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Extending wifi from the wifi/router through an ethernet cable into what?

I would like to use wifi in the cellar but can’t pick up a signal. However I have an Ethernet cable that goes from my wifi router in the living room to the cellar (next to a plug socket). I’m not sure what type of device I need to plug the Ethernet cable into to give me a wifi network downstairs. [more inside]
posted by guy72277 on Sep 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Why does my wireless router keep dropping connectivity?

My Linksys WRT54G router keeps losing internet connectivity, even though the wireless seems to be fine. Halp? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Aug 12, 2014 - 12 answers

What's better? More WiFi networks or fewer?

Devices share bandwidth on a network. WiFi networks compete for bandwidth with each other. Is it better from a user/performance perspective to have multiple networks and spread the devices out among them, or a single network with all devices using it? [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule on Aug 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Extending an Aiport Express wireless network

So I have two Apple Express routers, one 1st generation, the other a 2nd generation. The new one is hooked up directly to the cable modem downstairs. I'd like to use the older one to extend the network to the upstairs and back of the house, where coverage seems spotty. But the older 1st generation router doesn't seem to extend the network. It can only join thr original network. When I try to use it to extend the network, the router light goes from green to yellow or flashing yellow. Repeated restarts of this 1st gen router, forgetting the device, resetting default settings and re-configuring don't change the inability to extend the network. Any suggestions on how to get a 1st gen Apple Express router to extend the network generated by a 2nd Gen Apple Express router?
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jul 30, 2014 - 4 answers

Connecting Phillips Hue lights without an internet connected router

I'm currently setting up for my wedding reception tonight, and we'd planned to use our Philips Hue bulbs for lighting. We brought our router, hub, and lights, but the venue only has wifi, and it looks like the router needs an internet connection to have everything working. HALP. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by a box and a stick and a string and a bear on Jul 26, 2014 - 2 answers

Is there a 3G/4G wireless router that takes multiple SIM cards/dongles?

I'm based in the UK and will be spending a week somewhere that has no broadband. The reception on most networks seems to be changeable though it's strongest on Vodafone. Is there a 3G/4G wireless router that can take multiple SIM cards or dongles so that I can connect together more than one network and thus maximise my chances of getting connectivity?
posted by skylar on Jul 5, 2014 - 4 answers

Read cable modem status through router?

Is there a wireless router that can tunnel http to 192.168.100.1 so I can read my cable modem's Signal and Log pages? [more inside]
posted by morganw on Jun 29, 2014 - 7 answers

Strange problems with my router

My router is playing up, throttling my speeds unpredictably. I don't know where to start and the ISP quite rightly say it's my issue not theirs. Details... [more inside]
posted by wilful on Jun 25, 2014 - 13 answers

International routing...

I'm looking to purchase a router in the U.S. that will work in Russia. What do I need to buy? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Jun 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Router forgetting about my Chromecast

I am a Verizon FiOS customer, using the provided Actiontec modem/router. The wireless is working acceptably well with phones, tablets and laptop, but two devices appear to keep falling off of the network: a Chromecast and a wireless printer (Brother 2270dw). Restarting the printer or Chromecast gets them back on the network immediately, and they work fine for a while, then it seems like the router "forgets" about them again. [more inside]
posted by dforemsky on May 21, 2014 - 2 answers

Calling network engineers: help me understand latency and packet loss

I’m trying to be more pro-active with regard to monitoring the network at my workplace, addressing any issues that might arise, and answering that ever-present question: “My computer is so slow today! Is the problem on our end, or on their end?” [more inside]
posted by alex1965 on May 19, 2014 - 4 answers

Turning a repeater back into a router?

So I am thinking about setting up my Linksys E3200 router as a wireless repeater to extend the range of my home wifi connection, since I'm chained to Comcast's abysmal modem/router combo until September. Once I have turned the router into a repeater, will I be able to turn it back into a regular router? [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes on May 4, 2014 - 2 answers

Can I use an old CallVantage VoIP router on Vonage?

I have Vonage. I want to know if I can replace a broken VoIP router with an older VoIP router I used when I had CallVantage and if it will work, even as a temporary solution. [more inside]
posted by tckma on May 2, 2014 - 2 answers

How can I convince my VoIP router (PAP2T) to connect?

