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    I'm after some help/advise re. extending wireless range? We have a netgear wireless router but have very limited access/mostly no access to internet in our back garden. Our house is quite long and router/telephone socket is positioned right at the front of the house.

    I'm confused as to what I should be looking for. Had looked at the possibility of installing extension socket for bt phone line and then simply moving router to middle of house, but then as I started to research I found that maybe a wireless range extender would be better.

    The netgear powerline wireless range extender kit sounds good but a bit pricey - £90?ish.

    Any other suggestions?
    Thanks :-)

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    Hi,

    It's vey simple.

    Think of a ballon, at the center of the ballon is the tip of your wireless routers areial. Now the size of the ballon is how powerful you routers wireless output is. If you have the router at the front of the house, the back garden is outside its range, then thats like having something that is outside the ballon when it should be inside. So you have several choices:-
    1: move the existing wireless router to the middle of the house and hope it now covers front and back.
    2: Put in another wireless access point nearer the back of the house.
    3: change the areail for a directional one which is aimed at the back garden - this might unfortunately affect getting reception in rooms above as it would depend on how directional the new areial is.

    Regards,

    John

    Original Poster

    Thanks John.

    Can you be more specific?

    I ideally want minimum wires + minimum work because I'm no expert! I'm not asking a lot am I?!

    I also want it to be as cheap as possible?!

    What do you mean by wireless access point? You mean to get one of those powerline wireless range extender kits? If so, are you able to recommend one?

    Also, I forgot to mention that I have a spare netgear wireless router hanging around? Can I turn that in to a wirelss range extender somehow or would that also need to be connected to the phone line and therefore defeat the object?!

    Sorry to be a pain?!

    Thanks again

    welshgirl;8392629

    Thanks John. Can you be more specific? I ideally want minimum wires + … Thanks John. Can you be more specific? I ideally want minimum wires + minimum work because I'm no expert! I'm not asking a lot am I?! I also want it to be as cheap as possible?!What do you mean by wireless access point? You mean to get one of those powerline wireless range extender kits? If so, are you able to recommend one?Also, I forgot to mention that I have a spare netgear wireless router hanging around? Can I turn that in to a wirelss range extender somehow or would that also need to be connected to the phone line and therefore defeat the object?!Sorry to be a pain?!Thanks again



    if you have another router you can use it to extend the range easily & alot cheaper than the official extender option if you already have it spare ;-)

    dt_matthews;8392704

    if you have another router you can use it to extend the range easily & … if you have another router you can use it to extend the range easily & alot cheaper than the official extender option if you already have it spare ;-)




    this also interests me,i have vigin,and i have two netgear hubs...could i possibly use them both to cover the whole house?

    djrich18;8392805

    this also interests me,i have vigin,and i have two netgear hubs...could i … this also interests me,i have vigin,and i have two netgear hubs...could i possibly use them both to cover the whole house?



    yes, its just a matter of configuring them appropriately - particularly important to make sure that only *one* (main router at telephone socket) of the routers is set up as the DHCP server for the network (this provide all clients with IP addresses and ensures you dont get conflicting IP addresses across all the network).

    sounds complicated lol

    Original Poster

    Can you provide easy step by step guide on how to do this?! sorry, I know that's probably not just a two minute job! no probs if not. I will try and google it.

    welshgirl;8394580

    Can you provide easy step by step guide on how to do this?! sorry, I know … Can you provide easy step by step guide on how to do this?! sorry, I know that's probably not just a two minute job! no probs if not. I will try and google it.



    well it would be a bit tricky and each router manufacturer will use different setup screens. if you give me the models then i should be able to point you in the right direction and show you some references for the manual etc...

    Original Poster

    That would be fab if you could! Both routers are Netgear DG834G wireless routers.
    Many thanks in advance :thumbsup:
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