Getting a WiFi signal upstairs has been a problem for a long time so moving my broadband connection upstairs seemed like a good idea. The main BT socket and wireless router is located down stairs but we have an office upstairs in a spare bedroom. I've tried various ways of getting a broadband connection including a phone line extension and even moving my wireless router around to see if I could get a better signal.

Broadband providers advise against connecting a router to an extension because it can introduce interference that can have an adverse effect so I had to find another way to improve my connection upstairs.

Moving my broadband connection upstairs : The best idea

The best idea would have been to move the BT master socket (NTE5) upstairs but I'm technically not allowed to touch it as it's BT property. I looked into the possibility of asking BT (Openreach) to come out and move the NTE5 for me but they want almost £130 to do so and I'm not made of money. I did think about doing it myself as I used to be a BT engineer but I no longer have the necessary tools or a ladder.

The other thought was to run an ethernet cable from the broadband router down stairs up to the bedroom and then install a seperate wireless router. You cannot connect an ethernet cable to the input of a router designed for a telephone connection as they use an RJ11 connector.

You can connect into a router designed for a cable connection such as Virgin Media so that was the plan. However, the  thought of a visible cable did not go down well with 'senior management' so I needed another plan.

The final solution: Use powerline (homeplug) ethernet adapters

I eventually found a solution that would allow us to get online properly from the upstairs office. I bought a pair of powerline ethernet adapters that are sometimes known as homeplug ethernet adapters. Powerline (Homeplug)  adapters are a great idea and Ideal when trying to get a broadband connection a long way from your wireless router.

The powerline (homeplug) adapters come as a pair and they use the mains electricity wiring to transmit the broadband from one point to another. Each adapter has an ethernet socket and a 3 pin plug for plugging it in to the mains. You plug one in next to your router and connect the ethernet cable between the router and the adapter.

I then went up stairs and plugged in an adapter close to where I had installed the cable router. I connected the two and made sure that the two adapters were communicating with each other as per the instructions.

Finally I ran an ethernet cable from the upstairs adapter into the back of my cable router. It worked!

Moving my broadband connection upstairs was a great idea and the bonus is that I now have a great wifi signal in all parts of the house.