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Wireless Adapter v. Range Extender

Discussion in 'Networking' started by JMesser91, Apr 15, 2013.

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  1. JMesser91

    JMesser91 Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I have a desktop in a room that is not in the same room as my router. While I would love a true LAN connection, that is not possible. Currently I'm using a near extinct netgear wireless adapter. It connects/disconnects all the time, I've trouble shooted it for hours, changing channels, encryption, various router settings etc. to no avail. I have decided it is time to replace the POS and upgrade.

    My question is, would it be better to buy a new wireless adapter, or go with a range extender? I have several wireless devices; however, range isn't a main issue. I was wondering if I would gain anything using the LAN connection from the extender. I do have a dual band n router. The range extender I was looking at does say dual band, but I think I read it can only use one frequency at a time. The two products I am looking at are linked below. I have a Linksys EA2700 router, and I also stream a lot of media from this desktop.

    Extender: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124493

    Adapter: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124467

    Let me know what you think, as I am trying to purchase this ASAP. Thanks in advance!
     
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    can we see an xirrus screen shot from the desktop - see below

    I dont know those products - so cannot comment specifically on those

    An alternative maybe to use homeplugs to connect the desktop to router via the home electrical system

    The linksys router emulator and user guide is here
    http://ui.linksys.com/files/EA2700/1.0.12/
    and
    http://support.linksys.com/en-eu/support/routers/EA2700

    it looks like the linksys supports 2.4 and 5ghz simultaneously
    http://ui.linksys.com/files/EA2700/1.0.12/Wireless_Basic1.htm

    xirrus will help with seeing the signal of both of those if enabled

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    Run Xirrus Wi-Fi Inspector
    Download and install

    If you cannot access the internet with this PC, then you will need to copy the program across to the faulty PC
    Save the file to a USB flash drive or other removable media. Plug it into the working computer with internet access and copy the file and install the program.
    You will now need to take a screen shot and copy that back to the working PC and attach the screen shot in a reply on the forum here.

    If you do not have another PC - do you have a phone connected to the internet - can you photograph the result and post the image in a reply

    http://www.xirrus.com/Products/Wi-Fi-Inspector.aspx
    Direct link to the program is here http://info.xirrus.com/Wi-FiInspectorConfirmation.html

    {If the above link does not work heres another link http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_download/fid,77196-order,4/download.html}

    Then run and install the program - on a wireless enabled PC/Laptop
    if you get an error - You need will need to have NET Framework installed for the WiFi Inspector to function.
    On windows 8 - (i do not have windows 8) but, it would appear that, When you first try to run, you may get a message that .net framework is needed, and included in that message is a link to download/install.

    Run the program

    A user guide is available here http://www.xirrus.com/cdn/pdf/Xirrus-Wi-Fi-inspectorguide-1-2-1-RevB-6.aspx

    post a screen shot of the program running.
    if there are a lot of networks showing can you click on "networks" top lefthand area - so we can see all the network information.

    post which SSID name is yours, its located in the list, under network "Adapter Name" (1st column)


    Note:
    For a reliable (or robust as the Xirrus user guide says) wireless connection you need a signal of about -70 dBm or better. "A desirable signal level for a robust Wi-Fi connection will be green".
    note: the signal level is a negative number, so for example -88 is worst and -40 is better

    To post a screen shot of the active window.
    Windows XP
    Hold the Alt key and press the PrtScn key. Open the Windows PAINT application (Start> All Programs> Accessories> Paint) and Paste the screen shot. You can then use PAINT to trim to suit, and save it as a JPG format file.

    Vista or Windows 7
    you can use the "snipping tool" which is found in Start> All programs> Accessories> Snipping Tool
    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/how-to-use-the-windows-snipping-tool/

    Windows 8
    you can use the snipping tool > Open Snipping Tool (From the Windows 8 Start Screen, type "snip" and press enter.
    >Press the Esc. key.
    >go back to your Windows 8 start screen - Swipe from left or press Window Button
    >Press Ctrl+PrntScr button to use Snipping Tool
    see here
    http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/opinion/windows/3415854/how-take-screenshot-in-windows-8/
    http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/windows/3405830/how-take-screenshot-in-windows-8/


    To upload the screen shot to the forum, open the full reply window ("Go Advanced" button) and use the Manage Attachments button to upload it here.
    Full details are available here http://library.techguy.org/wiki/TSG_Posting_a_Screenshot
     
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