Rank beginner needs advice

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by fotronix, Feb 25, 2005.

  1. fotronix

    fotronix Guest

    Hi All,
    I am moving to a new house which is being renovated at present - nearly finished. DSL is installed there, and there are telephone jacks throughout. The house is very long, and also has an office above a detached garage. Unfortunately, another room I will be wanting access is at the very other end of the house. It is a 2 story house.
    I have a WRT54G that I have used successfully in my previous abode, but connecting it to the DSL modem in the middle of the new house only produces a very low signal strength in the detached office and other room.
    So, should I purchase an antenna, (I have no idea which type), download new firmware for my WRT54G (if so, which?), or do something else?

    I (and my wife) will be using two laptops in all locations, and a desktop PC in the office above the garage.

    Any help and/or advice greatly appreciated.

    Apologies for being somewhat of a Luddite....

  2. NemesisChild

    NemesisChild Network Guru Member

    From my own personal experience, the HyperWRT firmware should give you an immediate improvement (increase) in signal strenth. Another option would be using higher gain antennas (i.e. 7 dbi and above). I installed the dual Linksys high gain antennas (7 dbi) on my WRT54G, it definitely provides a stronger and more consistent signal. This Linksys high gain antenna can be purchased at Best Buy, CompUSA, or even CC. You can even consider a higher gain antenna for your PC adapters. Also, Linksys makes a repeater (signal extender), but I have no experience with this unit.

    Good luck............
  3. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    I would not use the WRE54G range extender. I have one, it is difficult to set up. It does work, but you will lose half your bandwidth with one since there is only one radio and it must receivew and send tha packes. It also defeats MAC address filtering, since it transmitts with its own MAC addres and if you want the repeater to work its MAC address must be in the list of allowed PCs. It does support WPA-PSK. If you use the repeater, you should enable SSID broadcast, since it works better with it enabled,
  4. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    I actually had a distance problem, installed the high gain antenna and range expander and that helped a LOT!
  5. t4thfavor

    t4thfavor Network Guru Member

    in oder to not fry your router dont run the power up past 56mw it will only last a couple of months without "better" cooling i added a fan inside the router and a switch on the back so that when i did want to crank it up i could.
    also the higain antennas are prolly the second best upgrade i ever did nxt to firmware.
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