Need modem relocated within my home

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Curious about cost to have someone come out and make the change.
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Bonnie Jane Rhine

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Homeskillet

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Service calls are $95 and are a crap shoot, you could get someone well equipped and skilled or some kid who shows up with his girlfriend in tow and nothing but a screw driver in his pocket. Good luck to you. The last line is a true story when I had Viasat.
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Bonnie Jane Rhine

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Appreciate the info very much!
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Homeskillet

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www.doityourself.com

That is a great place to learn to do things yourself. Not sure if your modem move is a major project or something simple, are we talking going into another room and drilling through an outside wall? If it is not a simple job I would try to get a referral and hire a local handyman. The Viasat 3rd party contractors as I said are a crap shoot.
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It would be easier to give some advice if we knew what kind of move you had in mind and what kind of construction is involved.  Basement, crawlspace, attic?
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Old Labs

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Exactly, let's first determine why the OP needs the modem relocated. There may be other options.

$95 is a bit on the light side - you'll be looking at more than without Easy Care and even then it may not qualify as a relocate - a relocate applies to moving the dish not the modem.
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P.S. Even with Easy Care a relocate costs $95.
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Bonnie Jane Rhine

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Well, it's really not a major move but I will still need assistance.  If I can't get help from someone within the neighborhood, I'll just have to pay the $95.00.
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Homeskillet

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Can't you just run a Lan cable from a router along the baseboards? Not the prettiest, but functional.
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ExSatUser

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Yes why. And why not just install a better router if coverage is an issue.
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Bonnie Jane Rhine

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thanks but coverage is not the issue I need the modem relocated So I can put my grandson's Xbox in a different room.
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ExSatUser

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Okay.  Is that because the Xbox is connected directly to the modem?


Can the Xbox connect via Wifi?
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Bonnie Jane Rhine

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Yes ,  Xbox is connected directly to modem.  I'm not real saavy with all this, but we live out in the country and I am using Viasat along with my Dish network to enable the usage of the Xbox.
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Okay. You could connect it via wifi and them you wouldnt have to move the modem. To pay $95 to move a modem with cabling to another room, not sure an installer will be too happy to do that.
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Or if it has to be hardwired use a powerline range extender. Something like this. $68 and move it anywhere in the house

TP-Link AV1000 Powerline Wifi Extender, Powerline Adapter - Dual Band WiFi, Gigabit Port, Noise Suppression Design, Plug&Play, Power Saving(Tl-WPA7510 KIT) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0725LPTZR/...
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Bonnie Jane Rhine

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Thanks everyone.  I'll see what I can do.    Your information/suggestions have
 been very helpful!
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Most newer Xbox have wireless built in (I'd think).  Some older ones had an adapter to add on, I think....  So, if you already have wireless set up, for connecting things like laptops without a cable, you might have everything already, might not need the cable, unless it doesn't transmit strong enough to go through walls at the distance needed.

I didn't see if you had wifi or not, and maybe you don't know.  Does the satellite modem plug into anything other than the xbox?  Like a little box with antennas?  Describe the satellite modem, (shape, color, all details).  Model of the xbox would also be helpful, perhaps, might be on a tag under it (I have never actually looked at an xbox to know if it's tagged).

Here's a flat ethernet cable.  https://www.amazon.com/Ethernet-Internet-Network-Computer-Connectors/dp/B00WD017BG  I've got a shorter one similar, work good.  They are easy to put under things like rugs, along walls, in cracks, wherever, different than a round cable, perhaps.  Might not be practical for what you are doing or where it's going, but just an option if it would work.
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WiFi extenders are inexpensive. You could leave the modem where it is and use the WiFi extender to reach other places in you house.
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Bonnie Jane Rhine

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Okay, thanks. Guess I will Google WiFi extenders and find out what all is needed to accomplish my goal.