So, I recently moved to a new house and am very
excited that I'm less likely to die in an electrical fire.
Except, of course, I've ended up in the one bedroom that gets ZERO wifi reception! Because even though this place is supposed
to be wired for cable and there is a coax outlet in front of my bed taunting me with its uselessness, there are a grand total of TWO working coaxial cables here that get signal. One in the family room for the cable box, and one in the basement hanging from the ceiling rafters. The ones in the bedrooms don't work. (Apparently the house was hit by lightning, blew out the aound system and did $11k worth of damage according to the previous owners' insurance claim. Yes, I am literally cursed.) I looked at the cables in the basement and it's a mess of random splitters, cables that end without being connected to anything, and cables that go through the ductwork so you can't tell where anything comes out from the upstairs or try to run the working internet cable to the cabinet where the TV cable is.
Obviously, a basement router's wifi signal won't reach a second story bedroom over the garage on the other side of the house. I get literally zero internet and am typing this from my phone. (Once again, sorry for spelling errors. I'm dyslexic and doing my best.)
My mom is insisting
we use a router Comcast sent her (insert incoherent screaming) so I ordered Xfinity's mesh system since this new house is maybe 20 years old, and lacks the cloth wiring that turns your living space into a fire hazard. But I can't use the xfy pods because they're totally dependent on the xfy app, which won't let me log into it because it thinks I'm not an xfinity user even though we absolutely are. According to Comcast I just need to wait until they fix some vague problem with user emails.
I've decided to fuck all that, return the pods, and do literally anything else because that seems better than depending on Comcast to fix anything ever. I'm pretty sure I'll never get those pods set up.
(I don't have the wifi repeater I was using because that's at the old house and I'm trying to avoid my dad right now for mental health reasons.)
So, my options are:
- Get a different mesh system that's not made by Comcast or dependant on an app. (recommendations are welcome.)
- Move the router as close to the basement door as the coaxial cable will let me, duct tape it to a rafter, run an ethernet cable from it to an outlet, and basically daisy chain ethernet cables and power over ethernet adapters together until I reach my room. (Not optimal because my mom thinks that's ugly and may resist my efforts to set this up.)
- Move the router nearer to the door, run an ethernet cable to an outlet with a power over ethernet repeater, run an ethernet cable up to another outlet on the first floor, and plug my old router from grad school into it to use as a wifi repeater.
- Get another repeater (not super excited about that because it won't fix the issue of my sister hogging bandwidth and I'm not sure I'm angry enough to risk our tentative peace to give my computer priority over everyone else's devices.)
- Split the TV cable, snake a coaxial cable up behind the TV cabinet, and hook the router up to that. (I'm afraid to do thia due to the splitting situation in the basement.)
- Get a cable guy to look at the mess of splitters and random wires and hope he fixes something to let me hook a modem up in an upstairs bedroom. (Suboptimal because of Covid (although I work in a library filled with patrons who can't seem to wear a face mask correctly so is there even a point in being careful beyond just not exposing myself to other people who can safely shelter in place?- queue more screaming) and the fact that previous cable men were COMPLETELY unhelpful with stuff at the old house.)
So yeah, any advice, sympathy, whatever is very, very welcome. And apologies for the angry sarcastic tone, I've spent the last two days on the phone with Comcast trying to sort this out (and had the pleasure of learning they billed me for internet in 2018 even though I canceled the service, called them after they billed me anyway, and got them to say they'd taken if off my account. It's been a bad night.)
How do I fix this?