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Q: Wireless Repeater

Do I have to have a special type of router or repeater to turn an ordinary wireless router into a repeater for an existing network and are they more expensive?

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A: Wireless Repeater

Quote: Originally Posted by RainbowDustin

Do I have to have a special type of router or repeater to turn an ordinary wireless router into a repeater for an existing network and are they more expensive?

Hello RainbowDustin;

The simple, quick answer is yes.

However, many of the current router models have the "Bridge" feature included, which allows you to bridge two or more routers in the same network to extend the range.

Please note that when creating a wireless "Repeater", you give up like half of your bandwidth because the router must first receive the signal, then rebroadcast the signal. As it cannot broadcast and receive simultaneously, half your time is spent in waiting. However, when bridging two routers with a cable, you do not experience this loss.


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Based on an article on the 'Lifehacker' website I noticed an article on how to use an old router as a repeater. I was looking at eBay and noticed something called, "Wireless-N WiFi Repeater Router Signal Range Extender Amplifier 300Mbps" which appears very small, and is just inserted in your USB port of your laptop.
This begged the question: At US$ 13 with shipping included perhaps it is better to buy this as opposed to converting my old ''D-link DIR-300" in a repeater, especially if doing so is a real hassle.
Hence trusting you guys here I thought I'd ask you if you think there are advantages and disadvantages with one or the other.
For ex. a disdvantage to using my old router as a repeater is that it's not portable
an advantage (sort of) is it's free
the eBay one at this price range seems to have 2 different models of brands unknown to me--China
-1- VOnets and -2- LB-Liink (seems to be imitating the 'D-Link' logo)
[This 2nd 1 seems to come in 2 slightly different definitions 'USB Wifi Router AP Wireless N repeater Adapter WLAN Range Extender F' or 'USB Wireless WLAN WiFi Router AP Client Repeater Adapter SY']
You opinion is valued. Thanks :-)

A:Using a Wireless-N WiFi Repeater vs turning an old router as repeater

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Nowadays, wireless router is a basic device at home because wireless access point (AP) is required. Sometime, a wireless repeater is also needed in a big house especially that with a big yard. Actually, without wireless router, only a Windows 7 laptop can be turned into a WiFi hotpot or a wireless repeater. Many discussions can be found online regarding how to turn Windows 7 laptop into a WiFi AP or virtual WIFI hotpot, however, the internet surfing is based on a local area connection. If wanna extend a WIFI signal to an enhanced new wireless AP, generally two wireless adapters are considered.

Here, differently, with only one wireless adapter but without 3rd-party software, we can setup a wireless repeater in a Windows 7 Home Basic or Home Premium laptop with only one wireless adapter. This can boost the wireless signal to smartphones, tablet computers, or other wireless devices. Also, the mobility and flexibility allow extending the signal to a yard or a garage conveniently as you want.

It is known that a virtual wireless adapter can be created with a third party software or only Windows 7 built-in commands. But in Windows 7 Home Basic or Home Premium, usually the virtual wireless adapter cannot be created or a hosted network cannot be started. I found a specific approach to clear the issues.

We can follow the steps (successful setup in my two Windows 7 Home laptops),

1. Click Start, point to All Programs, click Accessories, right-click Command Prompt, and th... Read more

A:Turn Windows 7 Laptop into Wireless Repeater with One Wireless Adapter

This method is available for starting soft AP of Windows 7 Home Premium laptop when set up repeater, some third party softwares or methods can create soft AP for Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate only.

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I don't have access to the hardware right now, but the plan is to use a D-Link 301 wireless router as a repeater so that the laptop in the upstairs (3rd floor) bedroom can reach the netgear wireless modem/router that connects to the internet. (Ground floor)
Currently, the netgear wireless signal is detacted on the middle floor, but not on the upper floor of the house.
Is this possible?
Where might I find information on this?
I have tried Google, but have not had any luck finding the information I need.

A:Solved: Using a wireless router as a repeater for a wireless netowrk

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Hello everyone. I've been having trouble receiving a constant singal from my wireless router when trying to access it with my iPhone from the other side of the house. I recently bought a d-link repeater, and the set up was smooth, everything works and I have full bars in the back room now.

Now, for the problem. If I start in the living room (that is close to the wireless router) and then move to the back bedroom (where the repeater works) it seems to want to keep connecting to the wireless router. It will still display full bars, but I think it's getting hooked up on switching the devices. If I go to the settings, disable the WiFi then turn it back on, everything works well. But the problem works in reverse too. If I start at the repeater side of the house, and move to the router side, I have to do the same process again, turn off WiFi (on the phone) and reenable it, then it's all good again, until I move into the repeaters range again.

