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Wireless router range?

Discussion in 'Networking' started by Techmonkeys, Mar 6, 2006.

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  1. Techmonkeys

    Techmonkeys Thread Starter

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    Hi all I have a Belkin wireless router and belkin card, which work fine however since moving into the new house it appears the range from the router to the PC is too far or possibly their are too many walls in the way.

    What is the quickest and cheapest way of extending the range? Can I get a more powerful antenna? or should I be thinking of range extenders?
     
  2. JohnWill

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    I'd start with the hi-gain antenna, it's probably the cheapest and easiest to get working. You might also consider relocating the router to a more central location.
     
  3. golddust

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    Think for a minute about what is between the router and pcs - any plumbing, cordless phones, anything metallic (is your house framed with that new aluminium they are using in some places). Even a cell phone that is left on all the time can be a nuisance (didn't believe that one until I saw it interfere with the my daughter's - that was the only trouble she ever had so she knows to leave it across the room from where her adapter antenna is located). Before investing any money have you tried repositioning the router? Is the distance between router and pcs farther than it was? Is everything on one floor? My daughter's pc is 45 feet from the router and has excellent reception (it's a Linksys), and there's a bathroom in between. Are yours farther than that?
     
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