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Range extender - wifi router problem

Q: Range extender - wifi router problem

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....

Preferred Solution: Range extender - wifi router problem

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

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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the city I work in offers free public wifi downtown, I have a very weak signal indoors (brick building), if I go out I can get a strong enough signal to connect to the internet. would a wireless range extender give me a better signal?

A:range extender for public wifi

I use a Hawkins amplified signal booster in our motorhome(has metal skin) when we are in a park with wifi and need a stronger signal. It is # HWU8DD - Hi-Gain™ USB Wireless-G Dish Adapter It works very well.
You can find it at www.hawkingtech.com
Worth checking into anyway. It looks like a minature satellite dish. It attaches via USB

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I have a wireless internet range extender and my PC says "no internet" when connected to it, but when I connect my phone to the extender the internet works just fine. Like it connects to it but says "no internet access"

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It's getting close for me to start heading off to college and I have a wifi range extender for my room and am intending on bringing it to college. I know the wifi signal isn't best during college because all of the walls that it has to pass through. Would my wifi range-extender work in a college dorm as it does in my room where the wifi signal isnt the strongest?

A:Wifi range-extender question

Yes, it'll work...if you are allowed to have it, some schools prohibit the use of your own network gear. If the walls are thicker or made of concrete then the range will of course be affected. If you plan on using the dorm's wireless then they would likely have a system in place to offer complete coverage already.

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windows 10 installed major updates this morning now I cannot get onto the internet via my range extender this has always been intermittent in the past but could get it to work eventually I have run the connection diagnostics and its telling me there are components missing and will not connect?

if I move rooms so that I am directly linked to the router instead of the extender everything works fine.

A:no internet via wifi range extender

Originally Posted by dave45

windows 10 installed major updates this morning now I cannot get onto the internet via my range extender this has always been intermittent in the past but could get it to work eventually I have run the connection diagnostics and its telling me there are components missing and will not connect?

if I move rooms so that I am directly linked to the router instead of the extender everything works fine.

Ran troubleshooting and did it lists what exactly was missing, if it works using the routers wifi without the extender then i would believe you found the issue being the extender since it has been intermittent in the past. Been issues here with WiFi extenders, doubt the Windows update caused it.

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so there is my contribution to this fine piece of hardware. ( no issues and works encrypted.)
i bought it on Amazon Aug 2010.

my house is too big. i retired and upscaled.

2700sq ft. conv. construction with brick outside, no concrete in side.

but my wife cant an access my wireless WRT54G

sig too weak and even with parabolic dish behind! fun they are...

i got a WRE54G repeater. all Linksys (cisco) must be....

Goal 1:
first you must get the upper blue light stay blue.

that says, unit has login'd and connect'd to your router above.
this is no passive repeater but will autologin on open wifi, which i never do.

mine is set up for WPA PSK + AES with a long passphrase.

next follow this plan.

especially page 2
the version 3 repeater has a special net cable that allows you to
connect you, directly to a lap top NIC or desk top nic.

nic = network interface car (ethernet)

first power on the repeater and do a long reset over 10secs.
then when LEDS settle , power off repeater.

you then must set your test PC nic card to , mask 255,255,255,0
using CP network applet. config pc, wireless off.

then connect the direct connect net cable between the laptop and repeater.

last power up the repeater
in your browser cruise to
the login screen comes up.
tab to USERNAME field,(un is blank , (null)
tab to pass word and ... Read more

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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?

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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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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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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Spoiler (Highlight to read)  I can connect from the Wifi from router but my room is too far from the router then I bought TOTO Link Wifi Range Extender EX750 in hope that I can use the Wifi in my room but my notebook refuse to connect to this Wifi Range Extender but my desktop in my room can connect to this Wifi range extender without any problem.  Would you please be so kind and share your idea?  http://www.totolink.net/sub/product/detail.asp?product_num=100136

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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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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 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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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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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 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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My neibour have a WiFi network. He allowed me to access his network. But the signal is very weak in my home. I have a WiFi router in home which can be setup in WiFi range extender mode. I don't have a modem at home. Only this WiFi router. If I configure this router , can I connect my desktop PC to this router for accessing that WiFi network. ????
Is it possible without having a modem???

A:router set up as wifi extender

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I am looking to expand wifi coverage to ensure it covers the whole area of house.

Just not sure if I go a wifi extender or connect a router to the isp router modem by an Ethernet cable and have them sit next to each other.

