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Anyone using wireless xi5 box with range extender?

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Anyone using wireless xi5 box with range extender?

I know Comast's official position on using a network range extender with the wireless xi5 boxes is "can't guarantee it'll work", but I'm wondering if people have tried it and have success or failure stories to share.  I have one wireless xi5 box in my basement that was able to reach the xb3 gateway on the main level until I had to move the gateway about 5 feet.  So clearly it's original position was right on the fringe.  I can get an ethernet cable easily into an area of the basement different from where the tv is, but should be more than close enough to supply good signal to tv area. 

 

If I'm going to try this, are there any particular specs I'd want to look for in an extender?  Or, if an extender isn't the way to go and there is an alternative thought someone has, I'd be open to that as well.  Thanks.

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Re: Anyone with experience using wireless xi5 with range extender?

Use the XFi pods, works fine with the Xi5.

Also, try changing the channel that the WiFi is broadcasting on, it doesn’t take much for WiFi to be interfered with

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Re: Anyone with experience using wireless xi5 with range extender?

If you can extend an ethernet cable down into the basement, I'd get any decent, up to date wireless router and set it up as a backhaul wireless access point. That way you get wireless access in your basement for all devices at full speed (range extenders typically cut your bandwidth in half). 


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Re: Anyone with experience using wireless xi5 with range extender?

@darkangelic - thanks.  Would I also be able to use a wireless access point rather than a wireless router configured to work as an access point?  Just wondering if there's a reason I'd want to do the latter over the former. 

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Re: Anyone with experience using wireless xi5 with range extender?

Are you thinking of something like the Ubiquiti UniFi? That'll work too.

 

Reason I suggested a router was because a lot of people have an older, unused one lying around so rather than buy a new one, they can reconfigure the older one to work as an access point. Plus, a router will  typically have a switch as well, so you can plug additional ethernet devices into it should you feel the need to. 


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Re: Anyone with experience using wireless xi5 with range extender?

@ComcastAndrew - thanks.  To be perfectly honest, I didn't even know Xfinity had these pods.  I was a long-time Uverse subscriber who just moved to an area with Xfinity and only got it installed a couple weeks ago.  I don't really need 3 of these things.  Any experience observing non-Xfinity-branded extenders working with the xi5's?  I'd rather not pay $120 for 3 of something if there is just 1 I can be for a fraction of that.

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Re: Anyone with experience using wireless xi5 with range extender?

I didn't have a particular access point in mind; was only trying to clarify if router vs access point made a difference. 

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Re: Anyone with experience using wireless xi5 with range extender?

$15 actiontec ecb3500w moca access point! Works seamlessly with gateways and is fast enough!

Ps..4k only on Netflix... Get roku stick, buy ethernet adapter, done.
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Re: Anyone with experience using wireless xi5 with range extender?

The pods come in a package of 3 or 6.  I bought 3 and tried them for one week.  They do not work and actually made my reception worse for the cameras farther away from the modem/router.