Hi kind people,
I'm helping a frend to get fibre installed. He has opted for BT Fibre to the existing phone socket in a downstars room. His main desktop is upstairs located in an extension of the house (through a thick stone wall).
I'm not expecting much WifI signal from the hub to upstairs. There is an old phone extension cable with what looks like twisted pair cable between the two rooms, but I suspect its not possible to use this to get the signal upstairs. I understand its bad practice to fit any sort of extension between the master socket and the hub. The options appear to be:
a) Run Cat5/6 cable upstairs. This would probably have to run up the outside wall of the building and not look very neat.
b) User a PowerLan adapter to get the signal upstairs and add an access point for upstairs. I have two ZyXEL PLA4201 V2 adapters that can be used. If I go down this route, can anone give advice on how well they work. Im am particularly concerned if :
- If I use a 1 metre 13A single socket strip for both the router and powerline socket is this likely to cause interference. There may be a DECT phone plugged in as well). Do we need to get an electrician in to fot extra 13A sockets using grey 2.5mm cable?
- How well will the signal jump between the dowstairs to the upstairs rings? Not sure if there are RCD or trips on the fuse box.
I guess the other option is to use a spare router as an access point located downstairs, but under the office so the signal only has to get through a wooden floor, not a thick stone wall. This makes it easier to route the cable.
Money is an issue so I'm not keen to suggest Bt Disks or similar.
Your thoughts please...