Here is a link of the router modem I'm current using supplied by the ISP

https://smb.optus.com.au/opfiles/Shop/Consumer/Assets/PDFs/Optus F3864AC Datasheet.pdf

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I have a tp-link range extender.
My basic modem-router is belkin.
I have bought this tp-link so that to give internet access to a dreambox 500s (connecting tp-link with dreambox using an ethernet cable).
The problem is that if the two laptops I have (they use wireless belkin for internet access) loose their connection they cannot reconnect again to the belkin wireless network (they get connection timeouts).
If the tplink starts first, the two laptops cannot connect to belkin network at all.
The tp-link model is TP-Link Wireless Extender/Bridge N 150Mbps TL-WA730RE
The belkin model is F7D2401 v1

Thank you.

A:Tp-Link range extender problem

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I am trying to set up a network using D-Link: a DI624 router connected to a desktop/Verizon DSL modem, a DWLG880AP range extender, two DWLG650 PCI cards in two laptops. All three computers run Windows XP. When it is working the system works perfectly with excellent uploading and downloading speeds at each end. The problems is as follows. The laptops will only connect to the Internet (with MS Internet Explorer) after the range extender is unplugged for 10-15 seconds. They will remain connected as long as they are being used, but will disconnect after a time otherwise. The MS networking icons in the tray at the lower right state that the connection is "excellent" and the D-Link green bar graph icon shows that the signal strength is "good" to "excellent." Nevertheless, I can only connect the laptops to the internet after I have powered down the range extender for 10-15 seconds. Both laptops work without problem if moved close enough to the router. I have spoken with three different levels of tech support at D-Link, have all the latest firmware installed. I would be extremely grateful for any suggestions as to what I might do to be able merely to sit down at the laptop and have it connect.

A:D-Link range extender problem

What mode are you using for the extender: AP or Repeater?

Sounds like the router, the DWLG880AP, and the PC cards are all using the same wi-fi channel. This may account for the drops in connectivity. For instance, if the extender is powered down, is it possible that the PC's can detect a weak signal from the router? If this is the case, then when the AP is powered up, there may be a possibility that the two signals are interfering with one another.

When I used to install radio repeaters, (many moons ago), we alternated channels each hop to avoid just this kind of thing.

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Hello, so I recently got my internet back..with a new router..i use a net gear wifi extender because where I have my PlayStation set up, it has poor reception..it's worked before, but since I got this new router I can't connect my extender to my ps4..the router and the wifi extender work perfectly fine.

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At the moment the Wireless Router is located in my bedroom which is 12 meters from the living room where the phone line is. I basically have one phone line extension from the telephone line to my bedroom where I've plugged in the ADSL filter. The modem part plugs into the actual router and the telephone line is then extended back to the living room with a second extension cable. As you can imagine this leaves a lot of wires around as the cables are really long. It's hard to move furniture around etc and quite frankly just doesn't look nice.

What I'd like to do is have a WiFi dongle for my PC and move the router to the living room. Now the problem is that my phone gets a very weak WiFi signal once you go 10m+ so I imagine if I moved the router to there then I would barely get a signal in my bedroom.

I have two options to solve this:

(1) Use a WiFi extender in between my room and the router and then a dongle for my computer


(2) Upgrade my current G router to an N router. Problem is I'm not too sure the signal will reach my room. There's a 12 meter range from the living room to my bedroom btw.

Here's my choice for an N router:
Belkin N Wireless Modem Router F5D8233 + N wireless USB Adapter 300Mpbs F5D8053 (B5DUK060)
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Wireless [...] 337ebac873


Wireless N Modem Router 300 Mbps 4-Port 10/100 Belkin Surf+ N300 F7D2401
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Wireless [...] 337dcceb8c

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A:WiFi Extender or Upgrade to N Router?

12 meters is well within the range of 802.11g. 802.11n has much greater range but that may not help you if your problem is poor or loose antennas on the adapters or obstructions in the path from router to adapter.

The best solution is to place the modem (or modem/router combo) where the phone line will be the shortest and best. Then run ethernet cable(s) to your computer or to where a router or wireless access point will give you good Wi-Fi service. If you can't run the cable through walls, along duct work, to the attic or basement, maybe you can run it along where ceiling meets wall.

A Repeater (or Range Extender) will slow the network, but may otherwise work very well. Or not. Can't predict.

Homeplugs (ethernet over the electrical system) is another solution that works great--better than Wi-Fi--for some people and not at all for others. Depends on the quality of the electrical system and is also difficult to predict. If you try this method buy returnable equipment.

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I have security cameras in my barn. the computer is in barn. cables run into wifi extender on front of barn. this communicates with wifi extender on back of house. cable runs from this extender through wall and into router by ethernet cable. worked fine for a few months. then i started to have real trouble connecting to internet. I was getting DNS address not found error messages. sometimes cameras will work sometimes not. Called carrier and after 2 hours of trouble shooting they said they had no clue what the problem was. they were not even able to get into router. they said somehow it was blocked and they cant get in. said they never saw this before. they sent me new router and all was well for about 3 months. Now its happening again. This am no internet, no cameras, TV took a long time to come on. Back on phone with carrier, another 2 hours of trouble shooting, found out when I pull wifi cable out of back of router all goes well. they can get into router and i can fly around on internet. Well for cameras to work I need internet to work well. Any idea what this is all about?

