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Use wireless router as range extender?

Q: Use wireless router as range extender?

This may sound like a stupid question, but can a wireless router be used as a range extender for a wireless network?

If say I have a wireless router in my office, but my network does not reach my living room, can I put a wireless router some where in the middle to extend the networks range? or do I have to spend the extra money for a range extender?

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A: Use wireless router as range extender?

no, the router should act as a repeater or a switch/hub, so long as the extending router has a route from your original wireless router and a route to your living room it should be fine.

wireless router[1]<>wireless router[2]<>computer system

essentially, the extra router will have to be assigned an IP address, this could be static to make it easier

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I am in need of a range extender to boost my WiFi access abilities. I am finding our cell phones not working as well in one part of the house as the other.

I have a Netgear N600 Wireless Dual Band Router. This serves much of the home quite well actually. But it begins to fade when connecting from the great room.

I happen to already have an old Belkin Wireless G Range Extender/Access Point.

Is there a way for me to get the Belkin to receive and boost the signal strength from the Netgear router? Or, is this equipment proprietary to the point they will not work together? And if so, I assume I will need to pick up a Netgear range extender? Or, are there other options?

Thank you for considering to assist me.

A:Netgear Router to Belkin Wireless G Range Extender

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I live in an association that provides WiFi (802.11b/g/n). It works fine upstairs, but my PS3 is in the basement, and doesn't get a good enough connection to stream netflix.

So I see two options, and I'm wondering which is better. It seems both would cost under $80.

Option 1:
Get a Wireless Range Extender that supports 802.11b/g/n, and put in upstairs.

Option 2:
Get a Wireless Access point and plug it into a wireless router (which I already have one lying around).

Which option is the best, and would give the best connection speed to my PS3 in the basement?

A:Solved: Wireless Range Extender or Access Point with Router

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I need to extend a wireless network controlled by 802.11g Wireless DSL/Cable Gateway Router (F5D7230-4), will WRE54G from Linksys help?

Please advise.

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My Setup:
Router: LinkSys EA8100
Range Extender: TP-Link RE580D

RE580D: EE:08:6B:E3:CB:0A
PC Connected to RE580D: EE:84:35:C0:9E:8C

The RE580D is connected to my PC via cable and has a wireless connection to my router EA8100.

Every 10 minutes or so the connection between them drops completely until I manually enter the RE580D dashboard and connect them back. I'm not too sure who is disconnecting from who. But here are the logs.

RE580D Dashboard Logs:
*Red: That's what the RE580D shows when it automatically disconnects
*Blue: That showed after i manually connected it back

EA8100 sysinfo.cgi:
The only relevant information I can find from that log is this
I have sectioned the parts with spaces. The only thing I can assume is that this is the error message "CmdExtStaRecUpdateRsp::ERROR::EventExtCmdResult.u4Status = 0x10003" whatever this means...

Nov 15 06:13:45 GreenCrank-2-4 kern.warn kernel: Rcv Wcid(1) AddBAReq
Nov 15 06:13:45 GreenCrank-2-4 kern.warn kernel: Start Seq = 00000003
Nov 15 06:13:45 GreenCrank-2-4 kern.warn kernel: AP SETKEYS DONE - AKMMap=WPA2PSK, PairwiseCipher=AES, GroupCipher=AES, wcid=1 from EC:08:6B:81:9E:8E
Nov 15 06:13:45 GreenCrank-2-4 kern.warn kernel: PTK:edf608acccc0df391b08d2b4a99f56364b1cdc4d0cdf84a80b1855dea2976d7f5e8cc524cf36558e9be1001468979b5638418bf803888796153d0cf9f52cba24
Nov 15 06:13:45 GreenCrank-2-4 kern.warn kernel: CmdExtStaRecUpdateRsp::ERROR::EventEx... Read more

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Hi, I want to transfer the signal from one apartment to another. The range is 20m and between them is a thick wall. I've tried with 2 routers but the range wasn't as good as I expected. Now, I'm thinking of buying 2 extenders, one placed on the end of the one apartment and one placed at the entrance of the second apartment, will that do the job?

A:W-Fi range extender or second router in home?

If you have already tried 2 routers and that did not seem to work for you; yes the next thing to try is 1 or 2 wi-fi extenders. That should work for you. My friend has one at their house and it seems to work pretty well for them as their house has thick walls as well and its hard for the wi fi signal to get to other parts of the house.

