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Solved: Wireless Range Extender or Access Point with Router

Discussion in 'Networking' started by legarots, Jan 30, 2010.

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  1. legarots

    legarots Thread Starter

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    I live in an association that provides WiFi (802.11b/g/n). It works fine upstairs, but my PS3 is in the basement, and doesn't get a good enough connection to stream netflix.

    So I see two options, and I'm wondering which is better. It seems both would cost under $80.

    Option 1:
    Get a Wireless Range Extender that supports 802.11b/g/n, and put in upstairs.

    Option 2:
    Get a Wireless Access point and plug it into a wireless router (which I already have one lying around).

    Which option is the best, and would give the best connection speed to my PS3 in the basement?
     
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Hawking Tech has a number of products that will help you increase your wireless range. The root page is Hawking Hi-Gain™ WiFi Range Extending Products.

    Some of the more interesting products are this Hawking [HSB2] Hi-Gain WiFi Signal Booster, which can be used on either end of a wireless connection to boost the signal power.

    Another way to increase your signal strength is by the use of hi-gain antennas. You can choose from omni-directional or directional models, here are a some examples.

    Hawking [HAI7SIP] Hi-Gain 7dBi Omni-Directional Antenna

    Hawking [HAI15SC] Hi-Gain 15dBi Corner Antenna

    [HAO14SD] Outdoor Hi-Gain 14dBi Directional Antenna Kit

    For 802.11n applications, this ZyXEL ANT1106 6db omni-directional antenna can be used.

    For really long range outdoor applications, this 24dB parabolic WiFi Antenna may be a good choice.

    If you have a wireless adapter that doesn't have provisions for an external antenna, one adapter that I've had good luck with is a Rosewill RNX-G1 USB Wireless Adapter. It's feature is that is has a removable antenna and will accommodate replacement antennas.

    This is just a sample of available products, many people have hi-gain antennas with similar specifications, but I haven't seen any other suppliers of signal boosters.
     
  3. warrior19

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  4. legarots

    legarots Thread Starter

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    I think redoing my entire home network with powerline is overkill.

    JohnWill, I understand that you are saying a range extender will be the easier solution?
     
  5. legarots

    legarots Thread Starter

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    Option 4:
    Actually I found that I can convert my existing router into a repeater, thanks to firmware from http://www.dd-wrt.com

    I did this and I get a good connection in my basement now.
     
  6. warrior19

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    2 powerline adapters(1 each end) is not the whole network but good luck with firmware upgrade.
     
  7. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    You can mark your own threads solved using the [​IMG] button at the top of the first page of the thread in the upper left corner.© :)
     
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