The problems I've faced in getting Ethernet connection thruout my (unwired) house have to be common. I've found a hiidden little gem of a device to solve a lot of the problems around connectivity.
It's called the IOGEAR Universal 5-Port Wi-Fi N Ethernet Hub
and it lets you connect up to 5 Ethernet devices to the Internet from anywhere a wireless signal can reach.
This is different than a router or an Ethernet switch although it looks like a router and has 5 Ethernet ports on the back. Instead it takes one Wi-Fi b/g/n signal connection and splits it into 5 wired connections anywhere you need them.
It uses a manual setup mode if you want to, or the super easy WPS setup to configure it to your existing wireless network. Thw WPS setup means you press the WPS button on your router, then press the same button on this device and you're done! It's delivers WiFi speed and reception range exceeding the minimal capabilities many built in devices possess.
So how does this help? Well, my experience has to be similar to others. I have two places I need Ethernet somehow.
- One setup is a living room non-WiFi 65" TV and wired Ethernet Denon receiver, and non WiFi enabled BluRay and a Wireless Roku box. The Roku gets good reception, but that doesn't help the other devices.
- The other is an upstairs room with a Wi-Fi enabled Smart 60" 3D TV, smart Wi-Fi 3D BluRay player, and a wired only Harmon Kardon Receiver. Wi-Fi is spotty in this location. By that I mean the BuRay gets ok reception, the TV not so good.
So a typical mismash of devices that need connection one way or another, some have it, some don't, some get good signal, some don't.
This little box solves ALL the problems!!!
It has STRONG Wi-Fi reception (up to 300Mbps 'N'), even in weak reception areas.
It connects all the devices that accept wired connection (up to 5) with one setup effort.
It connects devices with weak built in Wi-Fi capability thru their wired connection.
Use it for HDTV, BluRay Game Console, Computer, Receiver, etc.
At approx $50 it a lifesaver for setting up a AV location quickly and easily.Hope this helps others like it helped me make my setup a snap!