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 Post subject: Need help with a weak wifi signal
PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 7:49 am 
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I live in an old house with thick walls that make it difficult for my wifi signal to travel to all parts of my home. My current setup up has my N router in my office, a range extender in the livingroom. All works great, but I would like to improve the wifi signal in the kitchen which is very weak. So I was wondering if I should get another range extender, or get a newer dual band router for the office and move the old router in the kitchen to boost my signal.

Thanks for any help with this.


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 Post subject: Re: Need help with a weak wifi signal
PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:27 am 
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Try this: http://www.usbwifi.orconhosting.net.nz/


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 Post subject: Re: Need help with a weak wifi signal
PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:29 am 
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Dual-band won't do you any good. The 2.4ghz has a longer range. Yeah you could get a new router, and turn your old one into a repeater. That is do-able.


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 Post subject: Re: Need help with a weak wifi signal
PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 7:24 am 
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Yeah, but isn't he already using 2.4? If it's cheaper, just get a normal wifi repeater.


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 Post subject: Re: Need help with a weak wifi signal
PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 2:35 pm 
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Airheadq wrote:
Dual-band won't do you any good. The 2.4ghz has a longer range. Yeah you could get a new router, and turn your old one into a repeater. That is do-able.


Thanks for your response. I should of been a little more clear on my wanting a newer dual band router. I was thinking that the improved range would be more beneficial since my current router is now four years old. So in theory does a bridge take an existing signal regardless of it strength and make it stronger it the place where it is connected? Sorry if this is a total noob question.


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 Post subject: Re: Need help with a weak wifi signal
PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 7:34 pm 
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http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/post/711896.aspx

You might consider [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100008201%2050001233%20600083986&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=294|33-122-441^33-122-441-TS%2C33-122-387^33-122-387-TS%2C33-122-440^33-122-440-TS%2C33-122-386^33-122-386-TS]powerline networking[/url].


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 Post subject: Re: Need help with a weak wifi signal
PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2011 8:02 pm 
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FORZA wrote:
Thanks for your response. I should of been a little more clear on my wanting a newer dual band router. I was thinking that the improved range would be more beneficial since my current router is now four years old. So in theory does a bridge take an existing signal regardless of it strength and make it stronger it the place where it is connected? Sorry if this is a total noob question.

Yeah, newer router usually will have better range w/ or w/o 5ghz using MIMO. You could always use third-party firmware on your old router or new) and bump up the transmit power as well. Lastly, that is essential what a repeater will do, but I haven't dabbled enough into repeaters to give you more. (i.e I've read that repeaters will reduce your speed)


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 Post subject: Re: Need help with a weak wifi signal
PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 4:37 pm 
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FascistNation wrote:
http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/post/711896.aspx

You might consider [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100008201%2050001233%20600083986&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&CompareItemList=294|33-122-441^33-122-441-TS%2C33-122-387^33-122-387-TS%2C33-122-440^33-122-440-TS%2C33-122-386^33-122-386-TS]powerline networking[/url].


Thank you for the link. Tons of good info in the article!


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 Post subject: Re: Need help with a weak wifi signal
PostPosted: Fri Sep 23, 2011 4:42 pm 
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Thank you everyone for your replies. I believe I will finally be able to wrap my head around this one and make the right purchasing choice.


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