that you can fully use Wireless-N. You never stated the exact manufacturer or model of the Gateway or A/P that Verizon installed, so these are only suggestions.

    Netgear, D-Link, Cisco, TP-Link, Engenius all make plug in units that allow you to expand the Wireless footprint. The units just plug into electrical outlets (do not use a surge strip). One unit is placed where the Router/Gateway is. The Slave units are just plugged in to fill any gaps. The good side is that you are not having to pull any Ethernet wiring.

    Woooooooooow!!!! Ummm Okay.

    b.t.w I was not suggesting calling Comcast for personal help, as I have Verizon FIOS. Comcast is my employer, and I would be reaching out to their remote employee technical support to assist me.
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  3. #13


    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    Even though Comcast is your employer. Or even Verizon as your provider. They are not going to be able to do anything for you. Your boss, IT manager, or even the CSR for Verizon. Would suggest the same things I suggested. Either go out and purchase plug in Wifi Extenders, or get a better Access Point that has better range. Such as the one I am using.

    The other suggestion that they would tell you is to try a different Wifi channel. Or even as simple as placing your gateway up higher on a shelf on the wall.
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  4. #14


    Newport News, VA
    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1 64-bit Operating System,x64-based processor


    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    Even though Comcast is your employer. Or even Verizon as your provider. They are not going to be able to do anything for you. Your boss, IT manager, or even the CSR for Verizon. Would suggest the same things I suggested. Either go out and purchase plug in Wifi Extenders, or get a better Access Point that has better range. Such as the one I am using.

    The other suggestion that they would tell you is to try a different Wifi channel. Or even as simple as placing your gateway up higher on a shelf on the wall.
    WiFi Extender. Thanks!.
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  5. #15

    Question for broe23


    Broe23. Hi. I hope you can help me. I need to be able to work from home but I'm required to have a hard wired connection, either cable or DSL but these are not available in my rural area. I do however have access to Verizon 4g -they are coming to install something on my house next week for signal. My question is, is it possible to make it look like I'm using a hard wired service in order to meet the requirements?
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  6. #16


    Question for broe23

    Broe23. Hi. I hope you can help me. I need to be able to work from home but I'm required to have a hard wired connection, either cable or DSL but these are not available in my rural area. I do however have access to Verizon 4g -they are coming to install something on my house next week for signal. My question is, is it possible to make it look like I'm using a hard wired service in order to meet the requirements?
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