Hi, my internet doesn't reach to the third floor of my house.?

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The modem is on the bottom floor, to get wireless to reach the top I need a router up there, does that just plug into the wall and then I'll get wi fi up there?

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Some say get an extender and some say not. That depends quite often on the brand and model you buy. Good quality with a strong signal and equal transmission quality in every direction varies by equipment models and makes.

I have an Airport Extreme Wi-Fi route, with a port for a USB networked printer and an ethernet port for a wired LAN and an ethernet connection to my cable modem. It reaches 100% of my rebar reinforced concrete house including the basement and second floor and a good signal reaches to the front of my shop. (The extreme is located near the front of the 3500 sq' house on the first floor.)

I needed to get a good signal to all of my 40' x 60' shop. (over 100' behind the house and through a pair of rebar reinforced concrete walls. I mounted an Airport Express as a Wi-Fi extender (cheaper sister unit to the Extreme) at the front of the shop building. My internet works at full speed from any place in my house, or shop.

I have seen some cheaper units used that caused a severe slowdown of the internet speeds, How well they work is more dependent on the signal strength at the required range and equipment compatibility than on how FAR they can reach. Mine give full signals to both structures and between each other. I notice NO difference in height problems, but a good antenna system broadcasts in a complete sphere around the unit and not as a flat circle as some cheaper units do.

I've found that some of the top of the line Linksys models, some D-link models and the better Belkin models also work quite well. The secret I learned was to use the same manufacturer for all units and to use the fastest data stream units. The more bandwidth available in the WIreless LAN, the less effect range losses have.. IE: 2 Belkin, etc. It appears that internal communications work smoother and give an advantage if the same people make both units. I've installed systems for numerous customers using the equipment they requested.

David E:
Solutions are multiple.

Best is find a way to run an Ethernet wire to third floor and put an Access point on it. This is most difficult
Another way is to use a WiFi range extender. Simple but can slow your network. But then, any speed is better than no speed
A third way is to use powerline. This is two dongles you plug into the wall. It sends your data over your house network. This data will not go past the transformer feeding your house.
The newest way is still a bit expensive but so far, reviews are great. That is to use a set of Mesh routers. Usually three routers, one base station and to satellites that you spread around. By expensive, $500 for the three. The leader for this is probably eero.

Renee G:
Can you move the modem to the middle floor so that the signal goes up and down as well as "around"?

Or run Ethernet cable from the modem to the router to get the wireless signal to an area where it will reach more of the house.

We have a two story house, but my office is on the other side of a bathroom (large metal backed mirror), a storage room with return air ducting (metal), and has a wet bar in it with (you guessed it, a large metal backed mirror on the wall). All of these obstacles to wireless are between the modem & router and my computer.

I ran Ethernet cable from the modem to the door, under the door frame, up the wall to the ceiling, down the hall, into the office (no door), down to table height and along the wall, then left it free to go onto the desk & into the docking station's Ethernet port. I used over 30 plastic clips to hold the cable in place (no way to get into the walls or run the cable through the attic – the office has a raised ceiling that follows the roof joists on the inside – no attic at all) – but I get a very strong & clear connection. I also ran Ethernet cable down to a network printer in my husband's office, downstairs, and a second docking station there – the wireless signal was okay, but the Ethernet connection is faster and seems more stable.

It's also possible to use an Ethernet cable to connect to a router instead of directly to the PC, it is going to depend on how many Ethernet ports are available…although it is certainly possible to get the equipment to set up a completely wired network…they can be more secure, if there is no wireless signal being broadcast, nobody can get into it without having a physical connection through the cables…

Don't use WiFi extenders they can be temperamental and can reduce the connection speed of he WiFi connection. Look at Powerline network adapter kits such as:


The smaller adapter goes on the bottom floor and connects to your router by Ethernet, and the larger adapter will go at a convenient place on the third floor to provide WiFi and Ethernet. I recommend setting the WiFi network name of the adapter to be different from that on the router, and make sure it is using a channel at least 4 channels away from the channel used by the router.

I hope this helps.

I will second the suggestions to get the power line extender type. Wifi does not go through walls and floors very well.
I will second the suggestions to get the power line extender type. Wifi does not go through walls and floors very well.
I will second the suggestions to get the power line extender type. Wifi does not go through walls and floors very well.
No. you can NOT connect more than one router to the same line, it stops your service. you need a wireless range extender placed between your router and the furthest point you want to reach, but within easy wireless range of both.
You can buy a Wi-Fi extender from your Wi-Fi provider or purchase a Netgear extender which works on any Wi-Fi and can be plugged into the wall providing Wi-Fi throughout the building.
Yousuf Khan:
You can buy a powerline Ethernet/Wi-Fi range extender from any computer store.

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