Found 20th Apr 2010
Hi guys,

A wee question for you.

At the moment, my wireless router is in my bedroom and we use wireless on our laptops in the livingroom but the signal aint great. We would prefer to just leave the router in the bedroom as its next to my PC which I prefer to leave connected via LAN cable for max transfer rate.

Now if I buy a wireless N router, will I get a better range and better signal from the livingroom even if I don't upgrade the wireless cards on our laptops? (They are currently Wireless G's) or do I also need to buy wireless N cards as well as the N router to get better signal?

I know most routers are backwards compatible but I dont know if this means the range will improve or not.

Thanks!

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whatsThePoint;8416797

You will need both, N router will send a stronger signal but a G card … You will need both, N router will send a stronger signal but a G card will be sending a weaker signal backIf you current router is near the PC can you move it away a bit?



Thank you! :thumbsup:

Can't move the router at all. Unless maybe moving the router to the livingroom and connect the PC via LAN to homeplugs. Will that work? Will that still give me max transfer rate? I can currently download at 2,000kb/s using LAN to router and would like to retain this

Original Poster

It's the sky router I got with my broadband so I doubt its very good.

Can you recommend a booster?

Original Poster

No problem mate

I've never heard of a wifi booster before but will have a google!

Toybhoy;8418628

No problem mate :)I've never heard of a wifi booster before but will have … No problem mate :)I've never heard of a wifi booster before but will have a google!



look up wireless repeater or additional Access Point in repeater mode, its not a booster as such.

have a look at ]sky user forum (unofficial) and there will probably be similar posts in there

If you've only accessing the internet over a wireless connection then you shouldn't notice any drop in speed compared to a wired connection. Ever the fastest broadband is much slower than a wireless connection.

Some options that might help with coverage:

1. Run ethernet from the router to a wireless access point; position the access point where the whole house can get good reception.

2. Get some powerline adaptors. Plug in one adaptor near the router and connect it to the router with ethernet. Plug in extra adapators in those locations that have problems and connect to the adaptor with ethernet.

You can combine both techniques, using powerline adaptors to get the connection to a wireless access point

nick1austin;8420184

If you've only accessing the internet over a wireless connection then you … If you've only accessing the internet over a wireless connection then you shouldn't notice any drop in speed compared to a wired connection. Ever the fastest broadband is much slower than a wireless connection.



this is true to an extent until to remember that wireless is half-duplex

dcx_badass;8420606

Wrong. Here are my personal tests with the router next to my PCThat's an … Wrong. Here are my personal tests with the router next to my PCThat's an extreme example, but even with a perfect signal you're looking at like a loss of 1/3rd.



its a loss of 1/2, ffs wireless its half duplex, how many times do I need to say this
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