I have BT Broadband at home and want to make the most of it throughout the house on a plethora of wired and wireless devices.
- BT YouView PVR
- TV with Ethernet connection (not smart TV as such but can update firmware)
- BluRay player with Network connection
- Seagate NAS Drive
None of these have Wireless capability
- Phones and tablets
- PC (also wired connection)
- Games Consoles
- NowTV box
- Amazon FireTV box
BT Home Hub 5 - 4 Gbit ethernet connections and one WAN connection.
BT Home Hub 4 - 1 Gbit and 3 standard ethernet connections
8 port powered switch
Phone line comes into house at the front of a fairly long and thin house and connects directly to BT HomeHub 5 via ADSL filter; Hub is sat on top of bookcase to improve range of WiFi upstairs.
Gbit Ethernet connection direct to NAS
Gbit Ethernet connection to 8 port Switch at other side of room.
Switch then has ethernet connections to TV, BluRay and YouView. Also fairly long ethernet connection to PC in another room, through a hole in the wall. Used ethernet for PC because WiFi was sluggish; I think that was because of metal obstructions (logburner and flue) in direct line with Hub 5 and PC.
WiFi connection to Amazon FireTV box in same room.
WiFi connections to games consoles upstairs, in rooms immediately above the front room where the hub is. Towards the back of the house is then our room where we have the NowTV box. This does pick up the WiFi but no indication of signal strength other than when I use my phone in the bedroom (naughty I know!!) the WiFi signal indicator shows only one or if I am lucky two bars.
So the question is whether I can improve the setup. Could I use the Hub 4 as a WiFi extender towards the back of the house to improve signal strength?
It is a domestic environment so I don't want cables/trunking all over the place. It took some persuading for my wife to allow me to drill the hole from front room to back room for the PC; both ends of the hole are out of sight. The one cable that is visible is the ethernet cable from Hub 5 to the switch, fortunately the pale colour of the cable blends into the pale colour of the wall and with the hub being on top of a bookcase I was able to route the cable around the ceiling line and then down in a corner.
If it helps, I have uploaded a basic floorplan; probably not to scale but to give an idea of distance for WiFi, the long thin room downstairs is 7 metres long. Fiery red dot is big cast iron woodburner with metal flue going up through ceiling, up through first floor and out of the roof.