W-Fi range extender or second router in home?


  1. Posts : 120
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64
       #1

    W-Fi range extender or second router in home?


    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?
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  2. Posts : 1,449
    Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
       #2

    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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    win7 sp1 32-bit & Ubuntu 10.4 , kali Linux , Back Track , Xp , Mac osX
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    DavidMKD said:
    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?
    Well !

    You may use this product , incase if even the range is not so stronger then u will have an option to add antenna on it !

    Amazon.com: TP-LINK TL-WA5210G High Power Outdoor Wireless Access Point, 2.4GHz 54Mbps, 802.11g/b, 12dBi directional antenna, Passive POE: Computers & Accessories

    just have a look may be it will be helpful for you .
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    Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
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    DavidMKD said:
    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?
    I've used simple wireless access points added in two situations where primary wireless from the primary router was not able to reach the other end of the house because of distance.

    Adding the second wireless network (with a second unique SSID) through the added far-away WAP solved the problem in both situations. Didn't have to go through a thick wall to another apartment as in your case, but the problem need certainly was far enough away from the primary router with enough internal walls and concrete/metal obstructions to be very similar to your situation. For simplicity, I created a second SSID that was the primary SSID plus a "2" suffix. I created the password for the second SSID to be identical to that of the primary SSID, just so I wouldn't have to complicate things unnecessarily. Obviously max wireless security was enabled for both networks.

    All it takes is a wired location at the other end of the distance from the router, to connect the WAP via wired. Then its own second wireless network has its own range based on whatever device you buy. I have used Netgear WN604 boxes in both cases, and been very satisfied. Wireless devices within the home make the transition automatically if necessary when moving from the primary wireless network to the second wireless network, once they've been connected at least one time and the passwords for each SSID remembered.

    One situation already had a wired ethernet jack right where I wanted to place that WN604. The other situation did not, so I bought a pair of powerline "ethernet over AC power" adapters to provide the needed wired connection at the far end of the house.
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  5. Posts : 637
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
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    I don't mean to hijack the thread but my parents have a desktop with a router Asus NT or RT 10 and while my fathers computer gets wireless no problem my mothers tablet can't seem to get a good signal on the other side of the house (same floor).

    Are you saying just make a new wireless network is all there is too it ?

    Thanks
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  6. Posts : 247
    Windows 7 Professional SP1 64 bit Retail
       #6

    We're cable wired but have wireless for Roku. When I go into the yard, I can pickup everything on my iPhone. However, when I use the radio stations on the iPhone, the music drops out or doesn't pickup at all. I'm think an extender of some sort would work. I do, however, have a boat load of modems lying around. I'd appreciate if someone could outline in greater detail how I could get the second modem hooked up as the distance it would need to go is minimal.

    Thanks.
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  7. Posts : 2,752
    Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
       #7

    jonnyhillow said:
    I don't mean to hijack the thread but my parents have a desktop with a router Asus NT or RT 10 and while my fathers computer gets wireless no problem my mothers tablet can't seem to get a good signal on the other side of the house (same floor).

    Are you saying just make a new wireless network is all there is too it ?

    Thanks
    That is exactly what a "wireless access point (WAP)" like the WN604 is. That's what it's for, and that's exactly what it does.

    You connect it via wired to your primary router, it functions as a "switch", and it radiates its own second wireless network from around itself. Any devices connecting wirelessly to the WAP are actually "relayed on" back to the primary router, so that the assigned IP address for these wireless devices are actually assigned by the primary router. If you looked at "attached devices" in the primary router, in addition to devices connected wired/wireless to the primary router you'd also see all the devices connecting wirelessly through the WAP.

    Furthermore, the WAP also includes a few more wired ethernet ports of its own. So it's doubling as a "wired switch" as well. So in addition to the wireless devices connecting through the second WiFi network of the WAP, you can also have devices connected wired to the ethernet ports of the WAP... and those connections too are relayed on back to the primary router. Again, these wired connected devices to the WAP are seen as "attached devices" by the primary router.

    So the WAP is really a transparent switch, that provides both wired relay connection back to the primary router as well as a second wireless network local to it that provides wireless relay connection through the WAP back to the primary router.

    Transparent. It's both a wired switch, as well as a second wireless network switch providing far distant wireless connectivity. All IP addresses are assigned by your primary router.

    You just connect one of its wired ports to the router at the other end of the house (1) via ethernet cable if it exists, or (2) through "ethernet over powerline" adapters if that's the only option, or (3) through "ethernet over coax" adapters if you have a nearby unused coax cable (say from an old cable TV setup in that room, which has the other end of the coax nearby your primary router or near an ethernet connection to the primary router). As long as you can connect the WAP to the primary router via some wired arrangement, the WAP now provides its own wired/wireless "switch" access point around itself.

    Again, the WAP is NOT a second router. It is a wired/wireless "switch", serving simply as a relay connection for devices connected wired/wireless to the WAP and then passing those connections on to the primary router for IP address assignment and "attached devices" management.
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