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Chromey September 26, 2012 03:23 AM

Range Boosters
 
My WiFi upstairs is very weak, What is a good range booster?

My Router is in the basement.

frontier204 September 26, 2012 05:12 AM

I used to use a WRT54G with DD-WRT installed to get WiFi from the basement to a room "blocked" by the garage. If you don't mind doing the tweaking, the DD-WRT gives you more flexibility (since you can use the router for something else if you needs change). Maybe someone else can chime in but I'm sure there must be other open source firmware routers that can do this as well.
I have never tried a dedicated range booster, since I didn't like the way you halve the wireless speed if you go through the booster. (The device has to receive a signal then send it out again.)

After getting tired of dealing with extremely bad speeds through the WiFi (partly due to being jammed by neighbours), I settled with this to take WiFi out of the equation altogether:
TRENDnet TPL-307E2K 200Mbps Powerline AV Adapter Kit With Bonus Outlet
(got it on sale for around $55 at the time)

Chromey September 26, 2012 01:52 PM

I have a Power line Adaptor already, And its a POS, It will be going up forsale soon.
Besides the Wifi is for a tablet.

Thanks for the reply, But im looking for something i can install and forget.

KaptCrunch September 26, 2012 04:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chromey (Post 658108)
I have a Power line Adaptor already, And its a POS, It will be going up forsale soon.
Besides the Wifi is for a tablet.

Thanks for the reply, But im looking for something i can install and forget.

whats your cuurent path of internet now? bell 2 wire DSL modem>router/wifi (can turn up strength in router)

also you renting or own home, for to run cables through heating ducts or outside window

Masteroderus September 26, 2012 05:45 PM

I have made two types of range boosters.

1: Line in inside of a paper towel roll with tin foil, place over antenna.

2: Clean a coke or beer can out and place it on the antenna.

What this does, physically, is increases the surface area, specifically the Gaussian surface area of your antenna, which when given the same amount of charge density will increase the flux of the antenna. Hurray!


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