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I have a WAG54GS...need to extend range

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Nameless4ever, Jan 8, 2007.

  1. Nameless4ever

    Nameless4ever LI Guru Member

    I'm moving soon and so I'll need to do something about the limited range of my wireless network. I tried to search around for a solution but couldn't find one. all pcs will be connected wirelessly and I don't think my router has this feature. Sadly, I couldn't find a compatible high-gain antenna in any of the local shops. so, any ideas?

    Thanks in advance!!
     
  2. Pembrokeshire

    Pembrokeshire LI Guru Member

  3. Nameless4ever

    Nameless4ever LI Guru Member

    I'm living in Saudi Arabia right now and all houses here are built of concrete. Right now I'm getting good coverage in the same floor as the router but only adequate on the floor above and below and only if the laptops are positioned directly below. I have a friend coming from the U.S. so I might ask him to bring me the antenea and the range expander and see how things go. Wouldn't it be cheaper if I bought a router instead? or is not possible with the one I have?
     
  4. Pembrokeshire

    Pembrokeshire LI Guru Member

    I'm not an expert on this and welcome the advice of others who have more knowledge.

    There could be any number of reasons why your laptops are not getting the signal you expect.

    Each of my laptops have an on-board wireless and I noticed their configuration was not set optimallly. Playing with NIC settings to maximise on signal strength, infrastructure, Wireless-G (only) and a few others I did improve the situation but not completely. I still have one area in the house (about 4 foot circle on the upstairs) that gets no signal.

    I use an antenna system on my desktop unit (located upstairs) and the signal strength and quality is max'd out all of the time.

    I have used the Linksys WRE54G - Wireless-G Range Expander which also sorted out another similar situation at my neighbours house.

    Boosting the signal of the Gateway will make it visible to a wider range if you are broadcasting the SSID.
     
  5. ka9yhd

    ka9yhd LI Guru Member

    The 2.4 ghz band is prone to having "dead spots" If you move about 1 foot then you can be out of the dead spot.

    Also taking into account building materials, metal will reflect signals where as brick can reflect signals and also asorb signals, similar to a sponge soaking up water.

    Higher frequencies will penatrate walls better then lower frequencies. But even the leafs on a tree moving in the wind will tend to scatter the signal because the leafs are reflecting the signal.
     
  6. Nameless4ever

    Nameless4ever LI Guru Member

    Thanks for the help guys!! and I know I shouldn't expect a single antenna router to cover the whole place and the laptops seem okay since they all get nearly the same signal strength at the same edge/limit.

    What I was wondering was if it was possible to get another router that supported WDS/reapeater mode and set up instead of the expander/antenna upgrade combo? or is it not possible if my current one doesn't support it? I'm gonna look for the expander today though I don't think I'm gonna find it.
     
  7. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    Yes, you can get another Linksys router that supports third party firmware to act as a repeater (Others will probably work, but stay with the same chipset if you can) . Its actually cheaper to do that since a router goes for ~70 USD bucks and a range expander is ~100 USD. set up either WDS or run a cable to the next floor and just run it as another AP with the same ssid/channel. then you will be able to roam freely with any client up, down, and all around the house.
     

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