Originally Posted by QuiGonJosh
The wireless feels like an afterthought which I suppose it is because the selling point is the video and audio processing capabilities of the player which, I must mention, I am enjoying.
The goal here is to solve the problem, which apparently is not with the video/audio aspects of the 103 but rather with its wireless connectivity in your particular setup. There are reasonable hardware solutions to a less-than-superb wireless connectivity problem at distant locations from the primary WiFi router in your house, where a true ethernet wired solution alternative at that location doesn't currently exist.
One usually very successful solution is through "ethernet over powerline adapters"
, which use the copper wiring in the walls of your home which bring AC power sockets to each room, as if they were ethernet cable connectors, through the use of a pair of "gizmos" plugged into the wall AC power sockets themselves. One gizmo plugs into a wall AC power socket near your router and connects via wired ethernet cable to a LAN port on the router, initiating the TCPIP transmission through the copper power cables of your home. A second (or third, etc.) gizmo goes near your internet-enabled device(s), plugging into a nearby wall AC power socket at that location. Again, a wired ethernet cable then connects from the gizmo to your internet-enabled device. You are now truly connected WIRED, rather than wireless, to that remote location where genuine ethernet wired connectivity was previously not available.
Alternatively, if you happen to have old-fashioned cable company 75ohm coax running through your walls so that there's a pair of unused coax connectors near both the router and also near the target remote location elsewhere in your house, you can use "ethernet over coax adapters"
the same way. As with "ethernet over powerline adapters", in this case it's 75ohm coax that substitutes for true ethernet cable, and through the pair of gizmos provides wired connectivity back to the primary router. The advantage to these pieces of hardware is that it can be successfully used up to runs of 1000 feet of coax, to provide wired connectivity to the router over truly great distances.
Furthermore, if you need more than just one wired connection at the remote gizmo location, you can add an inexpensive "switch"
and connect it to the gizmo, providing say four (or eight, or whatever you need, depending on the switch you buy) wired ethernet port connections there where the gizmo itself might have only been able to provide one wired connection ethernet port. Then you can connect multiple internet-enabled devices using wired connection to the switch, which in conjunction with the gizmo is providing genuinely wired connectivity back to the primary router at the other end of the house... through the copper power cabling running in your walls, or through 75ohm coax.
If you need truly additional and stronger wireless connectivity at the remote gizmo location (although if available wired is always preferred for reliability), you can use a "wireless access point (WAP)
" to radiate a second wireless network SSID in its vicinity. Typically these WAPs also include a built-in 4-port wired switch capability as well as providing the second wireless network capability. So you can use the WAP instead of a standalone wired-only switch, connecting one of the wired ports on the WAP via ethernet cable to the ethernet port on the gizmo. That leaves the three remaining wired ethernet ports on the WAP for additional local wired connections to internet-enabled devices, in addition to also providing that second wireless network from the WAP itself if you still want strong wireless (say for nearby laptops) in its vicinity.
Many ways to address a less-than-perfect wireless capability at remote distances from the primary WiFi router in your home. All devices connected through the remote "extenders", WAPs, switches and gizmos will all be managed by the DHCP server function in your primary router in your home and will be handled and managed as if they were ordinary "wired connected devices" connecting directly to the primary router, so they can all see each other on your home's one-and-only LAN.