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I set up my wifi router Linkys WRT54GC (connected by cable to a PC) and Sitecom WL-130 range extender (for a laptop) about a year ago, and apart from the occasional IP conflict in the laptop it worked well. Recently, I attempted to definitively solve the IP problem. After resetting both router and range extender to the factory settings and reconfigurating them I was able to connect to the access point, but not the Internet – and I'm stuck at this point. I followed the set up guides to the letter but I just can't see what I'm doing wrong. Here are the router and range extender details:
WRT54GC router info:
Firmware version 1.00.7
Internet connection type – DHCP
IP Address -
Default Gateway -
Local IP address –
Subnet Mask –
Starting IP address –
MAC Address - 00:18:39:2c:63:6b
DHCP Server Setting – enabled
DDNS Service – disabled
MAC address clone – disabled
Mode – mixed (g+b)
SSID – linksys
Wireless Channel – 11
Wireless SSID broadcast – enabled
Wireless Security – WEP 64

WL-130 info:
Mode – Universal Repeater
Band – 2.4 GHz (B+G)
ESSID - SitecomAP
Channel NΊ – 11
WLAN MAC – 000000000000
Root AP SSID – linksys (using the site survey)
Security – WEP 64 (same encryption key as the router)
IP address –
Subnet Mask –
OS -Windows XP Home SP3
Thank you very much....

A:Range extender - wifi router problem

Can the main computer use the internet or is it just a problem with client computers ?

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I currently have a Belkin router and a Belkin range extender. I have the router downstairs and the extender upstairs. Right now the router operates as <SSID> and the extender is <SSID> Alt. I would like to use them both as <SSID>, and have them work together. For example, I use the Wifi downstairs on my laptop, I walk upstairs, and I don't have to change over to the other network. It would switch automatically to the stronger signal. I'm not sure whether this is possible or not, but this would be really nice. Thanks in advance.

A:Solved: Use a Router and a Range Extender as One Network

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Looking to enhance my wireless signal in my home. What is a good all around wireless extender that works well? I was looking at the Netgear WN3000RP. Thoughts and experience?

A:Wireless Range Extender

there's quite a few available - I tend to use the edimax range - but netgear would be fine
i tend to avoid these type of units, simply because they are restricted to a mains socket - wheres others with a mains cable give a little flexibility to move up or sideways from the mains socket to get a reasonable signal

but a few people here seem to have success with them , once setup correctly

i would install a wireless stumbler onto a PC and see what sort of signal strength you get at the point you are planning to use the extender , i would suggest a signal around the -60dBm would be required to get a robust signal to the extender from the router

use xirrus

Run Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector
Download and install
If you cannot access the internet with this PC, then you will need to copy the program across to the faulty PC
Save the file to a USB flash drive or other removable media. Plug it into the working computer with internet access and copy the file and install the program.
You will now need to take a screen shot and copy that back to the working PC and attach the screen shot in a reply on the forum here.

If you do not have another PC - do you have a phone connected to the internet - can you photograph the result and post the image in a reply

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I am looking to extend my wireless coverage a little further in the house. I have a Netgear wireless modem through Comcast cable. I am not sure whether to go for a Linksys entender, Netgear plug in extender or try to get a high gain antenna. Any ideas?

A:Wireless range extender

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I read that the router has to have WDS bridging/repeating. Does anyone know if my router has that? I'm trying to increase the strength signal of the router or ps3 wireless card. The router has a range of 1k feet but the built in ps3 wireless keeps showing a weak signal.

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My mother-in-law bought a WRE for the house since most of us are using wireless internet. I've come across a problem while trying to get the WRE "installed". I try to run the software on the cd linksys supplied and it gets to the point where it starts making "a site survey" (no idea what that means). It gets to 90%, then it says "site survey failed". Anyone know what the issue is and/or how to fix this?

A:Linksys Wireless Range Extender

What's a WIRE?

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i have a linksys wre54g range extender. i got it set up per instructions and it worked fine for awhile but now the the "link" light goes from blue to red for a short time, then back to both blinking blue which blue is where they should constantly be. i have 3 pc's running win xp home, one the basestation wired to the router, other one is a wireless toshiba laptop with 802.11g in it and another pc with a wireless card installed. i called linksys and went thru the instructions and it worked for awhile now it's doing the same thing with the "link" red light keeps blinking then it goes to blue for a short time, then red again.the "activity" light stays blue all the time.
i unplugged it, then went thru the same proceedure i did when i talked to linksys and the red light keeps coming on and off. anyone know what to do?
thanks, Jim

A:linksys wireless range extender

Try setting it up using satic address for the all the PC's.

