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Wireless Router-Expand Range

Discussion in 'Networking' started by webster452, Jul 30, 2007.

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  1. webster452

    webster452 Thread Starter

    Jul 30, 2007
    Have FIOS internet service. They provided a wireless router.
    I just purchased a HP Pavilion d9000 Notebook.
    Wireless router range does not extend throughout entire house (2 stories... about 65 ft long... router at one end on first floor... need for access at furthest point of other end on
    2nd floor... of course!!).
    I tried a Linksys USB antenna adaptor that plugs into the laptop. This did not solve the problem(still no signal at far end of home).
    I called FIOS. Their solution was to purchase a "repeater", but from what I've been able to research, type solution decreases internet connectivity speed by 50%.
    I am looking for a good solution (or product) that will provide a strong signal throughout the home. If a "repeater" is the only answer, can anyone recommend a particular proven product that will satisfy my needs? I cannot re-locate the router.
    Thanks for any help/insight.
  2. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    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 couple of examples.

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

    Hawking [HAI15SC] Hi-Gain 15dBi Corner Antenna
  3. fiosfriend


    Aug 11, 2007
    How do I keep online with wireless?
    Cordless phones and other electronic devices are the most common cause of intermittent Internet connectivity issues. Cordless phone systems running at 2.4 GHz often run at the same frequency as your modem or home networking router. If you are experiencing intermittent connectivity issues, you may need to replace your cordless phone with one that runs at a different frequency.
    • Large metal objects and electrical equipment such as televisions, home entertainment electronics, and microwaves can also cause interference. Try to keep your modem and wireless home networking router away from these sources of electronic interference.
    • Check with your neighbor. You may both be running wireless networks at the same frequency. The solution may be as easy as changing the channel of your wireless router.
    • Physical obstructions such as walls, floors, home entertainment electronics, appliances, and furniture can cause interference if the wireless signals have to pass through them. Move your modem or wireless home networking router to another location so it isn't in the line-of-sight of these potential interference factors.

    If you have an older cordless phone and hear static that gets worse near your router the access your router if it is an actiontec then,
    1. Open your Web browser and enter in the Address field.
    2. Enter your user name and password. If you didn't change during initial installation, enter admin as the user name and password as the password.
    Click on wireless on the top

    Then wireless basic and move from automatic to 11 as that channel is above the broadcast of your older cordless, or you neighbors

    Also there are great ways to fix dead zones and other issues at
  4. fiosfriend


    Aug 11, 2007
    How can I look up my current Actiontec wireless network SSID and WEP Key?

    Your network's SSID and WEP Key are written on a sticker on your router, the essid is the ssid is what you should see when you veiw availble wireless networks on your compters wireless program, please read the intructions that came with your computer, go to your computers manufactors page and click on support or ask a friend, it is your computer,

    they when you double left click on that wireless network, you should see it as secured, you will see a request for a password, that is the wep key, it is hex so it is only 0-9 and a-f it wont have any O in it
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