I recently purchased a WRT54G to replace my befsr41 which had been connected to a lousy netgear mr814v2 that worked poorly as a router but was OK as a WAP only. I wanted to take advantage of the WRT54Gâ€™s parental blocking features. I discovered that the signal strength of the WRT54G wasnâ€™t as good as in my previous set-up, however. In particular, my teenâ€™s iBook (1 floor above, definitely not line-of-sight) connected v. poorly. The strongest channel (11) was being used by two other neighbors. The channel with no other neighbors (1) gave only an acceptable signal. I thought I would solve the problem by running an Ethernet cable from the WRT54G to the old MR814v2 (LAN to LAN port) and placing the latter closer to the teenâ€™s room (same floor, still not line of sight though). I thought I had configured the wireless APâ€™s identically. The setup was almost identical to what Iâ€™d had before except that I now had two wireless APâ€™s, and the netgear device was actually closer to the teenâ€™s room than it had been before. The netgear device reported being connected to the iBook, the WRT54G and our other laptop on the ground floor, but the signal strength at the iBook wasnâ€™t any better than with the WRT54G alone. Why did the signal strength not improve when I placed the netgear device closer to the iBook? (I actually solved the problem by building a couple of â€œwindsurferâ€ reflectors from cardstock and aluminum foil, sticking them on the new router and pointing them at the 2nd floor, but I would like to know why my first approach didnâ€™t work). Thanks.