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So basic problem is, I live with my parents right now. There house is not wired for ethernet and I live in the top floor. A firewall separates the floor with our wireless router from my floor, so I can't just drill my own wire downstairs. So I've been using wireless on my desktop computer with annoying results. My ping to yahoo.com for an entire day is pretty much just this repeated over and over:

 

 

Reply from 209.191.122.70: bytes=32 time=58ms TTL=56
Reply from 209.191.122.70: bytes=32 time=56ms TTL=56
Reply from 209.191.122.70: bytes=32 time=58ms TTL=56
Reply from 209.191.122.70: bytes=32 time=52ms TTL=56
Reply from 209.191.122.70: bytes=32 time=58ms TTL=56
Reply from 209.191.122.70: bytes=32 time=53ms TTL=56
Reply from 209.191.122.70: bytes=32 time=48ms TTL=56
Reply from 209.191.122.70: bytes=32 time=59ms TTL=56
Reply from 209.191.122.70: bytes=32 time=58ms TTL=56
Reply from 209.191.122.70: bytes=32 time=48ms TTL=56
Reply from 209.191.122.70: bytes=32 time=57ms TTL=56
Reply from 209.191.122.70: bytes=32 time=58ms TTL=56
Reply from 209.191.122.70: bytes=32 time=51ms TTL=56
Reply from 209.191.122.70: bytes=32 time=48ms TTL=56
[b]Reply from 209.191.122.70: bytes=32 time=1068ms TTL=56[/b]
Reply from 209.191.122.70: bytes=32 time=55ms TTL=56
Reply from 209.191.122.70: bytes=32 time=67ms TTL=56
Reply from 209.191.122.70: bytes=32 time=60ms TTL=56
Reply from 209.191.122.70: bytes=32 time=59ms TTL=56
Reply from 209.191.122.70: bytes=32 time=51ms TTL=56
Reply from 209.191.122.70: bytes=32 time=49ms TTL=56
Reply from 209.191.122.70: bytes=32 time=54ms TTL=56
Reply from 209.191.122.70: bytes=32 time=54ms TTL=56
Reply from 209.191.122.70: bytes=32 time=66ms TTL=56
Reply from 209.191.122.70: bytes=32 time=49ms TTL=56

 

Sometimes the packets will be dropped. This is awful for gaming because every few minutes my character in say HoN will lag for 1-2 seconds resulting in me failing.

 

One thing I've been thinking about is getting a powerline ethernet adapter, which uses the house's electrical wiring as ethernet. It doesn't have as high bandwith as say ethernet but I hear the latency is fine, which would make my gaming more enjoyable. The other option would be just to hire someone to wire the house for ethernet which sounds like it could be very very costly.

 

Any other ideas, or has anyone had experience with the powerline adapter? My parents have pretty much said no to the idea of running a wire along the wall downstairs (or outside) so that's not an option.

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You can always run cat5 down the side of your house from the outside. It's not too expensive to buy either, you just have to know how to wire it.

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I'll look at the model I got, but I picked up two linksys powerline adapters on clearance from Staples a few months back for like $30 (that's good, they're pretty pricey). They're OK. What I was trying to use them for wouldn't work, because I could only get ~8mbit connection between the two, even though they're rated at 100mbit. From what I've read, results vary greatly depending on what is on your power grid (washing machines, refrigerators, etc...) and if you're going to put both adapters on the same circuit. I was able to get almost the full 100mbit between a couple outlets, but that was in the same room, so kinda lame. I think they're handy to have around, and I just wanted to really see the technology as I think it's amazing.

 

Would I try and use them for gaming? No

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Do you have central air/heat? Do you have wall sockets that aren't used like old telephone lines? Both make for quick installation, and, most importantly your parents will not bitch about wires laying around or tacked here and there to walls and hallway floors.

 

Running cat5 cables yourself is very easy.

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Have you tried plugging into your router, or do you have a computer already plugged into it to see if the packet loss happens then too? It could be the router, modem, or connection having the loss. I would check that first to save some aggravation later.

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If that doesn't work I use this... Little to no lag and it connects wirelessly to my internet that is inside my parents house about 100m away and through a wall, don't know if any type of router can connect to it though since I have the apple airport extreme.

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If that doesn't work I use this... Little to no lag and it connects wirelessly to my internet that is inside my parents house about 100m away and through a wall, don't know if any type of router can connect to it though since I have the apple airport extreme.

Don't see any link.

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My relative's powerline adaptor didn't work well at all. It worked at a crawling speed.

 

The best bet, other than running CAT5, is to get a better wireless router (Best Wireless N you can find) and position it ideally for your connection upstairs.

Get one with upgradable antennae so that if the new wireless N and positioning don't work, you can upgrade the antennae.

2007 article, but still valid: http://blogs.chron.com/techblog/archives/2007/08/got_wifi_range_problems_80211n_is_the_fix.html

 

Another possible solution is to get repeaters and station it midway, say on the stairs.

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My relative's powerline adaptor didn't work well at all. It worked at a crawling speed.

 

The best bet, other than running CAT5, is to get a better wireless router (Best Wireless N you can find) and position it ideally for your connection upstairs.

Get one with upgradable antennae so that if the new wireless N and positioning don't work, you can upgrade the antennae.

2007 article, but still valid: http://blogs.chron.com/techblog/archives/2007/08/got_wifi_range_problems_80211n_is_the_fix.html

 

Another possible solution is to get repeaters and station it midway, say on the stairs.

My powerline adapter is working amazing. Mabye your relative just went with a bad brand? I even have it on the same outlet as a surge protector on both ends. I'm getting about 50 m/s latency versus 60 over wireless and much much more bandwith.

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My powerline adapter is working amazing. Mabye your relative just went with a bad brand? I even have it on the same outlet as a surge protector on both ends. I'm getting about 50 m/s latency versus 60 over wireless and much much more bandwith.

Good to hear that the technology does work. :)

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My powerline adapter is working amazing. Mabye your relative just went with a bad brand? I even have it on the same outlet as a surge protector on both ends. I'm getting about 50 m/s latency versus 60 over wireless and much much more bandwith.

 

Wouldn't go blaming it on the brand. Seen a lot of comparisons of the same units with a very very wide range of results. If it works for you, more power to you.

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