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Do I need to add a wireless repeater?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Sasquatch, Jul 24, 2005.

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  1. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Thread Starter

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    I've got an 802.b wireless network here at home with a desktop hardwired to the D-Link router up in the office on the 2nd floor. I've got a laptop set up downstairs in the kitchen and the total straightline distance between the router and the laptop is approximately 45' or so. The signal only goes through 2 walls (or floor and ceiling combo) plus some furniture in the straightest line across an open air downstairs Living Room room.

    The reason I'm describing the layout is that at best I get about a 40% Signal Strength and 40% Link Quality on the wireless laptop, but those numbers are also often in the teens and low 20's or the signal drops off completely.

    Should I install a Wireless Repeater, and if so, how and where might I install it? I know nothing about repeaters.

    Thanks.
     
  2. skinnywhiteboy

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    Sometimes, depending on how the building is structured, it's important to carefully consider where you place the router, or you may get a lot of weak spots. Also, I would upgrade the router to 802.11g and see if that helps, and you can also try putting the router in a different area of your house.

    If that doesn't work, buy a wireless signal booster (repeater).
     
  3. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Thread Starter

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    skinnywhiteboy,

    The problem with moving the router is that I can't move it very far or I'll have to figure out some sort of new wiring plan for the modem.

    Does anyone know if the 802.11g has a stronger signal than the 802.11b?
     
  4. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Thread Starter

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    Am I reading this description right in that an 802.11g wireless signal booster will only work with an 802.11g wireless router? It does say it will work with an 802.11b "client" device, but I've got an 802.11b wireless router. Am I out of luck without buying a new router?

     
  5. JohnWill

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    Before you spring for the new router, you might look into hi-gain antennas, I've seen them recently for as little as $12. Of course, the exact make/model of your router would help in determining if you can use an external antenna. Does it have a removable antenna?
     
  6. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Thread Starter

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    Yes, there is a 3" removable antennae on it. The router is a D-Link DI-514 4 port wireless router.

    I'll look for one. Thanks.
     
  7. JohnWill

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    If you only have one wireless computer, a directional antenna may be all you need, and it'll provide the maximum signal strength.
     
  8. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Thread Starter

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    I talked to D-Link today and got some ideas on which ones should be compatible. Now I just have to find the best price.

    Thanks.
     
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