Can I add a second wifi booster/extender? ?

The house we just moved into already has a wifi and booster provided by the owner. The router and extender are both in the basement, as this is the only place able to hook up to it. We have a nest security system that uses this wifi so it is extremely slow and doesn’t even reach the second floor of the house. Is there any way to boost/strengthen the signal without having to move the router? 

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  • 2 months ago

    David's answer is about HomePlug or PowerLine adapters that send network over house power lines.  Cheap, fast, convenient.  You can get them in wired and wireless versions.  No limit on number on a system, or placement.  https://www.techradar.com/news/the-best-powerline-...

  • 2 months ago

    Can you swap out the router for a mesh router like EERO?  It will reach the second floor at full speed.

    Range extenders cut the speed in half.  If you use a second one, you cut it in half again.

    A mesh network transmits on one frequency and receives on another.  No speed cutting. They also do a lot of work to improve the signal to all devices.

  • 2 months ago

    That looks like a Comcast cable modem/router.  Do you have cable TV outlets on the upper floors?  If yes, get a splitter (google xfinity cable splitter), you can get one at Wal*Mart.  Connect the splitter to cable coming from the wall, connect the cable box to one side, the cable modem/router to the other.  Bingo your Wi-Fi is now upstairs.

  • keerok
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Why not install a second router for the first floor and a third for the second floor? Connect those two routers to the first with ethernet cable then set them up as access points for a full wifi coverage of your house.

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  • David
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    You can add a second extender but it probably won’t help. Having an extender in the basement is pointless, for best results they need to be plugged in halfway between the router and the destination. 

    You really need to move the extender out of the basement using powerline adapters or a long Ethernet cable or use a mesh WiFi system. 

    Powerline speeds are dependent on the quality of the household wiring, the distance between the two adapters and any electrical interference. 

    When well setup a mesh system is more reliable and faster than powerline. 

  • 2 months ago

    What you need, my friend, is called a powerline adapter.  A powerline adaptor connects your computer to the internet by using your home's electrical wiring.

    The first webpage shows examples of what you're looking for, but they're on a UK website.

    The second link below is for Amazon.com

    The first two links show powerline adapters that connect using LAN/Ethernet cables, but the third link shows powerline adapters that also have Wi-Fi capability.

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