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Re: Internet through mains
« Reply #15 on: October 20, 2016, 08:59:26 PM »
Just wanted it for audio (wave) file uploads. In Spain, I moved the files to the 'utility' machine to upload.

Shouldn't you be fitting a new water heater/fixing a blower or something....?
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Re: Internet through mains
« Reply #16 on: October 20, 2016, 09:18:12 PM »
Shouldn't you be fitting a new water heater/fixing a blower or something....?
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Actually, I was supposed to be working on insulating and sealing up the basement while the wife is away, but I've been slacking busy doing other things...  ::->
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Re: Internet through mains
« Reply #17 on: October 20, 2016, 09:38:32 PM »
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Re: Internet through mains
« Reply #18 on: October 21, 2016, 11:25:31 AM »
Internet-over-mains works OK, WS, but you have to remember two things...

1. "Standard" may not be "Standard" - whichever manufacturer you go with, you're sort of stuck with for expansion to other rooms...

2. ... but only on that circuit. Not sure how your houses are wired in the UK (rings mains with fused appliances rather than a meter board with circuit breakers seems to ring a bell...) but here we tend to have at least two power circuits and two lighting circuits on the average sized house. This means that if I plug the EOP converter into the Mains nearest the router, I can only get to half of my house.

Ended up getting sparkies that do data and telecom installs to run Cat 5 through the roof... the missus didn't want to spend for just a couple more points but then she complains when her WiFi craps itself - the WiFi router has a nasty habit of hanging more often (say once every 6 to 8 weeks) because it carries her PC, all mobile devices, and a couple of printers. Silly girl.. but who am I to argue when my stuff all works? :)

If you can bury some 20mm conduit in the ground and don't mind drilling a few holes in walls, copper is always the better way to go. If not, I'd say go with the EOP... just be prepared to run a bit of Cat 5 across the carpet if the shed's on a different circuit... P.S. None of them like power board, they want their own socket.
This is part-BS and part-true. It may work, but rather than be sued by people too stupid to read "may not work with all power boards" most manufacturers won't guarantee they'll work.

Now, if you have a piggy back plug fitted to the power board's lead, that doesn't seem to bother it... done that too :)

J-man's out in the boonies where there's bugger all RFI except whatever he generates and the CIA mind-reading waves that Trump says Obama has aimed at J's house, screwing with his wireless internet... :D

If you live in the burbs and people run 2.6GHz remote controls or even wireless speaker systems nearby, those can swamp your signal. I can vouch for the wireless speaker set since it screwed my own wifi signal - end result, no wireless speakers... And let's not even get into the Ham radio enthusiast with his own satellite uplink - he'll even be screwing with your audio gear if he's being a bit naughty with his transmission power...
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Re: Internet through mains
« Reply #19 on: October 21, 2016, 01:00:36 PM »
Good writeup, S.  Lots of good info.  But that's why you have multiple frequencies and channels to play with on wireless.

I'm well away from interference out here, but in the businesses I work with, especially hotels that exceed 1,000 feet in length, there's a lot of interference both from neighboring businesses' wireless and equipment, as well as from internal equipment.  Being able to use both/either 2.4GHz and 5GHz, and set the router's/AP's channel to eliminate most of that interference, among other things, generally allows pretty good service.  Also, forget about B and G these days, and concentrate mostly on at least N if not the latest AC.  Considering, of course, backward compatibility with older devices.

But when bolts comes to nuts, you can't beat a straight CAT5/6 connection when necessary.  There are lots of new toys to use, but being old and set in my ways I always employ KISS whenever possible...  (-!)
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Re: Internet through mains
« Reply #20 on: October 21, 2016, 06:24:24 PM »
Lots of good info, S, and J......  8)
All breakers, here. Lighting separate. Sadly, the lounge sockets are separate to the rest of the house...... so, looks like wifi.
To be honest, Internet isn't a must, in the studio, just thought it might be nice.
I have a dongle for the TV, maybe that will work?
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Re: Internet through mains
« Reply #21 on: October 21, 2016, 06:46:55 PM »
White, what kind of router do you have?  Brand, model, etc?  And what kind of internet connection?  Cable, DSL, Satellite, Antenna?
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Re: Internet through mains
« Reply #22 on: October 21, 2016, 07:45:16 PM »
Now you're asking.... LOL

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Re: Internet through mains
« Reply #23 on: October 21, 2016, 08:00:22 PM »
Hard to believe there's a router I haven't worked with, but I've never seen that one.

But, from reading the description it appears to be a pretty standard dual band router.  I can't imagine that, even three rooms away, you're not getting a decent signal from it in your studio.  I would question your wi-fi adapter on that computer.

However, if that's the case, why don't you just get the antenna linked below, set it somewhere in your office (pointed toward your router in the other room), install the drivers, plug it into your computer USB port, and be online?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Outdoor-Long-Range-USB-150Mbps-Wifi-Wireless-Adapter-Antenna-10m-Cable-/121846313372?hash=item1c5e9b319c:g:pScAAOSw5IJWeS7E

If you can't get a decent signal 50 feet away through 3-4 walls with that, something is seriously wrong somewhere...
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Re: Internet through mains
« Reply #24 on: October 21, 2016, 09:30:30 PM »
Errr.... The studio computer doesn't have a wifi adapter!
That's the whole point of this, wifi or cable...... What meds are you on, Boss....  :P :P :P :P
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Re: Internet through mains
« Reply #25 on: October 21, 2016, 10:05:22 PM »
 :o :o :o

I don't know how I missed that, but that explains some of the questions.  ::)

I use mini adapters like this all the time in systems:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/300Mbps-Mini-USB-Wireless-WiFi-Adapter-802-11n-g-b-LAN-Internet-Network-Adapter-/181484620068?hash=item2a41538924:g:6xgAAOSwpDdVB2YC

And that would probably work fine for you.  Otherwise, if there's still a question, then the one I linked to first.

In any case, unless you're going to be doing lots of large file transfers between your studio computer and your other computers, then go wireless with an inexpensive adapter.  No question.  Cheap, simple, easy, done...
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Re: Internet through mains
« Reply #26 on: October 22, 2016, 11:06:53 AM »
OK, so I bought one of these, locally.... http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/1420579.htm
Sorted!  8)
Yup, plenty fast enough.....  ;D

Also, swapped to the new 'puter, swapped to new screen (both work now).  ;)

Now to plane off the bottom of the door, so it'll close over the new carpet, I fitted.....   >:(

Then fit ceiling foam and rear wall panels......  :-X

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Re: Internet through mains
« Reply #27 on: October 22, 2016, 11:28:59 AM »
Glad to hear you got it sorted, White.  And yup, when problem solving I'm always a fan of "KISS" and "Occam's razor".  Save the high tech answers for when simple doesn't work.  ;)

New 'puter, new screen, new carpet, ability to close your door, new ceiling and panels......... you're living the high life mate.  Very cool, and good to hear that you're getting settled in.  By next week you should be back to making killer songs again, eh?  8)

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Re: Internet through mains
« Reply #28 on: October 22, 2016, 04:39:14 PM »
All panels up and rearing to go...... Gonna get the Printer onto wi-fi next, no room in here...  ;D

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