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I have a desktop in a room that is not in the same room as my router. While I would love a true LAN connection, that is not possible. Currently I'm using a near extinct netgear wireless adapter. It connects/disconnects all the time, I've trouble shooted it for hours, changing channels, encryption, various router settings etc. to no avail. I have decided it is time to replace the POS and upgrade.

My question is, would it be better to buy a new wireless adapter, or go with a range extender? I have several wireless devices; however, range isn't a main issue. I was wondering if I would gain anything using the LAN connection from the extender. I do have a dual band n router. The range extender I was looking at does say dual band, but I think I read it can only use one frequency at a time. The two products I am looking at are linked below. I have a Linksys EA2700 router, and I also stream a lot of media from this desktop.

Extender: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124493

Adapter: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124467

Let me know what you think, as I am trying to purchase this ASAP. Thanks in advance!

A:Wireless Adapter v. Range Extender

can we see an xirrus screen shot from the desktop - see below

I dont know those products - so cannot comment specifically on those

An alternative maybe to use homeplugs to connect the desktop to router via the home electrical system

The linksys router emulator and user guide is here

it looks like the linksys supports 2.4 and 5ghz simultaneously

xirrus will help with seeing the signal of both of those if enabled

Run Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector
Download and install
If you cannot access the internet with this PC, then you will need to copy the program across to the faulty PC
Save the file to a USB flash drive or other removable media. Plug it into the working computer with internet access and copy the file and install the program.
You will now need to take a screen shot and copy that back to the working PC and attach the screen shot in a reply on the forum here.

If you do not have another PC - do you have a phone connected to the internet - can you photograph the result and post the image in a reply

Direct link to the program is here http://info.xirrus.com/Wi-FiInspectorConfirmation.html

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Has anyone been successful in setting up a wireless range extender (access point) to connect to an open (unsecured) network without owning the wireless network? Or do you know if it is possible? Please share your experiences if you have and tell me what product(s) you recommend. Thanks... Andrew

A:Wireless Range Extender and Open Wireless Networks

Sure its possible. The only thing to remember is if the owner makes changes to his WAP that your linked to it will cut your connection. I have used the Linksys Wireless range etender without incident and its nice because it has a one push button to get it configured for where you are at.

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Can anyone suggest a reasonably priced wireless N range extender for a home network? I am using cable internet with over 20 mps but my wireless is weak.

A:Solved: Looking for a good wireless range extender

The Linksys Wireless Range Extender N300 Dual Band (RE1000) works well for my daughter. I have nothing with which to compare it, and it is not really stressed by her usage.

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I have a wireless router downstairs and I get a crappy signals upstairs. If i buy this I want to put this upstairs but does this have to be connected to the router? i have a D-Link router.

A:Belkin Wireless G Universal Range Extender

I re-read the post. The extender must be positioned to receive a good signal from the router AND from the upstairs computer when the extender is configured as a bridge/repeater. Positions of antennas affects performance (vertical, horizontal, inclined at angle). Wireless G seems to have good vertical range at our church (concrete, beams, girders, etc).

The d-link router must be capable of supporting WDS (repeaters/bridges) if the extender is used in that manner. In this configuration, all points use the same SSID and channel.

If the extender is used for its greater range, it can be cabled to the router. In this configuration a different channel is used and a different SSID can be chosen, as well.

I suggest that you experiment since a few of the newer routers support WDS but do not advertise so (at least that is a rumor from another board). Start simple - without encryption. (For Bridge/repeater - extender not cabled to router) :Configure to extender to the same ssid & channel as the router. Examine the status & logs for the router. See if the extender appears in the client table and/or logs. From the router side (computer connected to router), obtain the status page for the extender (based on the IP assigned in the client table).

From the extender side, a cable connection eliminates some of the guesswork. Otherwise, go for the home run - go wireless. Attempt to access the network and hope for the best.

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i purchased the belkin i described in the title of this post. It instructs me after connecting it to my pc that i should go to web page "http://belkin.range it comes up that there is no site for this address. I can't use this extender until i visit the web to set it up. Help

A:Belkin Dual wireless range extender

that does seem to be the full address

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Okay from the flood I salvaged a WRE54G that I was using at my house. (it was not damaged at all so a malfunctioning unit is not the case.)

