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Wannabe Geek

#41912 24-Sep-2009 23:48
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Is it possible to install 2 wireless routers (currently have a D-link supplied by telecom) in the house as the router is currently downstairs and the signal at the other end of the house upstairs is fairly week and drops sometimes.

Is it possible to install another router in that room to make the signal better?

any help would be greatly appreciated.



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Uber Geek


  #258222 24-Sep-2009 23:58
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Yes but you would have to connect the new wireless access point back to the existing router somehow. It sounds like bridging them wirelessly is out of the question because of poor signal.

Running a network cable somehow is always the cheapest solution but not always feasible.  You may have to look at something like a home plug ethernet over power solution:

Have a look at this page:

Quite expensive though (compared to running some Cat5E network cable)

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Master Geek

  #258410 25-Sep-2009 18:09
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These days do Ethernet over power circuit work if the power circuits are different circuits ?

I tried to set up an Ethernet over power circuit a while back and it would only work if the two devices were on the same circuit.


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Master Geek

  #258461 26-Sep-2009 00:47
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You could get a wireless bridge, or a commercial grade wireless device? Proxim are pretty good I believe

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Uber Geek


  #258625 26-Sep-2009 21:52
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D-Link sell a wireless repeater - or their plain wireless access point has a repeater function built in by switching the mode on the back to repeater.
You would place the repeater box normally within the coverage of your main box, and therefore extend it a little further. Theory also works when going between floors but you may need to rotate the antenna so the side is pointing to the room or you can get bigger antennas for about $30 on trademe that just screw onto the back of a dlink router or access point.

Oh i also forgot to say that I find 90% of signal problems can be fixed around the house just by putting on a bigger antenna to the access point or router. The D-Link supplied antennas are really not that good.

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  #258807 27-Sep-2009 22:41
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bridges like the powerline ones can cause problems with computers moving between one end and the other. All I have tried do not support spanning tree or anything, just a braindead this mac address was seen at this end of the bridge, so there it will remain till powercycled or timed out attitude.


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Ultimate Geek

  #259914 30-Sep-2009 22:57
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raytaylor: The D-Link supplied antennas are really not that good.

Let me fix that for you: The D-Link's are really not that good. Tongue out I used to try switching antenna's but really got bored with that (it can improve things definently, but sometimes not good enough) its amazing how long you can try and tweak a wireless network and have problems later with outside interference or other conditions. I tend to just recommend people replace their AP for one with a decent output and good sensitivity bonus is they tend to come with good aerials anyway and POE.

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