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01-10-2005, 07:54 PM
I cant get wireless in my room, I was wondering if I could hook up a second wireless router in between my current wireless router and my computer to make it get to my room. Or is there something else I can do to boost the signal. Please let me know and what I should get if it is a boosting item. Or a website I should look at with what i should do. THANKS SO MUCH!
01-10-2005, 08:08 PM
Most wireless routers have a sufficient range to reach an entire house, so I am wondering just how big your house is.
Anyway, you can actually use two routers. If you want to do this, use a separate cable line for each router. Use the same SSID and Channel for each router. Depending on your particular router, reassociation may be automatic. If reassociation is not automatic, you will need to configure your laptop when moving from upstairs to downstairs.
Oh...I almost forgot to mention that you can buy an antenna to boost your signal from your existing router. The antennas are pretty cheap and fairly easy to install. :)
01-10-2005, 08:26 PM
like how much do the antenna's boost the signal, and which one is a good one to get?
01-10-2005, 08:35 PM
Hmmm....if your location is correct, you are in PA. I am not sure what major stores are located in PA. I would try COMPUSA. A decent antenna should run about $25.00.
I recommend checking out your router's manufacturer website to find out about compatibliliy with antennas! Antennas are pretty generic, so it shouldn't be too much of a problem. :throw:
01-10-2005, 10:09 PM
also, sorry for so many questions, this is my last one, can i connect two wireless routers without a cord, like i have a wireless router connect to my cable modem by a cord, then have a second wireless router that gets internet from the first router wirelessly and transmits it wirelessly to another computer? I hope that made sense!
01-10-2005, 10:41 PM
I think I understand what you want to do. Do you want to set up a Wireless Home Network? This would allow you to share files and resources wirelessly between your PCs. You don't need two routers to do this. I will explain how, if that is what you are trying to do.
The bottom line is that you need only one wireless router in your house.
01-10-2005, 11:27 PM
well what i want to do is have a second router upstairs that transmits internet wirelessly and with an ethernet cord. however i dont want a cord between the 2 routers, i want them to be connected wirelessly...does that make sense at all?
01-10-2005, 11:33 PM
I guess it would depend on the type of wireless router you buy. I have never heard of wireless routers being configured that way though.
The closest I have seen is two wireless routers in the same house with disassociation and reassociation properties. What that means is that when the computer starts to see a signal loss from one router...the other router takes over.
I don't even know it is possible to connect two routers wirelessly. Hopefully someone else can answer that one. I would be curious about that.
I can tell you how to set up a Wireless Network, but not how to connect two routers wirelessly.
01-11-2005, 07:58 AM
Yes, what you're talking about is a wireless bridge. It allows wireless ==> wireless connections. However, they're quite expensive since there are none that I know of aimed at the SOHO market, so expect to pay anywhere from $300 & up for one of those guys.
Short of that, like navyones mentioned, you can also try an external antenna on your access point to boost the signal, assuming you have a removable antenna on your WAP. Or, as a last resort, you can also try a wireless card with a very high receive sensitivity. Here's a comparison chart (http://freenetworks.org/moin/index.cgi/ReceiveSensitivity) of the sensitivity of different cards.
01-11-2005, 10:17 AM
If you are going to pay in excess of $300 to improve your Wireless Connection, I would recommend buying a Cisco Wireless Router. The Cisco Routers are pretty easy to configue and have proven to be worth the money. A bridge can actually slow down your connection, and the cost can be high.
01-11-2005, 01:25 PM
You might want to try a repeater. Dlink and Linksys both offer wireless signal boosters for less than $70. Try this if your router is 801.11b. http://www.pagecomputers.com/cgi-bin/page/B0810281.html
01-12-2005, 09:49 AM
If you are willing to wait for awhile, the 802.11n wireless routers will be released soon. According to all reports, the range will be improved. Plus, the new router will be less likely to get interference from items such as cordless phones.
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