At the hotel they have wireless but you can only get it right by the door of the hotel room. I decided to try my WRE54G in order to boost this bubble to the rest of the hotel room.

I can get into the WRE54G's page by hardcoding my laptops card to 192.168.1.X and a subnet.

Also I got the MAC address of the wireless device to input into the WRE54G's web based setup.

The problem I have is even after this I can't web browse. I also tried changing ALL of this IP information to the hotels IP scheme I.E, 10.82.55.X and have the gateway as theirs but this yielded no other results either.

Mind you I have no access to this router and I just want to boost/relay without administration on their hardware. I have an okay from the front desk to do this as long as I do not tamper with the hotels hardware.

BTW this is a 100% unsecured wireless network so were not dealing with encryption or anything being the problem.

This isn't 100% a have to setup. As they do have a wired connection but the problem is we have 2 computers AND the wired connection has a web based agreement page that will not allow you to just input an access point (already tried that it must be that the wired was an existing lockdown service they never removed and wireless is newly added and wide open for use).

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A:Trying to get range extender to work on a Hotel wireless device.

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On instruction from reviews of the TV on amazon, i bought a TP-Link wireless range extender to set up as a client/repeater (not sure which to use) to connect wirelessly to my router in another room so i can connect an ethernet to the TV for online functions without an overpriced Sony wireless dongle.

I connect the device to the router, assign a random IP in the same subnet as my lan (since it has the same default address as my router) and set the default gateway to my router's IP address (assuming this is what it is asking for) and set the device to either client or repeater mode (unsure of which i need so have tried both) and everything seems fine until this point. However, I set the device to WEP security and set the WEP key to the same as my router as the instructions say and my router instantly loses it's internet connection entirely and repeatedly tries to reconnect and fail until i disable WEP security on the wireless range extender, at which point it successfully reconnects.

Not sure if either of these things are relevent but looking at the GUI of my router, it dosnt seem to acknowlage the existance of the device and trying to ping it with the ethernet connected succeeds but without it connected fails.

Does anyone know what i'm doing wrong?

A:Solved: Help setting up wireless range extender for Sony Bravia TV

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Hi. I need help setting this up, AGAIN.

I lost power for 35 hours, and many items in my house, including this needs a resetup. I remember when I had to set this up last 4-5 times, I didn't use any software... What I did I hooked this up to my PC, opened up my browser, went to some site address 192.168.blahh.blahh, logged in to this Hawking device and configured it there.

I think (not sure) all I need help with that first, what was that address though?

ADMIN and PASSWORD I can figure out on my own; but what is the address I go to??

The software for this device doesn't see it neither :-(

P.S. I'm pretty sure I enabled the adapter. .

Thanx folks

A:Hawking HWREN1 Hi-Gain Wireless-300N Range Extender No CD

try this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mttZvnENKP0

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I recently installed a Hawking N range extender on my network to support a Roku that my husband got for Christmas. The Roku works great now, but my laptop sometimes connects to the main network (the way I always connected before the range extender) and sometimes to the range extender (which has the same network settings as the main router). Now I can only connect to the range extender. I have not changed any of the settings. The network pass key is the same for both. Why can't I connect directly to my original network. Both the range extender and the network name are listed in network connections.

A:Solved: Installed a range extender, now can only connect to the extender

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Should be easy!....
But I cannot get my NEW Netgear N600 router to communicate with a NEW Netgear WN 3000 RP extender.

The instructions say to press the WPS button on the extender then the WPS button on the router. No WPS button exists on the router!

The instructions also I can use any wireless network manager utility to set this up. Can't find where this is in Windows 7.

The I pad has found the NETGEAR_EXT address but won't connect. And the light on the extender does no indicate teh router is communicating with it.

Thought this process would be a simple plug and play, but...frustration!

A:Netgear N600 router & Netgear WN3000 range extender

You can see the button here pal ... Netgear call it "Push 'N' Connect"

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I apologize in advance if I am asking a question that has already been answered but I couldn't find it anywhere.

I am using a Netgear 108 Mbps Wireless Firewall Route (model: WGT624) that is 802.11g. I need to use a range extender with this and I have a Belkin Wireless Range Extender/Access Point (model: F5D7130) that is 54g that I am trying to use with it. The router works fine but I cannot get the extender to work with the router.

