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Windows 7: Wifi Range Problem.

02 Jan 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 
Wifi Range Problem.

I am facing a problem with WIFI connectivity. I will explain my scenario. Please do suggest the best solution for it as i am least knowledgeable in this area.

I live in a villa where i have 3 neighbors too. My neighbor is having a TP-Link Wireless ADSL Modem Router. I an my 2 other neighbors share this wifi. But the issue now is that the range of it is not completely available in my flat. Its available only in the corner of my Drawing room. I want its range to be available in whole of my flat including the other rooms so that i can use it from anywhere not just the Drawing room.

I asked many regarding this situation. So they told me few solutions. I will list 2 solutions suggested by them. Can anyone tell me which one is the best solution.

1) One person told me to use another ROUTER to act as an Access point. He asked me to buy a TP-Link ADSL Modem Router and configure it as an Access point to use it. For that he asked me to connect this new ROUTER with my neighbor's main router using Ethernet cable. After configuring it as an Access point i will be able to access Internet through this new Access point,


2) Another person told me to use an WIRELESS USB ADAPTER like Alpha Wifi USB adapter. He said it will grab the signal of my neighbors TP-LINK WIFI ROUTER and i can use the internet anywhere in my flat not just the Drawing room.


Can anyone suggest which is the best solution in terms of performance and economy. And is there any other USB adapter which does the same function.


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02 Jan 2013   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I would suggest going with option 1. I don't know anything about the access point you're trying to configure but I would recommend you getting just an access point not another router, mostly because it will be a lot easier for you to setup.

-Update-

I use two of these in my house for my wireless.

http://trendnet.com/products/proddet...=120_TEW-637AP
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02 Jan 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

My question is: are you legally allowed to share this wireless connection. If not, that's a hole different ball of wax legally.

The thing to keep in mind is; a wireless device emitting a wireless signal in a apartment building such as yours has some major problems. That signal has to move through walls and and every thing in front of those walls. This in-turns weakens the signal and the reception becomes some what unstable.
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02 Jan 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

#1
I guess since he had the option to add an access point via Ethernet cable then he had his neighbors permission and there is no other legal problems.

#2
This is why i suggested the access point connected to the router via Ethernet cable. The the only interference he would get is whats in his own apartment.
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02 Jan 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

[QUOTE=bassfisher6522;2238009]My question is: are you legally allowed to share this wireless connection. If not, that's a hole different ball of wax legally.

Yes, i am legally using this wireless connection as I pay for what i am using, i.e a share of total amount. So there is no point of illegal issue.
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02 Jan 2013   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

[QUOTE=parman;2238027]#1
I guess since he had the option to add an access point via Ethernet cable then he had his neighbors permission and there is no other legal problems.

Is a router better than a USB wireless adapter to act as an Access point? I am planning to connect a router to the main router and configure it as an Access point.

{/QUOTE]
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02 Jan 2013   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Ok..that's good...like I said, the wireless signal has to travel through solid objects which reduces the signal which explains why you can only connect in that particular room.

Your only options are; add a wireless access point which will pick up that signal and retransmit it. There are some other adapters that will use the wiring of the house to resend the wireless signal. Or just get your own connection.
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02 Jan 2013   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bassfisher6522 View Post
Ok..that's good...like I said, the wireless signal has to travel through solid objects which reduces the signal which explains why you can only connect in that particular room.

Your only options are; add a wireless access point which will pick up that signal and retransmit it. There are some other adapters that will use the wiring of the house to resend the wireless signal. Or just get your own connection.
Adding a wireless access point means what?? Does it mean that i configure a router as an access point? How can we configure an Access point wirelessly?
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02 Jan 2013   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SysEngineer View Post
Is a router better than a USB wireless adapter to act as an Access point? I am planning to connect a router to the main router and configure it as an Access point.
With a USB wireless adapter you will have to always have a PC connected in the One corner of your apt. that can get connection plus you're probably still not getting the best connection since its transferring though the walls.

If you can get direct access the the router to run a Ethernet cable to your apt. Then i will still suggest you purchase a access point and can connect it to their router. This will give you a solid signal to your Apt.

You can use a router but you will need to know how to set it up to work correctly.

Also you can setup the router or access point in your apt before you get it setup and test how your connection is through the house and actually connect to it. You wont receive any internet from it but this will help you determine where to put the device and how much cable you need to run.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SysEngineer View Post
Adding a wireless access point means what?? Does it mean that i configure a router as an access point? How can we configure an Access point wirelessly?
Some devices call wireless extenders can do this.
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02 Jan 2013   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

There are wireless access point devices which are different then a wired/wireless router...with a wireless access point, the configurations is painless...basically plug in play....just have to add the ssid and password of the router.

Difference Between Router and Access Points | Difference Between | Router vs Access Points
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