Upgrading to Wireless-N

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berardim

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I have a Linksys Wireless-G router in my home to network both my desktops (through Ethernet) as well as two laptops. I want to replace the router with a wireless-N to increase the range, since we often lose our wireless connection. If I get the wireless-N router, do I have to upgrade all of my desktops and laptops with wireless-N cards or USB adapters to get the full advantage of the N-router?

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Mark B.
 

TerryNet

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Of course. You may get some increased range with the 'n' router only, so you need not upgrade everything all at once.
 

JohnWill

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A better option might be to increase the range of the existing router.

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


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.
 

berardim

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Thanks to both of you (JohnWill and TerryNet) for your responses. I think I am going to go the route of getting a signal booster or hi-gain antenna for my existing Linksys Wireless G-router. Both my laptop and my son's have a Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card, but my laptop is my company PC and they will not allow me to upgrade it to a newer wireless card (like many big companies, they are slow to upgrade to the newest technologies!)

Mark B.
 

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I'd try the hi-gain antenna first, you can find them as cheap as $15-20 at times. If you have multiple wireless stations, an omni-directional antenna is the proper choice. 7dB is about the best gain they offer. Then, if you still have signal issues, the Hawking signal booster is the second part I'd consider in conjunction with the hi-gain antenna.
 
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