Several questions:
1. Is it possible to use a router and a range extender that are different brands?
2. If it is possible, how do I get them to "talk" to each other?

Currently I am showing the extender with excellent signal strength but limited to no connectivity.

Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated.

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, Service Pack 1, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.73GHz, x86 Family 6 Model 13 Stepping 8
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 503 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 915GM/GMS,910GML Express Chipset Family, 4 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 38051 MB, Free - 10509 MB;
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0N8719
Antivirus: None

I cannot get this unit, MODEL F9K1106v1, to find my network??

I have tried BELKIN'S website for help w/o any success.

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Hi everyone

I want to set up an old DSL-G604T Wireless Router as an extender/repeater for my WiFi.
I know that I have to have an Ethernet Cable to do this, so I have set that up between my existing router and my secondary router.

The part that I get confused about is the setup that involves changing the settings in the secondary router (IP address, Subnet Mask, Channel etc...)

I wondered if it would be also possible to make my existing wireless router (which is providing Internet access) to connect with my secondary wireless router in such a way that it comes up as one wireless connection instead of having to switch over between different wireless connections that has the most range.

So overall a Step by Step Guide would certainly help with this.

A:Using a DSL-G604T Wireless Router as an extender for my WiFi

You probably will have to have separate names for the 2 networks. As far as settings, you want to connect from one of the LAN ports on the first router to one of the LAN ports on the second router. You then go into the second routers settings and make sure you turn off DHCP, this basically turns it into a wireless switch or AP. You would probably also want to change the 2nd routers IP to the same subnet as the first router but make sure it doesn't end in a 1, like make it .254 or something like that.

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I currently have the NBN with optus using the the Sagemcomm modem router, it is located at one end of house and front of house has a few wifi weak spots. I am looking to make wifi signal stronger. The sagemcomm is 802.11n, are you able to connect a 802.11ac modem router to this?

What would be best to go, buy a second wireless modem router to connect to Sagemcomm by Ethernet cable or a wifi extender?

For the wireless router modem I have been looking at the TP Link archer D9 and for wifi extender the Netgear Ex7000.

Look forward to your reply, think I am getting myself confused with it all.

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Hi al u guys

i have a simple question reguarding the range of any cheap $50 to $150 max wireless router when place outdoor... actualy i am thinking of making my own network of friends living in a single street of about 100 meters apart from my house at max... for multiplayer gaming and file sharing etc etc... as my house is in the center and its quite high amoung other houses i decided to place router outside on my roof at height... may be inline of sight of other house(provided i will take care of climate conditions) ..... and as for clients i dont want any instrument installed at client except wlans... at max i will make an extention for clients to place there antenas outdoors

now tell me wether this is practically possible or not under very limited budget.

tell me if i am unclear about some thing....

thanks in advance

A:Outdoor range of Wireless Router eg. (Linksys router wt54..) or anyother with 108

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Hi everyone and thanks for you time

We have a rather large spread on our property, and had a little tussle over placement of our Wireless G router (Lynksys). I've read enough about Wireless-N to know it would be a good opportunity to upgrade and convinced our landlord to do so.

However I'm not seeing any noticeable difference in terms of the network range after installing the Linksys WRT150N - I'm still stuck at about 100 feet with a direct line of sight, which is no difference from the previous router. I have little concern for speed as our local cable internet maxes out at 600 KB/s regardless, so I figured we would be set to go with our existing wireless cards.

My question then is - is it necessary to install Wireless N cards in our laptops to improve the range? Can't find much on this topic through Google.

A:Need Wireless-N card to boost Wireless-N router range?

I think it helps a little, however im not 100% sure, talk to your landlord about getting a range extender, you just plug them into the wall.

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Hi all I have a Belkin wireless router and belkin card, which work fine however since moving into the new house it appears the range from the router to the PC is too far or possibly their are too many walls in the way.

What is the quickest and cheapest way of extending the range? Can I get a more powerful antenna? or should I be thinking of range extenders?

A:Wireless router range?

I'd start with the hi-gain antenna, it's probably the cheapest and easiest to get working. You might also consider relocating the router to a more central location.

