Wireless routers are most effective if they are positioned in a higher spot in a room. However, you may have trouble reaching the nearest electrical outlet without an unsightly and obtrusive extension cord dangling down your wall.
It's quite simple to add an additional outlet by connecting it to an existing outlet in the room. All you need is a few tools and supplies.
What you will need:
The outlet and a cover plate.
You can buy each for under one dollar at your local discount store or home improvement center.
Also called a gang box, this will house the new outlet
Electric wire is sold in
Check the breaker that controls the outlet from which you intend to power your new outlet. If the breaker is stamped "15", you will need at least fourteen gauge wire, if stamped "20", you will need twelve gauge wire.
Rolls of wire for small residential projects are sold in twenty five and fifty foot lengths. If the source outlet is within fifteen feet of the new location, a twenty five foot roll should suffice.
Wire cutter/ stripper tool
Preparing to install the new outlet
If it is possible, try to locate your new outlet directly above your existing outlet, or as close as possible. When you have picked the exact location, trace the open end of the outlet box on the wall with a pencil. You will then cut the drywall along the outline with the razor knife, then remove the rectangle of drywall.
Next, you will plug a working appliance into the source outlet, then turn off the breaker to that outlet. This is an additional safeguard to be sure that you"vet turned off the correct breaker. If the appliance shuts off, the power is disconnected.
Remove the cover plate and the existing outlet and outlet box with your screwdrivers, and pull the outlet from the box, and the box from the wall. They will not pull out from the wall completely. Break off a punch out tab from the top of the outlet box to create an opening for your new wiring to enter.
Hooking up the new outlet.
You will now run wire from the new outlet box to the source (existing) outlet box. Begin to feed your sheath of wire through the punched out opening in the new outlet box and then into the hole that you cut in the drywall, You may need to shake or jostle the wire gently if you hit minor obstructions.
When you can see the end of the wire inside the wall at the source (existing) outlet
Using your wire cutter/stripper, pull the plastic sheathing away from the outside of the wire bundle until a few inches of individual wires are free. Strip one inch of insulation from the ends of the black and white wires by placing each wire into the correct slot in the wire stripper blades (marked "14" or "12", depending on the gauge you are using). Close the blades and pull the wire through.
Attach the wires to the open side of the existing outlet. The black wire to the gold terminal, the white wire to the silver terminal, and the green or copper wire to the green grounding terminal. Replace the outlet box, the source outlet, and cover plate.
Cut the wire and repeat the wiring process at your new outlet location, then install using the same procedures. Turn on the breaker and you're finished. To find out more, speak with a business like Allied Electric Inc.