I'm trying to get my VoIP at home (through a PAP2T, working perfectly until now) working with a new router (Linksys DIR-825), and having no luck past a certain point. My provider's support service isn't very supportive. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Apr 26, 2014 - 9 answers

I'm having weird home networking problems, and I need help.

My wireless connections aren't cooperating, but a wired connection to the wireless router is working. Help, por favor. [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Apr 12, 2014 - 12 answers

Replacing a Verizon FIOS wireless router

A friend told me that I should ditch the FIOS router Verizon gave me a few years ago and buy an off-the-shelf router for better results. Has anyone had any luck doing this? I've searched the internet and I'm not able to find any specific details on what routers one would buy to do this.
posted by photoslob on Mar 3, 2014 - 5 answers

How can I boost the signal in my room cheaply?

I need to boost the WiFi in my room (I think). What device can I buy for cheap that will do this, even when the router is next door and inaccessible? [more inside]
posted by K.P. on Feb 23, 2014 - 10 answers

Streaming Netflix abroad?

My family and I are going to be out of the country for the next month, and we'd really like to watch the new season of House of Cards when it premiers on Valentines day. Does anybody have any advice on how to do this? Right now, I'm planning to get a TP-LINK TL-MR3020 router, install OpenWRT (and OpenVPN?) on it to configure it to access a States-side VPN, and stream Netflix to a Chromecast in our hotel room. Will this work? [more inside]
posted by jacob on Jan 28, 2014 - 10 answers

O Roku, where art thou?

Okay, we just bought a new wireless router. Our two smartphones are wifi connected. So are two different computers plus two Nooks. The only thing that refuses to connect is our Roku box. The ONLY thing we use to watch TV. This is Not Good. Roku support was worse than useless. Hive mind, we turn to you. GO! [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies on Jan 25, 2014 - 13 answers

Please help me find a decent router. LinkSys and Comcast is a nightmare.

Hi everyone, For the past 5 years I've used LinkSys BEFSR41 (version 4) router and generally haven't had too many issues but for the past 6 months its been pretty hellish as I have intermittent dropped connection and LinkSys says that this model is no longer supported and has no active firmware upgrades. My household has 3 computers hard-wired and connect at all times. One of them is hooked up to online tv streaming so you could say the internet is always 'on' here. [more inside]
posted by bostonhill on Jan 14, 2014 - 13 answers

Comcast modem/router upgrade - asking for trouble?

After an internet outage (now resolved) Comcast customer service recommended that we update our 8 year old cable modem (Thompson DCM-425) to a new wireless router/modem combo. I'm trying to figure out if this will really be an upgrade or more of a "well the wireless would be faster, if it were still working" sort of situation? [more inside]
posted by mercredi on Nov 26, 2013 - 10 answers

Do I need a new wireless router?

Comcast internet accessed via a Motorola modem, which Comcast assures me is performing well, even though it's older. I have a D-Link DGL 4300 router behind that, which supplies the house network (desktop, Tivo and drops for laptop setup throughout the house). The router is probably 7-8 years old. [more inside]
posted by Pantengliopoli on Nov 10, 2013 - 10 answers

How to get three different routers into one cohesive network?

I have three different wireless routers on my home network, and they are not inter-operating well... [more inside]
posted by Fidel Cashflow on Oct 24, 2013 - 6 answers

internet problem/yellow exclamation mark/DNS pickle/woe is me

After a recent change in routers by my service provider it's taking a depressingly long amount of time to connect to the internet. I need a fix explained to me like I'm your grandmother's less computer savvy friend. Details henceforth. [more inside]
posted by hugandpint on Oct 11, 2013 - 4 answers

Buying a WiFi Router

Help me find an online tool for selecting a wifi router, or at least help me find reliable reviews or a buying guide. [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Oct 9, 2013 - 5 answers

