Wireless range booster

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  1. kev-89t

    kev-89t OT Supporter

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    Hey

    Well I'm moving into a house with some friends and instead of running wire all around the house we want to just use wireless. I have a wireless d-link router but I don't think it will reach all the rooms in the house, so I was wondering what I should buy to increase its range, like a second access point or something, and what one I should buy and where. Thanks guys
     
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    You could buy second access point and set it up with the same SSID and security settings or buy some long range antenna's.
     
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    keleko yes, he is

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    an extender will only boost the signal, but if there's something blocking the signal now there's not much a booster is gonna do other than throw what's being sent out up against that blockage

    second access point configured to get it's info from the 1st router

    but it all depends on the building it's going into, get one and see how it works, then go from there

    and 802.11n ftw
     
  5. EvilSS

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    Actually, that Netgear extender is a Powerline ethernet device. One end is a RJ45 to power adaptor, the other is a power to Wifi adaptor. Which brings up the question of since when can you get 54mb over house power wiring. Most devices I've seen are limited to 10 or 20Mb.

    Some of the other extenders are repeater devices, and most of those are limited to a select few devices they will work with.
     
  6. keleko

    keleko yes, he is

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    been around for ages, only in the last 3 years has the technology become cheap enough and overcomes the problems to be able to sell to consumers
     
  7. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    As much as I dislike Apple, their wifi stuff works pretty well and is easy to setup. Get an Airport as your main router/access point and then add Airport Expresses where needed to fill in the dead spots. The Expresses will get their signal from the main Airport over the wireless link.
     
  8. EvilSS

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    Home networking over home power wiring has been available to consumers for a long time (and phone extensions over home power wiring a long time before that). However, it is usually limited to low speeds because of noise and crosstalk (the reason for the "twisted" in Twisted Pair ethernet cables).

    There's also the internet over powerlines that the utilities are working on, but that's a different technology.
     
  9. EvilSS

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    This crazy product is stalking me now. I was looking for a review on the WGXB102 but found this instead.

    I knew something was fishy.

    http://reviews-zdnet.com.com/Netgear_WGXB102_wall_plugged_wireless_extender_kit/4505-3304_16-31119874-2.html?tag=glance
     
  10. keleko

    keleko yes, he is

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    just bumping my oldest thread i posted in

    move along :wavey:
     

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