Is this a problem with the iPhone's programming to where it can't seamlessly switch from router to repeater or the other way around? Are repeaters even designed to function this way or are they meant for stationary devices? Is it a problem with the way I set the repeater up? Do I need to, or is there any way to change the settings on either device to fool the iPhone into thinking it's on the same device the whole time? Should I set it up as a AP? Any help or ideas would be appreciated.

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A:Iphone, wireless router, and a wireless repeater

I don't know about the repeater, but I configure my secondary routers to use the same SSID and encryption key and just a different channel. This makes them appear as one network, and Windows picks the strongest AP.

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I have an Edimax EW-7209APg that I want to run as a repeater.

It has as default the IP

I connected it directly to a computer, and by aid of ncpa.cpl.
I named the IP of this computer to

Then I changed the IP to, as the router has IP

I used ncpa.cpl again, and gave the computer the IP

But now I cannot connect to the Edimax with 192.168.10

Should the IP of the computer be an IP after for instance .11 ?

A:How to set up a wireless repeater?

Is this Edimax router the same as the primary router? When setting up a second router as a repeater, generally there is some sort of 3rd party software. Have a look at this, I like Linksys routers but it's the same for all.

Turn your wifi router into a repeater

Even better link.

Turn Your Old Router into a Range-Boosting Wi-Fi Repeater


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I have a WRE54G repeater. I've once successfully went through the setup, but it ended up assigning the same SSID for the repeater and the router

when I went to connect on my laptop it only showed the wireless router under the list of available connections. I could tell this because the signal strength was way low, and I had the repeater nearby.

so, I need to know first, is the repeater supposed to have the same SSID?? and the channels, are they supposed to be the same?

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How to set-up dir615 with wpn824v3 as a repeater? I run Windows XP Home on 3 pc's

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i have my wireless repeater connected to my WiFi. My WiFi is set to power off my WiFi every night around 3 in the morning. It powers back o. Around 7:30 I. The morning. My repeater always lose connect to my WiFi after being off over night, but don?t lose connection to WiFi if I just turned the WiFi off for 2 minutes then turn it back on, I must reset my repeater every day so it may connect to my WiFi, I never had to do this with my NETGEAR extender, why do have to do that with the Wireless-N WiFi Repeater?

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So I want to make a wireless repeater out of my Linksys router, while using my 2wire as my main router. Is it possible to do this with two different routers? If so, can someone give me a step by step on how to do this?

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I am getting free wireless from a resturant 2 blocks away from my home, but the strengh level is only 2 bars out of 5.

is there a way to set up an antenna on that side of my> house (right now my office is located in the middle of my house) and repeat/bounce the signal to and from my desktop computer??

A:wireless repeater??

Many restaurants provide free Wi-Fi for their patrons. I know of none that provide free service for somebody two blocks away. If this is an exception please PM me a link to the "resturant's" terms of service. This thread is closed.

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Hello Everybody!

How do I set up a wireless repeater in a large building. We will only have 2 LAN connections (one side of building), but I want to have wireless everywhere. Does a repeater just plug in the wall and receive signal from the other wireless router?

I wont have a LAN connection on the other side.

A:How to set up a Wireless Repeater

Just google the model of device you want to use for it. There are tutorials on all the major brands that can be easily found.

keep in mind the connection will slow with every AP is has to go through.

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is there a way to set up an antenna in the middle of my property so that I can repeat/bounce a wireless internet signal to reach most of my property? Currently my desktop will not reach other security related equipment on my property.

A:wireless repeater??

Closing duplicate thread. You already have a thread here with replies: http://forums.techguy.org/web-email/896382-wireless-repeater.html

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Hi Guys,

I’ve got a friend whose internet connection and wireless-g router are out in his garage office, and who complains of a very slow and bad connection when he uses his laptop wirelessly inside the house (approx. 40 to 60 feet between router and laptop). Quietly, I say to myself, “Duh!... That far away and through two cement-block walls! Of course, you do.” But, outwardly I say, “Let’s consider new equipment options to boost your signal.”

First, I replaced the minuscule antenna on the D_Link router with a longer high-gain unit. That gave me a measurably stronger signal, but no noticeable improvement in through-put (frequent stop/start delays playing YouTube videos, for example).