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Have FIOS internet service. They provided a wireless router.
I just purchased a HP Pavilion d9000 Notebook.
Wireless router range does not extend throughout entire house (2 stories... about 65 ft long... router at one end on first floor... need for access at furthest point of other end on
2nd floor... of course!!).
I tried a Linksys USB antenna adaptor that plugs into the laptop. This did not solve the problem(still no signal at far end of home).
I called FIOS. Their solution was to purchase a "repeater", but from what I've been able to research, type solution decreases internet connectivity speed by 50%.
I am looking for a good solution (or product) that will provide a strong signal throughout the home. If a "repeater" is the only answer, can anyone recommend a particular proven product that will satisfy my needs? I cannot re-locate the router.
Thanks for any help/insight.

A:Wireless Router-Expand Range

Hawking Tech has a number of products that will help you increase your wireless range. The root page is Hawking Hi-Gain&#8482; WiFi Range Extending Products.

Some of the more interesting products are this Hawking [HSB2] Hi-Gain WiFi Signal Booster, which can be used on either end of a wireless connection to boost the signal power.

Another way to increase your signal strength is by the use of hi-gain antennas. You can choose from omni-directional or directional models, here are a couple of examples.

Hawking [HAI7SIP] Hi-Gain 7dBi Omni-Directional Antenna

Hawking [HAI15SC] Hi-Gain 15dBi Corner Antenna

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I am looking to getting an ADSL wireless router so I can use my laptop any where in my house and connect it to the internet without having to have the laptop physically plugged into the phoneline. A number of friends of mine do this, using an ADSL router, with a wireless adapter card. However as I am with AOL, who naturally choose to be awkward I cannot directly follow suit with the same routers - all the brands I have looked at do not mention specific ranges, how can I tell how far their signal would reach?


A:ADSL Wireless Router and range

How long is a road? That's a similar question.

There are so many factors that influence the range of WiFi signals that it's impossible to come up with a single number.

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have two Linksys WRT54G v8 wireless routers. I am receiving poor wireless transmission in certain parts and I would like to use one of the routers as a range expander.
Is there a way to use my second wireless router as a range expander? If so, how do I do this.

(Note: Only one router is currently in use.)

Thank you.

A:wireless router as range expander

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Hello, I have a Belkin N1 Router connected on the groud floor of my bungalow. It works fine on the ground floor but I have a Desktop computer on the first floor and I use a 'N USB Wiresless adapter' to make my desktop catch the wireless signal but it does not catch any signal. I have tried to enquire everything about these routers and everyone adviced that Belkin N1 is the best among all the wireless routers and can work even on the 4-5 floors of a building. My question is that why my desktop computer or my laptop (which is not wireless) not catch any signal on the first floor. Thank you and Take care


A:Range issue with wireless router

Even though it appears you're having the same problem, please start a new thread when you have a new issue. It's very difficult to keep two problems straight and who's working on what in a single thread.

I've created a new thread for your issue here.

Note: You will need to post complete details of your configuration and your specific issue in this new thread for us to help you.

Thanks for your cooperation.

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I have a Netgear RangeMax Cable Router but still can't get a signal in a particular room in the house. The router is in the attic, three floors up.

If I get ONE OF THESE, can I just sit it on the landing, half way down, and give it a go?

Obviously I'll need to set it up, but once that's done can it just sit there, completely separate from the router, plugged into the power supply, and increase the signal downstairs?


A:Range Extender

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Large house with twists and turns, 2 story, 3500 sq ft. Current router only works in half the house.

Looking for way to solve the problem economically as possible. Booster??

Thanks all for your help.

A:Can someone recommend a wireless router with extra range?

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I currently have one of the earliest models of the Linksys Access Point WAP 11 hooked up to my 4 port wired Linksys Router BEF which I use just for my laptop. I have cable intenet right now and am using Power Line adapters with my wired router for my other computers. However, I find them to be finicky with my new home's wiring though and they seem to break easily. I was thinking about going totally wireless. One problem is that my access point barely can put out a signal going up one story in my home. My question is should I put out about $30 buck for a used Linksys range booster or just get a new Wireless Router to use for all my computers. If so will the range be appreciatively better? What kind of speeds can I get? What router would give me the best bang for my buck? (I don't need anything super crazy over-the-top).

A:Best wireless router - range/speed/cost

I'm using a Netgear DG834PN Rangemax ADSL Modem/Router/Firewall which is supposed to provide better than standard range; perhaps this or the next generation of the same might meet your needs. (http://www.netgear.co.uk/rangemaxnext_wirelessbroadbandrouter_dg834n.php)



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Hi I am setting a computer up in my garage but it is getting a very poor signal from my wireless router which is on the opposite side of my house and basically unusable.

