I recently bought a Tenda Wireless N-150 / W311R+ Router after seeing the eBuyer deal posted on here and the good reviews it got. From the comments it seemed to be just what I needed to extend the wireless signal range in my house.
I am with Virgin Media and have the 50MB service with a Netgear WNR2000 router, which is both a cable and wireless router. I have got a Solwise 200Mbps homeplug ethernet adaptor to send the signal round the house via the mains electric points and my wife connects her laptop with another one in the lounge (*more on that in a bit...) but I also need wifi for my iPhone and also for my daughter who likes to use her laptop in the garden and in her bedroom but without having to connect to a cable. As the Netgear router is in an extension out the front, the signal is not good anywhere at the back of the house.
I know the Tenda can be used as a wireless repeater, but I just cannot see how to do it from the instructions or from posts on here or on the eBuyer reviews. Can anyone tell me in simple, easy to follow instructions exactly what I need to do, please? I will probably have it set up on top of a unit in the kitchen, where the signal is still good. Can it just pick up the wireless signal when I plus it in, and if so do I need to change any settings on the Netgear router or the Tenda one? How would I do that if I do? Or would it be better if I plugged it into a homeplug?
On the subject of homeplugs, I upgraded to the 200mbps ones from 85mbps ones because they did not seem to be able to handle the 50MBbroadband speed. While I virtually never get less than 50MB on Speedtest.net tests on my PC, which is connected directly to the Netgear router by cable (and sometimes hit as much as 200MB speeds), laptops plugged into the 85mbps homplugs would only get around 10MB speeds. Having now rigged up the 200mbps homeplugs (a PL-200AV-Piggy one to send the signal around the mains circuit and a Piggy6 - PLA-AV-3E-Piggy6 - adaptor with three ethernet ports which is also a six-socket mains extension in the lounge) I excitedly ran a Speedtest.net test on my wife's laptop...only to find it barely registered 17MB. Several tests kept producing the same result. Surely it should be more like 30MB minimum. Does anyone know why it is not reaching that?
Thanks for any help, especially the Tenda solution. And please make any answers simple to follow. I like to think I know more about techno stuff than I know I really do!