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Extending Range Help!!!

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by mrtbig, Apr 2, 2005.

  1. mrtbig

    mrtbig Guest

    I just bought a Buffalo Linktheater Media Server and want to give my wireless network a boost because it seems like it is a little slow sometimes and I think it is the network.

    I currently have a DSL connection going into a WRT54G which is going into my Desktop via Lan Connection. I also have another computer with a Linksys PCI card.

    My Linktheater is about 75 feet and three rooms away from Router in my office.

    Should I get a Buffalo Antenna to plug into the Linktheater?

    Should I get another WRT54G and connect it to the Linktheaters Lan port?

    Should I get a 35% Boost WRT54GS to replace my 54G and then use it on the Linktheater?

    A Range Extender is pretty pricey compared to the above options but I want a good signal to reach the Linktheater.

    Please Help!!
  2. doppler

    doppler Network Guru Member

    try wrt54gx if u can afford it.otherwise wre54g is a good option
  3. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    The WRT54GX has much better range, but is pricey. The best you can get if for is 179.99. I have a WRE54G, which I am no longer using. It works, but it is difficult to set up. It also halves your bandwidth, since it only has one radio and must receive and re-transmitt the packets with its own MAC address. It can be purchased for from 99.99 to 79.99 on sale. An better antenna is a good option if it is not too expensive. If the antenna is directional, it may be the best choice. The other options is to ue third party firmware and increase power output. But it should be used at the last resort. Increasing power does increase the noise transmitted and can cause interference with other wireless networks in your area.
  4. dre2day

    dre2day Network Guru Member

    is it possible to over power other peoples wifi around where you live or work? cuz theirs like 4 routers that show up when i walk around my block....
  5. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    you could get some 3rd party firmware and put it on the WRT54G. then bump the power up then get some high gain antennas at best buy or something. dont forget that the more you increase the power on the wrt and more you are going to turn down the transmit rate. and if you are worried about other wifi networks they are all going to be blown out of the water :twisted:
  6. dre2day

    dre2day Network Guru Member

    When i tested this system before when it was behind my flat screen i could get to the end of the block about 50 feet away and then it droped me. If i get the bigger attenys how much farther can it go....and could i get this to set off a EMP lol :evil:
  7. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    you could get like maybe another 50 feet or something. i am not sure

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