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Windows 7: Replacing Wireless Router

23 Jan 2011   #1
N2Abyss

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP 1
 
 
Replacing Wireless Router

Hey Guys, I could use some advice, I have a couple of laptops and a desk top I need to get a wireless signal and print capability to, my present router does pretty well, but frequently drops connections!

Internet: Cable
Router: Netgear RangMax 240 (WPNT834) wireless G
Area: 2660 sq.ft., Two Story, Wood Construction.
Router and cable modem Location: NE end of basement.
Desktop location: NW corner of second story.
Laptop locations: SE corner of second story.
Printer: HP Deskjet 6988, SE corner of second story.

I have tried a Hawking HWREG1" RangeExtender with no luck, I really don't understand a lot about wireless past the present router!
I have been doing some research, and I"m now wondering if my money would be better spent just going to a new router like a draft N?

The only reason I decided to try the Range Extender was the fact that I would only have to come up with an electrical source at the halfway point. (the house isn't cabled for LAN)
Please give me some input on best choices for a range extender or N router.
Thanks
Bret


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23 Jan 2011   #2
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

What is the signal strength shown on the upstairs computers? Was it stronger with the Hawking installed?
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24 Jan 2011   #3
N2Abyss

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

Four full bars with the RangeMax Router, Three Full bars with the Hawking RangeExtender.
Note: I could not connect to the hawking once it was disconnected from the LAN connection on my "RangeMax"? So I never had it located in a central location. The only way I could get the Hawking to work was while it was hooked up via LAN to the RangeMax and even then the printer didn't seem to be receiving a signal from it.

I looking at a NETGEAR WNDR3700-100NAS 802.11a/b/g/n Rangemax 2.4/5GHz Simultaneous N600 Dual Band Wireless Gigabit Router/ USB port
I might have to do a little wiring to get it centrally located, but after reading about the N dual band, my thoughts are, this would work with my older equipment as well as having less interference? as long as my printer will work with it.
Am I on the right track here?
Thanks
Bret
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24 Jan 2011   #4
chev65

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

Your present router is relic by todays standards but it might be possible to make it work better and stop dropping connections with a firmware update.

If you want a faster and more reliable connection you would be much better off going with a newer wireless N capable router.

If you need more range you can add on a wireless access point A/P or a bridge if you need more wired connections for other stuff.

I use the D-link DIR655 wireless N router and the D-link DAP1522 dual band as an access point to get a better signal out to my garage. There are many good N routers to choose from.
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25 Jan 2011   #5
N2Abyss

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

Has anyone seen a comparison between the D-link DIR655 wireless N router and the NETGEAR WNDR3700-100NAS 802.11a/b/g/n Rangemax?
I have used Netgear for a while now and was just wondering if one had stronger points over the other.
Thanks
Bret
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