Is it possible to go to a pure wireless home network with shaw?
Not exactly, but parts can be.
If you want Shaw's WiFi modem for internet service, the modem will need a cable and a power connection, but your devices can connect wirelessly to it, and as long as their battery lasts, your devices can be pure wireless.
OK, Does that mean the wireless modem would just plug directly in where my cable runs into my house? I want to go away from a desk top to a laptop and not be limited to where I have to use it.
The WiFi modem could be placed anywhere there is a cable outlet, in the middle of the area to be covered with signal would be best.
Depending on how big of an area you want to have signal, you may need a 3rd party wireless router (if your area is bigger than the Shaw modem can support).
Can I do this or should a Shaw tech do it? I'm using a Shaw supplied modem.
If you are using the normal Shaw modem now, you could also go to a store and buy a wireless router, take it home and plug it in.
I don't know what the details are, accounts its a free rental, some accounts is a purchase-charge for the modem, and others, there is a rental fee.
If you want to go to the store and buy a router, unplug the power to your modem, hook up the router, plug the modem back in, after it is powered up, plug in the power to the router.
How big of space do you want to have coverage?
Its a open concept 1400Sq ft home plus I need coverage in a developed basement which has a shared wide opeing to the upper portioin of the house.
Two floors? Basement and Upper? or Three?
Putting the modem in the middle of the basement (or main floor if you have 3 levels) should provide coverage (unless there is something else going on in your home).
If the area you want to support is quite large, then I would definitely go with a third party router. The DPC3825 only has 2 antennas so the range is not fantastic. Most people bridge their modems and use a third party router for the additional configuration abilities as well.
Give the Wifi on the modem a shot, but be prepared to "upgrade" the wireless if need be.
I generally reccomend putting the WiFi router in the middle of the home. In the basement the proximity to the metal of the HVAC system that will cause blind spots and reflections. To have the range accross three floors (basement, ground, top) I suggest placing the device high up on the ground floor, such as the top of a bookshelf.
The Cisco modem, appears to have a much weaker signal below it, that is why I suggested the basement.
Regardless, those are your options
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