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Windows 7: Connect router wirelessly to main router

16 Feb 2014   #11
spongebot64

Windows 7 SP1 64-bit
 
 

Yeah, I think I'll get a powerline adapter. Now should I get a 500Mbps one, or would 200Mbps do?


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16 Feb 2014   #12
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

That's your call spongebot... it depends on the service plan you have with your provider. If you have a screaming connection, then go with the high end powerline. If you have a lower tier plan, go with the low end powerline.


It's mega bits, not mega bytes right?
So divide by 8 (500 Mb = 62 MB) add in some transmisson overhead (~10% takes you down to ~56 MB) and that's with optimal settings - real world results will be lower. How much lower depends on a number of factors.

As an example, I have two devices, a laptop and a tablet. They both have N wireless cards and both "talk" to the same router. The laptop gets 26-72 Mbps and the tablet gets a consistent 150 Mbps. Big difference! I mention this only becasue I can't figure out the numbers on my laptop - other than it's a crappy card. I've set, reset, upgraded, updated, reset.... those exercises were over about 6 months to a year and I did get a good improvement, but still not the rated speeds.

I guess what I'm saying is talk with the tech people in the store, get the best piece of equipment for the lowest price (not the lowest price equipment though). Sales people will sell you anything - the technical people work with it.

I'm sorry that I can't recommend a brand or model, I can tell you that my neighbor had Monster powerline adapters.

You'll still need ethernet cables from your PC to one powerline adaper and another cable for the powerline adapter that connects to the BT Homehub.

Bill
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on a good day.
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16 Feb 2014   #13
spongebot64

Windows 7 SP1 64-bit
 
 

Well my connection, at best, is around 75 megabits/s which, divided by 8, equals 9.375 megabyte/s. It all comes from the fibre optic connection I have.

But yeah, I'll talk to the tech people at the store that I bought my router (which should have been different in the first place). Thanks.
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19 Feb 2014   #14
spongebot64

Windows 7 SP1 64-bit
 
 

Well, here are my results from using the powerline (specifically the TP Link PA4010):
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19 Feb 2014   #15
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Looks good, glad I was able to help. Those numbers look pretty good (faster than 95% of GB)

Thanks for marking the thread solved too.

Bill
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