If I put a wireless repeater of some kind inside the house, that will surely give me a better connection, but my through-put could conceivably be cut in half, right? Is there a way to fix this without retransmitting the signal?

For another friend with a similar situation I added to their router a cheap little Hawking HSB2 802.11g HiGain Signal Booster, v.2. This seems to have made no difference whatsoever. Signal strength and through-put measures were even worse.

Can anyone with experience in this recommend a good solution? Is it possible to keep the cost to something around a $100?... like maybe a NetGear WN2000RPT100NAS Universal Wifi Range Extender.

Thanks guys!

A:Need a wireless repeater?

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In my brothers' room the Internet connection is very very poor. In their room is an XBox 360, a desktop computer using a wireless NIC, a Wii, and some other devices that require a network connection. They can sometimes get a slight signal, but the signal is very weak and tends to drop.

I don't know why this is - the Netgear router (a Virgin Media SuperHub) is only 5 meters away from all of the devices. 5 meters in any other direction has a very good signal. Though, the signal must travel through two walls and the effected room has an external wall (it's the only room that isn't within the rectangular structure).

So, I did have a crazy plan making ethernet cables go all the way through the house, but later found that a Wireless Repeater would be a more inexpensive solution. However, when looking at all of the Wireless Repeaters available, they're all bigger than the router itself, and offer features which the router already has.

Are there are Wireless Repeaters (in Britain) that are very small and do nothing other than relay the data? I don't want it to have any fancy features, it just needs to sit in the closest side of the room and extend the signal. It would be nice if it was Netgear, so it goes with the router itself.

A:Wireless Repeater

Haven't read the specs for it, but the Netgear WN3000RP Universal WiFi Range Extender looks promising.

the signal must travel through two walls and the effected room has an external wallClick to expand...

Some walls (e.g., brick, concrete, steel) are very effective at blocking Wi-Fi.

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I've got an 802.b wireless network here at home with a desktop hardwired to the D-Link router up in the office on the 2nd floor. I've got a laptop set up downstairs in the kitchen and the total straightline distance between the router and the laptop is approximately 45' or so. The signal only goes through 2 walls (or floor and ceiling combo) plus some furniture in the straightest line across an open air downstairs Living Room room.

The reason I'm describing the layout is that at best I get about a 40% Signal Strength and 40% Link Quality on the wireless laptop, but those numbers are also often in the teens and low 20's or the signal drops off completely.

Should I install a Wireless Repeater, and if so, how and where might I install it? I know nothing about repeaters.


A:Do I need to add a wireless repeater?

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I have already setup the wireless router and adapters with my workstations, and they are all run well.

I just bought a wireless repeater and set it up.

From my knowledge, a repeater should be a stand-alone device and put in between the range of AP and the workstations, right?

How do I prove the repeater is running well?

A:Connection of a wireless repeater

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My current set up: router Asus WL-520GU (tomato fw) with two desktop and laptop connecting wirelessly.

I just got panasonic blu-ray player for netflix connection. In order to make it works, of course it has to connect to internet. However, it is placed to different room from Asus router. I know I can run a cat-5 cable from router to the player but it will be a mess (over 100 ft long). The cost for panasonic adapter is $80. It's too expensive for an adapter.

Is there a way to get player runs wirelessly? I have a old linksys router (I don't think it supports DD-WRT). Can I use it as a wireless repeater/bridge? If yes, how to set it up.

If no, any other advices?

A:How to set up wireless bridge/repeater?

Please post your Linksys Model #... many can be set up as repeaters and or bridges!

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Hi guys, I'm trying to spread the wireless out around my 2 story house and have 2 wireless routers.
The setup:
One is a Siemens SpeedStream 6520 Series that was given to me by my ISP.
The second router I have is a Linksys wrt160n v3 router that has dd wrt firmware installed on it. I want to move this router up to my second floor and have the wireless router from the week Speed stream to be amplified by the linksys. I followed the guide on the dd wrt website:
http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Universal_Wireless_Repeater but my wireless signal is not repeated.
Additional Details:
My linksys broadcasts a signal in repeater mode but can't seem to find the speedstream. I've also tried disabling all security and both routers just to make sure that wasn't an issue. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

