Increasing Coverage Range?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by lyric, Aug 15, 2005.

  1. lyric

    lyric Network Guru Member

    I purchased a WRT54G V. 4 yesterday because a friend told me that once I upgraded with 3rd party firmware, the coverage range would increase by a lot.

    I am in a three story house with the router being on the very top floor. My last router, the Linksys BEFW11SF had horrible coverage. After installing this new router and upgrading with HyperWRT, I have only noticed a slight increase in coverage. There is still one area of the house that still can't get very much and it's only a few feet away.

    Is my friend right? Does firmware really have anything to do with range coverage and if so, is there some setting I can set to increase or is my house just blocking all signals? Thanks for any help!
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    It depends on what is between your access point and the PC you are trying to connect. Mirrors, large metal objects reflect and block signals and the water in fish tanks absorb signals. Try moving your router around. The higher the router the better. Increasing the power can increase range, but it also increases noise. whioch negates some of the benefits of increasing power. You also can interfere with nearby wireless networks. If the wireless NIC has a detachable antenna you can get a higher gain antenna. You can put a reflector behind the antenna to get some directionality. You can add another access point to increase coverage also.
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