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Can the fiber network switch be used as the router? I currently have fiber coming in from the street to our smart panel in the basement (where all the CAT5e's end up). Telus installed the fiber switch in there as well as the wifi router. obviously having the wifi router inside a smart panel (which is inside a closet) down in the basement is a horrible wifi location. id like to have the wifi router on the main floor.
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Yes, you can move the Telus supplied router to a more central location in your house - you just have to run a length of Ethernet cable between the two locations. You can find termination kits at your local hardware chain store.
You can also add an Access Point in a more central location in your house instead of moving the router.
My ONT (Optical Network Terminal) is in the crawl space, and the router / gateway is in my computer room. From there, Ethernet cable runs to the PVR in the living room, and another Ethernet cable to a switch with various other devices connected.
i know i can move the wifi router. i want to know if i can use the fiber switch as the router... i already tried moving the router to a cental location in the house but then all the cat5e's in the smart panel become disconnected from the network.
No, you can't use the ONT as a router. Your best choice becomes to leave the Actiontec where it is, and place an inexpensive Access Point at a central location in your home to provide Wi-Fi and a point to attach other local Ethernet devices.