A:Creating a wireless Repeater

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I am looking for a good way to install a wireless repeater (the SysLink I purchased was a complete dud, and this is confirmed by several people on the internet).
Here is my problem: On the 1st floor of my house I have a wireless unit set up, which has a WEP password and can be used throughout most of the house by anyone who comes in, provided they type in the WEP password. No problem.
But it does not reach the corner rooms on the 2nd floor. So I want to plug into an electrical socket a "wireless repeater." By this, I mean a unit that is NOT directly wired to the main modem or the first-floor wireless router, but which picks up the signal and retransmits it. This would mean that anyone who goes into those corner rooms would basically be in the same situation as those who are on the first floor.
I have looked around, and many places talk about bridging or not bridging, etc. A bridge I once used abroad for a wirless connection screwed up all my other settings, and I don't want to put anyone else in my household through this. LinkSys looked promising, but the workaround to their poor service and awful manual is far too complex for me, and requires too much work for the people who want to use it.
Is there someone that can explain this clearly to me? I have looked at the D-link DWL-G710, but the details are not in the on-line manual, so I am hesitant.
Many thanks for any help.

T. T.

A:Wireless repeater problem

I scanned through the 48 page Product Manual for the D-link DWL-G710, and it seems to be fairly simple to set up (not that I've ever had a Repeater), and is what you describe that you need.

Since what it does is rebroadcast your wireless signal (same channel, same SSID, same encryption), for any computer already connecting to your wireless network adding the Repeater should be transparent.

What are you looking for that is missing from the manual?

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Hi guys,
I hope you are having a good day!
My name is Alex. I configured my repeater for home network yesterday but everything was seemed to work incorrectly. The repeater kept dropping connection. So I would like to ask you guys about this. My desktop is broken, I connect to my main router wirelessly through a laptop.
Here are some information I have got about my main router (TP-Link WR740N):
LAN IP Address:
Subnet Mask:
WAN IP Address:
Subnet Mask:
Default Gateway:
DNS Server:,
DHCP Start IP Address:
End IP Address:
Primary DNS:
Secondary DNS:
I login to my repeater (TP-Link WR841N) through a LAN cable by enter the address to a browser.
Could anyone please explain step-by-step the processes for me to configure my repeater? I really need your help!
Thank you very much indeed!

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hi guys,

i have a couple of houses and an office where the wifi is very poor where it needs to be.
i realise i can run a cable, but this is out of a question.

i bought TP-link wireless repeaters which i have failed trying to setup to an eircom zyxel dsl modem
i set it up as a universal repeater and had it auto latch on to the eircom modem

but it just doesnt seem to boost the signal.

i have turned all encryption and this doesnt help either.

i have setup this situation using a netgear dsl modem and a netgear wireless router which if i remember i made a mac bridge, and it works great...

am i wasting my time trying to get a TP-link talking to a cheap isp modem?
i was reading an article somebody wrote that was doing the same thing yet the modem wasnt the same as mine, they said they got it working using WDS...and that the tp-link doesnt know about WDS and you need to use telnet to change settings on the tp-link looked a real hassle anyway.

any help please

A:Tp-link wireless repeater???

am i better off buying same brand dsl modem / repeater to make a mac bridge? anybody had any experience with this...

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Basically, I'm trying to turn this Linksys WRT54G2 v1.5 into a repeater to extend the range of the wifi signal I use. DD-WRT is out of the question because it doesn't support this 'version' of the WRT54G2.

All I really want to do is just extend the wireless range. Its a protected WiFi signal (WPA2-PSK).

If any more information is needed just ask.

A:How to make a wireless repeater?

I'll try and help

You won't be able to use the WRT54G2 that you have. The firmware just doesn't support it. Too bad you didn't have one that was just a tad older.

I looked at Tomato and it doesn't either.

A gotcha: When you do a repeater, you lose 50% of your throughput. The radio has to send data twice for each frame. Root to repeater, then repeater to you all on the same frequency. Not everyone realizes that repeaters are a compromise. Range in exchange for throughput.

Anyway, You have to find hardware that will support the firmware. I looked and didn't see anything for that model.

I know Linksys made a repeater (They call it a Range Extender): The WRE54G.

Buffalo made one too I think.

My guess is find a cheap unit that's on the DD-WRT list and go with that.

Then there's the obvious: Move the router to a more central location. Or run a CAT5 closer and use another old router dumbed down to run as an AP.

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Hey everyone,

My PS3's wireless is not sufficient for online play so I was reading up on it online and I found out that in order to overcome the PS3's ineffective wireless cards they use wireless repeaters and that those repeaters act as sort of an internet booster which makes the PS3's DL/UL speeds as if it were wired to the router.

My question is what exactly does a wireless repeater do and how does it work?