Netgear genie, I despise you

I'm staying in a house with Wi-Fi and the connections look fine, but I can't get past a Netgear genie page, apparently for a WN2500RP -- on an aging PC running XP or an iPad2. Exactly the same thing happens with both machines. I get to a screen with five large-ish vertically stacked tabs on the left: 1 Select Network 2 Apply Security 3 Configure Extender 4 Finalize Settings 5 Review Settings. On both machines, the "Review Settings" tab is highlighted, but it and everything else on the page cannot be clicked/tapped/etc. on. It looks like there's supposed to be information to the right of the tabs, on the bulk of the screen, but it's blank. I've tried refreshing, just loading another page, etc., etc., etc., etc. I'm flummoxed. Huge thanks for any help anyone can provide.
posted by ambient2 on Oct 6, 2013 - 1 answer

android hotspot filtering and blocking

I want to be able to treat my android wifi hotspot like a router and moderate the content that I can access through it. Is there something like a hosts file I can use? I want to block distracting websites. [more inside]
posted by titanium_geek on Oct 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Feel free to take anything you want from me. Ok... maybe not so much.

Why is my DSL connection getting clogged by Bittorrent even after closing it? [more inside]
posted by Fermin on Sep 27, 2013 - 15 answers

Please direct me to the appropriate boxes.

I finally caved and got cable and internet from Comcast (Xfinity). I now need to get a wireless router and modem. I have the Performance level of internet from them. According to Comcase I need DOCSIS 3 modem. They have a list of devices they support, but only one is a modem/wifi router combo. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Sep 12, 2013 - 11 answers

Since moving to Kansas City to get Google Fiber is not an option

What DSL modem should I buy? [more inside]
posted by VTX on Aug 28, 2013 - 4 answers

Wifi emergency. Not my router, password too short for Apple devices D-:

Any hacks to force an Apple device to accept a 7-character wifi password? [more inside]
posted by Opal on Aug 28, 2013 - 8 answers

DNS vs. DDNS?

I recently sent my father (who lives in the Middle East) a Roku as a gift. Thing is, Rokus don't have any advanced networking options and we need to change his DNS in order to watch the programming he desires. The shitty modem/router that his ISP provides does not allow for changes to the DNS. It does, however, allow you to put in DDNS settings (screen shot here). Would altering the DDNS settings override the DNS settings in the router? While changing ones DNS to appear like they're in the US is easy, I have no idea what, if anything, should go in the boxes on the DDNS page of his router. Thanks.
posted by gman on Jul 18, 2013 - 12 answers

New Router - What (else) can I do with it?

So I've upgraded my router recently (old one was 10+ years old). I also have a nice Samsung Smart TV, and a Macbook Pro laptop. I use the router simply for wireless internet on the laptop, and some basic apps on the smartTV. What else can I do? [more inside]
posted by hydra77 on Jun 29, 2013 - 5 answers

Router needed but...

Wife has trouble getting wi fi on cell in bedroom and router/modem downstairs...Router is pretty old and not I think a good one. Would like one that I simply take the two wires from old and put into new, strong one. No messing with it beyond that...is this possible and what should I get ? [more inside]
posted by Postroad on Jun 20, 2013 - 13 answers

What wireless router do you recommend?

If you had to buy a wireless router, which one would you buy? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Jun 10, 2013 - 29 answers

Is there a low-power, low-cost computer with a PCI-e 2.0 x8 slot?

I would like to build a new router for my home network. It won't generally need to do a lot of work, but I do need it to have a PCI-e 2.0 x8 (or higher) slot to accommodate a QDR InfiniBand adapter. Beyond this requirement, my next-highest-priority goal is that this machine not consume a lot of electricity when idle or mostly idle. A low purchase price would be nice, too. I plan to build this machine from parts (motherboard, CPU, etc), although if the cost is low enough, a pre-manufactured system would be fine too. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!
posted by Juffo-Wup on Jun 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Router noob in need of help

Help me make my wireless router work with my XP PC [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jun 6, 2013 - 6 answers

How to move a computer onto a switch and keep the IP address?

I have a Mac Pro set to DHCP manual assign and a certain IP address that cannot change. I also have a printer plugged into a certain network jack; IP address less important. I am moving the physical location of the Mac Pro near this printer and the printer's network jack is the only one available. I'll have to plug both of these machines into the same network jack via switch/router. What switch/router is the right one to buy in 2013 (bonus if I can find it at Best Buy) and what the right way to set this up so the Mac Pro is still reachable at the same IP address on the network?
posted by michaelh on Apr 27, 2013 - 12 answers

Why is my wireless router so slow, and how can I make it faster?

