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Best access points that have strong signal through walls?

by Aldasar / January 27, 2013 12:08 AM PST

Hello!

Currently I have a Linksys router that supports the 802.11g protocol but the range is not sufficent. The computer that is the most distance one sometimes can't even connect to the network. Problem is that the access point is located in a small office that needs to cover the computers in the main house.

I know I have to buy a 802.11n router since what I've been able to find out has better range that the g protocol, but I don't know how this works through walls?

The range between access point -> edge computer is about 65 feet.

Is the Apple Airplus Express/Extreme good?

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Stop right there.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 27, 2013 2:14 AM PST

In most countries all routers have the same maximum power so you see little variation on distance and wall penetration. You may encounter folk that think one router rules them all but unless you go rogue and get some illegal high power router that you can't buy at a store, the answer is this is not how this is solved.

I use powerline networking if walls stand in the way.
Bob

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Wifi attenuation
by Willy / January 27, 2013 2:35 AM PST

Think of wifi like water. Can water flow through walls, no. It needs some kind of leak or hole in order to get through. Think like that or "hardwired via cable" to go through a wall or to add distance. Signal strength is limited to power and ant. length or multiple ant. if so equipped. But power is still determined to max. to the FCC rules and in countries that have similar. So, you want to look at anything that increase dB rating or have straight line of sight the equipment in question. You may want to look at omni vs directional ordination of signal. Your best bet is better ant. thus look at ant. out there to increase range.

Sometimes if you look at "user provided tips/hints/hacks" it may give insight to the problem. The famous "mesh strainer" around a USB ant. to increase reception or "can ant." types. This works for remote yet close to source, like one end of building to another or barn to farmhouse.

tada -----Willy Happy

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