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Networks Wi-Fi Extender

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by stepea, 25 Jun 2010.

  1. stepea

    stepea What's a Dremel?

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    What's the best way of increasing my Wi-Fi. In one room I can only get a faint signal due to the thickness of the walls.

    Currently I have a network cable from the router into a switchbox into the room I want Wi-Fi, but I'm getting fed up with the number of network cables I have lying around.

    1 x Acer Revo
    1 x Desktop PC
    1 x Laptop.

    I've looked at the AirPort Extreme but isn't there a cheaper option which allows me to connect a network cable from the router to the extender and then improve the Wi-Fi signal in that room.
     
  2. saspro

    saspro IT monkey

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    Either add a 2nd access point or use homeplug (they also do homeplug wireless accesspoint/extenders)
     
  3. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    Have you got a wireless router atm? If you have then a high-gain aerial would be my first stop, and a better aerial on the desktop too.
     
  4. stepea

    stepea What's a Dremel?

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    Thanks for the advice, I don't want homeplug as I've already got a network cable going into that room.

    I want something that I can plug in a network cable into and then use it's Wi-Fi signal.
     
  5. adam_bagpuss

    adam_bagpuss Have you tried turning it off/on ?

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    http://www.solwise.co.uk/wireless-el-ecb-3500.htm

    powerful piece of kit this twin 5db aerials and transmit power upto 26db. it supports repeating so should do the job and it supports lots of other nice features too if you ever change your setup


    also not that pricey @ £76
     
  6. stepea

    stepea What's a Dremel?

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    Thanks, looks good - I was just hoping it was going to be a lot cheaper
     
  7. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

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    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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  9. adam_bagpuss

    adam_bagpuss Have you tried turning it off/on ?

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    thing is its rubbish with a transmit power and crappy 1-2db aerial

    may do the job though
     
  10. Fingers66

    Fingers66 Kiwi in London

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    True but if the OP already has a network cable & switch in the room he wants Wi-Fi in, all he needs is a cheap AP so he doesn't have to run cables in that room. He wouldn't need a powerful unit for that as it would be in the same room as his PC.

    It may be a more cost effective option than replacing his existing router with a more powerful one.
     
  11. adam_bagpuss

    adam_bagpuss Have you tried turning it off/on ?

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    well if hes cabled it already then a crappy AP would do i guess.

    with a good AP acting as a repeater you could remove some cables maybe.
     
  12. barndoor101

    barndoor101 Bring back the demote thread!

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    What I did was turn my server into an AP - I got 2 wireless cards, one connects to the router downstairs and the other is the AP for my room. Means I get n-speeds in my room but can still connect the router. Use connectify to setup the AP
     
  13. stepea

    stepea What's a Dremel?

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    just wanted something to extend my Wi-Fi as cheap as possible.
     
  14. stepea

    stepea What's a Dremel?

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    Would a second hand WRT54GS DD-WRT be a possibly option ?
     
  15. memeroot

    memeroot aged and experianced

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    I got an extender once and it was rubbish... just my 2 penny's worth... cant remember the make but it was silver, semicircular in the vertical plane and now resides in a box in the attic
     
  16. stepea

    stepea What's a Dremel?

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    so a second access point would be best ?
     

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