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Old 09-09-2013, 10:12 PM   #1
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Default WiFi Range Extension?

What are the options we have today for extending the signal?

The new house I purchased is pretty large and we don't get a signal in the back bedroom...which is our bedroom. This poses a big problem because we only watch the Roku in the bedroom.

I know there are range extenders. I also know there are something like power over ethernet as well.

What is the best option today and the cheapest? I'd also like something practical and don't want to run cables anywhere. We also can't move the current router because 90% of the internet access is done in the side of the house it currently is in place.

Thoughts? Experiences with each?
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:36 PM   #2
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Take a beer can
cut the bottom off
cut it from the bottom to the top
open it up wide
take the can and turn it upside down
put the opening of the can over the router antenna with the open side facing outwards
you just increased your signal range

BTW, empty that beer can first

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Take a beer can
cut the bottom off
cut it from the bottom to the top
open it up wide
take the can and turn it upside down
put the opening of the can over the router antenna with the open side facing outwards
you just increased your signal range

BTW, empty that beer can first

does this also increase signal strength...
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Default Re: WiFi Range Extension?

I use have my main router on onse side of the house. Use a powerline adaptor to get to where the den TV. Then I have a secondary router there with the same network name and login. Works great and I get good signal in the entire house.
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Go with Spur's [powerline suggestion.
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If you want the best free, cheap, and or expensive ways to do this, here is a great article

http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow_viewe...28&po=1,00.asp
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Can you explain how this works? I don't see a lot of information on their website or from Google searches.

I am fairly tech savvy and this seems to have great reviews.
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I use have my main router on onse side of the house. Use a powerline adaptor to get to where the den TV. Then I have a secondary router there with the same network name and login. Works great and I get good signal in the entire house.
I know this is an older thread, but I just recently got a chance to tackle the situation...and I went with Ethernet Over Power, which is what I assume you meant by a powerline adapter. Works beautifully...sent it to the kitchen, which is in the middle of my home and added a WAP to provide signal all over the home.

Question though: should I disable the wireless radio of my other router or keep both going? Wonder if they will interfere with each other or maybe I should put them on different channels or something? Right now, I turned it off and just left the WAP on.
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They also make repeaters or wifi extenders. This is what I have. You just place it within range of your main router and it extends the range in that direction.

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They also make repeaters or wifi extenders. This is what I have. You just place it within range of your main router and it extends the range in that direction.
http://www.tp-link.com/en/products/d...del=TL-WA850RE
Probably comparable to the Netlink. The TP-Link has an ethernet port as well, meaning you could attach a wired device (eg; ethernet printer without wifi). Plugs into the wall...easy. Repeaters are great for extending the wireless coverage, EOP is great for extended the wired network - no real need to pull CAT5 through the house anymore, just consume one outlet or add an extra (as you would add a RJ45 outlet).


As for radios - you have a wan router with wifi, that is connected to the EOP and a WAP that connects to EOP elsewhere?

If so, radios shouldn't bother each other - you could set them to different channels... I assume both advertise the same SSID? Worst case your devices switch APs as you walk through the house, which is what they're designed to do...no prob.
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They also make repeaters or wifi extenders. This is what I have. You just place it within range of your main router and it extends the range in that direction.


I have one of these at the lake. My neighbor 2 houses over lets me bootleg his wifi since we are only there on the weekends and this thing is unreal. My internet is faster there than at my home. Very easy to set up and use.
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From my understanding, the reason I went with Ethernet Over Power adapters plugged into wall outlets with a WAN attached to the other end OVER a repeater was signal power and strength.

I read that if you have a router broadcasting, say, 200mbps and then use a repeater...it is already getting a weaker signal of that 200mbps and then using bandwidth to duplicate and repeat it out...which you may have lost 75% speed by then.

With the EoP, I have the exact same signal strength and even further range.
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As for radios - you have a wan router with wifi, that is connected to the EOP and a WAP that connects to EOP elsewhere?

If so, radios shouldn't bother each other - you could set them to different channels... I assume both advertise the same SSID? Worst case your devices switch APs as you walk through the house, which is what they're designed to do...no prob.
I'm assuming you meant to direct this question towards me, since I asked about it?

But yes, that is my setup. I have ethernet cable running from my Verizon FiOS router to a EOP device next to it....then in the middle of the house, a receiving EOP plugged into an outlet with a cable from it to a WAP.

I currently have the Verizon FiOS wireless radio turned off...just the WAP broadcasting.

Can I improve my situation?
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Default WiFi Range Extension?

Leaving WiFi radios on should not be an issue. You do need to make sure only one device is doing the actual 'routing' - (direct directing the traffic)The WAPs downstream should be in bridge mode to simple pass along the information.


It causes problems when you have more then one router in your network trying to direct the traffic
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Yeah, my WAP is only broadcasting from the actual router at the original point of signal/connection.
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I'm assuming you meant to direct this question towards me, since I asked about it?

But yes, that is my setup. I have ethernet cable running from my Verizon FiOS router to a EOP device next to it....then in the middle of the house, a receiving EOP plugged into an outlet with a cable from it to a WAP.

I currently have the Verizon FiOS wireless radio turned off...just the WAP broadcasting.

Can I improve my situation?
As Spur's points out - no prob with both radios on. If your WAP is just that - simply an access point then you should be fine. If it's a wireless router you'll have probs (as Spur's also points out).

So I guess my message is - what Spur's said!

(If the WAP is just a WAP - turn the FiOS on and get a broader footprint...as long as it's not unsecured and the 15 yr old next door can't suck down all your bandwidth downloading who knows what - well - we pretty much know what he was downloading...lesson learned quickly.)
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Good deal, that is what I was thinking...spread the footprint out even more. Buddy of mine just seemed to think they would conflict with each other.
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I always wondered if the Powerline stuff worked well for internet. I used to have my gaming setup in my FROG and could never get a good wifi signal up there. One of these days when my in-laws move out of there I am moving things back up there and need a good internet solution. I use something similar for additional phone jacks in my house since the house only had two phone jacks in it.
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I always wondered if the Powerline stuff worked well for internet. I used to have my gaming setup in my FROG and could never get a good wifi signal up there. One of these days when my in-laws move out of there I am moving things back up there and need a good internet solution. I use something similar for additional phone jacks in my house since the house only had two phone jacks in it.
I used to have a powerline adapter for my Xbox because it got weak wireless signal in my living room. I went from lagging in every game, to having the best connection in more games. they work very well
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