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Old 10-14-2018, 11:54 PM   #1
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My Roku express is maybe 30 feet from my router. It goes through two double sheathed wood and sheetrock walls and I have a vintage metal coke sign between it and the Roku.

Is this enough to kill the signal? The bedroom has two doors and a wall to go through and it works fine. It's just my Roku to the TV. I've swapped Rokus around, and two different ones work fine in the open front room, but are very spotty or no go in the Mancave.

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There's really no way to predict or calculate these things.

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It’s telling you to get off your @ss and get back to work.
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That sort of thing depends a lot on the power of the router.

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Signals won't go through metal signs.
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That sort of thing depends a lot on the power of the router.

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My Roku express is maybe 30 feet from my router. It goes through two double sheathed wood and sheetrock walls and I have a vintage metal coke sign between it and the Roku.

Is this enough to kill the signal? The bedroom has two doors and a wall to go through and it works fine. It's just my Roku to the TV. I've swapped Rokus around, and two different ones work fine in the open front room, but are very spotty or no go in the Mancave.

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30 feet, two walls and a sign....yeah that could be a problem.

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Not really.

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I just base that statement on my old router not being able to reach out into my garage, and my new one can. Fiber installer told me that was related to the power of the router.

I'm definitely not an expert though.

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Put the sign on the ceiling. Msybe put up a poster if you don't want a bare wall. No metal frame.
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I would hate to move the sign. I may end up running the router to my room and then let the rest of the house suck it.

Ok, probably not. I'd have a mutiny.

I'll have to do some thinking. How bad do I want to crawl under the house to run cable. Maybe a network expander would help.

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Some routers have a higher gain directionsl antenna you can buy. Typically these are dipoles. May work, may not...
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I would hate to move the sign. I may end up running the router to my room and then let the rest of the house suck it.

Ok, probably not. I'd have a mutiny.

I'll have to do some thinking. How bad do I want to crawl under the house to run cable. Maybe a network expander would help.

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Here ya go, get the kit with the extenders.

https://www.amplifi.com

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Everyone keeps mentioning the router, but Rokus have pretty weak antennas. The streaming stick + advertises 4X the range, so they know it's an issue.
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A wifi booster is a cheap option to try. Plug it in halfway in between, maybe away from the sign.
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The extender looks like the way to go.

We are on satellite internet, so spending 300 bucks would be overkill to extend a signal that is crappy on a good day.

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