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So, I live in my parents' basement, and I'm positioned at the very front of the house down here. The router (a Linksys WRT54GL, stock firmware) is down here with me right on my desk along with the cable modem and moving them is not an option. I need the simplest solution possible, perhaps something I can put upstairs on the main floor.

My parents have a gazebo out in the back as shown below and they like to take their laptop out there and even though it functions, they say that the signal is just barely strong enough and so it reduces the performance noticeably as compared to being in the house (roughly where that chimney is, but on the main floor). I can see that because I'm literally at the front of the house in the basement (as close to the front as you can get, right about in the center and I'm facing West and so the router is right up against the wall). So, the router is as far away from the gazebo as is possible, outside of putting it in the front yard or something.

So as you can see, it's not exactly close! So do they need a WiFi extender, an access point, or should I get a better router? What's the best option without costing too much money?

Additionally, I don't know what's good or bad on the market, and so I need your help with that as well. I'd like to get them the best unit possible whatever that may be (extender, access point, or router) so that it does an excellent job and can keep working for as many years to come as possibl... Read more

A:Should I get a WiFi extender, an access point, or a better router?

TwoCables, I'm not ignoring you, I just have little experience with that issue. Maybe this article can give you some ideas.

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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 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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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 am wanting to make use of a second router to expand the wifi range in my house but need help. Here is what I have done:

Router 1 (main router):
- Set it to operate on channel 11 only.
- Changed its DHCP settings to hand out IPs between and

Router 2 (second router):
- Connected it to the main router using an Ethernet cable.
- Turned its DHCP settings off so it can't hand out new IPs.
- Set LAN IP to
- Set it to operate on channel 6 only.
- Gave it exact same SSID, password and password type as the main router.

I then switched them all off. Powered up the main router, when ready I turned on the second router and connected them.

The results: It works for a few hours, wifi range is expanding and can access internet by connecting to the second router, works on all my internet enabled devices. However, the next day internet is usually very slow if working at all. If I turn my laptop on, it won't even connect to the wifi (just says cannot connect), or sometimes I can connect to the router but get the "No Internet" symbol.

Have tried it numerous times and this always happens after about 12 hours. Resulted to unplugging the second router now until I get some help?

Any idea what I have done wrong? Or forgot to do something? Or ideas why it works for only a few hours then all goes down on me?


A:Expanding WiFi range with old router HELP!

Could be that the old router is failing. Maybe overheating (?) after a few hours. Check for heat, and make sure its air vents are clean.

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We have a G router and our wifi does not reach the range we require in our home. (Cox recently upgraded to the N router and gave existing customers a new router for free...I asked Verizon if they would be upgrading and was told yes, but not sure when; it has been several months now and we Verizon customers have not heard anything new).

My issue is: Does anyone know how to either upgrade to the N router? Not sure what configurations need to be done with hardware/software.

Or I heard that there are range extenders in the stores we can purchase. If anyone has any experience and can tell a determined beginner how to hook up the equipment and configure the software, I would greatly appreciate it!

Thank You,
Sharon in RI

A:Upgrading router for for additional WIFI range

hooks up the same as your G router, all my default settings are correct other than mtu which i tweak, did this yesterday actually,i plugged it in powered it up, all lights on except internet logged onto it put password for isp in and off i go.i would def prefer the ones which have multiple antene s though

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I used to have AT&T Uverse internet service. When using their service they gave me a D-Link DWA-140 range booster. I recently got a Nighthawk AC1900 smart wifi router model R7000 and now am using Charter internet. I have been using the D-Link range booster and was curious if it was compatible with my Nighthawk AC1900 router as far as capable speeds so I asked the question in a yahoo answers forum and I received the following response. "You CAN use the device BUT it is a Draft 802.11n Wireless USB Adapter thus it can not and will not deliver 802.11AC speeds that your AC1900 uses! The 1900 will simply revert to "N" speeds and those are much slower than 1900mbs!" If that is the case then obviously I don't want to use it if it will slow speeds down. When I unplug the D-Link range booster and restart my computer I can't locate any options for WiFi on my windows computer running windows 7 premium. Do I have to reset my Netgear Nighthawk router in order to see wifi options again? Thanks in advance for any assistance anybody can offer me.

