I am trying to maximize my Plex experience on my primary TV and was hoping someone could give me some advice on the proposed network setup:
- Primary TV is on the second floor of a three-story home. The TV is a Samsung PN64E7000.
- Internet is supplied by Comcast (30Mbps) via cable modem. The only coaxial cable coming into the house is on the first floor.
- Router is ASUS RT-N66U Dual Band Gigabit (Amazon Link). The router is connected directly to the modem on the first floor. The wireless signal is pretty much great wherever I am in the house, even on the third floor.
- However, my TV, which is connected wirelessly to the router struggles with streaming high-quality content (i.e., constantly buffering).
- My initial thought was to relocate the modem and router to the second floor (in the TV hutch) so that I can connect the TV directly into the router and centralize the wireless router for better signal throughout the house. But, people have informed me that wiring the coaxial cable to the second floor would be very difficult/expensive. So, I'm considering two options, and I was hoping someone could weigh in on the better option (or offer a better solution altogether):
- The first option is to use gigabit powerline adapters (Amazon Link). I would keep the cable modem on the first floor, and hook it directly into one powerline adapter. Then I would place the second adapter at the TV hutch and plug the ASUS router into it. The router would be centrally located and I could hardline the TV, HTPC, and gaming devices directly into the router.
- The second option is to keep the modem and router on the first floor, but use the powerline adapters to get a connection to the TV hutch. I would then use a wired router (Amazon Link) at the TV hutch so that I can plug in my various devices at the TV hutch.
- The only reason I am considering the second option (despite it being more expensive) is that I have a sneaking suspicion that, with option one, I will be limiting the incoming signal to the router at the outset and degrade my wireless everywhere else. By using the second option, the wireless router will remain directly connected to the cable modem, providing good wireless, while still providing me with a method to bring a hardline up to the TV hutch. Does that make sense? Is this the ideal setup? Is there a better way?