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Hi everyone, Could do with some help on a technical matter! My wireless comes into the house at a specific point through Virgin cable, but this means my router is in the worse possible place for… Read More
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7y, 3m agoPosted 7 years, 3 months ago
Hi everyone,

Could do with some help on a technical matter!

My wireless comes into the house at a specific point through Virgin cable, but this means my router is in the worse possible place for my office, especially since I have changed the furniture meaning the router is quite low down. Mrs Y not having "all those ugly wires laying about" so physically moving it is not really an option.

Connected to outer are the following bits of kit:
Xbox 360 - hard wired
2nd Xbox 360 - hard wired via homeplug (this works brilliantly, but I had trouble adding further homeplugs - not sure why!
Wii - Wireless - connects fine
Home PC - Wireless - works fine, but sometimes link is pretty week
Work laptop - wireless - connects but regularly drops the network (Which drives me batty!)

So, reading about a Tenda Wireless AP/Router, I'm thinking this could be for me. Anyone have any experience of this? The comments I see seem to suggest that you hard wire to it - which is fine, but can't it be used as a wireless signal booster?

Do I have to have any functionality on my existing wireless router to make this happen or is all the clever stuff in the Tenda (or equivalent)?

I think I have covered all the pertinent facts, but if anyone has any questions, just ask - but I am really keen to get your help on this...

Cheers everyone
James
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7y, 3m agoPosted 7 years, 3 months ago
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#1
I think I have covered all the pertinent facts


What router do you currently have?
#2
thesaint
What router do you currently have?


Its a Netgear Rangemax 240 WPNT834

Thanks
#3
A lot of wireless routers/Access points have the facility to operate as a Wireless client meaning that you hardwire the devices to it by ethernet and then it communicates with your existing router over wireless, however if your signal in an area is weak then the AP might not be strong enough.

WHat it sounds like is that you need a repeater. You install this in the house within good range of the existing router and it essentially relays the signal from your clients to the existing router.

http://www.broadbandbuyer.co.uk/Shop/ShopSearch.asp?CategoryID=259

This site explains quite well.
#4
numanoids
A lot of wireless routers/Access points have the facility to operate as a Wireless client meaning that you hardwire the devices to it by ethernet and then it communicates with your existing router over wireless, however if your signal in an area is weak then the AP might not be strong enough.

WHat it sounds like is that you need a repeater. You install this in the house within good range of the existing router and it essentially relays the signal from your clients to the existing router.

http://www.broadbandbuyer.co.uk/Shop/ShopSearch.asp?CategoryID=259

This site explains quite well.


Thanks, I'll take a look... :thumbsup:
#5
i just helped a m8 out with a similar issue and we used a old bt home hub flashed with original thompson firmware as a remote access point.
he already had a cable in at other end of house but a homeplug would work as well and u can get these HHs cheap as chips ;)
#6
maddogb
i just helped a m8 out with a similar issue and we used a old bt home hub flashed with original thompson firmware as a remote access point.
he already had a cable in at other end of house but a homeplug would work as well and u can get these HHs cheap as chips ;)


I had thought about adding extra homeplugs, including the devolo that includes wireless access point, but the OP had indicated they'd had trouble adding more.

I'd love to see homes being built now with ethernet throughout as would make this all so much easier when reorganising ;-)
#7
numanoids
I had thought about adding extra homeplugs, including the devolo that includes wireless access point, but the OP had indicated they'd had trouble adding more.

I'd love to see homes being built now with ethernet throughout as would make this all so much easier when reorganising ;-)


depends on the definition of "more" , maybe utilise the existing homeplug with the remote ap instead of a single machine,negating the need for more.
#8
maddogb
depends on the definition of "more" , maybe utilise the existing homeplug with the remote ap instead of a single machine,negating the need for more.


Not sure there is another AP purchased yet but I was thinking about this product

http://www.devolo.co.uk/consumer/9_dlan-wireless-extender_product-presentation_1.html?l=en

Which is essentially the wireless repeater but instead of relaying the wireless signal over wifi further, it couples into the existing powerline network so the clients only have one wireless hop before hitting a wired network.

It all depends on the existing wireless speed also as this product's theoretical max is 85Mbps so if on an N network then it will clearly be much slower.
#9
Thanks everyone for your input... I have some food for thought!

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