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I have Beetel 450TC2 ADSL Modem Router connected to ISPs RJ 11 (Phone Line - DSL) at ground floor of my home. All devices 3 laptops and 3 Android Phones (Yureka, Mi3 and Samsung S5) are connected over WiFi and enjoy good signal n speeds on ground floor and front half of first floor.

I need WIFI n Internet connectivity at full first and second floor and possibly 3rd floor (if not asking too much)

I have spare D-Link DSL-G604T and D-Link DSL-2640T, WiFi ADSL modem routers.

Primary DSL Modem Router Beetel 450TC2 has PPPoE Airtel Connection with dynamic ip from ISP. My DSL is on 24x7.
IP Address:

Laptops n Smartphones get anything like - 9 at max and even more when guests are here.

I do not have option to connect the 450TC2 and G604T /2640T using wire (Phone or CAT 5/6 or Electric) as per design of house building.

I cannot use G604T /2640T as primary router.

I do see WDS setting in Beetel 450TC2 but not in G604T /2640T.

I have not changed anything on 450TC2, however i have RESET G604T /2640T and then changed following using wired lan connection between PC n G604T / 2640T

IP of G604T /2640T to
Wireless SSID n Channel to be same as 450TC2 i.e. SabharwalHome and 1
DHCP at G604T /2640T has been disabled.

No ATM/PPP settings have been configured as the G604T /2640T devices have been HARD RESET using the button provided.

Please help!

A:Extend WiFi range of 450TC2 router using G604T/2640T

i suspect those routers will not work as extenders
they cannot have DD-WRT installed

The can be used as switches , but you would need to run a cable

the other option is powerline adapters which use the electrical wiring , you can get them with a wireless facility as well

or wireless extenders

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Hi there, I'm trying to help a neighbour with an wifi extender issue. She has one set up to get signal from the main wifi box in the house to her office outside. The extender seems to have hijacked the wifi signal and she can no longer get signal from in the house (where the main box is plugged in!). We've tried unplugging the extender plug in the outside office but could still not get signal from the main box inside. The extender is a Devolo brand one and I cannot see any help from their website regarding this although I've heard of this problem happening before. Does anyone have any advice as to what to do? I don't want to leave her with no wifi either! Many thanks

A:Wifi Extender Problem

I do not understand what you mean by "hijacked." All a Range Extender does is connect to the router or wireless access point ("main wifi box") and rebroadcast the signals it receives from the access point or devices which connect to it.

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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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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?


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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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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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Hey guys,

I know I have posted before about this but my Connection has gotton worse and I would like to add a Range extender Wirelessly If I can't then the last resort is to use an Ethernet Cable

Please Help me as to what IP Address I need and as to How I make a connection between the 2 Routers

Any help would be appreciated

Many Thanks,

A:Adding a Range extender


I have tried this configuration, when I had a router without wireless & one with but no modem connected via a wired connection.

Set the gateway of the second router (Wireless & no modem in my case) to the IP address of the first router & leave the first one alone.

When you log-on wirelessly use the second router as your gateway & it will redirect correctly.

If you connect via a wire you still need to route in the same way i.e Connect to the second router & all will be well, otherwise you will need to change the gateway of your static IP addressing, if used.

I am not sure if there is an easier way of doing this but it worked for me!

I now have a range extender (connected via a wire to a new first router (second one removed & binned) as I updated the first router & that was easier to set up! All now on standard settings.

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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?

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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.

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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:

10 tips for improving your wireless network

^^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 a Cisco Valet+ AP. I have added an Engenius Range extender, big house, (actually a B&B). The setup seems to have gone well (ranger extender linked to AP). Is there a way that I can verify that a PC in the big house away from the AP is actually connected to the Range Extender. Thanks.

A:Checking the access on my range extender

For a one time test unplug the Range Extender and see if the PC's connection drops.

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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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Hi all just to ask , my wife has a laptop she uses in the back room , for some reason she loses wifi . would a range extender or a power line adapter work what do yall think would be best?

A:Power line or range extender

I was going to just suggest that you try changing the channel in your router and then found this:
7 Tips to Boost Wireless Speed, Range, and Reliability | Audioholics
It explains far better than I can!

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I have a belkin range extender, and it drops the internet connection for a slight second, but regains it almost immediately; however, the drop is long enough to disconnect me from games. I found an online solution saying set the extender to static IP, but I can't figure out how to do this. Anyone have any other solutions, or any directions on how to set the IP to static? Thanks.

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I have just purchased a TP-Link Range Extender TL-WA850RE.

I find that my ProLink Router and the TP-Link does not support each others WPS. So I had to configure the Range Extender via the Ethernet Cable.

After the WIRELESS setting is done, I get the following message;


I wonder what I should do next?

A:TP-Link Range Extender TL-WA850RE

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