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I am probably moving to an old house soon, and will be moving my basic AT&T internet services over to it. I have never used or setup wireless internet in my life. I do not own a TV or watch it(so i will not have some fancy "bundle" of services, just basic cheap internet), only stuff I watch is on my computer(desktop). I will probably get the same basic internet.


What would be the best "aftermarket"(or whatever you call it) WiFi setup and how easy or hard will it be to make my house wireless?

Btw, I am only implementing a Wifi network for a lady friend to use with her Macbook and phone to do homework. I will still be using a desktop with wired internet.

Thanks for any help, suggestions or pointing me in the right direction.
 

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Basically what you need at the minimum is a Wi-FI router.
Phone line from wall -> ATT DSL modem -> ethernet cable -> Wi-Fi router.
Then you hook up your desktop to your Wi-Fi router using another ethernet cable.

The one that is "best" is the one that works for you. That depends on your house layout- how many sqft, how many floors, any interference (metal in walls/framing, power panels, microwave oven location, etc.) etc.

I don't think you need to go much beyond 802.11ac or whatever the new name for it is. The Netgear Nighthawks (~$140) are typically highly rated. I run a Linksys Velop, others like Eero or Ubiquiti.
 

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What's the floor plan like? If pretty compact you can probably do well with one decent router. If spread out, then you might want some little mesh wifi access points to have coverage everywhere.
 

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No its a tiny 2 bedroom house from 1941. I'm gonna guess I don't need much range.

Thanks for the tips on the actual units to look out for, that's very helpful.
This seems actually pretty plug-n-play!
 

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That is insane, I can't believe ....is that the base price?

EDIT: Why do you even need internet there? It sounds to me you are almost never home....:eek: :unsure:
 

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That is insane, I can't believe ....is that the base price?

EDIT: Why do you even need internet there? It sounds to me you are almost never home....:eek: :unsure:
If it weren't for torrenting media and video gaming with friends (it's the only way to regularly hang out with the long distance ones)... i would've cut the cord long ago!

It started off at $35 for the introductory in 2016 when I moved here. Then slowly crept up to 40, 45, 50, 55, 65 being the latest jump. They're losing massive money to streaming as many don't subscribe to cable TV anymore, and it's pretty much a monopoly as I don't have uverse / google fiber avail to threaten a service disconnect. :rant:

There's gotta be a better way.
 

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LOL when I first got internet at the place I'm at now, it was grandpa-slow DSL(memba that?!?) and was on special offer for like $15.99 a month. I was able to keep it at that rate for two years, then it went to like 20, then 22, then 28, and so on. Today I have more speed but it's still AT&T's slowest offered and its like 42 a month.......oh how the times have changed. :laugh:

My neighborhood didn't even have Uverse until a few years back, that's when the price jumped from like 29 to 38 in one swoop.

In other words, I feel your pain. I could still be perfectly happy with DSL speeds from 9 years ago.


Some parts of bako are Spectrum/brighthouse, the other parts are AT&T only. I don't believe there are any parts that can choose one over the other........"hmmm, I wonder why that is...."
:rolleyes:
 

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Just remember to lock it down with passwords and other simple security measures any youtube wifi security video can assist you with. No point in letting your neighbor download scat porn on your wifi.
 

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It doesn't help that all of my neighbors appear to not have jobs and sit around their houses staring at their phones all day, every day I have been around doing work fixing the place up. So yes, passwords are a must.

I'll be doing the internet switchover here this week.
 
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