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Poor Home Wireless Signal

by TigerJon73 / February 26, 2013 1:59 AM PST

I hope you get some useful help on this, because I am in need of similar help. I have a 2-story with about 1100 sq ft on each floor. The basement is finished with another 700 sq ft or so. out router is in a corner upstairs spare bedroom and getting a decent signal on the main floor, let alone the basement, is a bear. For about 7 years I was using an old Linksys WRT54GS, but recently started streaming Netflix movies through out Panasonic BD player on the main floor so I upgraded to a Linksys N600. I can't honestly see much of an improvement from the old Linksys.

I also stream movies in the basement (Netflix thru Apple TV), but the quality in the basement is good because I use a powerline adapter down there. I am beginning to think that an improved router will not improve my situation.

Does anyone know if there is a solution to this problem or am I best served just getting a powerline adapter for the main floor as well? If another adapter is my best option, does anyone know if you can buy just a single one (Netgear AV 200)?

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You're right.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 26, 2013 2:05 AM PST

And good move on the power line solution. Now to fix the other areas. Google this:

How to use a router as a WAP?

Now you can put a WAP in the area you need more coverage. HOWEVER the router should be centrally located to the space it needs to serve. I'm sure you can see that now.

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A bit more help please
by TigerJon73 / February 26, 2013 5:39 AM PST
In reply to: You're right.

Here is a tutorial I found for using the old router as a hotspot:

I am stuck on "Connecting to the wireless network" step at the top of page 4. The PC my new router is connected to is obviously hardwired, so when I click on the network icon in my startup tray, it says "Currently connected to XXXXRouter," but it won't let me see any other networks (including the old router I have just connected to the powerline adapter in the basement). Any ideas?

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don't plug into the WAN port, as it will not work.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 26, 2013 6:02 AM PST
In reply to: A bit more help please

On page 4, I have to say I never did that. That's changing my laptop's IP information which I let it get set by DHCP from the master router. This second router is only a WAP and I see no need for page 4 on the first reading.

There's also firewalls in routers that block access from wifi. Your choice to leave those enabled.


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Can You Suggest A Simpler Tutorial
by TigerJon73 / February 26, 2013 6:49 AM PST


I am glad to hear there is a simpler way to do this. It's no hurry, but if you have a few minutes, could you post a link to a tutorial so I know how to do it the least painful. Thanks!

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The tutorial you uses looks fine.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 26, 2013 7:41 AM PST

But did you get to the page 3 and try it? It's the same as I've seen all over. Change the SSID, set the (router as a) WAP address to something common and not in (master router) DHCP table then turn off the DHCP on the WAP and then plug into the lan port of the new WAP.

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