I am considering getting a good wifi booster/extender etc. but with the cost of a good one ($70-80) it may make more sense to upgrade my wireless router??? It's been a couple of years since I looked into this, have any new routers come out that have a lot more output/range to cover my whole house area? (Just a single story family home with detached garage)

If anyone could recommend a good wireless router I would appreciate it. Thanks!

A:Recommend a wireless router with great range.

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Hi guys,

I have a huge house and need to set up a wireless network between my Windows XP computer and a Windows ME computer.

I brought the Netgear Rangemax Wireless Router & USB Adapter WPN824, however I only ever get a maximum signal of 17% to the WinME pc upstairs!

Is there a router/adapter compatible with WinME & XP that has a greater range then the Rangemax router?

Thanks in advance for any replys!

A:Maximum range wireless router needed?

Actually, pretty much all wireless routers will exhibit similar range. If you really need longer range, I'd consider one or both of the following options.

[HSB2] Hi-Gain WiFi Signal Booster

[HAI7SIP] Hi-Gain 7dBi Omni-Directional Antenna

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I'm not sure which wireless router would be best.I'm trying to help my father get one for his bed and breakfast, so they need:
- good signal for 30m on two floors
- 8-12 simultaneous connections
- maybe bandwidth limiting for each connection
- good security options for users and themselves
- anything less than £100

I've had a look at:

Does that look good, or should I be looking at something else?

It seems like a real challenge to find the right thing.


A:Hard to find the right wireless router with range?

Truthfully, you'd be better served IMO with several more inexpensive routers wired as wireless access points placed at strategic locations. I'd use three, one about at about 5m from each extreme end and one in the middle. I'd configure them on channels 1, 6, 11 (or similarly spaced to avoid interference and channel overlap. One of the routers would be connected directly to the broadband service the other two would be configured as access points. You can also use real WAP units, but it's common to be able to buy wireless routers for far less than a WAP, and they offer the same functionality for your use. You would need to run a cable between the three router locations and to the broadband modem (if not located with one of the routers).

The advantage of this configuration is it gives you much better coverage than any single router, and it also spreads the wireless access over multiple connections. Eight 802.11g connections on a single wireless router or WAP results in very slow access for all of them. 802.11g is half duplex and operates on a contention basis, the more connections you have, the slower things get. By the time you get to 8-10 connections, it's starting to look like poor dial-up service! Spreading the wireless connections over multiple wireless access points will greatly ease this congestion.

Here's the recipe for configuring the secondary routers as WAP units.

Connecting two (or more) SOHO broadband routers together.

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my wifes ibook will only run 80211.b and cannot use wpa security as per my orange broadband router - but it did work with my old dell 1184 router previously.

The desktop pc has a wired connection to a sky router on the top floor, which is wireless but the mac cant connect to it as it is just out of range from the ground floor..

On the middle floor is orange broadband using a siemens wireless router which is within range but using wps psk - so cant connect to it..

What I would like to do is connect wirelessly via the DELL 1184 - using the orange broadband connection..

I can connect routers using network cables to set up - but want to run the dell in the living room using just a power cable and wireless connection..

I want to set up the routers using my dell 1555 studio laptop and then just connect up using the mac.. I think I might need to put the orange settings into the dell router ?

can someone pls list blow by blow instructions of how to set up the routers to talk to each other and then other wireless devices - security can only be none or wep on the dell even if wpa psk on the orange one - is that possible ?

anyway any help would be gratefully received - i've spent all afternoon swearing at the dell 1184 !!


POSTSCRIPT: reset to factory defaults and wireless is not transmitting ?? switched on but not hooked up to an adsl connection is that why ??

A:extending range of wireless router for wifes mac

Hawking Tech has a number of products that will help you increase your wireless range. The root page is Hawking Hi-Gain&#8482; WiFi Range Extending Products.

Some of the more interesting products are this Hawking [HSB2] Hi-Gain WiFi Signal Booster, which can be used on either end of a wireless connection to boost the signal power.

Another way to increase your signal strength is by the use of hi-gain antennas. You can choose from omni-directional or directional models, here are a some examples.

Hawking [HAI7SIP] Hi-Gain 7dBi Omni-Directional Antenna

Hawking [HAI15SC] Hi-Gain 15dBi Corner Antenna

[HAO14SD] Outdoor Hi-Gain 14dBi Directional Antenna Kit

For 802.11n applications, this ZyXEL ANT1106 6db omni-directional antenna can be used.

