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banned6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
Hi, I need a device that can allow a computer that has a wireless card and is elsewhere in the house to connect to a wireless router that is too far to get decent signal strength.
Homeplugs won't work in this scenario, so I'm looking for something I can place roughly half-way between the computer and the router.
I'm assuming I need some kind of wireless access point.

Please advise.
Thanks.
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banned6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
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#1
I would suggest buying a better wireless router the n routers have a lot better range unless your house is a mansion it will work mines in the upstairs room and I can get a signal in the garage over 200 ft away
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TheJamesS
I would suggest buying a better wireless router the n routers have a lot better range unless your house is a mansion it will work mines in the upstairs room and I can get a signal in the garage over 200 ft away

This is not an option. Thanks anyway.
#3
Why is it not an option it's the simplest and cheapest way of solving your problem quickly and easily as mentioned I'm not sure why it won't get a signal as I have never had a problem even with my 20 quid router and that ran a ps3 wii and laptop an pc without a problem
#4
If you need to keep the original router where it is why not get a secondary router near where you need the signal, and if you don't have a telephone port near there get a long telephone cable and hide that arond the edge of the rooms in between the nearest telephone port and the new router. This would fix the problem easily and there's no issue about having two routers on one line just call them home 1 and home 2 or something and when your with your laptop out of range of one connect to the other :)
#5
O and my mate had an issue similar to this because they live in a very old house and they rarely even get mobile signal in their living room so did this and now they have perfect signal every where.
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@Limpet
Can the computer join the same network as the rest of the computers in the house (which are nearer to the original router)?
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TheJamesS
Why is it not an option it's the simplest and cheapest way of solving your problem quickly and easily as mentioned I'm not sure why it won't get a signal as I have never had a problem even with my 20 quid router and that ran a ps3 wii and laptop an pc without a problem

We are talking a couple of floors and several metres distance, through old walls.
I need something to amplify, or extend the signal to the part of the house where this computer in question resides.
#8
Are you using a separate modem? I'm on cable and use 4 of these all bridged together and only cost as much as one good wireless-N router.
#9
Effectively I have the set up 'Limpet' mentioned earlier.

What you need is your primary router to be connected to the phone line, with an access point / bridge / whatever connected via an ethernet cable to wherever you need it (You can pick up long cables off Ebay for cheap!)

You need to go into the secondary access points settings and turn off it being a dhcp server (Which effectively means it assigns IP addresses) as you'll be letting the primary one do this. Then it should be as simple as selecting the nearest router and you have a connection!
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@Limpet
Can the computer join the same network as the rest of the computers in the house (which are nearer to the original router)?


Using the method suggested, yes it can. As long as you don't have the secondary router set up to be a dhcp server.
banned#11
Thank you for the info.
Can you suggest an item to be used as the bridge or access point? Could I just use another wireless router for that, or is there something cheaper?
#12
I personally currently have two netgear wireless routers doing the job (Mainly as I had one lying around previously)

I'd personally reccomend a netgear access point, mainly because they tend to be one hell of a lot easier to set up than anything else :

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/46057

There are cheaper (Belkin) products but I personally haven't used them in the capacity I mentioned. They also get very bad reviews often.
banned#13
Bit confused. Can the second router or access point be connected wirelessly to the main/original router?
Was hoping to physically place this second device in between the part of the house with limited/no signal and where the original/existing router resides. Don't want to use a cat5 cable between the two routers.
So can the laptop talk wirelessly to the new access point/router, which in turn can talk to the original router wirelessly?
Thanks.
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Bit confused. Can the second router or access point be connected wirelessly to the main/original router?
Was hoping to physically place this second device in between the part of the house with limited/no signal and where the original/existing router resides. Don't want to use a cat5 cable between the two routers.
So can the laptop talk wirelessly to the new access point/router, which in turn can talk to the original router wirelessly?
Thanks.


Yes if you have compatible routers/access points. The normal standard is WDS (Wireless distribution system) . Also having an access point in each room gives me great wireless coverage and also 4 wired points for all my kit like computers, consoles, cable boxes, freesat box, blu-ray player etc.

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