A:Solved: Wireless Repeater

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I want to expand a wireless network by putting something in between the router and the computer. That is what a repeater is, right? I want something that I can just plug in the wall and stick it in a corner (not connected to a computer or something) and the router will send its signal to the repeater and the repeater will bounce it towards my computer.

Does something like that exist? I searched for Wireless Repeater and I found very few results.

An access point isn't a repeater right? Thats what comes up though when I search for it. I saw one thing that said USB. USB would mean that it has to connect to a computer. I want something that just plugs in the wall. I don't know.

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Hey everyone. I recently moved and unfortunately I have encountered a problem - my room is too far from the wireless router to get a decent, if any, signal.

So here's the question:

Can I set up my router near my room as a wireless repeater and connect it (wirelessly) to the existing router?

The current router that is connected to the cable modem is a Netgear WNR834b. My router, which I hope to use as a repeater, is a Netgear WNR3500.

If this is possible, any advice on how to set it up would be appreciated. Thank you!

A:Solved: Wireless Repeater Help

It should mention in the manual for your router/AP whether it can function as a wireless bridge. If it can, it's just a question of configuration.

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I recently purchased a Medialink Wireless-N Broadband Router Model No: MWN-WAPR150N to serves a wireless bridge to connect by XBOX 360, Bluray, and Directv reciever to my wireless network without routing wires throughout my house. This router had good reviews to be used as such an item.
However, my existing wireless router (Netgear WPN824v2) does not support WDS (didn't know what this was prior to purchasing the new router), and therefore it seems I cannot use the Medialink as I wished.
I come here hoping to find a work around that doesn't involve routing wires around my house, using these two routers, but it seems like since the Netgear does not support WDS it cannot work either way (e.g. using the new router as the primary router and the old router as the bridge). If there is anything I can do to make this work, please let me know.


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I have an edimax ew-7416apn,i have posted below its details. It given to me a short while ago. There is no disk and the guy who gave it to me is now overseas. A while back it was disconnected from my wireless routre and i cannot get it reconnected. I tried contacting edimax without success. Can anyone help me? This is my first post and thank you for having me . Best wishes.


The Product You Selected
‧Product Line : Wireless Series
‧Product Name : Wireless 802.11n Access Point (Range Extender)
‧Model Number : EW-7416APn
Compliant with IEEE 802.11b/g/n standards
Supports WDS repeater mode, universal repeater mode and AP client mode
Supports point-to-point and point-to multi point bridge function
Supports WPA,WPA2 security enhanced function and WPS configuration button

Thanks in advance for replies.
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD A8-3500M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics, AMD64 Family 18 Model 1 Stepping 0
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 5609 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon(TM) HD 6620G, 512 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 934561 MB, Free - 232069 MB; D: Total - 15043 MB, Free - 1671 MB; E: Total - 4054 MB, Free - 4054 MB;
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A:Wireless repeater help needed

i have found edimax support to be very good recently on setting up a repeater

how have you set it up ?

setup as a universal repeater
gointo the advance settings and change to use 20mhz range
make sure the main router and the repeater is using the same wireless channel - this is key, if the main router is on auto select - when it changes the wireless channel the repeater will no longer work

also when you make any changes in the edimax - make sure you choose the APPLY and not just continue

post an xirrus screen shot - what are the names of the wireless signals

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.

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

{If the above link does not work heres another link http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_download/fid,77196-order,4/download.... Read more

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I have access to a local free internet connection, however, my wireless signal is very low and at times intermittent. I am thinking about getting a wireless signal repeater. I have a Belkin wireless router in my house connecting my computers already, will the repeater only work on a router in my house, or can it help with signal coming from a remote location?

A:Will a wireless repeater help with this problem?

Do you already have an Internet ISP?

If you just want to boost the signal, I'd be looking at a WAP with hi-gain antennas.

Hawking Tech has a number of products that will help you increase your wireless range. The root page is Hawking Hi-Gain™ 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
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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For the last few years I've been using a wireless internet connection at my shop. The building itself seems to cause a huge problem for wireless so I bought a Hi Gain antenna and set it outside.. this worked for a very long time but I recently moved my desk away from the front of the store. I knew this would cause a problem but I thought I could just fix it some way or another. I decided to buy a TL-WA701ND Acess Point and Repeater. Now all day long I've been tryign to get this hooked up and I can not get it to work. It finds plenty of connections ranging from 10dbi to 24dbi all Open.. and it will even connect to them but I cannot get internet at all .. No email and no websites. Yet I can sit with a laptop in the exact same location I sit the TP Link and get internet just fine. It has to be something with how i have it set up.

