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01-16-2011 06:53 PM  7 years agoPost 1
Peter Wales

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I have a Netgear WNR 854T Router hooked up to my PC and a speed test gives me 30MBS.

Any laptop within range will give me 20MBS

If I plug in a Netgear XE102 range extender to send the signal round the house wiring, the speed on everything, EXCEPT my PC drops to around 2MBS

Is this to be expected and if it is, what is the best way to get a WiFi signal all round my house which has a pretty big sprawling ground floor?

The router is pretty much in the middle of the house, but all of the walls are block so the wifi signal range is very low without the extenders

Peter Wales
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01-16-2011 07:29 PM  7 years agoPost 2
ModelGuard.com

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I presume youve tried orientating the router in different directions, high and low etc.? does make a difference

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01-16-2011 08:31 PM  7 years agoPost 3
Burnt Offering

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Your router is a piece of junk. Read the reviews on this page.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16833122100

Then if you want yor problems to go away for good get this router.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...N82E16833124386

I use these all day long for clients in my computer business and never one problem and the range is fantastic.

American by Birth, Alaskan by the grace of God!!

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01-16-2011 08:37 PM  7 years agoPost 4
AirWolfRC

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Your router wireless channel and your range extender are likely on the same channel causing collisions. Put the units on non-overlaping channels like 1, 6 and 11.

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01-17-2011 03:44 PM  7 years agoPost 5
helo_chris

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goodlettsville, tn

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Try what AirWolf suggested first. And keep in mind that as you extend the range of wifi the relative speed decreases as it has to overcome dropped packets, collisions, etc. You best bet is to get a new router that is capable of also working as an access point and set up two of them to split up the coverage.

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01-18-2011 10:12 AM  7 years agoPost 6
Charlie

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New Brunswick, Canada

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Can someone tell me what this is all about (DD-WRT)? I did a little research on it but I still don't understand. From my understanding, it will open your router and let you play with the setting (or something like that)?
I need to extend the range of my router, I have the Linksy's
WRT54G, it works great in the house but I need it to reach my garage (the garage is beside the house) I get a signal in the garage now but it's low (one bar). I bought the new E3000 but my signal was no better so I took it back.

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01-18-2011 03:39 PM  7 years agoPost 7
AirWolfRC

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DD-WRT is a replacement operating system for a lot of rounters. Most Linksys have the ability with the replacement operating system to increase the transmit power . . . . BUT the Rx capability can not be increased in sensitivity . . . . it IS a bi-directional communication path.

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01-18-2011 09:08 PM  7 years agoPost 8
helo_chris

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Its an open source operating system for linksys routers, mainly used to restore functionality and flexibility to the linksys that was slowly removed over time. As AW stated it can sometimes be used to get marginal increases in power it cant make up for sensitivity. You could try getting a higher gain antenna, or if you do a google search for long range wifi antenna there are some pretty good methods of building more directional antennas for wifi that would get you what you want. Keeping in mind there is a price to pay.

You best bet would be as I mentioned before, setup 2 routers as access points/repeater.

"There is a fine line between cutting edge and bleeding edge.."

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01-18-2011 11:17 PM  7 years agoPost 9
Louisiana Helicam

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West Monroe, LA

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Assuming the issue is with the extender and not the actual router; I've set up a number of these for clients and all have worked well:

http://www.hawkingtech.com/products...D=84&ProdID=394

www.louisianahelicam.com

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01-19-2011 04:21 AM  7 years agoPost 10
Safe_Cracker

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Chicago, IL

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I use the DD-WRT OS in both my 300N and 54G. The 54G I use 7Ddbi antennas and get excellent line of sight results. Maybe a 1 watt bi directional amp is in your future

Polo

http://www.radiolabs.com/products/w...r-amplifier.php

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01-20-2011 05:35 PM  7 years agoPost 11
RCHSF

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NC

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Get you a one of them oval black cisco wireless n/g routers, they are about $100.00 in some places, but e-bay sells referbished ones for about $30.00 shipped. might have a nick or scratch but they are perfect and will work much better.

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01-21-2011 08:26 AM  7 years agoPost 12
Charlie

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New Brunswick, Canada

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I think I will try the Linksys WRE54G Range Extender and a couple of new 9dbi antennas on my router, hopefully that will do the job.

All I'm looking for is to get full bars out in my garage.

Thanks Guy's

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