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Sat, Jan 15, 2022 3:53 AM

How to increase signal?

Hello!

I have a 3500 sq ft home, my office is upstairs, husband’s office is downstairs.  We have Xfinity 1200MB service, with gateway. I have the gateway upstairs and we have 6 pods (xfinity extenders),  We still are experiencing low signal throughout the house.  Checked the signal from the ISP to the gateway, great signal, 1200+; but we consistently drop wi-fi with our TV’s.  Should I get a router and bridge it with the gateway so we can stop losing our signal? 

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Hey that's unfortunate the WIFI signal isn't performing throughout the house, but rest assured youre not alone..

 This seems to be a common issue and depending on resources, capacity should be easily resolvable. First question is the house hardwired? If no where is the Gateway in relation to high usage device, i.e. streaming, gaming etc.  Is the entire house WIFI only? That's asking a lot during peak times regardless of setup.

 Thirdly, is possible to run ethernet to the areas with highest demand?

These article(s) provides great overview of the topic. https://www.plume.com/homepass/blog/everything-you-need-to-know-about-wifi-connectivity 

https://www.geeky-gadgets.com/how-to-improve-your-home-wifi-without-doubling-your-bill-06-01-2022/

If set on WIFI the Google Mesh Wi-Fi System is highly rated.

 Just my .2 cents.

 Thanks and good luck.

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@user_bb801b   Thanks for your reply!

Yes, the house is “pre-wired” but not with Ethernet.  Not even sure if its. CAT 5.5 but f were up to me to me, I would have CAT 6 and Ethernet capable in each room!  There is not “high” level of usage, as it is just Jim and I, other than during the day in our offices; or at night, the only usage is in the living room, watching TV, purely streaming though.. we stream and have an antenna only.

I was thinking, would it make sense to purchase another router to serve as a repeater or the (Xfinity gateway as a repeater), and / or move the gateway downstairs.  But worry the signal upstairs where my office and peloton is would be too slow.  Ideas?

I bought many different MESH systems, tried them all, finally tried Comcast pods, seem good, about the same as the others, but still have weak signals.  Especially downstairs and BARELY do we even get access outside very well, even with a pod next to the back porch.  This means we can barely get our outdoor smart tv’s to maintain signal.

Signal coming in is great, but not powerful enough downstairs.  Don’t know if we need to boost the signal somehow, add a router, ???

Thanks!  I look forward to your responses and help!!

Cheers,

Gale

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Sounds like you have a plan in mind. Agree moving the gateway to optimal position, with a bit of signal testing, using Xfinity page - https://customer.xfinity.com/#/devices should facilitate narrowing things down.

 Secondarily, I have also added a second router to the network to improve WIFI signal. May run into dual natting issue so take care with that..

Good luck.

 Just my .2 cents.

 Thanks!

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