I basically ran a Network cable from my PC's network card to the TP-Link Repeater and then set it up as a Repeater (I also tried Universal Repeater). Then using a Rosewill Wireless card I can find the Repeater's signal at 80-100% depending on where I sit the Repeater (I've tried multiple locations). SHould I just give up on trying to use a Repeater to get my internet back to my desk or am I doing something wrong. Should I just invest in like a 30ft Antenna cable instead???

A:Wireless Net Problem (Using a Repeater)

It finds plenty of connections ranging from 10dbi to 24dbi all Open..Click to expand...

Does it find yours?

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Hi guys, hoping someone can help me with this,

basically, because of stupid distances between where the internet enters my house, and the girlfriend wanting to use wireless on her laptop in bed (lazy ) i have ran a LAN cable up the stairs and plugged a 2nd router, which is just operating as a switch in to the network to boost the signal, both routers have the same SSID and WPA key, and are set to broadcast on different channels so they dont interfere with each other, which works fine, the problem is basically this:

as i understand it, the PC should automatically connect to whichever one is strongest signal wise, and switch between them if the other one becomes stronger, or if one drops for whatever reason, to test this, i disconnected the secondary router, so far so good, there was no drop of connection it just defaulted to the one which was still on (the gateway), the problem is that when router number 2 was switched back on again, it doesnt switch back to it (even though its the stronger signal, as my desktop which im testing it on is actually sitting next to the 2nd router) yet the moment i disconnect, it finds the stronger signal and on reconnecting will connect to the router its meant to any idea why this is?

A:Using 2nd router as a Wireless repeater,

I believe this is because your computer will only search for a connection if the connection you're currently on stops. I.E. You disconnect, or it disconnects.

In other words, I don't believe that a standard setup will switch between signals when one becomes stronger than another. Once connected, it will stay connected unless it loses that signal. There may be a way to enable this but I don't know how.

I recommend that you create two shortcuts. One for each router. That way, you can switch between the two when you move throughout the house with your laptop.

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I recently bought a new D-Link DIR 615 but I dont get adequate range in the rooms farthest away from the router. I have an old D-Link DIR 634M router which I'm told can be used as a wireless repeater.

I went through several articles that describe connecting the two routers through a LAN cable. However is there a way to do the same without using a cable of any sorts?


A:Wireless Router as a repeater

However is there a way to do the same without using a cable of any sorts?Click to expand...

In the unlikely case that the old router supports wireless bridge (AP client) or repeater (range extender) mode simply use that mode. You can also look to see if any third party firmware exists for the router (e.g., at DD-WRT).

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I am using an AT&T supplied 2wire homeportal 3801 hgv gateway for telephone and wireless functions. The Linksys RE1000 wireless-n range extender does not provide the range needed. Can a Linksys N900 or E3000 wireless N router be used as a repeater? If so, how are the gateway and router to be configured?

A:Using a wireless router as a repeater


modem ==>primary router (wifi on chnl 1)
(a lan slot)
+-----wired connection --(a lan slot) secondary router (wifi on chnl 11)

the secondary wan slot is left empty

* use the same SSID and password on both for simplicity
* config the secondary to NO use DHCP - - this forces the primary to do all assignments

full print/file share is functional in this setup ( I use it myself).

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Hi guys - having found a couple of sites on the net with instructions on how to do this, I did the following -

1. disabled DHCP on the AP (a Billion Bipac 7800N).
2. I gave it an IP address in the range required by my main router (BT Homehub 3), but outside the range served up by the Homehub's DHCP server.
3. set WPA2 security in the AP to the same as the BT router.

Now, my wireless devices can see the Billion, but can't get an IP address from the BT router.

What have I done wrong/missed?

One thing I don't understand is how the AP is supposed to know it's repeating the BT's signal....

Any help appreciated.


A:Using old router as wireless AP/repeater

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Hey. completely new to the forums, and looking for a bit of advice, as I'm not very tech minded!

I have a new flatmate, a computer programmer, who has made himself at home & moved D-Link Wireless router into his room so that he can connect his Non-wireless desktop through I presume an Ethernet cable & get wired connection.

Now that had caused an issue, as My room is on far side of a pretty big house & Now my ps3 now gets a pathetic signal strength and more or less every game is lagging/ unplayable... and being home-owner and internet account holder & with the D-Link being my property, its causing a few issues

So he approches me, and says he needs D-link as he has no connection to internet wot-so-ever without it (even though he does a a nifty little Ipad) And he has provided me with a wireless reapeater, & set it up for me close to ps3.

