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Need techie consultant for home wireless +++

Post by queenie71 » Mon, 16 Nov 2009 4:08 pm

will be moving over soon and want to have our place set up as asap.

We will live in multi storey townhouse and want wireless internet everywhere.
Also wireless printer.
thinking of setting up tv with "box" linking up to UK BBC ....

I would normally do the router myself but depends whether I need boosters etc.

where would I get someone to do this?

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Post by durain » Mon, 16 Nov 2009 8:25 pm

depending how big your mansion is, a good wireless router with 11G should be enough, else you will have to go 11N. you will need 11N on the host in order to enjoy 11N on the router.

you can also look for wireless router that enable you to "distribute" or bridge/booster/repeater wireless signal to another router, therefore expanding your wireless footprint. i use draytek vigor router and their version is called WDS. i dont think there is a standard so you will need to get the same brand for them to be supported.

you can get high gain aerial which will imporve your wireless signal. or have a look at ethernet network over mains (powerline) for those hard to reach wireless signal.

for the "box" to watch UK TV, you will need a someone in the UK with broadband to host a slingbox.

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Post by ksl » Tue, 17 Nov 2009 2:18 am

I get UK TV on starbox, probably recorded channels

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Post by Strong Eagle » Tue, 17 Nov 2009 9:40 am

You can buy the stuff you need at Challenger. If your printer isn't already networked there is a box to permit it to be networked. You can buy a router and a booster or I think your router can be set as a booster.

Your prime problem will be distance through concrete floors and walls. I'd install your router at its intended location and do a strength map with your laptop... you'll probably find that going through the floor and a wall or two kills the signal.

The booster doesn't pick up the signal any better than your laptop, therefore the idea is to place the booster in a location where it still receives a strong signal. For example, you could place it at the bottom of a stairwell where it 'sees' the router cleanly while you sit in the living room through another concrete wall.

Having your router more centrally located usually helps. I use an upstairs/downstairs setup at my house.

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Post by Deetz » Tue, 17 Nov 2009 12:53 pm

When my current place had a Singtel tech out he mentioned that the government here restricts the strength/power of wireless router signals here much lower than they could operate at.

When I pointed out where my room was he really didn't think the signal would reach but it did just fine.

If you are a serious nerd look into a device that you can put this on http://openwrt.org/ or Tomato or any of that stuff

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Re: Need techie consultant for home wireless +++

Post by bfg100k » Mon, 23 Nov 2009 3:22 pm

queenie71 wrote:will be moving over soon and want to have our place set up as asap.

We will live in multi storey townhouse and want wireless internet everywhere.
Also wireless printer.
thinking of setting up tv with "box" linking up to UK BBC ....

I would normally do the router myself but depends whether I need boosters etc.

where would I get someone to do this?
Hi there, I live in the same type of housing as you (mine is 4 storeys btw) and I have setup my house to include the following features:

1) wireless access everywhere (including patio + a small area of the pool!)
2) wireless printing/scanning/faxing
3) central storage of owned digital content (i.e. movies, music albums, family pictures/videos, recorded TV programs, documents) and PC backups accessible 24/7
4) wireless networked music players (plays local and internet music) that even my 4 yr old can operate
5) wired networked multi-media players (i.e. can play local or internet based digital media + games) connected to TVs and Sound systems around the house
6) PC-based DVR that offers electronic program guides (say goodbye to using the clumsy remote for inputing recording schedules!), recording to virtually unlimited storage, streaming recorded TV programs to other TVs around the house (or even across the internet)
7) video conferencing in the living room (great for those whole family VC moments!)
8) VPN gateway for access to my files, printers and programs (like scheduling a TV recording) when I'm out on the road/overseas

Most info on my setup can be found on my blog at http://bfg100k.blogspot.com/search/labe ... %20Project. I am also available for consultation or even help you implement the whole (or partial) solution for a small fee (to cover my time + kopi lah!). Contact me at bfg100k _at_ gmail _dot_ com if interested.

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Post by road.not.taken » Mon, 23 Nov 2009 7:23 pm

I have a great guy. He's not cheap but he's fantastic. PM me if you want his details.

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Post by Strong Eagle » Mon, 23 Nov 2009 8:13 pm

You would probably be better off going with 2 or 3 wired access points assuming you can find a place to run the cables.

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Post by x9200 » Mon, 23 Nov 2009 9:10 pm

Strong Eagle wrote:You would probably be better off going with 2 or 3 wired access points assuming you can find a place to run the cables.
Homeplug could be the answer.

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Post by queenie71 » Thu, 26 Nov 2009 12:59 pm

yes homeplug is what I use now but really want less cables everywhere - drive me mad!!!!

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Post by Strong Eagle » Thu, 26 Nov 2009 4:25 pm

queenie71 wrote:yes homeplug is what I use now but really want less cables everywhere - drive me mad!!!!
Multiple wired access point is generally preferable but if your network usage is not high, then repeaters will work. Just note that repeaters at least double wireless network traffic.

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