wifi repeater help

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Perris Calderon, Sep 10, 2004.

  1. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    my sister needs a repeater to get her desktop upstairs on brodband from her downstairs wireless router

    any suggestions?
     
  2. NetRyder

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    Are you sure she needs a repeater just within the house itself? What router is she using?
    I have a Netgear MR814v2 802.11b router and I'm able to get a full 11mbit connection both upstairs and downstairs. You might want to try repositioning the router or tinkering with the orientation of the antennae a bit.
     
  3. Perris Calderon

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    ya, she needs a repeater I think...brick walls and all that...I can't even go from the den to the kitchen, about 20 feet from the router

    I didn't look at the router though, and I'll try repositioning, but her husband is ****, and he's got a whole cubby built for it, and I'm not gonna be able to move it...maybe the antenae are down, I'll take a look
     
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  5. Perris Calderon

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    I'm gonna check when I get there tonight...I'll bring my laptop up there and see where I do get a signal, if at all.

    I'll also check out what I can do as far as netryder's suggestions
     
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    A list of trouble makers between the wifi station and the computer:

    -Metal ducting.
    -Mirrors (silvered back blocks the signal) - my big problem, huge bathroom mirror between computer room and rest of house.
    -Portable phones (try changing wifi and phone channels)
    -Major appliances. motors create interference and metal housings block signal.
    -Make sure the computer case is not between the base station and the antenna. I think you can get antenna extension cables to move it if you have to.
     
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    In the mean time I got bored so went surfing:

    http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=267

    Kinda pricey at $45 ( http://store.yahoo.com/justdeals/ or http://www.pctekonline.com/ ) considering I just got a netgear wireless G routers for $20 bucks after rebates. I'd run a cable from my main computer setup to somewhere centrally loacted and hook up another router there configured as an access point and set to another channel. The "B" extenders are $29.

    Hmmm... and thus the solution to my giant mirror blocking my wifi signals. Where'd I put that Cat 5 wire?

    "High gain antennas" are available too but not sure they're worth the money.
     
  8. Perris Calderon

    Perris Calderon Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    thanx for the help guys