True to his word, the signal strength is has improved and is 100% .... but still gaming experience is nowhere near as good as was with Original D-Link wireless router set up close to ps3, and all online games still lag.

really need help understanding why this is?

Does the wirless repeater reduce bandwidth? is is a secondary connection to Main Router, and not a higher priority??

Also I tried to be a clever clogs, and I mentioned how about we switch and I have D-link in my room and he uses Wireless repeater, and connects to this by ethernet to his desktop... to which he said that is impossible to do?? Is that true... Read more

A:Ok.... Need Help Understanding A Wireless Repeater.. :)

A wireless repeater is exactly that--it receives messages from the router and rebroadcasts them so that your devices can receive the messages. It receives messages from your devices and rebroadcasts them so that the router can receive them. Notice a little duplication here, which is bound to reduce bandwidth? In addition, perhaps the repeater is too far from the router to get a sufficiently strong signal--a weaker signal will also reduce bandwidth.

You could advise him to get a wireless adapter for his computer and return your router to your preferred location.

Another think that could help is to install a wireless access point about midway between the two locations if you can run an ethernet cable between that location and one of the locations.

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I have purchased a Wireless-N repeater from Amazon. The instructions are pretty useless. I managed the first attempt at setting it up via the set up wizard on their web site and it worked for half hour then dropped out. I tried resetting it but just says cannot connect to network every time on computer. I cannot even get the set up wizard screen anymore from the browser just says page not found. Since read reviews and loads having same problem but thought I'd try here before returning it. Can anyone recommend a different repeater that is easy to set up?

A:Wireless-N repeater connection problem

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Does anyone think this is possible, im having trouble getting a connection in my room, have an old wireless router sitting around thinking about doing some modding.

thanks guys

A:Turning a wireless router into a repeater?

If the router supports it, then yes. If not, then no. Simple
You may be able to use some custom firmware like OpenWRT to get WDS support.

In any case, WDS does not support WPA encryption so your repeated wireless network will be much less secure.

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My friend has a wireless network. The signal does not reach my room so at the moment we are just hard wired with a cat 5 cable. However I'd like to get wireless in there so I can connect more than one device at a time.

What I think I need is some kind of repeater or expander that is hard wired to his router and then sends out a wireless signal. I am not sure what his router is yet either and he's hardly there for me to take a look. I was looking at the linksys expander but I don't think it can be hardwired for normal use. It seems it is only hardwired for configuration.

Any ideas?

A:WIreless network repeater (or something similar)

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Hi all,

Fibre optic was recently installed in our area and I have tested on both wired and wireless connections speeds of around 4 MB/S. I connect to my router using a B-Link MP 01 plugged into my PC. I seem to be limited to speeds of around 400Kb/s all the time on my PC. I tried plugging the B-Link into my laptop and kept it in the exact same room as the PC and achieved speeds of almost 4MB/s.

What could be preventing the PC from achieving the correct speeds? I am reluctant to change setting on the Sky Hub or the B-Link repeater as it functioned fine on the laptop.


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Hello everyone,

I've been researching this for about an hour trying to figure out the best way to do this.

I'm an EMT and I work 24 hour shifts. We have a station in a business complex and there is a restaurant across the street with free wifi. We can connect to it, but barely. We get low speed and frequent disconnects. They know we use it and they don't mind. We pretty much eat there daily anyway.

I had an old omni directional antenna laying around, and made a cantenna with it. What I want to do is buy a cheap router with two antennas and replace one of the antennas with the cantenna. That way I could use the cantenna to reach the free wifi, and the non-directional antenna to broadcast to our station.

Now, I also have an xbox in the station that I would like to connect to the same router through ethernet.

So, my question is, can I connect my xbox through ethernet to the same router I'm using as a repeater? Thats what I couldn't find info on. If I can't then I'll probably end up buying a xbox wireless dongle and hooking up my cantenna to it.


A:Use Router as Repeater Wireless and Wired

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Hello and a good day evening or night.

I have a slight, major problem with my connection in this house I'm living in. you see, I live in a house with my siblings and we all want internet access of course, but two of my siblings cannot get a proper internet connection without the use of a wireless repeater, as they are too far away from the actual router to get a decent connection without it. the problem I have now is, that as long as that wireless repeater is in use, I have a very weak connection, as my laptop connects via that wireless repeater, instead of connecting to the router directly. I can't do anything but broswe internet sites, loading videos or playing online games is an impossibility.

so my question is, as stated in the title, how do I keep my laptop from connecting to that repeater instead of the router? is it possible?

