Author Topic: Internet in basement?  (Read 775 times)

2024-05-30, 11:20:01


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I know this is way off topic but I come to the Corona Brains Trust once again...

I'm hoping to put 2 of my PC's down in my basement. It's nice and cool and dust free.

Home office with 3-4 PC's is just too noisy and hot, I want to clean things up a bit. Obviously I need to have internet access down there. It doesnt necessarily have to be LAN, I'm toying with the idea of a VPS if I can get a 2nd reliable internet connection down there.

The basement is approx. 30m away from my apartment. It's 1 floor down but not directly underneath me. I live in an complex of 6 apartments so there are other basements (aka storage rooms) down there too. Access is through 2 heavy thick doors. I can't simply stretch an ethernet cable down there as that'd piss off the neighbors.

My current solution is working but it's rather limited. I bought a new 4G SIM and have it in a cheap Huawei 4g wifi router. In the basement I get speeds of max 50mb download and max 3mb upload. The upload speeds are killing my productivity.

If I take the same router outside, right next to my entrance I get 160/60mb down/up. These speeds would be totally fine. I tested my phone in the basement on the same 4g network and got the same speeds (50mb/3mb) - so I'm not sure buying a new router will help much? Bigger antennas maybe? Maybe I can somehow weave an antenna out of my basement door incognito? I guess 5G will be even less likely to penetrate the basement walls?

My first thought is to use a powerline adapter. But I have no idea if my power is shared between my own apartment and that in the basement. Even if it is I still have no way of knowing if a powerline adapter will work though all the building circuitry. I doubt that the power down in the basements is communal though so I don't think the neighbors will be paying for my PC's to render 24/7.

I asked my building manager if my power is shared between my apartment and the basement but he kind of refuses to answer me as he's convinced I'm trying to build a crypto mining setup down there. We rent, rather than own so I can't go drilling any holes or anything...

The walls are concrete. My basement room is buried in the middle of the building but one of the walls is the concrete exterior wall. I'm astonished that I get reception in there at all to be honest but it does work fine for downloads.

Am I out of options? Is there anything I'm missing?

Many thanks for any ideas!
Nicolas Pratt
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