Originally Posted by millhouselives
Great Forum! Well a little background on me, in I.T. field for many many years, but audio aspect is new to me. I was asked to help setup a home network with a Westell 7500 DSL modem/router and some laptops, in addition to installing a new Olive Opus 4 to that nework via wireless.
So yesterday I installed/setup/configured the Westell 7500 modem, all went well. Next I configured two laptops security settings to access the new 7500 modem/router via their wireless adapters. They worked fine.
The DSL modem/router is on second floor of house
, so we took the laptops downstairs ...and we test drove the laptops "in all the rooms (5) and received "excellent signal strenght" in all. So with the "home networking part being completed, I started to unbox the Opus 4 and set that up.
The Existing music setup exist of a ChannelPlus MDS-6A and a now dead Cambridge Azur640H, which is being replaced by the new Opus 4. There are keypads controllers in every room with flush mount speakers in every room.
This equipment is located in the basement, but we would like to now place the Olive 4 on the 1st floor of the house. When I first tried to setup a "wireless" connection" to the Opus it would not find the network, so thinking I was too far away I located the Opus right next to the modem/router on second floor and still the Opus would report "no wireless networks found".
So then I connected Opus via Ethernet cable to the router/modem and downloaded latest firmware..Opus rebooted itself...and the it found wireless network settings, etc. So now I take it downstairs to the first floor and try it
and receive very very weak signal. I actually took it to the room directly below the room where the modem/router is located. I have checked and rechecked the fit and tightness of the "screw on" antenna on the Opus and that is fine. I have an email into Olive to ask what the wireless range should be for the Opus. Keep in mind that the two laptops connect wireless to the modem/router with no problem from the first floor, from outside all with excellent signal strength. The house is wood framed and about 1,000 sq ft.
So here are some questions for the experts.
Since we want to put the new Opus on the first floor.
1) Would we be better off buying new audio cables to run from the ChannelPlus MDS-6A in the basement to the Opus on the first floor?
2)The distance would be about 20-25 feet, is that distance OK would they lose sound quality. Of course we would buy "quality" cables as needed.
Next, we would run an ethernet cable from the modem/router on the second floor down to the ethernet port on the Opus located on the first floor.
3) Doing it this way would remove the "wireless" issue and in my mind be a much better setup for data transfer of music, Internet Radio, more stable, etc. Agree or Disagree?
4) Finally, almost forgot anybody have the Opus 4setup and using wireless and if so home far away from your modem/router were you able to place your Opus 4?
Thank you so much and please if I am in wrong place for this post, just ask me to redirect and I will.