A:How do I avoid connecting to the wireless repeater?

Change the SSID(wireless name) of the repeater so that it differs from the SSID of the router, that way you can choose which one to connect too.

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Hello chaps!

Ok this is a mixed topic post of gaming, networking and general. So i put it here. My house has 2 storys the bottom floor is where our international students and unfortunatly our Thomson router. They suck. The arial is the size of my pinky (im 16 btw) and hardly reached the top floor where our kitchen and bedrooms and lounge (bedrooms are the most away from the router with the kitchen and lounge directly over it.

We bought a TP-Link router with wireless bridge capabilities and it works fine BUT....

I now host a counter strike source and Insurgency Dedicated Server. I currantly have the server (laptop) hooked via ethernet to the thomson router down on the other floor. I have to keep going down to check everything is ok so what I would like to do is:

Since the TP-link router is right outside my bedroom i can via lan connect the laptop (server) to the tp-link and bridge it from there. BUT when people try to connect to my server, they get a not responding or timeout error. I port farwarded my ports to my laptop wirelessly and wired.

So... is it good to have the server upstairs where people sometimes randomly disconnect or cant connect at all or have the server downstairs where its all fine but i cant monitor it from the place I spend most of my time in.


how do i set up port forwarding with a repeater (no options in the page) and is it worth the bandwith speeds.
THanks (i know this is confusing)

A:Server on Wireless Bridge (repeater)

Hello, here are 7 pages in an article that may help you out : Maximum PC | Ultimate Router Guide: How to Optimize Security and Performance - Page 1

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Is there a way to use a wireless access point, bridge, etc... to magnify or maintain a strong signal? I'm using a linksys router and connecting it to a linksys access point to create my wireless network. The problem is that, obviously, the signal is degraded with greater distances. If I place another access point or other device near the half-way point, will I get better results?

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Here's the deal, right now I have a D-link 614 wireless router in my bedroom hooked to my cable modem. I have a syntax USB adaptor in my living room PC, and a D-link 800 repeater/adaptor sitting on top my livingroom entertainment center. There's also a DWL-520+ adaptor in my kid's PC on the opposite side of the house from the router. The wireless signal wouldn't reach the kids room without the repeater. The problem I'm having is that sometimes the syntax adaptor drops it's connection for a second or two. Not a big deal, but it makes our multiplayer games crash when it does. If I use the repeater as an adaptor for the livingroom PC instead of the syntax adaptor will the kids room still be able to connect? The repeater/adaptor would move a total of about 5 feet. The reason I'm asking is that there's a switch on the repeater to switch it from repeater mode to adaptor mode.

Sorry so long a question. I figured I'd ask before opening up the HTPC case. There's so many cables to it, it's kinda a pain to pull out of it's place to work on it. Thanks.

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When the wireless repeater is operational, the netflix buffers every few minutes.

A:Wireless Repeater reducing conductivity

what sort of download speed do you get with the extender
and also is the extender in a position to get a good signal ?

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I have an old Linksys WRT54G v3.1 router and I would like to use it as a repeater. What I would like to do is run CAT6 cable either under the house or through the attic (125 ft should do it) from one of the ports on the AT&T "2WIRE" modem/router combination (which is how I get my data) unit to the Linksys unit. I'm OK with running open source firmware (DD-WRT, for example) on the Linksys router. Is it possible to do this in such a way that I could walk from one end of my house to the other with a laptop, and have the wireless connection switch from one wireless source to the other without my having to intervene? (This is actually for my mother, which is why that last bit would be nice.)

If the answer to this question is "yes," then I would also appreciate a link to a how-to about this. It's not clear to me whether a second computer at the "Lynksys" end of this setup is required to do this, and I would like to avoid that. I just want to be able to walk through the house and have good wi-fi everywhere because I would have a functional wi-fi router on both ends. My cell phone signal is all but nonexistent on the same side of the house where there's no wi-fi, and so my mobile data speeds collapse on that side of the house, too. She does currently have a powerline set up, but, with only one port and no wi-fi, it doesn't serve her needs on that side of the house, which are: Roku/Netflix, a Chromebook, and (eventually) an "... Read more

A:Wireless repeater via 125 ft CAT6 cable

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