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How to expand a wireless network

by maximus313 / June 29, 2008 11:58 PM PDT

My sister in law has a wireless network in her house that works pretty well using their 2WIRE dsl modem. However, she also has a detached in-law unit where they are trying to get a connection, but so far the connection makes it to the outside of the door and once you get inside it dies. I was wondering what the easiest way would be to expand or extend their wireless connection to that part of their property without trying to run wires and set up a new router.

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Rarely works out like that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 30, 2008 12:08 AM PDT

However in post 17 of our forum sticky I describe how to add a router as a WAP. You can place that WAP closer to the area you need coverage.

There are WDS setups (see google) but that requires routers that employ WDS.

Yes you can try a RANGE EXTENDER (see google) but these are iffy as well. I like the solid solutions (see post 17 in our forum sticky.)

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I suggest the Wi-Fire
by bcs207 / July 1, 2008 5:41 AM PDT

I would suggest getting the Wi-Fire. I have one and I love it. I can connect to Wireless networks from a larger distance with my Wi-Fire than with my internal wireless card. It plugs directly into my USB port and took maybe 10 minutes to install. If you're interested, check it out at

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