My Wi-Fi is slow, and it seems to be the fault of the router. How can I make it faster? Barring that, is there a better router I could buy? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog on Apr 12, 2013 - 22 answers

Intranet only Wi-Fi router? I want to make one.

I want to use a captive portal, limiting the connectee to only the website I put on the router. No internet access nor is it being connected to my internet. [more inside]
posted by usermac on Apr 11, 2013 - 2 answers

How can I improve the wireless network signal in my large house?

I just moved into a large house where my Netgear router does not provide a strong wireless signal to the whole house. I tried buying a repeater but despite being a programmer, I am lousy with hardware and am not really grasping how to set it up, or whether it's even the right answer. Help! [more inside]
posted by freecellwizard on Apr 2, 2013 - 12 answers

I'd like to buy 6 months of unlimited Internet in England.

I'm moving house next weekend and new place does not have WiFi. It's a six month lease and I'll probably be moving out of the country after that. I use a lot of internet (streaming music, downloading podcasts, films, sending large files, using cloud services, etc.) and so I need something unlimited or pretty near it. Everything I'm seeing online so far is either too much £ for too little internet (£20 for 2GB per month, seriously??) or too much commitment (12-18 month contracts for phone, broadband and TV). I only need internet. What are my options, if any? Thanks!
posted by iamkimiam on Mar 9, 2013 - 11 answers

What should I do: Ext. Hard Drives, Media Servers, NAS, etc.

Please talk to me like I'm stupid. I have a bunch of video files (~5TB...so far) hanging out on a bunch of external hard drives. Right now I just take turns plugging them into whichever laptop I'm going to use to watch the videos. I'd like something a little more convenient and easily accessible from multiple rooms in my small apartment, but I'm not awesome at setting up networky things (I've never successfully gotten two different laptops in my apartment to even "see" each other over the wireless router). What should I do? [more inside]
posted by aswego on Mar 4, 2013 - 9 answers

In search of a lasting wireless network solution

After wasting two different off-days trying to get my damnable modem+router working, I want to return them both and get something entirely new. Any good recommendations for a solid, reliable DSL modem and wireless router set-up with decent NAS support? [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Mar 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Help fix my hotel wireless

Can't get my hotel wireless to work on my MPB running Mountain Lion. Help! [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue on Mar 1, 2013 - 13 answers

Windows 7 and the unseen wireless router

I've been blessed with the task of finding out why my father's windows 7 laptop can't connect to his new Virgin Media Broadband router. The laptop can't find the router, and I can't find a fix... [more inside]
posted by Inner Universe on Feb 16, 2013 - 4 answers

Please help me diagnose my wifi problems

I'm having problems with my home wifi network. I'm seeing sporadic periods (a couple of hours a day) where websites load slowly, partially, or not at all. How can I diagnose this problem? Are there router settings to try setting differently? Should I just get a new router? [more inside]
posted by ottereroticist on Feb 8, 2013 - 9 answers

Internet, you're being weird. Stop it.

Trying to set up a new wireless network and running into all kinds of strange problems. Connections dropped every few hours! Some machines work, some don't! Can connect to internet, can't connect to router! DOGS AND CATS LIVING TOGETHER (literally). Please help. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Feb 7, 2013 - 10 answers

New modem or new router?

I have a Zhone wifi router/modem which I purchased from my ISP. It drops connection occasionally but regularly (a couple-few times a month) which can be fixed only by restarting the modem which is sort of a pain. Googling around suggests that my modem is a crappy router. Is it better to purchase a different router/modem or just to buy a wifi router and turn off wifi on the modem or to buy the wifi router and to run the modem in bridge mode (I have access to the web UI)? If one of the latter two, what is the current first choice for routers?
posted by jeather on Jan 16, 2013 - 6 answers

WIFI networking: two routers on the same network

Hi, I am trying to set up a surplus router as a NAS and torrent appliance, to integrate into an existing network. The setup will use two routers, one to provide network and internet to everyone, the other will use TomatoUSB and will be dedicated to torrenting. [more inside]
posted by Mokusatsu on Jan 13, 2013 - 7 answers

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