For really long range outdoor applications, this 24dB parabolic WiFi Antenna may be a good choice.

If you have a wireless adapter that doesn't have provisions for an external antenna, one adapter that I've had good luck with is a Rosewill RNX-G1 USB Wireless Adapter. It's feature is that is has a removable antenna and will accommodate replacement antennas.

This is just a sample of available products, many people have hi-gain antennas with similar specifications, but I haven't seen any other suppliers of signal boosters.

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Setup of Wireless Router in 10.10.250.x range


We have a DLink wireless router (n150)

Our IP network range is 10.10.250.x

I want to connect this router to a ethernet cable and be able to use it for wireless and also connect one or two physical computers to the back of the router (as it has 3 extra ports).

When I connect the router and have it issue DHCP in the 10.10.250.x range - the router gets a IP address of

As a result, if a computer is physical connected to the router, that pc get the gateway of - while our really gateway is

This causes the internet not to work on that pc.
I have tried to have the router issue IP's on the range of 192.168.1.x but the problem is then on my wireless clients I am not able to connect (map) to shared folders since the network IP range is 10.10.250.x (and hence different subnets).

Can somebody please help?


A:Setup of DLink Wireless Router in 10.10.250.x range

What is the modem used with this router?

Are you connecting this router to another router, or directly to a broadband modem?

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A friend owns a small antique and collectors market in London and wants to provide wi-fi internet access to the various dealers who lease small shop units. The building was formerly a small cinema and is an odd but broadly U shaped design.

A BT Hub (a re-badged N compatible wi-fi modem router) has been installed at a mid point on the right hand side of the U. The shop units within an approximate 30 foot radius of the router can obtain a signal and access the internet so we know that it is working. Outside of that footprint (roughly at the bottom of the U and up the left hand side there is no signal from the router.

The solution has been to install an Edimax EW-7416 300m wi-fi range extender/access point at a mid point on the left hand side of the U. Now the units on the left hand side of the U can connect to the extender but can’t access the internet!

I figure there are two possible reasons for this:

1. The same signal strength problem that prevents direct connection to the router outside of an approximate 30 foot radius is also preventing the extender and the router communicating with each other wirelessly. I couldn't connect directly to the router while standing outside a unit on the left hand side of the U so to my mind it follows that the extender, which is located on that side of the building and which is just another wireless device, might also be having the same problem.

2. The extender has not been set up correctly to communicate with the router. I was a... Read more

A:Wi-Fi Range Extender Woes

Use of extenders are hit and miss and I consider them junk.

The only proper way to do what you're asking is to use a wireless controller along with lightweight APs spread around the facility based on best wireless coverage. Anything less is just crud.

I'm also assuming this friend has the appropriate service from BT to supply internet access in this manner to the renters.

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Hi All
first time user and not IT savvy, have recently purchased a Belkin dual range wireless extender set it up all good my lap top died and so did my pass word. to connect my new lap top how do I reset extender to put in another password or is there an easy way

Thanks Russ

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Hey Guys,

Hey I have been looking into a Range Extender for my Router because my Vista Machine and Windows 7 Desktop both receive Poor Signal at the End of the House and was wondering how and what Hardware I need to Install a Range Extender

Our Router is a Belkin I will give you the Full Details Later today

Also Another Question what Range Extenders are compatible

Many Thanks,

A:Adding a Range Extender

Are you sure you want an extender? They can cost a fair bit of money, so I'll give you the free alternatives first:

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^^It's really helpful and I have followed the steps that I haven't already done and I can see the speed differences already

^^Try putting some foil at the back of the router (between the router and the wall). This will reflect any signals that go that way - I'm assuming you don't have laptops in the walls

Apple - AirPort Express - Features - Internet Sharing

^^ A friend of mine does this, and he seems to like it but it does cost $100 (here's the ebay results: airport express items - Get great deals on Computing, Consumer Electronics items on eBay UK!)

Hope this helps Josh


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I have been Trying to add a Range extender so I can Get a better Signal Coverage accross my House,

Please Help me as to what I need to do with both of ther Routers to be able to connect them Wirelessly Last resort would be ethernet Connection but that can take some time

Any Help is appreciated,

If you want anymore Information then please ask

Many Thanks,

A:Adding a Range Extender

this tutorial may help.

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