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Hi, I have a 2Wire 270 DSl Modem I had bought through Qwest since they are my ISP. My home is a 1500 Sft Ranch, if the modem is in the bedroom and the Mac Book is in the family room down the hall the signal is very low and hard to get anything to load. I have the same # of bars as the signal from my neighbors modem in the next house. It seems to me that I should be able to get a signal in all rooms of the house. I called Qwest, they say my 2Wire 270 is from 08 and I should buy a new $100 Modem, I think that is what they said when I called in 08 due to poor performance, basically spending $50 per year on Modem's and never getting good signal in the entire small house. Pleas help thanks Tom

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If the walls in your house are made of lathe and plaster or concrete block, then the performance of WiFi through all the walls in your house will be very bad. The signal that you are receiving from your neighbor's modem is probably only going through two walls (the outside wall of their house and the outside wall of your house), while the signal from your modem is probably going through at least 4 or 5 walls.
I suggest that you do not buy a new modem, but buy a wireless access point, a spool of CAT6 cable and two Leviton RJ45 wall jacks. Run the CAT6 cable from the modem to your bedroom, install the Leviton RJ45 jacks on both ends of the cable, and then connect the wireless access point to the the jack in the bedroom and the modem to the jack near to it.
This will expand the wireless coverage in your house and allow you to buy much better wireless device than QWest would ever sell to you.
Here is a suggestion for Wireless Access Point.
You can buy the CAT6 cable and Leviton RJ45 jacks at Home Depot or Lowes.

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