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Bad wifi upstairs

Discussion in 'Networking' started by pazoruk, Jan 15, 2020 at 9:26 AM.

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  1. pazoruk

    pazoruk Thread Starter

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    Hello all,
    I have really bad wifi upstairs but I do have a PC with wired ethernet also upstairs. I was thinking is there a dongle etc I could purchase to turn my PC into a hotspot allowing other devices to connect by wifi and use my PC's connectivity.
    My PC is running windows 10 and has no wifi card etc built-in.
     
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  2. TerryNet

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    Yes, you could get a USB wireless adapter or, if you have a spare slot, a PCI or PCIe wireless card. It's a neat solution for occasional use but gets old pretty fast for frequent use. Better would be to get a wireless access point since you already have the ethernet available.
     
  3. pazoruk

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    Thanks for the info :) When you say USB wireless adaptor when I google this obviously it finds loads and they seem to be to make my PC connect to a wireless network, will they also work the other way and pump a wifi signal out or is there a specific thing I need to google.
     
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    You have Windows 10 ; I cannot make any prediction about how that version will work.
     
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    A Range Extender is a bad idea when you have a better option (Wireless Access Point connected by ethernet).
     
  7. pazoruk

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    Hello, How would I use a Wireless access point, As ive mentioned I have a PC upstairs with a Ethernet cable running up the stairs and into the PC. When I've looked for a Wireless access point they seem to have only one Ethernet input and no outputs, If I plug the cable upstairs into this what would I plug into my PC to allow internet? I would have wonderful wireless upstairs but I'm confused how I would content the PC to the network.
     
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    If no WAPs also have ethernet ports then you can get a small ethernet switch (example) to connect multiple devices to the ethernet cable coming upstairs. Note that in spite of what that description for the example given says it is not an ethernet splitter; it is an ethernet switch.
     
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