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 Post subject: Internet/Wifi Issues
PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2014 2:35 pm 
Little Foot
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I currently have AT&T as my home internet service. The initial setup was rather poor, as the actual wireless router was set up in the corner of our house, away from all the computers needing wifi. As such, the internet has been truly awful. If more than one device (or usually even just one) are connected to the network, the internet slows to a crawl. I think it's the wifi's fault, not the actual connection. Are there any easy ways to run connections around the house? Can I call AT&T and complain about their bad install? Thanks for the help!


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 Post subject: Re: Internet/Wifi Issues
PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:52 am 
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If the modem has and RJ45 "out" port in the back you can connect a router to, buy one and do it, connect all your pcs via wire....much faster speed. Maybe you can get ATT to do it for free. Just complain like crazy!

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 Post subject: Re: Internet/Wifi Issues
PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 6:55 am 
Thunderbird
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1. Location was presumably your choice. Centered in the home and up high is usually preferred since distance and objects passed through attenuate signals.

2. Wifi transmitters eventually degrade and fail. They should be replaced every few years. [It could also be your laptop's wifi transmitter/receiver failing if you only have a single wifi device.]

3. Wifi has improved significantly.

4. If you lease the box (unwi$e) make them give you a new one. If not, replace it with a wifi box that can clone the old one's MAC address and swap it out. Cheap ones....

5) Fairly easy to run Ethernet cable around a house if you are handy. Fastest connections. Secure. But attached to a wire.


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 Post subject: Re: Internet/Wifi Issues
PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2014 7:20 am 
Smithfield
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FascistNation wrote:
2. Wifi transmitters eventually degrade and fail. They should be replaced every few years. [It could also be your laptop's wifi transmitter/receiver failing if you only have a single wifi device.]

No, they don't.

Look at your microwave, it's a high powered 2.4GHz radio frequency transmitter. Basically the same thing as a Wi-Fi signal boosted up to ungodly levels. Do you have to replace it every few years because it eventually degrades and fails? No. And if you do, your microwave sucked to begin with.

However, components do age over time and environmental factors can also contribute to degraded signals. But if the former is causing failure at such a short timespan, then again, it probably sucked to begin with.


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