Upgrading my Plusnet Accoun to wirelsee

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by tim....., Aug 26, 2015.

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    Phil W Lee Guest

    That's a good plan if you can get the agreement, and there's enough
    trust between neighbours for the knowledgeable to assist in changing
    the channels used by the less knowledgeable.

    It might even be a plan for there to be a more centralised way of
    allocating channels, like there is for phases on the electricity
    Not that I can see that ever happening though.
    Or use a server or NAS for locally stored files or backups.
    That's fine until a few years time when everyone wants to stream 4K3D,
    or whatever the Next Big Thing in video turns out to be. I've yet to
    see data bandwidth requirements reduce for anything, so if you plan
    for even the fairly short term future, you need to take account of
    rising demands and expectations.
    For me, flood wired ethernet (cat6) is what should be normal NOW, and
    if you want to provide any kind of future proofing, then it needs to
    be trunking. How many years do you give it before even domestic
    networks are moving over to fibre?
    That move started in business networks about 15 years ago - I know
    because I was installing them!
    OK, copper got faster, so the change hasn't even completed in business
    yet, but it'll come, and domestic will follow, once mass use in
    business pushes the costs down.
    Phil W Lee, Aug 28, 2015
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  2. You might get away with a short mains extension, half a metre or a
    metre perhaps, just enough to put the pluggery in a more convenient
    position. A homeplug device will work in such an arrangement, but
    probably a few percent short of its maximum speed. It might still be
    faster and more reliable than wireless.

    Roderick Stewart, Aug 28, 2015
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  3. "Martin Brown" wrote
    BTFON and other parasitic offerings sat on numpties routers. I have
    persuaded neighbours to use a sequential pattern of channels so there is
    a decent distance between all those on the same channel.
    in the middle of hte village were seeing bad congestion issues. Easily
    fixed by changing to a simple pattern of cooperative frequency
    allocation. Or move up to the uncongested 5GHz band which is still
    fairly uncluttered.

    All of which got me to download an analyser App.

    Which were mostly pretty poor, one reported on channels 0-12 some on 1-11,
    one ignored all APs after the first 3.

    However, I see my Technicolor TG582n config only allows channels 1-13.

    Would a better box let me use 14 and avoid 12 competitors ?

    Or would this just result in my discovering my tablets ignore 14 ?
    Michael R N Dolbear, Aug 29, 2015
  4. tim.....

    Martin Brown Guest

    Not legally in this country and modern routers are now typically bonding
    four adjacent channels together into a block which means out of 1
    through 13 you don't have that many choices.
    Anything compliant with UK law would ignore it. There are plenty of
    decent scanners that will show you all local broadcasts and encodings.
    Most will show the channel signal levels graphically or in a table.

    How sensitive it is depends on the Wifi antenna.
    Martin Brown, Aug 29, 2015
  5. That's what comes of living in a built-up area. I can see three SSIDs,
    and two of them are mine.

    OTOH we've now been told fast broadband might not reach here until 2017.
    Once of the last places in Cambs :(

    Vir Campestris, Aug 29, 2015
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    Graham J Guest

    We've been told we will never get it - 6 miles from Thetford ...
    Graham J, Aug 29, 2015
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    John Silver Guest

    When changing to a wireless router how do users connect to their
    Youview box?
    John Silver, Sep 5, 2015
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    Andy Burns Guest

    Wireless routers have wired ethernet ports too ...
    Andy Burns, Sep 5, 2015
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    Martin Brown Guest

    Same way as before - plug an ethernet cable into the back.

    I wish there were more routers with five ports instead of four though.
    Martin Brown, Sep 6, 2015
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    NY Guest

    If routers routinely had five ports we'd be saying " I wish there were more
    routers with six ports instead of five" :)

    Human nature - as with mains sockets, how ever many you have, you always
    want one (or two or three) more.
    NY, Sep 6, 2015
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    newshound Guest

    I was disappointed to receive the double box setup when I went over to
    FTTC, and the Technicolour router doesn't seem to me as friendly as my
    original Netgear box, but TBH it's all working painlessly. I find I have
    to reboot something every couple of months (sometimes the wifi extender
    or my big office switch, sometimes the front end boxes).
    newshound, Sep 10, 2015
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