Add wiring to boost performance
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Photo 1: Connect patch cords at the router
Snap the patch cord into an unused port on the back
of your wireless router and connect it to the "home run"
jack you just installed.
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Photo 2: Finish the installation at your TV
Run a patch cord from the new jack to your streaming
device. Then reprogram the unit to turn off the wireless
mode and find the hardwired connection.
Guess what? Wireless networks don’t always live up to
their promise of reliable high-speed
service. Wireless performance
depends on the
distance between the router
and your computer or streaming
devices, and your home’s
construction. If your streaming
device isn’t getting a
strong signal, you can experience
a complete loss of signal
(dropouts) or excessive “buffering”
(the video stops while
it downloads more data).
To fix the problem, run
hardwired “home-run” cabling
from your streaming devices
to the wireless router. Yes,
that’ll mean drilling holes and
fishing network cables
through your walls. And you’ll
have to install network jacks
at each end of the runs. But
when you’re done, you’ll have
fast, reliable service.
Most wireless routers already
have four jacks located in the
back of the unit. So you’ll just
need cable, RJ-45 jacks and
patch cords. Type “installing
communication wiring” in the search box above for
step-by-step wiring instructions.
Then run patch cords
between the jack and your
devices (Photos 1 and 2).