Apologies this is a bit of an “old man yells at cloud” post. I’m sure many people on here have got ethernet around old houses before, but I feel like this house was designed with the express purpose of being awkward to wire.
I live in an area of England that has mainly old terraced housing. Our area was developed in 1885 and were built to hold in as much heat as possible. But how was this done without insulation?
Every single wall is made of thick stone. Every. Single. Wall. Yes even interior walls.
This alone makes it a nightmare to run ethernet. Now sure, you can run ethernet externally but this doesn’t help much since it’s a mid-terrace (houses on both sides). So to get a cable to the other side of the house externally would result in me running ethernet all the way down the street across my neighbours properties.
My next step was to try and figure out how they wired the house for electricity since surely I could follow where they went? Unfortunately that wasn’t much use either since it’s a spaghetti mess that branches out from my unconverted cellar (designed to hold coal and our well). Each floor is on it’s own ring.
Unfortunately, powerline sucks with old electrical wiring. Especially when turning on the kettle drops the access point.
At this point I conceded and just ran a single patch cable along the skirting board which goes to an 8-port switch on my desk. It’s stupid but it works.
I’ve pretty much given up on Wi-Fi except for two rooms. I’m in close proximity to my neighbours by nature of it being a terraced house. There are about 2 access points on every 2.4GHz channel depending on the time of day. This causes frequent drop-outs even on a UniFi AC Lite.
5GHz would be the answer in this case if it wasn’t for the stupid stone walls. Repeaters kind of work but still suffer with the inteference problem.
It’s not all bad though. I do actually have near-gigabit (900) FTTP. It’s delivered by an overhead fibre cable so I do at least have that blessing.
Has anyone else had a similar struggle for ethernet? It seems to be the edgiest of edge cases. I’d be interested to hear any suggestions that could beat my current patch cable solution. It certainly seems a lot easier to do across the pond.